Wednesday, November 30, 2016


I don't have the full set back up, but it feels nice to be able to knock out a strip again. I'm not sure what next week's strip is going to be yet, though; since we may have to check in on the homefront...

Meanwhile, we should be back to looking at old comics soon; although I am trying to take care of a couple projects; of varying degrees of annoying. We'll let you know when they wrap up, or at least move forward.
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Monday, November 28, 2016

And we're back! Almost!

The move is nearly complete! The wife and I both have our own garage now, and while she intends to park in hers, I'm planning on shooting homemade strips and watching old VHS tapes down there. Obviously the better choice!

There have been a few things I found during the move that I hadn't seen in a while, like an X-Men pop-up book, or a couple action figure hands, or the backpack piece for the recent Walmart exclusive Falcon. (For the love of god, don't pay that price!) I do have to rebuild the set, though, and have to get back to work for Wednesday's strip.

I'm also not completely set up on anything else: right now typing, my back is to the game! Poor planning there...

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

"Delay of game."

It's Sunday night as I write this, and I took at least five carloads of stuff to my new apartment today. None of said stuff is really where it needs to be, most of it is in the garage right now, but I had no intention of parking in there anyway. I'm kind of fried right now, but I'm getting closer. Of course, I still have a ton of cleaning to do over Thanksgiving, and have to strike the set! We'll see if it comes together exactly the same next time!
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Thursday, November 17, 2016

There's probably half a dozen easier ways to read this issue: you could get the digital version direct from 2000 AD, or try to find the collection Tales of Nu Earth. If you're in England or thereabouts, maybe you could find the original prog from 1983, 2000 AD #317. IDW recently reprinted several issues, but I'm not sure they got this far. I went with the older American reprint, Fleetway/Quality's 1987 Rogue Trooper #9. All of which feature script by Gerry Finley-Day, and Brett Ewins art for "Fort Neuro," Cam Kennedy on "Bio-Wire!"

"Bio-Wire!" is a five-page short, involving a creeping, living barbed wire; but the bulk of this issue is Rogue's adventures in "Fort Neuro." Under protracted siege by the enemy Norts, the Souther forces entrenched in Fortress Neuropa have started to lose it: the first batch Rogue meets have gone all faux-French, for starters, naming their section "the Napoleonic Complex." With the help of a messenger droid, "Robspierre," Rogue makes his way to the next division, the Lim-ees, who aren't doing much better.

I'm positive most of the other versions are clearer, on better paper, with brighter colors--when available! But I have more than a soft-spot for the low-fi Fleetway-Quality reprints: they were my introduction to Judge Dredd and the rest of 2000 AD's stable of characters. Plus, when you can find them, they're generally cheaper than dirt...and I'll be keeping an eye out, over this weekend! I'm out for three days, we'll see if anything turns up.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016


We almost revealed where Kurt is this week, but since I'm behind, it didn't work out that way! Enjoy the suspense!
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Busy and somewhat depressed, so please enjoy Ty Templeton's Bouncing Boy origin:

Actually, that last panel may be the coolest Cosmic Boy has ever been; like it was his last week as Legion leader and he had straight-up checked out...from 1990, Secret Origins #49, "The Not-So-Secret Origin of Bouncing Boy" Story and art by Ty Templeton, and it's pretty great.

This was the second-to-last of this run of Secret Origins: they had already done the all-gorilla issue, the headquarters issue, and Ambush Bug, so what was left? DC had the class to wrap it up before going back to Batman again...well, there would be a short Batman and Robin George Perez story in the last issue. #49 also features the Silent Knight, and Karl Kesel going to town on the secret origins of the Newsboy Legion, a concept I could see getting new life on the CW or something; except that kids having adventures in the forties would now be a bit old to run around with their clones...

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Friday, November 11, 2016

I'm moving! (No, not because of the thing you'd think!)

The Wife wanted a bigger place, so we're moving into a new apartment! Which will be nice when we're there, but the actual moving of things...ugh. Just ugh. Again, posting may be a bit spotty for a bit, or posts of boxes of stuff I should be moving.

I did get the Star Wars Black C-3PO yesterday, and it's a very toy-ish figure. I might've expected vac-metallized, but he's gold-colored plastic. (Not sure offhand if he's cast that color, or painted.) Slightly softer sculpt than usual as well, but he should go well with Artoo.
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