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  1. Anywhere in the UK to get Archie Comics? :-)

    If you've got an Android phone, you can still get them on Google Books (I haven't checked to see if they're all on there, but the singles a couple of bucks apiece, and they have quite a few of the collected arcs).
  2. LIST HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH SUGGESTIONS FROM DK VINE, TWITTER, OTHER WEBSITES AND BOOKS I'VE BEEN READING, AS OF 13:52 - 9/JANUARY/2018. Hello, everybody, and Happy New Year! (Plays slightly odd, but somehow fitting celebratory music) I hope you're all doing well! Today marks both the first update to the 1001 Animated Films You Should Watch project for 2018, and the nine month anniversary of this project. To ring in the occasion, we've got another big update to kick off the year! This update contains 182 films, which means that the total number of suggestions has gone a little bit over 2900 FILMS! It's baffling to think that in just nine months, we've nearly reached 3000 suggestions of movies, shorts, episodes, music videos, and all manner of subjects that define why animation is such an excellent medium, but here we are! I thank you all once again, and to the various websites and books I've visited as of late; I don't know where I'd be without you. I haven't been updating the Facebook page since the last update, so I don't have any recommendations or write ups to offer you. Sorry about that. As for any possible plans for 2018, part of me does want to get back into video making (I used to make YouTube videos once upon a time, doncha know) but with a particular focus towards animation. However, we'll see. In the meantime, please contribute with any suggestions/questions/ideas you have, share this project around to friends, and check out anything on the list that takes your interest! Thank you very much, and until we meet again, have a great day y'all! -Jim McGrath/FrDougal9000
  3. Which games should I buy?

    I figured it might be a good idea to make a forum thread where people who can't decide what game to get can ask on here and get a few answers to help them out.With that in mind, I've thinking about getting a game on the 360's XBLA, but I have no idea what to get. This is largely because XBLA game prices never depreciate (meaning something that cost €10 back in 2005 STILL costs €10 now), XBLA games are only ever priced at €5, €10 or €15 (the latter two are what most games cost), and there aren't any sales to offset that problem.So I thought I'd ask y'all about what to do. Here are three games I've got my eye on:Lumines Live (€10, a really addictive puzzle game with a Rez-style synesthesia and a lot of content)SEGA: Monster World Collection (€10, contains three platform action games; Monster Land, Monster Lair and Monster World IV)Banjo-Tooie (€15, played the demo and I really liked it - I want to know far this exploration expansion goes)If y'all can give me a good recommendation, I'd really appreciate it!
  4. Christmas 2017 (Christmas Haul/General Topic)

    Well, that means you get to eat all the Terry's Chocolate Oranges while everyone else is nursing their combined Xmas/New Year's hangovers. I say that's pretty lucky! Anyway, I got a few gifts, including: -€25 eShop card (which I've already spent on Ace Attorney 6, Mighty Gunvolt, Blaster Master and Wario Land 3 - hey, it gives me a reason to start playing the 3DS again!) -€30 GameStop card (probably gonna use that to try buy Etrian Odyssey V: I need that series back in my life!) -A Crash Bandicoot/Spyro T-Shirt -A pair of Crash Bandicoot socks with lineart of some of Charles Zembillas' old artwork -Two notebooks -The Mitchell & Webb Book (it's based on my favourite sitcom, so I'm looking forward to see how it goes) It's overall been pretty good, but I'd like to celebrate it even further with a special gift for y'all! I decided to make a free album consisting of damn near every music track I composed over the last year, and I figured I'd post it here as well for folks to check out: Songs for Everyone. Have a very Merry Christmas, have a wonderful New Year, and have a fantastic life in general!
