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General / Re: Oh no not another re-read thread (progs 336 to 729)
« on: 24 June, 2019, 10:32:30 pm »
Anderson Hour of the Wolf has one of my all time favourite episode with the masterfully timed ambush that takes out Cass.

I LOVE that series.  I felt it suffered a bit from the artist change part way through. 

These were interesting days for the comic, with prog 520 clearly being a standout as it was the 10th Birthday Prog, and it changed paper size and stock.  That prog is just full of great art: Barry Kitson on Anderson, Steve Dillon on Rogue, Garry Leach on Dredd, Kevin O'Neill on Torquemada the God and Carlos on Strontium Dog.  Wow! 

Off Topic / Re: Donating blood.
« on: 24 June, 2019, 07:48:39 pm »
In the US, I can't give blood because of that Mad Coo Disease that created the Moniaive Comic Festival. 

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 24 June, 2019, 05:24:20 am »
This Storm by James Ellroy. Second book in his new new LA quartet set during WW2...

I used to be big into Ellroy, but way back - so far that I'm not even sure those brain cells are still operational.  Your review here makes me want to get back on board.

First, though, I've just started into Baptism of Fire by Andrej Sapkowski (sometimes thought of as Book 3 of The Witcher saga) and it's crazy, dark, twisted and compelling.  (And also a bit like being in the middle of someone's D&D campaign.)

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 23 June, 2019, 04:33:00 pm »

Stegosaurus of Style?

When you described Ace Trucking Co as something that was previously funny but had got itself into a hole and kept digging, I think the technical term for that is "Doing a Linehan"

Please explain. Or maybe Conrad will. He does his homework.

I think he's referring to something quite British (& Irish) that probably hasn't flagged up too strongly in the US.  Graham Linehan was a much-loved comedy writer who has, in recent years, seemingly become obsessed with anti-transgender activism through the medium of his Twitter account*, to the extent that the police had occasion to have a little word in his shell-like.

Anyway: it's rather small beer compared to things in the US - where the President and Vice-President (rather than a relatively well known comedy writer) are in cahoots to try to stop their embassies from flying the rainbow flag (and other things that would stop gay people from being ... allowed ... to be).  Still, the embassies tend to respond well to such demands, so there's hope yet:

*Brave and foolhardy be the Interweb surfer who spends too long trying to unravel that palaver.

Books & Comics / Re: Thrillpower Overload: the missing chapters
« on: 23 June, 2019, 04:07:58 pm »
Thanks for the links, Frank - that Grauniad film I hadn't seen before, and was well good.  (It also had a couple of older articles linked below it, for Judge Dredd gets first female writer and Is Judge Dredd gay?*)

Thanks for the additional context, Jim.

*Which follows Betteridge's law.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 23 June, 2019, 03:32:30 pm »
Currently reading: Meltdown Man, by Alan Hebden and Massimo Bellardinelli

Even though my first 2000 AD was prog 146, my regular reading started with 178 (almost a jump-on prog, aside from it being at part 23 of The Judge Child) - which is where Meltdown Man started (along with The Mean Arena, Strontium Dog in Death's Head and the Nemesis prequel Killer Watt).

And Dash Decent, but shhh!  This is supposed to be the golden age.

Any road: as you know, Meltdown Man stayed in the prog every week for 50 progs!  And for me as a new reader, this just seemed normal.  I'm very fond of the strip, and I'm sure partly it's just rose-tinted nostalgia, but man - I'll take it.  And, yeah, Liana was a furry compared to all the other yujees.  Mind you, wasn't one of them just entirely in animal form?  (I don't want to go into too much detail in case I spoiler.)


Books & Comics / Re: Thrillpower Overload: the missing chapters
« on: 23 June, 2019, 03:14:15 pm »
All of that historical data begs the question: what number the current readership?

General / Re: Oh no not another re-read thread (progs 336 to 729)
« on: 22 June, 2019, 01:27:48 am »
I wonder if it would have worked better if it hadn't been Horst.  It was such a poor move (in hindsight) to remove the tale from Nu Earth (which was as much a main character as Rogue himself).

Creative Common / Re: Kickstarting Channel Hex
« on: 22 June, 2019, 01:19:10 am »
I loved the Starblazer comics so this idea appeals to me.

I used to have a huge stack of them but for some reason they got discarded (along with my Victors and Hotspurs) when I got more regularly into 2000 AD. 

I just looked up some cover images and got that slightly-queasy-but-nice nostalgia tummy feeling.  (Other people get that, right?)

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 21 June, 2019, 01:51:54 am »
Just watched A Touch of Cloth (3 episodes; 2012-2014), which I'd been unaware of until Amazoon stuck it in front of my face a few days ago.  It's like every British crime drama meets Police Squad.  Hilarious.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 20 June, 2019, 05:28:47 am »
That fantastic McCarthy cover Fox was talking about:

Off Topic / Re: Basic Argumentation, And The Causing Of Offence
« on: 19 June, 2019, 10:21:04 pm »
Gotta say that wasn't very enigmatic, Dr X.

Off Topic / Re: Basic Argumentation, And The Causing Of Offence
« on: 19 June, 2019, 10:11:58 pm »
I'm lumping all those who believe in the rights of the state together...

Well, at least you admit it!  :-\

Other Reviews / Re: LETTERSENTERTAINYOU 2015 - The Beast Lives!
« on: 19 June, 2019, 10:10:11 pm »

Other Reviews / Re: LETTERSENTERTAINYOU 2015 - The Beast Lives!
« on: 19 June, 2019, 09:56:15 pm »
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