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Music / Re: Guilty Pleasures
« on: Today at 08:34:55 AM »

I don't want to think about why that ones guilty...

Off Topic / Re: Live, Laugh, Love
« on: Today at 08:34:23 AM »
I no longer
Your authority

Prog / Re: Prog 2176 - Die Another Day
« on: Today at 08:32:21 AM »
So i am finally in the sub territory at this point the current situation kinda forced my hand. should i expect this prog today?

I wonder how many others have gone this route in these times? Tharg might be finding a uptick with comic shops closed - who knows.

Anyway I guess this one will land when the printers (does it still come direct from the printers?) and Royal Mail are able to safely dispatch and deliever - might expect a delay on your first one? With any luck after than you'll get a lovely dose of thrillpower every Saturday... or Monday... occasionally Tuesday and you hear the gnashing of teeth if its any later than that!

Off Topic / Re: Yes I was away...
« on: 06 April, 2020, 06:05:16 PM »
What you been away... can't say I noticed... though there was an air of cool serene elegance and charm around the place I couldn't quite place...

...anyway guess your back and we'll all just have to learn to live with it.

How was Cuba? Where did you go. I went there ... gosh... 16 years ago now and it was one of the most fascinating holidays I've ever been on.

Off Topic / Re: Live, Laugh, Love
« on: 06 April, 2020, 11:51:36 AM »
Can I

Off Topic / Re: Live, Laugh, Love
« on: 06 April, 2020, 09:16:26 AM »

Film & TV / Re: Tales from the Loop - Amazon Prime.
« on: 05 April, 2020, 04:29:39 PM »
Sounds good added to my already too long watch list.

Books & Comics / Re: Comics after the Pandemic
« on: 05 April, 2020, 12:19:01 PM »
While I have no real insight I reckon the big two will be fine, as long as their global parent companies want them to be. The real risks is at the edges and the greater diversity of comics, specifically via the direct market, which is where the real danger lies? Mainly as the smaller stores are going to struggle. One would imagine some will survive, some will not. The same will be true for smaller publishers I'd imagine.

What that would lead to I'd suggest an even smaller direct market and can an even smaller direct market sustain itself? Diamond, damaged and reduced? Fewer stores? Fewer publishers?

Mind will this just be accelerating what was happening anyway. So will the digital market replace the gap left in the physical market. Will the growing market (?) in bookstore and from mainstream publishers increases its share and become dominant - if they aren't in reality already? Its all a bit worrying for us diehard old school types BUT this is an industry full of smart, creative folks and so while we may well see a changed industry after all this will it be for the better? Or will energy and ingenuity be used to reset the norm after all this - that seems hard to imagine but if smarter folks than me want to sustain the current status I'm sure they'll find a way. The question is would the want to?

Folks will still want to read comics, folks will still love to produce them so comics aren't going anywhere. How we consume them - well that's still up for grabs.

Website and Forum / Re: Avatars
« on: 04 April, 2020, 06:26:29 PM »
The site is definitely squirrely at the moment.

I've had to change the bookmark I use completely because it kept saying the server was not responding.

Yeah I had that problem yesterday and thought it was down, turned out it was just the URL I use for 'Unread Posts' - my default way to access has changed.

Guess it all relates to the work on other bits of the site and probably is way down the list of priorities right now.

Stay safe dear forum, stay safe.

Website and Forum / Re: Avatars
« on: 04 April, 2020, 05:14:07 PM »
Oh yeah Avatars have gone and the little icon thingies for the emojiis.

Prog / Prog 2176 - Die Another Day
« on: 04 April, 2020, 04:35:35 PM »
Well that's a pointed Prog tag line or what!

 Anyway to matters more important.

I salute you Phoenix.
I salute you Tharg.

Two weeks in and the exeption efforts of all creative types and production types and delivery types have meant that we're two for two for uninterupted entertainment and thrills. This may get boring if they keep this up but in these plague ridden times I fully intend to keep saluting folks for as long as they can manage this.

Oh and what a cover Simon Fraser gives us... I'm not going to use spoiler tags for this anymore as its all over the place and this is a spoiler thread so... of Hershey. Just wonderful.

