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Other Reviews / Re: Tammy and Jinty
« on: Today at 04:56:10 pm »
Indigo: You can order mags from newsagents, though I understand WHS charge you for the privilege.  Maybe a regular order would inspire them to get more for the shelf?
If the store gave the slightest shit about its customers, I might. This is the kind of store where their machine eats coins and then they claim it’s fine (lesson learned: only ever pay using a card). The local McColls is slightly better, assuming you ignore their opening hours for the post office. They’re at least nice to my kid when she buys something.

Like I said, if we had a nice local indie, I’d support it. I might even for Smiths or something if they knew their arse from their elbow (when asking about ordering, it’s a case of “well, we might get it or we might not”). As it is, I’m happy paying Rebellion and other publishers directly.

Other Reviews / Re: Tammy and Jinty
« on: Today at 04:26:45 pm »
Embrace direct support for publishers also. (I do get the ‘shop’ model, too, and might try that myself if there was a local indie. But we have a half-arsed Smiths and a half-arsed McColls. I don’t really care for either, and they don’t care for comics.)

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 25 June, 2019, 12:23:28 pm »
My catch-up parcel arrived yesterday. 45–48, all in one hit. In far better condition than last time, and even compared to the standard deliveries. It seems ordering four books is the way to go – five flummoxes them. Now to wait and see if 49/50 actually rock up in four weeks…

Also, this message currently appears on the Hachette website:

In the past week we have experienced some major issues with our distribution centre's IT systems, which has led to delays for shop customers and subscribers alike.

Although you can still browse the e-shop, you will be unable to purchase anything for the next few days until we get the shop fully online again.

Prog / Re: Prog 2137 : Mind how you go...
« on: 25 June, 2019, 10:10:23 am »
Sneak peek at next issue’s Dredd. It’s all gone a bit too in-jokey, sadly.

Prog / Re: Prog 2137 : Mind how you go...
« on: 24 June, 2019, 02:26:59 pm »
Graham Linehan? Er.

Niemand’s strips feel deeply entrenched in Dredd lore. It’s not surprising a few people have suggested this is Ewing in disguise. If it’s not a pen name, Tharg needs to lock Neimand in a cupboard until he’s written something like 500 Dredd scripts and inevitably gets swept away to USAville.

Suggestions / Re: Collected Tharg Strips
« on: 24 June, 2019, 01:13:43 pm »
From what I understand in my dealings in the industry:

- Stockists get really fucking grumpy when you change a publication’s dimensions
- Paper stock adjustments can be used to cut costs, but tend to impact very badly on the feel of a product – I can’t imagine that doing well for a modern comic, where detail legibility is of paramount importance
- The lion’s share of income is in editorial costs, rather than e.g. number of pages and such

Ultimately, though, unless you have a lovely indie comic store nearby, your best bet to keep 2000 AD in rude health is to subscribe.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 22 June, 2019, 05:20:01 pm »
If you assume ~2200 issues of 2000 AD by the time the 2000 AD collection is done (assuming no extension), that’s, what, about 57,000 pages of strip? Each Hachette run is something like 14,000–18,000 pages of strip. So we’ll end up with two collections comprising about 30,000 pages – or half a 2000 AD. That doesn’t take into account that a chunk of content was taken from the Megazine, though (which by the time the 2000 AD run is done will itself be on issue 424 or thereabouts.

Books & Comics / Re: Vertigo no more
« on: 22 June, 2019, 05:16:13 pm »
Vertigo sounds interesting and mysterious. Black Label sounds either like a beer, porny, or just plain ‘restricted’. It’s just a dreadful piece of branding, presumably designed to seem edgy, yet just coming across as shit.

News / Re: Dredd Month in September
« on: 21 June, 2019, 10:59:52 pm »
I hope there’s another limited HC. I’ll be all over that if so.

Other Reviews / Tammy and Jinty
« on: 21 June, 2019, 07:40:03 am »
Well, that was a nice surprise. I’m not sure what I was expecting from this special, and I have no experience of the original strips some of these stories were based on. But this was a breezy, well written and well illustrated comic. Although a number of strips were lightning fast origins, they worked as standalones – often moreso than those in the other specials. Surprisingly, I think this is my favourite of the specials so far this year.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 19 June, 2019, 12:59:33 pm »
Plenty of people have 43/44, so some went out. My take is they’re just being especially shite of late.

Megazine / Re: Meg 409 - The Death of Dominion?
« on: 18 June, 2019, 03:49:09 pm »
Lawless worked for me. Sure, they could have basically destroyed everything and left it as old-woman Lawson gets shot by the SJS for being a pain in the arse. But for me the timey-wimey get-out worked nicely, and it’s not like a reset. Things have changed. But, frankly, getting more of that strip beats getting no more of it regardless.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 18 June, 2019, 01:31:34 pm »
The site’s gone down before for days. Presumably it’s dealt with using similar stellar levels of competence that you get from the mailing department.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 17 June, 2019, 11:45:13 am »
Last time I placed a standard order with them, it took quite a bit longer than two weeks to arrive. As for the website, who knows? But this isn’t the first time this has happened, and they were active on Facebook on Friday.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 16 June, 2019, 01:34:18 pm »
I guess it depends how big those volumes end up. To date, the 2000 AD ones have been skinnier than the Dredd ones, and so your Vols 1 and 2 seem about right. You could possibly sneak Northern Dark into Vol 1, thereby adding a bit more Absalom, but I’ve no idea. My guess is we’ll basically get the entire Ghosts of London trade (Noblesse Oblige/Sick Leave/Ghosts of London) tacked on the end of the second Cabs book (and comprising about half of the content of that final 2000 AD UC volume).

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