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Messages - Jim_Campbell

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Books & Comics / Re: Essential Judge Dredd Apocalypse War
« on: Today at 06:03:55 PM »
Sadly for this volume its less successful on the Ezquerra pages. Well successful is possibly unfair, it just looks like its been added, like its on top of the line work rather than naturally part of the art. I have no idea why that might be

I suspect it might be because we've seen so much of Carlos' art which he coloured himself, unlike any of the others, that there's a pre-existing expectation of what Carlos-in-colour looks like…?

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Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: Today at 02:31:54 PM »
Started The Expanse. People have been shilling it to me for years but I was always like "Yeah,SyFy channel..."
Promising so far.

I liked it from the start, but it's fair to say that S1 is the slowest season by far. There's a lot of very necessary world-building going on, which I enjoyed but which some people seem to have found off-putting.

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Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: Today at 02:16:53 PM »
Started Season 4 of Black Sails. Episode 1 would have taken an entire season of Walking Dead (when it was at it's worst).

Yeah. They'd decided ahead of time that this would be the last series, so it rattles along at a fair old clip and I don't think it's a spoiler to say that they stick the landing (for me, at least).

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Prog / Re: Prog 2215: Fire From Above
« on: Today at 01:02:48 PM »
Just read the Damage Report too - very best wishes to CyberMatt and family.

I hear that The Mighty One applied a couple of medical-grade Rigellian Hotshots and told him to get back to work. There's nothing like excrutiating pain and a cut in your oil rations to focus the self-repair circuits, so CyberMatt is now back to working us all like our non-attendance at Mek-Quake's lair depends on it.*


*Which it does, obviously.

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General / Re: Favorite Cover Lines
« on: Today at 10:11:32 AM »
My favourite in a lot of years is this one…



It's a great play on words, made doubly clever by how appropriate the passage from which it's taken is…

Into my heart an air that kills
From yon far country blows:
What are those blue remembered hills…

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General / Re: Favorite Cover Lines
« on: 19 January, 2021, 11:43:55 PM »
Ironically, attached to the least sexy image of Anderson (and, arguably, the image that looks least like the character) ever committed to paper.

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Film & TV / Re: Wonder Woman 1984
« on: 19 January, 2021, 04:33:52 PM »
The DC movies thus far have been dreadful

I thought Aquaman was as dumb as a box of rocks, but knew it and managed to be quite a lot of fun as a result. And Shazam was great.

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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2021
« on: 19 January, 2021, 11:54:46 AM »
The best solution would have been to have each release in the 3 formats: HC, SC and D

For values of "best solution" that include "not making any money", sadly.

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Film & TV / Re: Endlessly Re-watchable
« on: 18 January, 2021, 03:51:58 PM »
This is a strange one for me — I tend to find that I need to be in a certain mood to watch capital-G Great movies, even the unabashedly popcorn ones, like Star Wars of Raiders.

Films I can watch literally any time, regardless of mood, are an odd breed. The first three that come to mind are:

Pacific Rim
Tron: Legacy
Sky Captain & The World of Tomorrow

Now that I think about, I suspect that with all three of those, my enjoyment of the films almost entirely visual — I don't need to invest in any way… I can literally stick my brain in neutral and let the imagery play in front of me.

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Off Topic / Re: Starting from Nothing...
« on: 17 January, 2021, 10:58:54 PM »
Bonjo animated series in the style of Bananaman leads into Gerry Anderson-style Nemesis the Warlock puppet show, followed by stop-motion/live action Flesh series in the style of The Valley of Gwangi. After that, it’s straight into the $10M-an-episode live action/CG Judge Dredd TV series.

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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 17 January, 2021, 12:09:50 AM »
The Wraethu apparently inspired by the androgyny of the Brum goth scene.

To be fair, both goth and glam rock* have been scenes that blurred the gender boundaries since the 80s. There’s been a standing joke at Whitby Gothic Weekend since forever that there are two kinds of toilet at the Spa, female and unisex.

* For values of glam that encompass Hanoi Rocks rather than T-Rex. No disrespect on the 70s glammies, I just don’t have any direct experience of that.

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General / Re: Dreddverse Map
« on: 16 January, 2021, 12:01:26 PM »
I see them as fun asides rather than anything to worry about—alt dimension shenanigans. After all, we don’t feel compelled to roll in Batman’s entire continuity into Dredd, and then by extension the entire DC universe (or at least one of them). Do we?

No, but that's explicitly an alternate dimension story, rather than a time travel one, although the distinction between an alternate dimension and an alternate timeline is a pretty fuzzy one.

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General / Re: Dreddverse Map
« on: 16 January, 2021, 11:30:59 AM »
(in much the same way Strontium Dog is Dredd’s future)

More accurately, Dredd is Strontium Dog's past. The way time has been demonstrated to work in Dredd continuity means that although Dredd exists in SD's past timeline, it doesn't automatically follow that SD is the future of Dredd's timeline. The timelines can diverge at any point post-Judgement Day, setting Dredd's future on a different path from the one that results in the SD universe.

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Film & TV / Re: The Expanse
« on: 16 January, 2021, 10:14:50 AM »
I hadn't realised that the next season will be the last. On the one hand, that makes me sad. On the other, I'm happy that the series will come to a planned ending, rather than just getting unceremoniously cancelled, probably on a cliff-hanger. (Yes, I'm looking particularly at you, Dark Matter.)

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Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 14 January, 2021, 01:12:12 PM »
Interesting Twitter thread here on the UK government narrative that the Covid rules are sufficient, but there's not enough compliance.

TL;DR version: there's good compliance with most rules, excellent compliance with many. The one that's falling short is the one that's most importance, and which (possibly not coincidentally) the government gives least emphasis to… self-isolation.



With the new variant being so much more contagious, this should be 1) legally enforcible, and 2) supported by the most generous support package imaginable. Literally, whatever you're earning now, we will pay you for twenty days to stay at home. If you live alone, we will bring food and medication to your doorstep. Now, stay the fuck indoors or you'll get a fine so big your children will be paying it off. And that goes for everyone else in your house.

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