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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 16 September, 2019, 09:09:35 pm »
Hwart! Ana for eall ond eall for ana
We Great Danes are ealway ready


Off Topic / Re: Science is Drokking Fantastic Because...
« on: 13 September, 2019, 04:56:28 pm »
Laser-guided potatoes would be more fun.

“Spud Gun to chips!”

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 11 September, 2019, 11:02:51 pm »

edit: actually, according to those in the know, it's not martial law-related, it's just a thing about there being no petrol for 2 weeks and a minimum of 2000 British jobs being lost overnight.

Redacted para apparently reads: "15. Facing EU tariffs makes petrol exports to the EU uncompetitive. Industry had plans to mitigate the impact on refinery margins and profitability but UK Government policy to set petrol import tariffs at 0% inadvertently undermines these plans. This leads to significant financial losses and announcement of two refinery closures (and transition to import terminals) and direct job losses (about 2000)."

Can’t imagine why they redacted a paragraph that basically says “And we managed to take this clusterfuck and make it even worse, directly costing 2000 people their jobs”…

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 11 September, 2019, 09:13:07 pm »
There we go. Yellowhammer. Remember that this ISN’T the WORST CASE no-deal Brexit scenario.

Food shortages, medicine shortages, fuel shortages, ‘localised’ disruption to water supplies, severe impact on the care sector, police resources strained due to anticipated civil unrest.‬ And a redacted paragraph for good measure.

General / Re: Nemesis the Early Heresies
« on: 11 September, 2019, 08:58:27 pm »
Bad repro is an issue that really bugs me. Personally, I would be more than willing to pay a higher price for my books if more time could be spent on them to bring them up to a good standard. Do others agree?

If the original art is unavailable and the negs are lost/degraded then there’s relatively little that can be done short of basically re-drawing the affected areas. Even then, with nothing nothing more than a poor-original-copy prog for reference, what you’re going to get is some hapless sap’s best guess.

For tiny areas (like the relatively small amount of re-drawing I did round the edges of the new speech balloons in Charley’s War), you can (I hope!) get away with it. For larger areas, you’re asking not for re-touch but an artist who can convincingly imitate Bolland, or Talbot, or Ezquerra… and that’s going to add a time and cash overhead that’ll have more than a marginal impact on the price of the end product.

General / Re: Nemesis the Early Heresies
« on: 11 September, 2019, 01:47:36 pm »
The origional art has all since been sold to private collectors by the artists (I own 5 pages from Nemesis), and in the various transitions that 2000AD had made from company to company, the printing plates and files have all been lost.

Do you know that for sure? I know Rebellion inherited a substantial film archive when they bought 2000AD, because the late Stewart (WR Logan) Perkins took on the task of organising and cataloguing it for them. I'd be surprised if the negs for 'crown jewel' strips had gone AWOL, simply because they were more likely to have been kept together and used more frequently than, say, the ones for Dry Run.

The only Nemesis reprint I own is in the Case Files-style volume and now the Ultimate Collection, and I thought the repro in the Ultimate version was largely excellent — to the extent that I find it hard to imagine it was scanned from the prog or a reprint.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 11 September, 2019, 11:57:34 am »
Surely I can't be the only cat on here who's watching Carnival Row?

Reviews were fairly terrible, and Orlando Bloom has the acting ability of a plank, but after a sluggish couple of opening episodes it's building up a bit of momentum. I'm quite enjoying it.

Events / Re: Thought Bubble 2019
« on: 11 September, 2019, 09:35:20 am »
We'll see...

To be fair, I did try to go last year but work meant that I could realistically only go for the Saturday, but when I arrived at the train station, the train I was meant to catch had been cancelled, leaving me with the option of waiting another hour, to make a much longer version of the journey on a train that would contain its normal quota of passengers plus more or less everyone who was supposed to be on the train I had intended to take. Given that this was likely to take 2-3 hours off the very limited time I had at the show anyway, I'm afraid I fucked it off and went to the pub instead… :-/

Events / Re: Thought Bubble 2019
« on: 10 September, 2019, 10:45:33 pm »
Having discovered a much better route for getting to Harrogate by train, I should definitely be there this year… first time since, I think, 2014.

Books & Comics / Re: Thrillpower Overload: the missing chapters
« on: 09 September, 2019, 12:20:55 pm »
It does underline what an achievement it is for Matt Smith to run the prog for that length of time and to the quality he has managed. Given the challenges he's faced, he's got a reasonable case for being the greatest Tharg.

It's come up a couple of times recently over on Colin's 'Re-Read' thread — although there's been the odd run between jumping-on progs that seems to have left the Squaxx unenthused, there's rarely been a consensus on which, if any, are the duff strips, and we haven't had an honest-to-God bad year in twenty years… when there were certainly more than a couple of 'em in the 90s.

Prog / Re: Prog 2148 - Fear of the Machine!
« on: 07 September, 2019, 06:50:42 pm »
And then there's Indigo Prime. If we step back from what we fans know about the creative ins and outs and just look at this as a comic in its own right its been superb. Imaginative, inventive, exciting and intriguing. I've been involved and invested from beginning to end. The final page with Danny landing back in a very human drama, returned to the mundane drama of the 'everyday' wonderfully underscorses the dimension bending schindigs we're had to this point. Just brilliant.

I agree. I’ve enjoyed the hell out of this, notwithstanding the sad and obvious provisos…

Nope. Never seen that before!

Events / Re: Day of Dredd
« on: 07 September, 2019, 11:09:46 am »
i hope once forbidden planet moves into their spiffy new digs opposite waterstones we may actually get events in it since it won't be tiny anymore :lol:

The lack of events in Cal-hab has, I believe, less to do with the size/nature of the venues than the fact that over the years, almost without fail literally no one ever turns up.

I've done a couple of (non-Scottish) signings like that (which I'm sure will surprise no one) and it's soul-destroying. You're checking your watch every five minutes because every five minutes feels like an hour, and trying to mentally calculate the earliest point at which you can decently fuck the whole thing off and go to the pub.

Books & Comics / Re: Charley's War - Hardcover vs, Definitive Collections
« on: 06 September, 2019, 11:05:55 am »
The lettering alone makes it worthwhile.

You're much too kind. It's not true, but thank you for saying it! :-)

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 05 September, 2019, 11:05:52 pm »
I just hope the DUP take the trouncing at next elections that they deserve, but then I’ve been hoping for that for years.

Well, this sounds promising.

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