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I've still got scans of one of Jamie's Doctor Who Magazine stories around, if anyone's interested. That thingy with the boy magician from 2000AD is here somewhere too — lovely art by John Ridgeway.

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I've still got scans of one of Jamie's Doctor Who Magazine stories around, if anyone's interested. That thingy with the boy magician from 2000AD is here somewhere too — lovely art by John Ridgeway.

Summer Magic? That was pretty good. I didn't think that one was by Delano, though.

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Delano himself hasn't read any other Hellblazer.

 

I remember him having good things to say about Azzarello's "Hard Time" story arc.

 

I would imagine he does give Hellblazer a look through every once in a while but I doubt he's a regular reader.

He lied to me :icon_redface: .

 

Did you continue reading Hellblazer after you left? What's your favourite period in the series in the last years?

 

JD: I'm ashamed to say that I haven't read too much Hellblazer after the final of my diary involvement on it, but looking once in a while to the job of my successors, in general I enyojed feeling the base of the character brighting through the particular perspective that each autor (within their right) have applied to the character.

 

In an interview with a spanish guy.

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yeah, the premature cancellation burned his ass so he's a bit mad, i think.

I'd be bloody furious, myself.

As for bad miniseries: 2020 Visions was rather good, Cruel And Unusual was hilarious, Hell Eternal wasn't half bad and his work for 2000AD is vastly superior to any of Gaiman's.

 

Why?

 

Comics are a commercial enterprise. If something isn’t selling, it isn’t selling.

 

And not only did he have an 18 month run, he knew about the cancellation as early as September 2001. (Which I know because I was interviewing him at the time.)

 

Don’t get me wrong, I respect him greatly as a writer, but his concerns (as have been expressed elsewhere on this thread) are very locked into the 1980s and therefore don’t have the same ethos as 2006.

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I'm not sure where you get that.

What concerns of Delano's are "locked in 1980"?

His Hellblazer run? That's certainly not the beginning and ending of Delano's concerns.

What exactly is so different about the 1980s than today?

Thatcher was replaced with Blair. Reagan with Bush.

The Cold War ended, the war on terror started up.

Russia and the United States are arguing.

Jamie Delano is a Socialist. His concerns are still very much based in the present.

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Not to mention his stance on the environment, pollution, healthcare, etc.

Christian is absolutely right, Delano's views are still relevant.

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I've still got scans of one of Jamie's Doctor Who Magazine stories around, if anyone's interested. That thingy with the boy magician from 2000AD is here somewhere too — lovely art by John Ridgeway.

 

you shouldnt say things like that.

anyway. i'm already indebted to you so ...

if i think of anything to trade with, i'll let you know.

 

besides, it does almost take forever, doesnt it? :laugh:

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Did you ever read the Dr. Who comic on here?

Someone (Jason?) posted a Dr. Who comic written by Jamie Delano on the Hellblazer section a while back.

I'm not sure if it's still here.

You could try doing a search, or just look through the back pages of the Hellblazer section of the Forum to see if you can find it.

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Frank Miller and Garth Ennis made me want to read comics, but Jamie Delano made me love them forever.

 

I'm sorry. I'm tired and this made sense when I thought it up.

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Don’t get me wrong, I like Jamie Delano’s writing. (In point of fact I probably wouldn’t be reading comics today if it weren’t for Delano, as his Hellblazer was the first comic I found truly impressive.)

 

I also think that the way he approaches the issues you mentioned is done in a fairly dated way and, frankly, even I struggle to get passed the purple prose that his captions have a tendency to be filled with.

 

I also think that, on occasion, he has allowed his stories to become polemics.

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Don’t get me wrong, I like Jamie Delano’s writing. (In point of fact I probably wouldn’t be reading comics today if it weren’t for Delano, as his Hellblazer was the first comic I found truly impressive.)

 

I also think that the way he approaches the issues you mentioned is done in a fairly dated way and, frankly, even I struggle to get passed the purple prose that his captions have a tendency to be filled with.

 

I also think that, on occasion, he has allowed his stories to become polemics.

Fucksake, Gordon: that makes him sound like Don McGregor.

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you shouldnt say things like that.

anyway. i'm already indebted to you so ...

The Doctor Who Magazine scans are just a download from the internet, not a postal thing! And there's no debt.

 

I've removed the Doctor Who scans from the web, but I can easily repost them if anyone's interested, and if they don't mind waiting till I get home in about a week's time.

 

besides, it does almost take forever, doesnt it? :laugh:

Yes, I was starting to think those discs had been seized by customs. But since they eventually did get to you, I guess the customs guys just watched them before delivering them. :)

 

 

... frankly, even I struggle to get passed the purple prose that (Delano's) captions have a tendency to be filled with.

Fair point. His Hellblazer was very wordy. It was also very worthy. :)

 

I also think that, on occasion, he has allowed his stories to become polemics.

I'll take that over disposable entertainment, or franchise-fodder, any day.

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I can wait. Thank you Jason.

 

And well, your seals were intact.

They just wanted me to pay the "postal" inspection fee.

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... frankly, even I struggle to get passed the purple prose that (Delano's) captions have a tendency to be filled with.

Fair point. His Hellblazer was very wordy. It was also very worthy. :)

 

I also think that, on occasion, he has allowed his stories to become polemics.

I'll take that over disposable entertainment, or franchise-fodder, any day.

 

You know, entertaining and serious pieces of work needn’t be mutually exclusive propositions.

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We voted Jamie Delano as our favourite Hellblazer writer by a wide majority on here, so obviously a lot of us found Delano's Hellblazer to be incredibly entertaining.

 

There are some fair points about Delano's writing style not being to everyone's tastes. Certainly other Forum members have critiqued Delano's run for its "purple prose".

I obviously don't agree, but I can see it not being to everyone's taste.

 

And I agree in some of Delano's other series, he does tend to allow the plot to drop in favour of polemics.

He's never quite been able to find the balance between the two like he had in Hellblazer. Sometimes he's been more successful in his other projects than other times.

 

But, I still have no idea what the hell you mean by saying that Delano's methods of approaching his issues in his work is dated? What does that even mean?

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Because it also amuses me to reanimate a thread from 6 years ago.

 

http://www.bleedingcool.com/forums/comic-book-forum/59192-now-jamie-delano-does-kickstarter-shadow-dixie.html

 

 

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/863242470/shadow-of-dixie-the-graphic-novel

 

Shadow of Dixie is co-written by Scott O. Brown (Red Ice), and Jamie Delano (Hellblazer) with art by Luca Cicchitti. We also have Stu Chaifetz on colors.

 

Jamie and Scott wrote this script to jab all that campaign season secession talk in the eye (thank you, Mr. Perry!), and it's taken some time to get the rest of the creative team just right. Obviously, we're looking to raise the funds to publish this ourselves. Here's a more detailed description of what we're up to:

 

In Shadow of Dixie, wannabe Alabama politico Jim Faulkner shakes loose some family skeletons and finds himself sucked into the Utopian governor's radical ploy to secede the state from a crippled United States--a process that unleashes savage family rivalries and the inevitable militarily enhanced opposition of the Federal Government, which, unsurprisingly, is not enchanted by their quest for independence.

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