Inside we get Dyer and Niemand on Dredd - bit of a dream team that... though for Niemand its not his best, Its sweet and eerie but feels like. I mean its still good, just not what I've come to expect of Niemand good.

Survival Geeks is fun, if I got a little lost with the action at one point, other than that looks wonderful.

Skip Tracer does what Skip Tracer does, its solid.

Aquila gives us a quick histroy lesson. We'll skip the debate about the actual events that took place... or didn't... its a stirring tale with a blinding ending.

And whatever we think about it being here Hershey is the star of the show. Its top class high octane thrills with art and particularly colouring that really evelates it. Astoinshing good.

Good Prog with in the circumstance makes it astonishing. Once again Tharg we stand on our virtual doorsteps and applaud you.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 03 April, 2020, 03:11:01 PM »
The trouble is that review is so funny it's made me want to watch the movie so I have context!

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 02 April, 2020, 09:21:57 PM »

First mini-break in this 'years' run comes from with one strip still carrying on VCs blasting on through... but weird I'm up to Prog 1490 last in May so nearly half the year through with no natural break yet... mind Prog 1500 just around the corner I guess.

ANYWAY that's not really the point the point this time is to salute two strip ending, not that I've got much to say about them. Firstly Low Life - Con Artist wraps up after seven issues as Aimee's tale enters a Hitman's Conversion with the greatest hitman of them all Blackbird not observing the truce this is meant to bring. BUT as before those hi-jinks and they are very good fun hi-jinks are secondary to the darkening slope we see Nixon continue to slide down.

It's easy to forget that Aimee Nixon had this consistent decent soe wonderfully drawn out in Low Life before it became Dirty Frank's turn fully in the spotlight.

Secondly after 10 episodes Lobster Random's The Agony and the Ecstacy  come to an end. And this books the trend I've been observing of late as much like the recently discussed ABC Warriors this tale is chocker block with ideas and they rattle off ten to the dozen. Its rich, intricate and twisty as we get villains cram full of ingenuity and concept, heck the big bad has a T-Rex stuck to his head... or is he stuck to a T-Rex's chin and its scheme upon scheme, upon scheme. Yet for all that it still feels like its driven by Lobster R as a character the finely craved dressing, so full of hi-falutin' word play and plotting never feels is brilliant window dressing, never overwhelming story or character but lifting them.

Sorry I'm harpin' on and when I come back I'll find a new axe to grind I'm sure...

Prog / Re: Prog 2175 - Semi Detached
« on: 02 April, 2020, 06:52:59 PM »

Neither Judge Death nor The Angel Gang got a send-off that approached the sentiment of Dredd's final farewell to Hershey.

Oh no you said it out loud - WE'RE ALL DOOMED NOW.

The Prog has landed! \o/

So what do you finally think?

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 01 April, 2020, 09:16:47 PM »

     Small things done well

Well having chatted about the failing of a long form story last time I want to quickly mention a couple of shorter tales done so well.

Firstly Prog 1484 see Judge Dredd - Fitness Test a story we've seen before, an older Judge (though still Dredd's junior) being tested to see if he still fit for duty... he's not... and so he opts for the Long Walk. That's it, that's all and yet with so little, with such a simple single idea Grennie and Anthony Williams get so much out of it. Its so powerful and wonderfully excecuted. The final page of Dredd watching overMegway 38 in the place of Murdoch says so much about the impact this simple, undramatic passing has on Dredd. A simple idea, driven by character is so much more effective that 100 ideas swamping character.

Secondly a three part Dante - Usurper. Again a simple, if more dramatic idea. A showdown between pirates to establish control of the seven seas. And for all the drama and the shark pirates and burning zombies these 18 or so pages are simply about the corrosive nature of Dante's relationship with his mother and the apparent need to overthrow her to save children Dante won't abandon in the way his mother did him. Just superb and again the final page, as Morrison and co so often do in these series hits home perfectly. In this instance the idea is there but secondly to the character driven elements of this wonderful story.

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