  5. LIST HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH SUGGESTIONS FROM DK VINE, TWITTER, OTHER WEBSITES AND BOOKS I'VE BEEN READING, AS OF 16:25 - 22/DECEMBER/2017. Good evening, everyone! I hope you're all doing well! Today's update will mark the last update to the 1001 Animated Films You Should Watch project of 2017, and I would like to mark this occasion with three things. First, the latest update features 130 new additions, which means that the total number of suggestions is a little over 2700 FILMS! No matter how long I've been working on this project, the fact that there's still so many works to consider including on the list; nevermind the fact that there's always a dozen or so new things over the horizon; is both ridiculous and amazing! Secondly, here's the collection of daily recommendations I've been doing on FB since the last update. I hope you enjoy my thoughts and whatever I recommend. And finally, I want to thank everybody who has contributed to it over the last several months. I wish I could find the words in me to express the gratitude I have for all of you, for helping me find all kinds of amazing things from across the history of animation, for helping me to further understand and appreciate how amazing this medium is, and for giving me something to work towards during times when I felt like I couldn't do anything. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart, and I want to wish you all the very best in everything. Have a lovely Christmas, have a wonderful new year, and have a fantastic life in general. -Jim McGrath/FrDougal9000
  6. Can you suggest non-violent/cheerful games for the Xbox 360?

    Holy hell, that's a lot of feedback in just a couple of hours! I'll start by addressing the whole non-violence point. I have no problem with violence in video games, but there's a specific brand of violence I'd like to avoid at the moment: very realistic violence (typically involving weapons, bombs and war) with either an almost-propaganda like boner for those ideals, or an overly depressing or grim outlook in general. Those are concepts that hit a bit too close to home for me right now, and I'd like to avoid them. I don't mind games with other kinds of violence (you can recommend some beat-em-ups if you want), but I would just like to avoid the depressing military shooters. Also, to answer this question: I do live in the PAL region, which means I can't play 2X (annoying as it is), but there's still a good deal of games I could tackle. If you want to go in-depth on the PAL games you think I might like, do so by all means. I can check on my own time as to what I can and can't play, so it's no problem. Anyhow, thank you all again for replying so far. It's given me a few ideas of where to go, and I really appreciate it!
  7. Recently, I've been getting back into playing my Xbox 360, and I'm itching to play games I'd previously ignored. However, it only took a quick glance at the local CeX to realize how much of the system's library is made up of games about death, war, murder and other grisly subjects. I don't have a problem with them, but I'm in no mind for them at the moment. With that in mind, can anyone recommend me 360, XBLA or OG Xbox games that are either non-violent or a light and cheerful affair? If you want examples, some games I've been playing include: Amped 3 Spider-Man 2 Switchball Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.
  8. LIST HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH SUGGESTIONS FROM DK VINE, TWITTER, OTHER WEBSITES AND BOOKS I'VE BEEN READING, AS OF 22:10 - 1/DECEMBER/2017. Good evening, everyone! I hope you're all doing well! To ring in the last month of 2017, we've got another update to the list, which features 78 new additions!It's a pretty interesting update, full of the earliest known animations from various countries round the world, which comes from the very interesting Animation - A World History: Volume 1 by Giannalberto Bendazzi, an animation history book that I might discuss later on this week (more on that in a minute). To everyone who has already contributed, thank you all once again. I'll say more in an update later on this month (since it'll likely be the last one for the year), but I do appreciate everything y'all have done. In the meantime, I've been keeping the Facebook page busy with daily posts, recommending various animated works and articles/books/etc. about animated works. For those who don't use Facebook, I've decided to include the posts in a small document down below for you to read. I hope you enjoy the various things I recommend! There's not much else I have to say for now, so I think I'll leave it at that. Please continue to contribute with suggestions and feedback, share this project and the Facebook page around, and thank you all again. Until we meet again, have a great day! -Jim McGrath/FrDougal9000
