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James Woodcock
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Posted: 12 October 2018 at 2:50am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Oh dear.
THE APPRENTICE this week had a challenge to create a comic for the 8 to 12 year age range. 

No one, it seems, had read a comic. The concepts might have not been too bad but the execution was just terrible. Pitched way too young (5 year old would be my bet), derivative and poorly executed - one was supposed to be a bit like Dora with the character travelling to different countries and learning different languages. They chose French, which no one in the group spoke. So it ended up with grammatical errors, only one French word etc.

And yet, WH Smith ordered 10,000 copies.

What????????

The other did an out space guy. After coming up with a name along the lines of Captain Comet, they decided to go with the name .... Benji.

My eight year old has just written a 100 word super hero story for school. The names match the power set, the hero and villain are ying and yang and the powers are used in innovative ways. Way better story.
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Posted: 12 October 2018 at 2:57am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I don't watch THE APPRENTICE as I find Alan Sugar too much up his own arse. Too arrogant.

But 10,000 copies?!!!

I read that WHSmith won't stock certain comics (football comic STRIKER, which is well produced, often struggled to persuade WHSmith to stock it), but they'll stock that? Weird.
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James, I watched the first 10 minutes then had to switch it off, it was too annoying.  When the mens team started play acting wearing animal masks I almost put my foot through the screen!!!

I operate my own business but even I find the contestants on Apprentice to be, for the most part, quite loathsome and vacuous, it seems sometimes that they're like parodies of real people.

I guess the perceived strides that comics and fantasy characters have made into the general public aren't as far reaching as we thought?
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Posted: 12 October 2018 at 3:39am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

"As Seen on The Apprentice " - it's the reason they ordered those copies.
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Posted: 12 October 2018 at 4:49am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I stopped watching a few seasons ago but my wife taped this one for me.
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Darren wrote: I guess the perceived strides that comics and fantasy characters have made into the general public aren't as far reaching as we thought?

When Infinity War Blu Ray came out I asked my local ASDA if I could have the shop display. I was told yes and a few days later got a call saying i could come and collect it.
I turned up and asked for the Thanos display - crickets
The display you had for the new Avengers film? - crickets
The big purple guy from Avengers? - crickets.

No one had a clue what or who I was trying to describe. I never got it.
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The candidates are parodies of real people. Walking cliché machines.

Oh, and regarding the show, this irked me years ago:

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I write for several magazines that WH Smith's stock. From various comments made to me by editors, there's  some form of financial inducement that goes on to get them to carry a mag.  Smith's is by far the UK's biggest newsagent and getting stocked by them can make or break a publication.
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Posted: 13 October 2018 at 9:32am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

If The Apprentice used intelligent, well balanced
people, there would be no show, same with most "Reality"
shows, which i detest.
We have a female-centric channel here called ITVBe, i
only see trailers for their wall to wall "Reality"
shows, but i can feel my brain cells committing Hari-
Kiri as i watch!

Is WHSmith the force it once was? They seem to be
closing stores a lot.
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At a guess, I would say WHSmith remains a force due to being the ONLY UK store that stocks such a wide range of magazines.

Corner shops and supermarkets do, of course, stock magazines, but only a fraction of what WHSmith stocks. In my local WHSmith, there are magazine shelves for music, sci-fi, comics, motoring, railways, aviation, animals, science, history, business, etc.

Someone may find CLASSIC ROCK or THE ECONOMIST in a corner shop or supermarket, but for a full range of titles, WHSmith is the place to be. I buy different guitar magazines based on my mood that month (I couldn't afford them all), but only WHSmith stocks all the major guitar titles.

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write for several magazines that WH Smith's stock. From various comments made to me by editors, there's  some form of financial inducement that goes on to get them to carry a mag.  Smith's is by far the UK's biggest newsagent and getting stocked by them can make or break a publication.

I've read so many interesting things about the relationship between WHSmith and magazines.

Someone wrote that WHSmith used to take a percentage of each title, but now they do that and charge each magazine "rent" to be put on the shelves.

The editors of some niche titles (e.g. STRIKER) have talked about how hard it can be to try and persuade WHSmith to stock their titles.

Returning to THE APPRENTICE, I get what Bill is saying, but I do think non-parody people could be interesting. I find non-parody people on programmes such as UNDERCOVER BOSS and UNDERCOVER BOSS USA. There may be a certain level of glamour, but not as bad as compared to THE APPRENTICE "drones" who utter complete crap such as, "When I was born, my first word was not mommy, but money!"

Really?!
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Posted: 14 October 2018 at 4:10am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

There is far too much good tv to watch, why waste our
free time watching "Reality" shows? I think a lot of
them are responsible for the vacuous, over made-up,
trout lipped, caterpillar eye browed, Oompah Loompah
coloured, selfie obsessed young women that seem to be
everywhere nowadays! The Suffragettes would be SO proud!
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Posted: 14 October 2018 at 1:58pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Would you believe a tweet I tweeted in 2015 about THE APPRENTICE was favourited today? And the reply was critical.

2015?!!

How on earth did they find a three-year old tweet? And who comments on an old tweet? Some people have far too much time on their hands.

Thinking about the topic Mr Woodcock posted, I wonder, could a reality TV show work where talented people have to write, pencil, ink, letter and colour comics? Winner gets a contract with a publisher?

Or would that be dumbing down comics? Perhaps. Ignore me.
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Posted: 14 October 2018 at 2:06pm | IP Logged | 13 post reply

Ask James Gunn, Robbie!
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Posted: 14 October 2018 at 2:34pm | IP Logged | 14 post reply

Oh yes.

Why would some wanker browse for Apprentice/Sugar posts from 2015? 
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Posted: 14 October 2018 at 9:43pm | IP Logged | 15 post reply

Too much time on their hands.
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