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A. Heathen

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  1. He was writing and pitching all the time.  

    He done a Torchwood that didn't get taken up when that was cancellef

    He did a play about a haunted house which we saw at the Hen & Chickens a few years ago. It had a similar time-twisting feel to Bodies.

    But three generations of domestic troubles in the same house.

    It'd have made a great tv play one off back before they made all plays into overlong miniseries. 

    He hinted last year of good news which I liked to imagine was a new comic or TV adaptation of Bodies

  2. I've just heard that the very lovely Simon Spencer has passed on.

    Most of you know him from his classy take on Hellblazer - alongside Sean Murphy - City of Demons, and the cracking miniseries Bodies.

    But he was such a great source of hope and inspiration for folks who might have struggled.
    He ran a weekly quiz for most of Lockdown. Puzzles as much as knowledge.


    I shall remember him from his line from Bodies, KNOW YOU ARE LOVED.

  3. Hilariously, The Telegraph headline popped up on my Google page yesterday saying that Biden had made a mistake in trying to cater to young with um.. Lady Gaga, J Lo and Garth Brooks.



    Also worth enjoying was that Eugene Goodman getting recognition for his ace work tricking fascists in the way we all trick cats and dogs.


  4. Yes, let's celebrate the final days of Trump, rather than climbing over each other to get to The Other Side.

    He's going, but not going away.

    And we're nowhere near the end of coalitions of convenience where those who make the profits enlist people they hate from both sides (qv republicans co-opting racists, (some) libertarians, people who don't really pay much attention to politics)


    I hope that the America of my friends (sure, left leaning, but across the spectrum) is safe from Trumped up cunts with guns.


    This thread will end tomorrow.

    Don't waste your chance to move on.

  5. This was a very satisfactory run of Hellblazer. Exorcised a few ghosts from those lean years.

    And true to what we were missing or disliking recently- if you look at our discussions from the mythical "last 50 issues" of Hellblazer, the few plus points of Hipsterblazer and the really quite good (but buried under DCU shite) finale to whatever that crossover was.

    I like this "Justice League of Hellblazer "  team who walk away.

  6. On 12/4/2020 at 2:20 PM, JohnMcMahon said:

    Wonder what Mike Carey's up to these days - haven't read any of his more recent prose books but the film adaptation of The Girl With All The Gifts was ace.

    Looks like he might have moved away from comics a little.


    He was working on a couple of film projects. One based on his own writing. There's also an adaptation of the next book in the the Girl with all the gifts series (prequel)

    I think the book writing market is(already was) more secure and better for work load to publication date - and pay day.

  7. He is such a lovely man.

    Apart from folks at comic conventions it's cool to spend time drinking with (and he is one of them too), he's a great teacher and delightful conversationalist.

    He talked about his Sandman illustrations, pointing out how he'd subtly displayed the passage of time.
    I joked about my inability to do perspective in my drawings.

    He said how he'd noticed in vanishing point photos of the underground that there were electric cables boxed onto the walls, and he'd never noticed them, so he put them in his art for One Bad Rat.


    I have this on actual CD rom


  8. 12 hours ago, Christian said:

    Maybe he will raid the Treasury and take off for so-not-Communist North Korea, Brazil, or Poland to hide out before January happens.


    A number of world leaders have texted to congratulate Biden and Harris on winning the election. You know things are getting real when world leaders send their congratulations.

    Meanwhile, Trump was playing golf.

    Something about ending his days in a bunker.

  9. I am just getting round to these.

    Due to mail order comics arriving elsewhere than my home. 

    5 was nice but I can't help seeing the hipster dude as an over long rebuttal of the hipster Constantine that they made us read. 

    This issue is so lovely and I'm glad I didn't read it at the time it came out - working in an NHS hospital... where people were dying 5 a day on some wards.


    The page where John elevates tge NHS to godhead was published when folks were on the streets once a week applauding.  Some of those people have forgotten already. The politicians involved have started to brand SHIT with "NHS" in order to get away with it.

    It's up there with SW Manor as a description of Constantine by a character that people will misread as an accurate and affirming depiction of *their* Constantine. 

    But clearly points to the real issue.

    He doesn't hate anyone (actually mostly not even himself)

    Anyway the issue looks like essence of Hellblazer and is probably in my top 10 single issues ever.


    Can someone buy me an Aaron Campbell page?  Or point me at one for sale.

    Not from this issue because it's too close to the bone.


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  10. On 6/21/2020 at 4:13 AM, Christian said:

    Plus, not to distract the conversation, but I have a hard time taking most of the SJW gang seriously, telling us that morality issues like with Ellis or Wood mean that they shouldn’t be able to publish comics while at the same time telling us that we need to vote for a man who has actually sexually molested more than one woman, in Joe Biden.

    That’s not exactly the moral high-ground.


    You do know that there are significantly different groups of SJW at work here?

    Don't be >ahem< seduced by the idea that (*) men are hard done by because (*) people are speaking out against (*) past behaviour. Also the sad truth is Warren et al are low hanging fruit for the "SIW" crowd. He was a force behind (*) good things, but that made the people who didn't like him all the happier to see his indiscretion and hypocrisy combined. But noone sees glad handing politicians slapped down. 

    (* = some or if you prefer "#notall")

  11. oh and I've seen more judgemental people voice nastier versions of "these women were old enough to know better: and that denies a whole dynamic of fan culture that is close to abusive "authority "figures. On a spectrum where abusive uncles, priests and bosses are infra red, this is certainly in the Amber.

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