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: SPACEWARP - New Venture from Pat Mills
: Bolt-01 05 April, 2019, 08:55:01 AM
Spacewarp (https://www.millsverse.com/spacewarp/)

Opening paragraph of the blog post...

DO NOT ADJUST YOUR REALITY…
SPACE WARP IS COMING!

If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to create a comic like 2000 AD, now is your chance to find out. To experience the highs, the lows, the creative jamming with artists, the excitement of breakthroughs and the disappointments when things go wrong. Then the satisfaction of solving those problems, getting the art right, the stories right, the thrill of seeing amazing new artwork, and the knowledge that we are facilitating great new talent who, otherwise, might be stuck in some boring job. And finally, the thrill of viewing the finished awesome comic.

So pull up a ringside seat, because that’s what I’m intending to do with SPACE WARP.


Sounds interesting (and it should as it is pretty much FutureQuake he's describing) and with Pat at the helm this is bound to be a solid read.
: Re: SPACEWARP - New Venture from Pat Mills
: Tomwe 05 April, 2019, 11:34:04 AM
I'm in!
: Re: SPACEWARP - New Venture from Pat Mills
: sheridan 05 April, 2019, 11:42:55 AM
Thought it was going to be the next in the Read 'Em and Weep or Be Pure... series until I followed the link.

Looks interesting, will have to compare and contrast with the all-ages FCBD offering last year.
: Re: SPACEWARP - New Venture from Pat Mills
: Mardroid 06 April, 2019, 04:12:54 PM
Looks very interesting, and I’m interested in getting this.

Curious about this though: “Introduced by alien robot editor Schlock” . Pat Mills has said that he came to disagree with 2000AD having a fictional Editor in Tharg, so I wonder why he decided to do this. Then again, part of the reason for this project is to test if a similar comic to the original 2000AD would work, again, so maybe that’s why, I.e have all components present and see how they work in the current world.

Also Schlock also seems to be the name of an alien freedom fighter fighting against a human empire* in one of the strips (as it’s a work I’m progress, maybe that will change) and while I think Future Shock type tales are always a good idea in an anthology,  calling them Future Schlocks....? Really?

Overall a good idea, and interesting that they’re presenting the background and production stuff publicly.

Despite the description of certain tales being a bit too similar to stuff that’s been in the Prog, there is variety, and they may do different things with the stuff that seems similar. One bloke vs dinosaurs does seem different to a whole bunch of cowboys, for example.

Anyway, we’ll see.

*Sound familiar?
: Re: SPACEWARP - New Venture from Pat Mills
: IndigoPrime 06 April, 2019, 05:08:25 PM
Why male-oriented? :/
: Re: SPACEWARP - New Venture from Pat Mills
: Mardroid 06 April, 2019, 05:27:47 PM
I’m not really a fan of segregating comics by the sexes either. Girls like sci-fi and they certainly like horror. And girls comics of the past have shown that their stories go down well with a male audience too . Some of them. Those of a less mushy romance bent😉

Girls’ comics show they’re  certainly partial to their horror and they had their share of dystopian sci-fi too.

Again, I think maybe Pat Mills wants to mirror 200ad again for a modern audience.
: Re: SPACEWARP - New Venture from Pat Mills
: Hawkmumbler 09 May, 2019, 06:45:54 PM
This kinda feels like Pat wants to have his cake and eat it.
: Re: SPACEWARP - New Venture from Pat Mills
: Funt Solo 09 May, 2019, 07:14:09 PM
Why male-oriented? :/

It's all a bit 1977. 
: Re: SPACEWARP - New Venture from Pat Mills
: Frank 11 May, 2019, 10:51:28 PM

To be honest, I was sceptical about the quality of artist Mills would be able to attract for this project. If Gareth Sleightholme (https://www.artstation.com/hesir) isn't soon following the path Dan Cornwell trod, from founding father's self-published project to Galaxy's Greatest, it'll be because a US publisher got to him first.

All images © Gareth Sleightholme 2019, from The Executioners, the fictional analogue of Judge Dredd in Mills's 2000ad parody comic, Space Warp:

(https://i.imgur.com/Qr0CwhA.png?1)
(https://i.imgur.com/OWwcTYY.png?2)


Mills has obviously read that the richest Youtube personality is an 8-year-old who does unboxing videos. You can watch him reacting like a kid with a new toy when he sees Sleightholme's art, here (https://youtu.be/yi5w5jKu9hw). Listening to Pat Mills at 0.25 speed, to screencap those images, was a big thrill for a fan of Chris Morris's Blue Ja-aa-aaa-mmmm (https://youtu.be/BUePblNU860).

 
: Re: SPACEWARP - New Venture from Pat Mills
: Leigh S 11 May, 2019, 10:58:51 PM
It's lovely stuff, though I wonder if Pat is letting his understandable excitement get the better here  - great concepts for characters, but can he draw the world - the retro-futuristic city - can he pull off sequential strip art?  Now there's every chance he can, but if he struggles with some of the other aspects, Pat has kind of thrown his lot in here?  Maybe there are samples of that kind of stuff from the artist that arent of these characters, what do I know!

Not trying to be a downer here, but I'm glad I didnt start doing anything for this strip! I'm sure it will be fine!
: Re: SPACEWARP - New Venture from Pat Mills
: Frank 11 May, 2019, 11:19:07 PM
... great concepts for characters, but can he draw the world - the retro-futuristic city - can he pull off sequential strip art?

