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Film & TV / Re: New Dr Who Trailer
« Last post by Funt Solo on Today at 10:47:25 pm »
Given where the discussion is now, I was trying to think of female protagonists I enjoyed as a boy.  (Of course, given the comparative lack of roles for women, the list to choose from is shorter). 

Still, there's The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, The Railway Children, Mary Poppins, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Press Gang and Xena.  Actually, being honest, I found Mary Poppins too saccharin, but I loved all the others.

I don't really buy the idea that boys cannot appreciate a female protagonist.  Can anyone point to a study that would prove that, rather than just opinion?  (I'm not trying to score points: I just like to follow science.)

So I don't buy the posited idea that Doctor Who, by changing gender, is stealing something from the collective male childhood experience. 
General / Re: new 2000ad RPG to funded via Kickstarter
« Last post by TordelBack on Today at 10:25:51 pm »
I may fund it, but I'm waiting until they confirm the Naughty Photos of TordelBack stretch goal.

You have only to ask.

Well,  all doubts out the window - that is one highly polished campaign, and aside from a judge who collects antiques (How?  Where?) everything presented seems spot-on so far. I still have to find the creds somehow (about those photos,  von Boom...), but the chance to use my old GW adventures and floor plans with my Mongoose minis and a solid modern d6 ruleset under a stylish black Carlos hardcover... WAY too much to pass up.
News / Re: Warlord Stront game!
« Last post by Leigh S on Today at 10:22:59 pm »

and still the backlog grows!
General / Re: new 2000ad RPG to funded via Kickstarter
« Last post by sheridan on Today at 10:05:04 pm »
It took 9 minutes to fund, so I'm guessing the printing presses are busy now!
Megazine / Re: Meg 400 - 400th Issue!
« Last post by sheridan on Today at 09:55:29 pm »
Couple of disappointments to get out the way. As mentioned below would have loved Mind Wars in the floppie but not to be alas. Also no new strip. Always like a noce new strip in a chocker big issue like this.

Read the last two sentences a couple of times and can't figure out what you mean - every new strip is new, nothing continuing from the previous issue (granted that Lawless, Blunt II and The Dark Judges all continue directly on from previous books, but the rest are either one shots or the first episode of a continuing story).

p.s. with you on Mind Wars, though I can see why they would want an all-Dredd floppy for Meg 400.

Anderson Perfectly functional but didn't really feel like it had anything new to say. It looked stunning BUT for a story focusing on Anderson't 40th year on the street no effort seemed to be made to make the years show which was a real shame as otherwise great work.

Very much agree with this - the whole point of the story is that she's been on the streets for 40 years (not got Anderson Year One immediately to hand, but presuming she graduated the Academy at the standard 20 yo).  She looks a third of the 60 years old she should be.
Megazine / Re: Meg 400 - 400th Issue!
« Last post by sheridan on Today at 09:50:22 pm »
Am I blind or is there no creator credits box on Storm Warning because I really preferred the art to Tom Fowler's first story and would like to know who did it.

That will be Jimmy Broxton.

On the digital version all the credit for the different strips can also be found on page 100

Is that the back page?  Reddish background fading down to black?  That's on the physical copy too, though completely misses out the lettering droids (which is a bit strange for the strip itself, 'coz aren't they the ones who put on the credit boxes?  Or is that the bodgers / art editors?)
General / Re: new 2000ad RPG to funded via Kickstarter
« Last post by von Boom on Today at 09:45:09 pm »
Link to Kickstarter.

I may fund it, but I'm waiting until they confirm the Naughty Photos of TordelBack stretch goal.
Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« Last post by The Legendary Shark on Today at 09:39:12 pm »

Aye, nothing I can add, I know, except my heartfelt support and best wishes. It might give some comfort to know that, after over a decade of the loneliest black I've ever known, which I spent like Achilles sulking in his tent, things got immeasurably better for me. The last few years have been virtually dog-free for me and I no longer live in fear of its return.

Things can get better. If you believe nothing else I say (and why would you?), you can at least believe that.

Peace and love, my darlings, peace and love.

Film & TV / Re: New Dr Who Trailer
« Last post by Greg M. on Today at 08:52:53 pm »
My point is more that we as a people need to get over content 'for boys' or 'for girls' based on the protagonist. It is a deeply problematic thing that in the long run causes massive problems for women, for all kinds of reasons. There is no good reason why shows lead by one gender cannot be watched and enjoyed by the other.

Surely it’s just human nature though, for boys to gravitate towards male heroes and girls to gravitate towards female ones, on the basis of ease of identification? I agree that girls – typically far more emotionally intelligent – find it easier to identify with male heroes than boys do with female ones, but that’s sort of my point: I don’t think what you want is realistic for younger boys. Again, I appreciate you have a daughter, not a son, so that’s not where your priorities lie. And of course it’s important that girls have their heroes, of all different varieties, but I don’t think that a very rare example of an intellectual, non-violent male hero has to be removed as a result. Give the girls a new hero who’ll be truly their own, not a repurposed and repackaged male character.

For me, the new Doctor Who just feels like a tiny step in the right direction, for what we all know is going to be a very limited period of time. (My guess: two series, tops. There is zero chance the next regeneration will be to a woman.)

Of course, recasting back from a woman to a man could be seen a controversial and retrograde step, removing what will by then have become a high-profile female role. However, depending on the ratings, my gut instinct is that the show may be given a rest post-Whittaker. I think Chibnall’s been given a “kill or cure” mandate after the plummeting ratings of the Capaldi era, hence the BBC's willingness to gamble on a female Doctor and various format changes.
Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« Last post by JayzusB.Christ on Today at 08:32:45 pm »
Aye, was going through a similar spell for a lot of last year, veering between the lethargic type of apathy you speak of and full-on depression.

Doesn't sound like you're only having petty mood swings though; sounds like you're actually suffering. Hope the upcoming social events do the trick for you.
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