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Help! / Re: Bespoke printing for 50th Birthday - recommendations?
« on: 24 July, 2021, 04:55:24 PM »
Not to volunteer him but our own Legendry Shark used to do some impressive work with vector graphics might be an idea to run options by him?

Quince Case for me - War Zone is decent but the whole thing seems to have been set up for the 'it was ma dug' line which is the bustard son of an ancient joke.

Is'Smiley's World' that short preamble before 'Rage'? If so should it not be tacked on to its bigger brother?

Anyway it's A Sorry Case for me. Sorry.

Outlaw for me - felt Journey into Hell took the supernatural elements of Alpha's world and made them a bit silly.

Judgement Day -One - Nil!

Well about 7-1 but you get the idea! Judgement Day was all our Christmases with world building and destroying on a large scale. 'Rage' was Alpha killing a defenceless man who had a bag on his head.

Haha -mental.

Love it, and I'm sure Dave would too!

Given this is a tribute to the venerable Dave, shouldn't all Stront Zarjaz and Dogbreath Alpha outings be considered cannon for this enterprise?

Probably not, but seeing Colin's head explode would be worth the post!

General / Re: Bolt-01 Cup - the best of Strontium Dog
« on: 14 July, 2021, 07:26:42 PM »
The Moses Quest for the win!

Books & Comics / Re: To Be A Hero launches 10th July
« on: 10 July, 2021, 07:50:29 PM »
Something went wrong with your linkage there!

I'll give it a look - enjoyed what I've had so far!

Announcements / Re: The Letters Beast - Online!
« on: 08 July, 2021, 08:05:43 PM »
This thread is the nicest corner of the internet. I find the lack of people passing through helps a lot.

General / Re: Subscriber free gifts.
« on: 06 July, 2021, 07:00:20 PM »
My badges came yesterday - auto annual subs payment was taken July 1st. The 50% voucher was waiting for me in the webshop - got a few things including the Summer Special, which isn't out until tomorrow, at half off. Cheers Tharg!

Classifieds / Re: Signed Henry Flint artwork raffle for MIND charity
« on: 03 July, 2021, 12:28:07 AM »
Done and done...

Not sure if I'm the only one, but wonderful as those other prizes are who else would take Tharg's Dredd Mouth over them all!

Weirdo freak out stuff!

Announcements / Re: The Letters Beast - Online!
« on: 29 June, 2021, 12:10:07 AM »
I apologise for the cheap dig Tom, of course your hair is all your own. Indeed I've seen the receipt for it.

(C) The Old Jokes Home

Announcements / Re: The Letters Beast - Online!
« on: 23 June, 2021, 11:04:13 AM »

Well, we’ve struggled back to get this issue out with only minor delays due to our recent participation in the All Europe Letters Blog Championships. Our regular reader will sympathise at our slaying at the hands of the Croatian blog ’Pismo Mrlja’ but at least we have that nothing each win against the English ’Tally-ho It’s Letters’ newsletter’ to keep us warm.

This 4 letter offering in Prog 2237 came with almost indecent haste after the last outing  in Prog 2234. At this rate we’ll be one a week by the time Scotland win the Euros.

The page opened up in familiar fashion with Matt ‘The Web-slinger’ Webster  of Bradford in the Letter of the Week berth,  just as he was in Prog 2234! There’s something fishy going on here, with this being Matt’s 4th letter of the Week out of 4 Prog entries. He also has 3 Meg letters giving him a total of 7 in a career dating back to 2004’s Prog 1380.

The letter is a bit of fun and, to be fair, it does concern letters so we have to be keen on that. Matt goes all meta and references is own letter and how poor it was. Sadly this Blog missed out  on an exclusive and didn’t spot the ‘Simon’ error. To be fair we were probably drunk. The letter did raise a smile and name checked a few ‘Simon’ creator droids. Tharg’s response doesn’t make much sense and we suspect he was riffing on that ‘Not the Nine O’ Clock News’ sketch where everyone in a factory was called ‘Bob’ and the joke was ‘hand Built by Roberts’. That was a pun on ‘robots’ - not sure where Tharg was going with his. As it’s the flavour of the week, the Beast boasts 167 ‘Simons’ with Mr Gardener on 6 and a Mr Spurrier (who he?) on 11 the market leaders.

Let’s talk about Kevin Etheridge of Surrey next, who celebrates his second published effort here following his Prog 2136 debut in 2019. The Beast Boasts 114 ‘Kevins’ with Mr Barry the leader of this pack with his 16 offerings, the last of which was in 2017’s Meg 390.

Kevin’s letter relates to the ‘Regened’ issue and he’s largely positive about it, although the Anderson comment that the strip “moved quickly to its conclusion" is the most damning of faint praise. He suggests the criticism of the Regened Progs was down to the ‘frustration of long term readers’ which suggests they are a bunch of old dinosaurs incapable of embracing anything new. We’re going to write to the Daily Express to complain about this generalisation as soon as we’ve finished this Werther’s Original! Kevin’s solution is to have a ‘half and half’ Prog which is a great idea - that way no one will be happy!

A long and Chitty letter now from new writer Tom Chitty of Emailland. The Beast has digested a lot of Toms in its time, with Messrs Cotton and Fisher both riding high on 7 each, with the former last seen in Prog 1612 in 2008 and the latter in Meg 175 in 2000. There is also a Proudfoot in there, with a feeble 21 but most of those are disallowed on account of being rubbish. This Tom was last seen in Meg 234 in 2012, around the same time that he last saw his hair!

Tom manages the rare feat of a full column letter - which could have done with a bit of editing. He starts poorly by saying he’s writing to defend Slaine before saying he found it dull. With friends like Tom you won’t have to look far for a kick in the nuts! The letter rambles on at a meandering pace and makes a lot of references to ‘other Terrans’ and comments on various strips without making anything approaching an insightful point. In fact we weren’t really clear what the point being made was, and finished the letter feeling less informed on Tom’s opinions  than when we started. Still he got a stream of consciousness published and gave us all food for thought - that we quickly spewed up.

Another new writer to finish the page in the shape of Fiachra Delea of Ireland. These are two names that haven’t troubled The Beast before, although Ireland can boats an impressive 706 entries overall. The Irish Taoiseah of the Typewriter is Richard Kavanagh who has a mighty 30, but was last seen way back in Prog 1946 in 2015.

Fiachra is another fan of Slaine and is a bit more consistent with her praise than Tom Chitty. Her  letter reads well and has a nice flow, offering several interesting takes and arguments to support her position. We remain unconvinced however! She mentions the sometimes forgotten Angela (Angie surely) Kincaid as a co-creator of the strip and clearly has a love for the character which she articulates well in what is our ‘Letter of the Week’.

A decent offering this outing with sadly only 4 letters seeing print due to Tom Chitty hogging the whole middle of the page. It was a bit Slaine-centric overall, but two new writers bodes well for the letters community as does the increased frequency of Input page publications.

Catch you next time!

I met Steve once - nice man - not to say David isn't, he's just better at avoiding me! Love David's work but Steve has an iconic line and so many cracking strips = Steve 4 David 1.

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