There are some sequentials and cityscapes on the Artstation (https://www.artstation.com/hesir/albums/23857) account I linked to above, bud.


: Re: SPACEWARP - New Venture from Pat Mills
: Leigh S 12 May, 2019, 09:19:54 AM
Aha, cheers Frank - my eyesight isnt what it was!  Some interesting stuff there - some of this stuff looks like Brendan McCarthy, some like Robin Smith, some like John Blanche - even with the page or two of sequential art  there I'm not sure I have a clear idea what a finished page might look like - all very good stuff though.

I suppose Pat might argue we wouldnt see this artist in 2000AD because he is drawing out people who would be put off by work for hire, though I also wonder if this is the project to prove that theory - I can't see there being a huge profit in this for anyone - seems more like a labour of love than a concerted assault on the status quo, but who knows, maybe it could prove both given enough of the former
: Re: SPACEWARP - New Venture from Pat Mills
: broodblik 12 May, 2019, 11:48:43 AM
I hope it is a success. The more options we have the better.

The art looks good, Frank.
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: dweezil2 12 May, 2019, 05:00:59 PM
This looks smashing, wil definitely look out for it.
: Re: SPACEWARP - New Venture from Pat Mills
: Frank 15 July, 2019, 06:24:50 PM

Another pleasant surprise on the art front. Mike Donaldson's Futant work is like Karl Richardson trying to show someone how Simon Coleby's art looks.

Donaldson seems stronger on action than character, but I like everything about this page 100% more than I like the name Futant. That'd be the first thing I changed, but the whole point of Space Warp seems to be doing things the Pat Mills Way.


(https://i.imgur.com/Osd5VQl.png?1)


: Re: SPACEWARP - New Venture from Pat Mills
: Richard 15 July, 2019, 07:41:25 PM
That artwork is amazing.
: Re: SPACEWARP - New Venture from Pat Mills
: Bolt-01 16 July, 2019, 08:05:47 AM
It's nice to see MikeD back in action. Think the last time I saw his work was back in Omnivistascope.
: Re: SPACEWARP - New Venture from Pat Mills
: Bolt-01 27 September, 2019, 08:11:27 AM
Surprised no-one here has mentioned that two more of the artists for Spacewarp are both forum members - Bruno Stahl and James Newell have both frequented this board for many years and I know James in particular has worked hard to get here. Congrats to them both.

<pimp>And of course they've both done work for me over at FQP - so remember folk - if you want to see who's going to be drawing the comics of tomorrow, check out FQP Today!</pimp>
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: The Legendary Shark 27 September, 2019, 11:29:05 AM

Congratulations are most surely in order. Well done, guys!

: Re: SPACEWARP - New Venture from Pat Mills
: Bolt-01 01 May, 2020, 11:38:32 AM
Necro-post!

News from the mighty Down the Tubes (https://downthetubes.net/) regarding Spacewarp (https://downthetubes.net/?p=117785)

(https://i2.wp.com/downthetubes.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/img_2590.jpg?resize=768%2C497&ssl=1)
image nicked from DTT
: Re: SPACEWARP - New Venture from Pat Mills
: pauljholden 01 May, 2020, 12:07:16 PM
The 11 year old in me is very exited by the looks of this.

(Though the DC Lawyer in me is probably eyeing up Hellbreaker and thinking ... hang on ...)
: Re: SPACEWARP - New Venture from Pat Mills
: Bad City Blue 01 May, 2020, 03:07:52 PM
Very retro and very exciting!
: Re: SPACEWARP - New Venture from Pat Mills
: IndigoPrime 01 May, 2020, 04:32:39 PM
Spacewarp is aimed at a mainstream audience, age group 14 – 40, with female and male heroes from a wide range of backgrounds and ethnicities without falling into the ‘woke’ trap.
That’s… a really weird line. It’ll be interesting if the publication has pivoted from the original stance, which was very much “a comic about men”, being heavily influenced by “boys comics” from the 1970s. But quite what “the ‘woke’ trap” means, I have no idea.
: Re: SPACEWARP - New Venture from Pat Mills
: Leigh S 01 May, 2020, 04:34:24 PM
That looks incredible, though " "woke" trap"?... sigh.... great Anti-Virtue Signalling there.
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: Robin Low 01 May, 2020, 06:33:23 PM
But quite what “the ‘woke’ trap” means, I have no idea.

"We will still offend some people, but they are wrong."

I have to admit, though, I still like the look of it.

Regards,

Robin
: Re: SPACEWARP - New Venture from Pat Mills
: Mardroid 03 May, 2020, 12:39:39 AM
Spacewarp is aimed at a mainstream audience, age group 14 – 40, with female and male heroes from a wide range of backgrounds and ethnicities without falling into the ‘woke’ trap.
That’s… a really weird line.

Yes, why 40? I don’t think my tastes suddenly changed when I hit 41 (or even now 5 years later). There was me kind of interested in this, but alas I’m a few years too old now.  :D

Mind you 14 is an odd starting age too.
: Re: SPACEWARP - New Venture from Pat Mills
: broodblik 15 May, 2020, 08:02:54 PM
Cover for the first issue and article:

http://www.comicon.com/2020/05/15/pat-mills-reveals-the-cover-to-his-new-sci-fi-anthology-spacewarp/ (http://www.comicon.com/2020/05/15/pat-mills-reveals-the-cover-to-his-new-sci-fi-anthology-spacewarp/)

(https://i2.wp.com/www.comicon.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/mail-8-scaled.jpeg?resize=768%2C994)