The seminal British sci-fi and fantasy comic, 2000 AD, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this week so I thought I’d feature a few videos marking the event. First up are the writers Rob Williams and Ian Edginton, joined by artists D’Israeli and INJ Culbard, talking about the challenges of building new worlds and civilisations for 2000 AD, and how these imagined universes have evolved and changed over time. This is followed by the owners of Rebellion, Jason and Chris Kingsley, discussing how they rescued 2000 AD from potential oblivion and their plans for the next forty years of the comic – including games, movies and television. The Head of Books and Comic Books with Rebellion, Ben Smith, talks about the company’s recent acquisition of the massive Fleetway/IPC archive.
Thirdly, Peter Milligan and Robbie Morrison discuss their boundary-busting works, from Bad Company to Counterfeit Girl, Judge Dredd to Nikolai Dante. Finally, three of the biggest names to grace the pages of 2000 AD, Dave Gibbons, Mick McMahon, Alan Grant and Cam Kennedy, get together for a panel discussion. From Mick’s early work on Judge Dredd and Sláine, to Alan’s incredible writing on Anderson PSI Division and Mazeworld, and Dave’s groundbreaking work on Dan Dare and Rogue Trooper, these are some of the creators who made 2000 AD what it is today.
I’m currently reading the informative and outright bitchy history of the comic, Thrill-Power Overload: Forty Years of 2000 AD: Revised, updated and expanded!, by David Bishop. There’s nothing quite like Pat Mills’ scorn for those artists or writers he thought beneath the publication’s high standards. Praise coupled with a litany of back-biting complaints have made the book an enjoyable read so far.