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General / Re: Bisley does Zenith - all very odd
« on: 02 March, 2021, 02:08:39 PM »
For what it's worth, Demon Dave is claiming at least three four of those (including the one credited to Bisley) on his own site and the signature looks the same on the others. Dave DeVries Comics Gallery.

And the originals seem to be more Mckean/Sandman influenced (at least in terms of layout) but that's all been chopped off for the final product.

General / Re: Dredd Epics Ranked - Better! Vote for positions 52 - 45
« on: 02 March, 2021, 08:04:56 AM »
Don't really understand what's going on now and I've already blah-blahed about these ones in the previous threads, so:

01. Crusade.
02. Robot War
03. Luna City.

General / Re: Dredd Epics Ranked - Better! Round 1
« on: 27 February, 2021, 12:06:18 AM »
John Hicklenton is one of my favourite artists the prog has ever had.  But he's not at his best here - I'm not sure why, maybe it's TOO detailed or maybe the reproduction process hasn't been kind to it.  Or maybe a bit of both.
What I alluded to earlier in the thread and TB has just mentioned. This is what I remember about the situation now. If I’m off anywhere I unreservedly apologise and please correct me here.

John was already quite ill. One of the big effects of MS is the gradual loss of fine control of delicate movements. Like drawing. To offset this, each panel of the finished comic was drawn as a separate piece and the final pages are a collage of these scaled up and down accordingly.

General / Re: Dredd Epics Ranked - Better! Round 2
« on: 26 February, 2021, 11:53:36 PM »
Oh, it’s getting late!

01. Doomsday. The story itself doesn’t quite work but the weaving of different threads through throwaway one-offs and ongoing stories is incredible. Only Necropolis comes close in those terms. An epic defined by the build up rather than the climax but an underrated one nonetheless.

02. Still City of the Damned.

03. Robot War. Just something about Call Me Kenneth and “fleshy ones” as an insult that tickles me in all the right places.

Thoughts on the unplaced new contenders.

Had never even thought of The Mega Rackets as a single ongoing story until whichever Case Files and, let’s be honest, it’s clearly just half a dozen regular Dredd stories given a very shaky overcoat which ends up making the whole thing quite dull if you expect any overarching plot.

The Hunting Party is an important story for Dredd continuity and for Henry Flint’s development but it’s not a classic. Another remix of the old episodic, hotdog run, off-world/out of the city story which Wagner can do in his sleep.

Prog / Re: Prog 2220 Regened: Earth-Shattering
« on: 25 February, 2021, 07:37:39 PM »
It’s obviously gened like genie. Never occurred to me it could be anything else.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 24 February, 2021, 01:02:16 PM »
Very sad news about Si Spencer. I don't know anything of his work beyond Tharg's boundaries but that piece on Down the Tubes painted a vivid picture.

Not as unexpected, perhaps, but Lawrence Ferlinghetti - poet, publisher and enthusiastic promoter of the Beat poets - has died at the ripe old age of 101.

I don't see it mentioned earlier, but the electronic musician/producer/etc SOPHIE died a few weeks ago in an accident. Shockingly young.

General / Re: Dredd Epics Ranked - Better! Round 1
« on: 24 February, 2021, 09:28:50 AM »
I'm kind of interested to see if there's any epic that'd rank below Crusade.
At least six of the others on this list for me. Oh, but I'm too late. Sorry, will try harder next time.

01. City of the Damned. Weak Wagner & Grant is still better than anything else on the list. It's the only one that's a "real" epic and it gave us a handful of unforgettable moments. I should've had it done years ago.

02. Crusade. I know it's like the World's tallest dwarf, but this is by far the best of Morrison Millar long form stories. Partly because there's a bit more Grant than Mark about the McGuffin and the finale but mostly down to Mick Austin. A very underrated artist whose Dredd goes back to the tough, wiry prototype.

03. Luna City, I guess. Already stretching the definition of an epic but some early world-building, vintage art and fond memories of the Eagle comics reprints find a place here.

The rest:

Chief Judges' Man. Disqualified for not being an epic. I get that the original redefinition was a bit of fun to bring in more stories. However, the natural state of Dredd is an ongoing fight against all sorts of crime with occasional villains, plot threads and themes recurring over time as they would in life. Epics are the punctuation marks along the way which threaten to upset or at least resolve elements of this equilibrium. The CJM strand is very clearly in the former camp and it's a perfectly fine but unspectacular example. The background stuff about how it plays into the Edgar plot is more interesting than the individual stories.

Raptaur/Dead Ringer. Have read both but neither left much of an impression.

Purgatory/Inferno. I'm sure somebody's already made this joke but was Paradise when this rubbish finally ended?

Blood of Satanus III. I'm sure I'm not alone in being a bit ashamed of my comments on this story's original run in the Meg before I knew some of the reasons for it. What's left after that's acknowledged is a fairly incoherent story with occasional spectacular images. A good thing for Pat to have done perhaps, but not something I'm likely to revisit.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 18 February, 2021, 08:03:14 PM »
Dunno about Spielberg but hasn’t Lucas always maintained, at least back to his student days, that any work is mutable and should be constantly updated. The Special Editions were not the start. You can argue that the genesis of that is about money and what it helps you achieve but it’s at the centre of his artistic philosophy.

I was also a latecomer to Buckaroo Banzai (saw it once maybe fifteen years ago) and didn’t know what to make of it.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 16 February, 2021, 02:37:03 PM »
This might just be me but I don't think basing life decisions, such as whether to get married, on how a thing is depicted in film and televsion is a good idea.
I still ain't gettin' on no plane, fool!

I had planned to try and write some longer posts for these last couple of rounds but ran out of steam. Sorry about that.

Anyway, this final belongs to the restless, refined, refulgent, relentlessly reinventive Renaissance robot that is... D'Israeli.

I vote for the man who shot the Manfred Fox tunnel backwards.

 Mick McMahon is the better artist but I probably like Ron Smith more. Or liked. Think I appreciate McMahon’s wildness more now than I did then. Hmm. Very difficult choice.

I would like to vote for Simon Fraser.

General / Re: Mega City Book Club - a new podcast about 2000AD books
« on: 31 January, 2021, 09:34:20 PM »

One of Damian’s grail pages

Beautiful. Can I offer you an alternate page from the Deviations story?

Help! / Re: Help me Hive Mind, you're my only hope...
« on: 31 January, 2021, 06:27:13 PM »
Had no idea Barney was so lacking in lettering credits.

Anyway, this looks like your guy: https://tfwiki.net/wiki/Gary_Gilbert

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