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Prog / Re: Prog 2137 : Mind how you go...
« on: Today at 08:21:01 am »
"I'm Kenneth Niemand and so is my wife!"

In a very real sense, we’re all Ken Niemand now.

Prog / Re: Prog 2137 : Mind how you go...
« on: 24 June, 2019, 02:42:22 pm »
Did anybody mention Mike Stott yet?

Is he Ken Niemand?

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 24 June, 2019, 02:03:39 pm »
Saw Men In Black International a couple of weeks ago. It's not terrible, but it's not great, either… it's mildly amusing throughout, but essentially just coasts through a pretty perfunctory script on the ample charisma of its leads, with a fairly beefy supporting cast (Liam Neeson, Rafe Spall, Emma Thompson…).

Would probably pass an evening at home agreeably enough as an undemanding watch with a couple of drinks, but not really worth making the effort to see in the cinema, which is a real shame when you think what Hemsworth and (Tessa) Thompson could have done with stronger material.

Prog / Re: Prog 2137 : Mind how you go...
« on: 24 June, 2019, 12:59:19 pm »
Wasn't Helltrekkers by "F. Martin Candor", another Wagner/Grant pseudonym…?

What can I say?  That some of us still have the sad vestiges of creative integrity?


(Which was too many pages.)

You know you get paid by the page, right?! There’s a reason why Pat Mills’ catchphrase is “He didn’t think it too many”…

I seem to recall you've called me on that before Jim

To be fair, I didn’t really ‘call you’ on it — I absolutely had this wrong, too. I remember John Smith complaining bitterly on the old 2000AD Usenet group that Andy’s ‘rocket fuel edict’ had robbed A Love Like Blood of a couple of extra episodes that it needed (which it really did) and I can see why he thought that, and, from there, why a lot of the rest us thought that, too. It’s only relatively recently from talking to Andy that the rocket fuel thing and the reprint thing (both of which I was aware of separately) dropped into place chronologically.

Film & TV / Re: Good Omens Series
« on: 23 June, 2019, 05:54:33 pm »
I liked the way Amazon then said they’d cancelled Stranger Things in retaliation.

Books & Comics / Re: Thrillpower Overload: the missing chapters
« on: 23 June, 2019, 03:40:30 pm »

Rebellion Publishing has reported net-losses in recent years.

Almost certainly owing to heavy investment purchasing things like the IPC/Fleetway back catalogue, as has been mentioned before. You can’t infer any direct information about sales revenue from this.

As I recall it takes his 'shot glass of rocket fuel' idea too far.

Remember, as we’ve discussed before, that it’s possible to read too much into the ‘rocket fuel’ memo, which Andy intended as a general statement of intent, not a cast iron policy.

It tends to get conflated with the truncation of stories like A Love Like Blood, Storming Heaven, and a couple of others, but that didn’t happen because of the ‘rocket fuel’ memo, it happened because of an overseas reprint deal in the offing which was conditional on stories hitting a very specific page-length and not one page more. When the deal fell through, the restriction was lifted and stories of more varied length became possible again.

Creative Common / Re: Kickstarting Channel Hex
« on: 22 June, 2019, 02:05:27 pm »
As you already know, i’m very much onboard for as much of a lettering/production/design assist as you need.

General / Re: Oh no not another re-read thread (progs 336 to 729)
« on: 21 June, 2019, 02:39:42 pm »
True - for artwork that he truly made his own, see The Thirteenth Floor (from the pages of Scream! and Eagle).

I'm a House of Daemon man, myself! :-)

General / Re: Oh no not another re-read thread (progs 336 to 729)
« on: 21 June, 2019, 12:01:08 pm »
Yeah… Ortiz' stint on Rogue is an odd one — his art is great… I've commented before that he had one of the most distinctive ways of lighting figures I can think of — generally with a strong primary light source and a secondary 'bounce' light that somehow immediately makes me think of westerns. But his Rogue just never 'felt' like Rogue.

Megazine / Re: Meg 409 - The Death of Dominion?
« on: 21 June, 2019, 10:11:40 am »
I enjoyed this month’s Meg a great deal, but I have to say that if Mike White did draw that episode of Mind Wars that’s credited to him, it’s a genius-level imitation of Redondo’s style. My suspicion is that it’s maybe an art assist of some kind on his part, and a mistake in the original credits…

General / Re: Oh no not another re-read thread (progs 336 to 729)
« on: 20 June, 2019, 06:09:17 pm »
If you want to continue our personal conversation, feel free to do so via PM, as suggested in the forum guidelines *

I haven't flamed, attacked, harassed or personally abused you. I haven't behaved like a "rageaholic". I simply made some observations based on having worked in this industry full-time for over a decade which disagreed with assertions made by you, who don't. Not all opinions are created equal.

It would be a very boring 'discussion' forum if every disagreement had to be immediately take to PM, as you seem to be implying (since I don't believe I've actually broken any of the forum guidelines you quote). I should also point out that you didn't PM me to express your disagreement with my response… nor do I believe you should have done so.

I have no desire to continue the thread derail — you may have the last word if it's important to you, but I honestly couldn't let the implication that I was somehow in violation of the forum guidelines stand without reply. If you think differently, feel free to report me.

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