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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: Today at 12:47:14 pm »
Not good.  And probably not long before The Treasury of British Comics will see some of his work republished for the first time in decades :-(

(by which I mean we've got that Ken Reid book coming out soonish from Rebellion, and assuming they have any Baxendale stuff in their now extensive archives I'm guessing his work will be the hitlist of children's comics to put out).

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In other news - I've listened to the latest Mega-City Book Club podcast which also happens to be about Dante, so shall look forward to listening to the Thrillcast this weekend.

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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 27 April, 2017, 01:15:57 pm »
Leo Baxendale. Artist of my childhood. RiP  :(

Ah feck that. I heard the news this morning, and nearly passed it on to the kids, until I noticed both of them were absorbed in my old Beano annuals and I couldn't face saying it. I was a Beano fan long before (and after) I discovered 2000AD, and before I even knew that actual people drew comics, and it was only years later I discovered whose work I loved so much. RIP.

Not good.  And probably not long before The Treasury of British Comics will see some of his work republished for the first time in decades :-(

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Off Topic / Re: Modern Life Is Rubbish
« on: 27 April, 2017, 12:44:54 pm »
In some very specific ways I kind of miss the pre-internet era, when you had to have your finger on the pulse and really seek stuff out when it came to stuff like music and films, and there was something really special about discovering a new band, or tracking down a copy of Watchmen for the first time, whereas now it's almost too easy. There's no barrier to entry and geek culture has now swallowed mainstream pop culture whole, and I find myself feeling a little disconnected from it as a result.

As far as I can tell, there isn't really an 'alternative' music scene anymore because as soon as an artist builds any underground buzz, they'll have a Wikipedia page and be profiled in The Guardian a week later. Patton Oswalt wrote a really great article about this phenomenon a few years back.

You're contradicting yourself there, I'm afraid.  If you don't think there is an alternative music scene now (or then) it's because you don't have your finger on the pulse.  Even with the internet, underground and alternative scenes remain difficult to find unless you already know about them.

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Off Topic / Re: Modern Life Is Rubbish
« on: 27 April, 2017, 10:10:32 am »
I also get a little tired of all the griping about smartphones and how they're making people 'antisocial'. That's ignoring the literally thousands of ways that they facilitate communication and engagement with others.


I sort of agree, though it's undeniable that there are unprecedented numbers of people walking around paying no attention to the world around them, even while interacting with it (for example, eyes down on the screen, earphones in, all while crossing the road or bumping into people, saying 'sorry', then carrying on doing exactly the same behaviour, so not sorry at all).

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Off Topic / Re: Modern Life Is Rubbish
« on: 27 April, 2017, 09:29:42 am »
Toilets at Victoria rail station are now free!

Don't all queue there at once now....😋


Worth remembering (I work in the area, so theoretically it's easier for me to visit the toilets at work, but you never know).

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General / Re: Judge Dredd RPG 1985
« on: 25 April, 2017, 08:14:33 pm »
The Games Workshop games:
  • Judge Dredd the Role-Playing Game (box set / rulebook depending on edition, based on WFRP)
  • The Judge Dredd Companion (supplement)
  • Judgement Day (scenario)
  • Citi-Block (JD/W40k supplement)
  • Slaughter-Margin (scenario)
At some point I should go through all my copies of White Dwarf and compile a list of the JD articles that were featured (at least some of which were later reprinted in the Companion, above).

(taken from this rpg.net thread)

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Megazine / Re: Meg 383 Riot Act!
« on: 25 April, 2017, 07:48:43 pm »
I think Colin's liking Lawless....

Oh you know I can take it or leave it...

... oh who am I kidding I want to rub it all over my sequential art glands until I squirt 4 coloured goo everywhere.

If I could I'd marry it.

We'll have none of that four-coloured nonsense around Lawless (apart from covers, of course).

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General / Re: How did you first get into 2000ad?
« on: 25 April, 2017, 07:48:07 pm »
I have to admit that most of the original IDW material isn't all that good, except for a few of the miniseries

That's a pretty common opinion round these parts ;-)

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General / Re: I may get shot for this...
« on: 25 April, 2017, 06:45:03 pm »
It’s rather telling to read the letters pages recently in Mighty World of Marvel. Pretty much everyone is ripping into Bachalo’s art, which is expressive, interesting, and gets across the weirdness of the magical layer hiding behind our own reality.

I don't particularly think of the Marvel house style as being 'realistic'.  I've also not seen any of Bachalo's artwork for quite some time (think Steampunk was the last thing I saw) so it's really about time I had a look next time I'm down the comic shop.

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Help! / Re: Approaches to That London
« on: 24 April, 2017, 10:14:14 pm »
Although a chance to visit the mancave of my dreams is a temptation and I am heading over to Hull in June...

Go to the Deep, and visit the museums in Hull (can't remember the exact names of them, but there was one devoted to streetlife, another to Wilberforce, Maritime History, plus the Ferens Art Gallery.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 24 April, 2017, 06:21:22 pm »
It's not idealistic to think companies would suddenly pay decent wages if government intervention ceased, it's basic Austrian economics.
The key here would be to look at what companies do now – how many go beyond the absolute minimum they have to? John Lewis is one, given that it's a co-op and therefore the bulk of employees share in the success of the company in real percentage terms (versus getting a 50 quid 'Christmas bonus' or whatever, when your company makes a ton of cash). But that system is very rare.

Not technically a co-operative, but close enough (don't ask me what the difference is but it's there).

All employees (Partners) share the bonus, which is the same percentage for everybody, from the lowest-paid shop assistant to the chairman (not CEO) of the company.  This year's Partnership Bonus was 6%.  A quick google of competitors (such as Sainsbury and M&S) suggest that their equivalent bosses get bonuses of between 100% and 700% - on top of pay rises and share options they seem to award themselves, even in the same weeks as cutting christmas bonuses to their retail assistants...

Now and again other companies have looked at the JLP to find out why partners seem more motivated than in other companies.  They quickly lose interest when they realise they'd have to give away their companies in Trust to their employees to copy the same business model.

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General / Re: I may get shot for this...
« on: 24 April, 2017, 04:30:34 pm »
  More pages than any other artist - well I haven't counted, but I should think so


Someone has counted, and he is the most prolific artist.

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General / Re: ABC Warriors Time line
« on: 24 April, 2017, 01:26:46 pm »
If I may cite my recent nonsense attempt in the short story competition: The Gronk has been transported to Dredd's  timeline. In the story Dredd has already met Alpha, but the Gronk has come from a time before Alpha met Dredd. This allowed me to use Wulf even though he is dead by the time Dredd and Alpha meet.* (second time as I recall)

*Judgement Day


Dredd, Johnny and Wulf all met in Top Dog from the 1991 Judge Dredd Annual, so you could have the Gronk travelling from a time before Wulf was killed.

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General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 23 April, 2017, 11:50:03 pm »
Something else I missed first time around - all the on-going talk about Dredd's age - Bizmo Klux (the Radbeast from Night of the Radbeast) is a springly 134 when they throw him in the pit... (born July 12th 1971).

Yes, I remember thinking when I first read it that the Biz was a little bit older than me (or will be, in 2104).

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