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  • Gareth Ward,

    And what a review!
    Don't worry, things pick up a little when monsters start showing up. Scratch that. MONSTER. There's just one, and all I remember was smacking it across the face with some blunt object.

    Teehee

    Great start, much more informative than most...

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1727 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    . . . if they're really bored, they can set about sorting all those back issues of 2000AD into chronological order.

    The Brotherhood of Trash makes it to another generation.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    And what a review!

    I'll say! Is there some sort of blogger gene running in the family? At any rate, I believe I've found my information source on the videogame world. Currently I'm stuck to... can't say for sure, but some time before Leo was born I fear.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Jose Barbosa,

    Signed by Alan Moore???! Well, my nerd spleen has just erupted all over my Marvelman collection. Did you meet the sage himself?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 64 posts Report Reply

  • Morgan Davie,

    Show-off :-)

    (Of course, if we're talking geek envy, there's the charming Andrew S., late of the Cuba Mall comics shop, now working at Gosh Comics at London where Alan Moore and other such luminaries signed his birthday card...)

    Interesting to see you namecheck Nexus given your post last Thursday - Mike Baron has of course shown his face on Big Hollywood recently. I've just recently picked up the original Nexus colour 1-6 and find that whole series still holds up well. But Mike Baron's other longform work, Badger, was less fun and by the fifth storyline about how liberals are wrong about everything I became quite disenchanted...

    Wellington • Since May 2008 • 36 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Signed by Alan Moore???! Well, my nerd spleen has just erupted all over my Marvelman collection. Did you meet the sage himself?

    In the transitory fashion in which one "meets" one's heroes at a signing desk at a convention. He was well hairy.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • Josh Addison,

    Back when I was at Uni, and there was more than one comic shop in the CBD, I wandered in to Pop Culture and saw that they had a decent chunk of Alan Moore's Swamp Thing run for $50 and the complete set of Miracleman/Marvelman for $75. Cash-strapped student that I was, I had to choose between the two - that was difficult. I went for the Swamp Things in the end (more comics for less money), but kind of wished I'd chosen the Miraclemans once I found a few issues of that elsewhere...

    Onehunga, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 298 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Knightly,

    For those not up with geek-dom, make sure you read Watchmen ASAP. The movie adaption comes out in March.

    Regardless of the eventual quality of the movie, it will ruin your enjoyment of the only graphic novel in TIME's list of "Top 100 novels of the 20th Century" if you don't read the graphic novel first. In fact, it's designed to be read at least twice.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 25 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    Auckland City Libraries:

    21 of 21 holds

    I raged.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1611 posts Report Reply

  • elsketcho,

    Alan Moore knows the score!

    Auckland • Since Aug 2007 • 35 posts Report Reply

  • Luke Williamson,

    Still got three boxes full of 2000AD under the house which my 13-year-old recently pulled out and read through over a month or so. Ahhhh . . . vintage Judge Dredd, Slaine and Halo Jones. Still get kick out of Arnie Stodgman and his belly wheel.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 297 posts Report Reply

  • Jose Barbosa,

    I can only recommend the doco "The Mindscape of Alan Moore" whch does exactly what it says on the tin.

    It's pretty psychedelic and has Moore wafting through puffs of smoke saying things like "... culture is turning to steam." Mesmerising.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 64 posts Report Reply

  • Tim Michie,

    The Mindscape of Alan Moore (Part 1 of The Shamanautical Series).

    And folks, that complete run of 2000AD, original series of Alan Moore works (and the 'Maxwell the Magical Cat' collections) et al sure did stoke the housefire... but at least I have the memories...

    But the 'Watchmen' collection made a great Xmas gift for an animator I knows... read it now before the film invades your visual memory.

    Auckward • Since Nov 2006 • 614 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    Here I was talking with friends about the order you should show the Star Wars series to your children (answer: IV-VI and then hide the others forever) and now I've got another question: when to let them near my comics?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • Zippy Gonzales,

    D.R. & Quinch: The Movie.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 186 posts Report Reply

  • Zippy Gonzales,

    Or Halo Jones.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 186 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Here I was talking with friends about the order you should show the Star Wars series to your children (answer: IV-VI and then hide the others forever)

    Exactly what we did. To do heavy drugs, vote National and watch episodes I to III our progeny will have to wait until they live on their own.

    now I've got another question: when to let them near my comics?

    I unleashed Joseph on mine when he was about five. Although to be fair none of them were in anything resembling mint condition or signed by anybody other than my scribbling old self when I was a pup. That said, he is threatening to turn Asterix and Cleopatra into some sort of sub-molecular dust, there's more scotch tape than paper at present. But it's the price you pay. And hey: he's thought himself to read in Italian with those, so that's pretty cool.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • samuel walker,

    It's pretty psychedelic and has Moore wafting through puffs of smoke saying things like "... culture is turning to steam." Mesmerising.

    love it.

    if you liked that try any of the spoken word pieces [for pure intersemiotic brilliance try reading the adaptation of snakes and ladders while listening to the cd,,, wowsers!].

    Since Nov 2006 • 203 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    You'd swear the teasers were real:

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5445 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    he's thought himself to read in Italian with those

    Let's make that "taught". He's not a mentalist yet.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Ah, Alan Moore. How can you not love (yet be slightly nervous of) a man whose pitch for How I Met Your Mother runs something like this...

    Our eyes met across the table at convention panel, and it wasn't love at first sight.

    Eventually, we began collaborating on a hardcore porno graphic novel nobody thought would be published without landing everyone concerned on a sex offender's register.

    And when it was finished, sixteen years later, viewer, I married her.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Russell -You must be a proud Dad. I love the way the abilities and creativity of our children sometimes/often surprise us.

    By the way for those looking for an event in Wellington I hear that Drinking Liberally has its first outing of the year at the Southern Cross Bar on Thursday 12th, 6 pm. Speaker Brian Easton.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3229 posts Report Reply

  • Joshua Drummond,

    That reminds me, I need to sort out the game reviews for this year.
    In the past I've found EA and Microsoft (particularly EA) are brilliant to deal with. Sony contact me sporadically and Nintendo... Here's the problem. As far as I can tell, there is no official Nintendo presence in NZ. All their stuff used to be distributed by a company called Monaco (from memory.) Then it was taken over by Softprint Interactive, who went bust. I see from a Google search that the distribution is sort of being taken over by Nintendo of Australia. We've never had any joy getting any review product out of any of those companies.
    This might have something to do with all of those companies being allegedly quite shitty, which in turn probably has lot to do with the fact that New Zealand is apparently the only place in the universe where the Wii is outsold by everything else.
    So good luck getting hold of whoever distributes Nintendo here, and if you have any success, please, let everyone know. I'd be fascinated.

    Since Nov 2006 • 119 posts Report Reply

  • Joshua Drummond,

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  • Russell Brown,

    Russell -You must be a proud Dad. I love the way the abilities and creativity of our children sometimes/often surprise us.

    What's nice is that it suggests that the fact that he's been out of school for two and a half years and basically dysfunctional there for three years before that might not matter too much.

    Amazing, really.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

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