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Megazine / Re: Meg 425 - The God of Death
« on: Today at 03:42:35 PM »
Thanks. I sent an email to Dreddlines, although whether we’ll ever see another letters page in the Meg and whether Matt would print this one is another matter. (In that email, I also add a bit about an argument we often hear regarding “strong female characters”. People might argue that about the current Meg line-up, what with Beeny and Glover, and the balance in Returners. But it’s important diversity exists in a wider sense, and not just in the foreground.)

Suggestions / Re: Boo Cook on Tyranny Rex
« on: Today at 01:03:05 PM »
My feelings towards the post-Smith Smith strips is more mixed. I wasn’t really convinced by Rory McConville’s work with the character. It didn’t feel right, and bizarrely decided to wrap up background flavour Smith had just been intentionally leaving there for years. But Kot’s stuff hits the spot rather well.

Indigo Prime remains suitably bonkers and other-worldly, but I’m not sure Kek-W’s tendency to mine the Prog’s past worked terribly well. I didn’t really need Revere dredged up (and similarly wasn’t keen on Armoured Gideon in The Order).

Given 2000 AD’s work-for-hire nature, everything is of course owned by Rebellion, and so there’s nothing to stop Matt Smith dishing out Tyranny Rex to someone else on a permanent or by-series basis. But it would be a pity if there was no place left for Smith, unless everyone is convinced he’s never coming back.

Suggestions / Re: Boo Cook on Tyranny Rex
« on: Today at 12:10:45 PM »
Yeah, I do hope—somehow—Smith will one day write for the Prog again. Mind you, he was hard to pin down at the best of times, and you got the feeling various Thargs would just randomly find a script show up, which would kick strips back into gear. After what happened with Indigo Prime, who knows whether Matt and John want to work together again? I do hope they might be able to work something out. His voice was unique and I suspect we’re going to hit that Hachette extension and quickly discover what we’re missing from the Prog.

Quite how John Smith would slot in now is trickier to figure out, mind, given that Devlin Waugh and Indigo Prime have both moved on in a big way.

Megazine / Re: Meg 425 - The God of Death
« on: Today at 12:07:05 PM »
It’s a good issue, Dreadnoughts is too close to home in a way that feels important, Megatropolis is Elseworldsing it up in amusing fashion, Deliverance is suitably daffy and dark in equal measure, and I need to re-read The Returners so I can remember who these people are.

The Wagner Dredd is an odd one. A typically terse and smart Wagner strip, and the art is broadly very, very good. But we for some reason appear to be in a place where Beeny is the only woman in the justice department. Every other street judge, every member of Control, and even Citi-Def: all men—and almost all (depending on a couple of frames where there might be one non-white man) white men. I know I bang on about this a lot, but, please, art droids, write a little note or something to remind you to draw beyond what’s in the mirror.

(Note: I’m aware gender breakdown is unbalanced anyway. Looking at Data USA, men outnumber women by about 6 to 1 in US policing, and 65% of officers are white. But even those numbers show more diversity than most Dredd strips, and if we’re projecting 100 years into the future you’d hope things haven’t got even worse.)

Off Topic / Re: It's a bit warm/ wet/ cold outside
« on: Today at 10:24:16 AM »
I still get a little jealous about people going veggie. Mrs IP and I were heading that way and were really happy about it. Then she got severe late onset oral allergy syndrome and I got badly sick for two weeks and have ever since had an undiagnosed condition that severely limits fibre and FODMAP intake. I’d go batshit without eggs and chicken—and I can’t tolerate coconut, which wipes out a lot of vegan substitute foods (like basically all cheese).

If someone could wave a magic wand tomorrow and eradicate our allergies/intolerances, I don’t know if we’d go veggie immediately, but I imagine we’d be back to eating meat perhaps only a few times per week (and in much smaller portions). Bah @ reality.

Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: Today at 09:13:30 AM »
What gets me is how much of this was plainly avoidable. I have a friend in China who says this is largely over there now. You obviously have to take data from Chinese authorities with a fistful of salt, but he says life is just happening now. Occasionally, a neighbourhood will get locked down but generally, things have mostly returned to normal.

A recent Bunker interviewed someone from New Zealand, and there, too, everything seems to be basically back to how it was. The interviewee seemed a bit concerned about complacency; but by the same token, he was looking forward to a standard stadium rugby game, a trip to the cinema and having a meal at a cafe.

Politically, these two countries couldn’t be more different, but they share one thing in common: political will. Those countries who have failed to any great extent have mostly (not all) lacked this. The USA, UK, Sweden and others who went for “ah, it’ll all be fine” are perhaps the worst offenders; but you also see countries like Iceland who were doing so bloody well and then fucked everything up because tourism. Had they locked down for a year, taken it on the chin and enacted some form of UBI, they’d have been more like NZ rather than having a rapidly increasing infection rate for the first time.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: Today at 08:41:43 AM »
Yeah, I wasn’t doubting it. I’d just forgotten. The extension really is John Smith central (which I’m not complaining about).

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 20 October, 2020, 09:16:51 PM »
184 pages of 2000 AD strip. A handful of stuff in yearbooks/specials. Seems almost tailor made for a single volume.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 20 October, 2020, 07:55:04 PM »
I didn’t remember Tyranny Rex was in the extension.

General / Re: Tales of Nu Earth Volume 3 - why so rare?
« on: 19 October, 2020, 09:02:44 AM »
Looking at what’s in there, it’s arguably the weakest RT book, and so outright popularity seems unlikely, but who knows? A lower print run seems more likely.

General / Re: Tales of Nu Earth Volume 3 - why so rare?
« on: 19 October, 2020, 07:37:41 AM »
I imagine it’s just that one sold out first, for whatever reason, and so now commands a higher price. As to why, who knows?

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2021
« on: 16 October, 2020, 04:00:43 PM »
Credit to Rebellion: rather than rely solely on reprint, they’ve spent a lot of time commissioning new material and giving existing and new comics creators work.

Books & Comics / Re: Bargains/deals thread (?)
« on: 15 October, 2020, 01:47:39 PM »
Ah. Apologies.

General / Re: The Niemand Tapes
« on: 15 October, 2020, 12:12:05 PM »
It would also have required Rennie fashion an entirely different writing style for Niemand Dredds, of course.

General / Re: The Niemand Tapes
« on: 15 October, 2020, 09:44:07 AM »
I still find it astonishing that he’s come from out of the blue and into Dredd to this level. That he’s a writer elsewhere makes a lot of sense. But even so, we’ve seen other writers try and fail at Dredd before, including established comics writers. To my mind, his work is up there with the very best, which is astonishing given how rapidly that happened.

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