  9. It's the start of the final month of 2017, a year that (depending on where you live, and how often you read the news) was arguably even worse than 2016. And as we reach the end of the year, I figured I'd take a cue from a similar thread I did last year and talk about the good things that happened in 2017. Good things that happened to you, good things that happened somewhere, or even just coming across good pieces of entertainment; all were welcome here. The only thing I will request is you not be snarky about it; if you've got nothing good to say, simply just don't reply. It's been a heck of a stressful year for a lot of folks (me included), and I want this to be a place where people can celebrate the good things that happened to them, and hopefully to recognize how good things still exist no matter what. With that, I'll begin with a smattering of thoughts: -My family and I were able to go to Waterville, Kerry this year. We'd always gone there for a week or two every summer, so it holds a lot of nostalgia for me in particular, but we hadn't been able to go there since 2014 for one reason or another. Thankfully, this last July, we were finally able to head over there for a week, and it was so relaxing to just be there again after so long. To go to places I hadn't been in for years, to walk on the beach in the early morning, and to -Working on the 1001 Animated Films You Should Watch thread has given me the chance to check out all kinds of things that I might have previously ignored, and some of them are just amazing. It's also given me something to work towards, in a year when I haven't been too creatively productive, and I really appreciate having something to look out for when I've not got much else to do. -I finally graduated from my Film & TV Production course in a local college, and have gone on to work on a Music course in another college to try and improve my music composing skills, understanding of terminology, etc. I'm currently able to read and write music at a Grade 2 level, and I think I'm about to go onto Grade 3. I have something of a performance anxiety, but hopefully I'll be able to deal with it in the coming months. -I got to write a series of reviews for long-running gaming website Hardcore Gaming 101, under the pseudonym 'Apollo Chungus'. It's helped me learn how to work under an editor, how to take screenshots on emulators, and I've even gotten paid for it, which has allowed me to buy books, games, donate to websites, and do other things I wasn't able to do before. -I listened to a lot of good music this year, and gotten into quite a few artists/composers like Anne Dudley, nelward, Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, Pogo, Wojciech Kilar and more. I even took track of the awesome music I heard on YouTube through a series of playlists, and you can check out the playlists with these links! -Actually got to see a few great live-action films in the cinema, such as Baby Driver, Kong: Skull Island and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. After a couple of years of seeing mostly generic franchise tripe, it was great to see really well done live-action movies again. (Seriously, go watch Valerian if you liked The Fifth Element; it's an awesome spiritual successor!) -Sonic Mania was fucking excellent. No word of a lie; fantastic level designs, kickass music, gorgeous graphics, and perfectly replicating how the original games played - goddamn, my hat goes out to Whitehead and everyone else involved with that game. I wish them the very best for what they've done. With that done, I'll leave y'all to discuss the good things that happened this year. Have a good day, everyone, and let's hope for a better 2018! -Jim McGrath/FrDougal9000
  10. So, Net Neutrality has come up in recent discussion again, and I've decided to make a post about it to try and help spread awareness. To recap for those not in the know: Net Neutrality is the idea that Internet service providers should enable people to access all content and applications, regardless of who is accessing it or from where, and without favouring or blocking particular products or websites. It is, in short, the idea that the Internet should be free for everyone. Obviously, not everyone agrees with this idea; in particular, cable companies such as Comcast and Verizon have spent the last few years trying to stop net neutrality from becoming a thing, so that they can obtain even more control over what people can and can't access (consider how Verizon won't allow non-subscribers to use Tumblr ever since acquiring it this year). Because of the influence these types of companies can have on law, people picked up to what they were doing and began campaigning for the FCC to do something about it. In 2015, after a long struggle, the FCC took action to rule in favour of net neutrality by re-branding the internet as a telecommunications service, therefore applying Title II common carrier rules to service providers. This looked to be the end of the struggle, with net neutrality coming out victorious and the Internet