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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: Today at 01:10:03 pm »
And in the nightmare dimension: “Sorry, but we’ve decided that of the 30 new books, 30 of them will somehow be Sláine."

I don’t think anyone’s really sure either way. It certainly felt very much like a full stop. Whether it actually was, only Tharg and Abnett can know for sure.

Website and Forum / Re: Shiny New Website?
« on: Today at 09:58:03 am »
The 'about 2000ad' / History section could do with a bit of work.  It would be a good place to put links to the 2000adABC series.  Would also be nice to see some character / major story outlines.  Pretty sure some sort of wiki would get plenty of love from these parts.
I remember a Wiki was floated some time back. It was certainly under discussion when I was actively working on the 2000 AD website. I don’t know why it didn’t happen, but I suspect time and management requirements may have been a factor. These days, I actually quite like the streamlined nature of the site. Either it needs to be stripped back, clean and focussed or go all-in. But for the latter, we have Barney, and Wikipedia exists for wiki entries. Also, there’s nothing to stop enterprising fans setting up a bespoke wiki themselves if they want to.

Film & TV / Re: 007: No time to die
« on: Today at 09:49:26 am »
Mrs IP and I both really loved Casino Royale. It felt like a fresh, modern take on Bond – one that showed it could make a proper fight of it in an era of Bournes and similar. Quantum felt odd – like a massively extended epilogue. It meandered and didn’t stick in my mind. I couldn’t even tell you what it was about now. It’s probably at that point that the people behind Bond massively freaked out and reverted to type.

Skyfall, as regular forumites know, is a film I regard as a vicious insulting travesty of a production. I’ve never walked out of a film. I very nearly did with this one. Mrs IP and I were appalled by what we’d watched, and conversations from other movie-goers on the night were along similar lines. It’s vanishingly rare I ever write about film, but for this I made an exception. I’ve no idea if Spectre continued the rampant awfulness at the heart of Skyfall or not, but the result is that I… just don’t care anymore.

To which people might, rightly, say why bother commenting then? But for me, this entire run represents a horribly missed opportunity to modernise a franchise and make it relevant. Instead, it’s turned into something that was little above a blacky satirised sketch. Still, given the production nightmares that these films have faced, perhaps Bond will rest for a while now, while someone can figure out how to unstick Purvis and Wade (seriously, what blackmail material do they have on Wilson and Broccoli?), and properly reimagine the series for the modern day. Or, you know, just revert to type again with Daniel Craig’s successor.

Finally, a BBC article from earlier this year is just astonishing:

At the launch, producer Barbara Broccoli said Bond's attitudes to women would move with the times. "The Me Too movement has had a huge impact - rightfully, thankfully - on society, and these films should reflect that, as everything we do should," she said.

It shouldn’t take the Me Too movement for someone at Bond Films HQ to think: “You know, perhaps he shouldn’t basically rape a sex trafficking victim while she’s in the shower.” I can only hope whatever Waller-Bridge did had serious impact, and wasn’t just tidying up the edges.

Prog / Re: Prog 2160 The missing Prog!
« on: 04 December, 2019, 11:11:24 am »
Tharg says Brink continues through to 2020. I’d be happy if Tharg said it continued through 2020 (as in, all of it). Top stuff. Really enjoying it. Dredd’s fine (nice with the sentence stuff, which felt very Wagner). Deadworld’s still slightly baffling me after loving it prior to the Sov stuff. I think I need a re-read to get the Byke stuff. Hope is creepy, and begs a re-read. Defoe: I like the art a lot, bar the blurry bits. Some really striking design and linework. As for the script, it probably warrant a re-read, but I kind of feel I need to read through Defoe from the beginning and it’s way back in the queue.

Books & Comics / Re: Bargains/deals thread (?)
« on: 04 December, 2019, 11:08:14 am »
For 69p? Of course!

Announcements / Re: Judge Dredd Mega Collection - New Stock
« on: 03 December, 2019, 07:45:45 pm »
This is the relevant post, confirming that the series has been extended to 110 books. The discussion on the main thread about this starts from this post.

Announcements / Re: Judge Dredd Mega Collection - New Stock
« on: 03 December, 2019, 03:51:23 pm »
Hachette caught all kinds of shit from people when they dropped the price of the Dredd/2000 AD series one time, so perhaps they thought “sod that” next time around. As for the Mightiest books, I imagine they just want rid of them. The series ended a year back, and so stock is now just taking up space.

As for 2000 AD/Dredd, it’s just a warehouse move, like they did recently for Marvel.

Prog / Re: Prog 2160 The missing Prog!
« on: 03 December, 2019, 03:48:28 pm »
Well, I have mine right here.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 03 December, 2019, 10:05:34 am »
The customer service is atrocious. Errors in the books are frustrating. The spine art is divisive. But the product as a whole is excellent – and it’s not like Rebellion is churning out HCs itself. If the company was in a position to mirror Image’s excellent oversized hardcovers, I’d buy them instead.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 02 December, 2019, 07:49:31 pm »
As the polls narrow I just become increasingly convinced that a few million Tory voters are going to appear magically from somewhere.  I'm not sure where right now
The final twist of the knife will be the remaining Brexit Party voters (c. 3%) all going Conservative.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 02 December, 2019, 02:15:05 pm »
I’d quite like it if they from the 81st one just ditched the spine art and went for normal spines, but I can’t imagine that’ll happen. Gotta keep people adding to that art.

Website and Forum / Re: Shiny New Website?
« on: 02 December, 2019, 02:02:34 pm »
The forum still exists, and so we should probably be thankful for that. I’ve no idea what’s going on with the shop, which manages here to be basically unusable on my Macs, iPads and iPhone. That’s quite an achievement. (The problem appears to be all the animations and faff. Shops should be insanely fast, not fiddly, and so I do hope a change is on the way there.)

As for the new site, good to see some investment in it.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 02 December, 2019, 12:35:56 pm »
To stop people freaking out, the entire 2000 AD line will be unavailable on the Hachette site from 9 December for a month, according to an email I just received. (Warehouse move. Same happened with the Marvel one.)

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 02 December, 2019, 11:41:15 am »
I wouldn’t worry about the Zenith books – you’d easily enough be able to sell them on eBay for at least as much as they cost in that sale.

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