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Author Topic: The Mighty One: My Life Inside the Nerve Centre by Steve MacManus  (Read 3668 times)

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The Mighty One: My Life Inside the Nerve Centre by Steve MacManus
« on: 02 September, 2016, 01:33:50 am »
Is it to early to start a thread on this?  It's had it's launch party / signing, but is still on pre-release...

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Re: The Mighty One: My Life Inside the Nerve Centre by Steve MacManus
« Reply #1 on: 02 September, 2016, 02:09:03 am »
Should be so long as you use spoilers in the event any juicy gossip about Tharg such as he actually comes from Eternia and is plotting to overthrow Skeletor. Other than that I don't see why the thread can't start already.

What Sheridan really means is:he's all excited about the book launch and woke me up to show me his signed book and comics when he got home.
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Re: The Mighty One: My Life Inside the Nerve Centre by Steve MacManus
« Reply #2 on: 02 September, 2016, 06:00:48 pm »
Should be so long as you use spoilers in the event any juicy gossip about Tharg such as he actually comes from Eternia and is plotting to overthrow Skeletor. Other than that I don't see why the thread can't start already.

What Sheridan really means is:he's all excited about the book launch and woke me up to show me his signed book and comics when he got home.
...and the pic of vidcast star Molch-R and me :-)

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Re: The Mighty One: My Life Inside the Nerve Centre by Steve MacManus
« Reply #3 on: 03 September, 2016, 12:37:42 pm »
Delighted to have had the foresight to have ordered the limited edition, especially as it was sold out the following day.
Really looking forward to getting the book.

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Re: The Mighty One: My Life Inside the Nerve Centre by Steve MacManus
« Reply #4 on: 03 September, 2016, 08:06:02 pm »
Got this t'other day, about two thirds through. Really enjoying it, especially the lost world of British comics publishing. Seems pretty well disposed to everyone involved so far, except the management obviously. His outrage at the crass commercialism of judge Dredd pyjamas made me laugh as all I could think was I would have loved a pair of them :)

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Re: The Mighty One: My Life Inside the Nerve Centre by Steve MacManus
« Reply #5 on: 03 September, 2016, 08:24:13 pm »
I have a pair of them  ;)

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Re: The Mighty One: My Life Inside the Nerve Centre by Steve MacManus
« Reply #6 on: 03 September, 2016, 09:12:30 pm »
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Though it accounts for a tiny percentage of the page count, the Crisis section is the best:


p.266: "Crisis didn't make money, but it established a market for comics aimed at older readers"



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Re: The Mighty One: My Life Inside the Nerve Centre by Steve MacManus
« Reply #7 on: 03 September, 2016, 09:39:36 pm »
p.s. Steve was very gracious when I asked him to sign just underneath his toe-tag in the mortuary in part three of Judge Death :-)

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Re: The Mighty One: My Life Inside the Nerve Centre by Steve MacManus
« Reply #8 on: 03 September, 2016, 09:42:05 pm »
Anyone have any idea when the limited editions will be sent out?

(Not that I've been keen to get my hands on this since January or anything....)

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Re: The Mighty One: My Life Inside the Nerve Centre by Steve MacManus
« Reply #9 on: 04 September, 2016, 11:19:14 am »
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It's an often bizarre read, equal parts Alan Partridge and American Psycho.

For every tale of Loony Dave from accounts doing something hilarious, there's an episode of appalling behaviour that concludes with the line nobody else knew what to say, so there was just silence.

There's lots of factual information though. The first one that grabbed me was that Battle was pitched at the 100,000 boys aged 8-12 living in Britain at that time (McManus, 75).
 
The first issue of 2000ad sold 350,000 copies (Bishop, 28), so almost every pre-teen in the UK must have read it. A million, if you use the rule of thumb that every copy was read by 2-3 people.



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Re: The Mighty One: My Life Inside the Nerve Centre by Steve MacManus
« Reply #10 on: 04 September, 2016, 03:52:51 pm »
I would have thought there was more like a million boys aged between 8-12, even 40 years ago - maybe missing a zero?

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« Reply #11 on: 04 September, 2016, 05:37:07 pm »
I would have thought there was more like a million boys aged between 8-12, even 40 years ago - maybe missing a zero?

Typing that with one finger while enjoying red pepper soup, I managed a transcription error; MacManus claims the figure was 200,000. 2 million does seem a little more like it - there are apparently 5.6 million boys age 0-14 (not 8-12) in the UK today.

If the actual figure was 2 million, one in every six boys in your school playground bought a copy. If that rule of thumb holds true, then every second boy in that age range read prog 1, which is pretty incredible.



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Re: The Mighty One: My Life Inside the Nerve Centre by Steve MacManus
« Reply #12 on: 04 September, 2016, 06:09:55 pm »
I would have thought there was more like a million boys aged between 8-12, even 40 years ago - maybe missing a zero?

Typing that with one finger while enjoying red pepper soup, I managed a transcription error; MacManus claims the figure was 200,000. 2 million does seem a little more like it - there are apparently 5.6 million boys age 0-14 (not 8-12) in the UK today.

Yeah, it is still pretty good coverage - I know that a good chunk of my class read 2000AD, maybe a quarter to a third knew about it I'd reckon.  Wiki says there are about 3.7 million children aged between 10-14 so half that and you get 2 mill or thereabouts
If the actual figure was 2 million, one in every six boys in your school playground bought a copy. If that rule of thumb holds true, then every second boy in that age range read prog 1, which is pretty incredible.

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Re: The Mighty One: My Life Inside the Nerve Centre by Steve MacManus
« Reply #13 on: 05 September, 2016, 07:16:22 pm »
I would have thought there was more like a million boys aged between 8-12, even 40 years ago - maybe missing a zero?

Typing that with one finger while enjoying red pepper soup, I managed a transcription error; MacManus claims the figure was 200,000. 2 million does seem a little more like it - there are apparently 5.6 million boys age 0-14 (not 8-12) in the UK today.

If the actual figure was 2 million, one in every six boys in your school playground bought a copy. If that rule of thumb holds true, then every second boy in that age range read prog 1, which is pretty incredible.

At one point in the early 80s, it felt like every boy in my class was reading 2000ad. I even put a diary entry into every Saturday in my Letts diary (in advance): "Got 2000ad", and then added a "Didn't" if it was bought on a different day. Priorities. None of this stuff about girls and things. Just a record of weekly Thrill-Power infusion.

Sadly, I am the only one of my class who still reads it...
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Re: The Mighty One: My Life Inside the Nerve Centre by Steve MacManus
« Reply #14 on: 05 September, 2016, 07:45:12 pm »
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It's an often bizarre read, equal parts Alan Partridge and American Psycho.

For every tale of Loony Dave from accounts doing something hilarious, there's an episode of appalling behaviour that concludes with the line nobody else knew what to say, so there was just silence.

There's lots of factual information though. The first one that grabbed me was that Battle was pitched at the 100,000 boys aged 8-12 living in Britain at that time (McManus, 75).
 
The first issue of 2000ad sold 350,000 copies (Bishop, 28), so almost every pre-teen in the UK must have read it. A million, if you use the rule of thumb that every copy was read by 2-3 people.
I thought the Alan Partridge crack was a bit harsh until I got to page 228: "I was still on my way out, but had been handed a return ticket, one that I tucked carefully into my metaphorical hatband...right next to the ace of spades." I could partridge saying that :)