being free for anyone to use. However, with the FCC's new president, Ajit Pai (a long-time critic of net neutrality and former Verizon lawyer), taking steps to dismantle those rules and allowing cable companies the 'option' of not being total dicks to their customers, the fight has started up once more. On December the 13th, the FCC plans to vote on dismantling those rules, which would be be awful for everyone who uses the internet. Even if you don't live in America, this does affect you as many internet websites come from America and will be affected (also, other countries might decide to take influence from America and choose to do the same, which will affect you directly). As such, we need to take action. If you live in America, please go here and write to Congress: https://www.battleforthenet.com/ For everyone else, either share this thread or similar posts to people you know, or donate to websites like Fight for the Future: https://www.fightforthefuture.org/ Please spread awareness of Net Neutrality, donate to sites fighting to protect it, do whatever you can to help out; we need your help. Thank you, and good luck. -Jim McGrath/FrDougal9000
  11. LIST HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH SUGGESTIONS FROM DK VINE, TWITTER, OTHER WEBSITES AND BOOKS I'VE BEEN READING, AS OF 15:48 - 17/NOVEMBER/2017. Good evening, everyone! I hope you're all doing well! Today's update is another biggun, with 196 films being added to the list. That takes us just over 2500 films, which is a pretty staggering number no matter how I think about it. As usual, I want to thank you all for your contributions and suggestions, since there's no way in hell I could have gotten this far without y'all. Thank you. To make this update interesting, I'm going to recommend a trio of series, playlists, and channels on YouTube for y'all to watch: GOBELINS - A French art school that regularly posts animated films by their students on the internet. There's a great variety in terms of visual styles, mediums, storytelling methods, etc. that will ensure you find at least two or three shorts worth watching; if nothing else, they're at least guaranteed to look gorgeous. Mickey Mouse 2013, dir. Paul Rudish (supervising) - Airing since mid-2013, this latest run of Mickey Mouse provides some of the best slapstick comedy I've seen in years. Great timing, superb storyboarding, hysterical character expressions, and beyond make for a series absolutely worth watching! A Collection of Kōji Nanke's Music Videos - Undoubtedly the most obscure of this list of recommendations, Kōji Nanke is an animator who primarily works on music videos for the NHK's children series Minna No Uta. His artstyle is often very simple and childlike (personally, it reminds me of Raymond Briggs at times), he often experiments with medium blending (characters animated on scraps of paper), and each video feels distinct from each other. It makes for a fascinating body of work from an animator who really should be given more recognition for how he always tries to innovate. And with that, I'll leave y'all to do your thing. Please keep contributing with suggestions and feedback, like and share the FaceBook page, and check out a couple of films that grab your interest. Thank you for reading, and until we meet again, have a great day y'all! -Jim McGrath/FrDougal9000
  12. "Yes, but that film has an eye-patched Kurt Russell surfing alongside a radical Peter Fonda, so it's automatically awesome."
  13. I just read that comic, out of morbid curiosity to see what the idea they had was for Infinite's backstory, and WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW. What trash. He's just some guy that randomly decides "Fuck it, I'll team up with Eggman for no adequately established reason." That's it. Nothing more. Like everything else in Forces' story, it is flaccid and meaningless. I'm not exaggerating when I say that you could pick any fan theory, any piece of fan fiction; sod it, any bit of Sonic-themed pornography; and it would be so much better than anything Forces or its comics have offered by virtue of actually having something to consider and discuss. Something that changes the characters, something that's more than just 'this happened and then this happened and then this other thing happened', something with actual fucking substance. What trash. What utter, fucking trash.
  14. It's no problem, and you haven't repeated anything at all (until you're planning to edit this post and add more suggestions). In fact, you're the first guy to suggest anything from Samurai Jack, believe it or not. Thanks for the suggestions; I'm happy to hear of anything else you have to offer; and have a great day! -Jim McGrath/FrDougal9000
  15. Sonic Forces Reviews Thread

    Will do that there. Sorry about that. I originally posted this thread really late last night, and had college for most of the day, so I've only been able to work on it just now. Thanks for reminding me to do that!