Forty years and one week ago, an amazing science fiction themed comic landed on newsagent counters. It had some compelling features, some of which are still running today, crisp paper and jazzy painted artwork. This was Starlord.
Rebellion’s 2000ad have launched an ongoing art contest centered around their long running pin-up feature. They might need to replace the sub-circuits on the editorial droids, but in the meantime they want art full of Dredd.
Comics reaching their thousandth issue might be more common than you think. You just need to look around the globe.
Over on io9 in today’s Morning Spoilers there is an item quoting Duncan Jones, the director of Moon, Source Code, and Warcraft about the possibility of making a superhero movie. The Bowie boy blazes his Beckenham roots by declaring that he would be interested in filming some characters from 2000AD. Not Judge Dredd,…
The Eisner award winning Scottish artist who drew Skizz passed away on December 29, aged 77. If you haven’t read Alan Moore’s mash-up of Boys from the Blackstuff and ET, go and find a copy. The Birmingham based tale of an alien stranded on Earth is a special comic.
Britain’s classic comic space hero Dan Dare takes off once more this October in a new series from Titan Comics. The new update for the character is being written by comics veteran Peter Milligan and drawn by Alberto Fouche.
Today, Gizmodo UK have a handy reading list of what they consider the best of 2000AD’s lawman, Judge Dredd. It misses my favourite Dredd story, The Dead Man, (the slickest bluff ever) but they do have the follow on, Tale of the Dead Man, tucked away in one of those volumes. Hopefully the John Cassavetes story as well.
So it seems there is this rebellious fiefdom in Oxfordshire ruled by a King-sley, Jason who lives as a knight by day. Never mind Judge Dredd’s Lawmaster bike for getting around, the 2000AD boss is in to jousting.
If you are in London during the next two months (ending April 23rd) then the Cartoon Museum is having a bit of a beano celebrating forty years of 2000AD. Judge Dredd, Dan Dare, Slaine et al are all on display.
Word has it that last week’s landmark Prog 2000 of 2000A.D. has sold out and a reprint is in the works. And today’s Guardian lauds publisher Rebellion for rebuilding the home of Judge Dredd into one of the UK’s best selling comics.
Its a conspiracy! Brexit is a fiendish Mekon plot! Or maybe not, but in a post-Referendum world where those of a Leaving persuasion congratulate UK astronaut Tim Peake with the caveat “No need to do it again”, ambitions for the space industry seem to be coming down to earth.
Rebellion have dusted off a strange piece of history from the 2000AD archives, namely the Seventies reworking of the classic Pilot of the Future, Dan Dare.