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: 2000AD Villains Takeover Special
: Tarantino 23 April, 2019, 10:12:45 AM
I've just been into Forbidden Planet in London and picked up a leaflet advertising a signing of a Villains Takeover Special, with an image of all the bad guys from 2000AD and the 2000AD logo.

This seems to be a one-off comic, but I've heard nothing about it. Does anyone know anything?

It's happening on Saturday 4th May between 1pm - 2pm.

Tarantino
: Re: 2000AD Villains Takeover Special
: IndigoPrime 23 April, 2019, 10:27:19 AM
This year's FCBD is a Treasury comic, not 2000 AD, and so 2000 AD are instead doing a 99p/$0.99 special where the villains take over. If you don't want to rock up to a comic book store on the day (and don't care about a signed copy), you can grab the entire 2019 specials bundle (six comics, individually sent) from https://shop.2000ad.com/catalogue/B0011 for a bargain 20 quid (including shipping).
: Re: 2000AD Villains Takeover Special
: Eamonn Clarke 23 April, 2019, 11:07:28 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/CLcSvjV.jpg)
: Re: 2000AD Villains Takeover Special
: Buttonman 23 April, 2019, 07:05:58 PM
This year's FCBD is a Treasury comic, not 2000 AD, and so 2000 AD are instead doing a 99p/$0.99 special where the villains take over. If you don't want to rock up to a comic book store on the day (and don't care about a signed copy), you can grab the entire 2019 specials bundle (six comics, individually sent) from https://shop.2000ad.com/catalogue/B0011 for a bargain 20 quid (including shipping).

A quality post Indigo - Sold!
: Re: 2000AD Villains Takeover Special
: IndigoPrime 26 April, 2019, 10:40:20 AM
My copy just landed. Two done, four to go!
: Re: 2000AD Villains Takeover Special
: sheridan 26 April, 2019, 01:23:45 PM
I've just been into Forbidden Planet in London and picked up a leaflet advertising a signing of a Villains Takeover Special, with an image of all the bad guys from 2000AD and the 2000AD logo.

This seems to be a one-off comic, but I've heard nothing about it. Does anyone know anything?

It's happening on Saturday 4th May between 1pm - 2pm.

Tarantino

A bunch of us are going to meet up to get things signed and/or go for a drink (mostly the drink, to be honest).  Copied from farcebook (https://www.facebook.com/events/287425298817630/):

"It's Free Comic Book Day and also 99p 2000AD Day this year.
At the moment, there is only one signing happening and it's at Forbidden Planet and it has Matt Smith (Tharg) and Greg Staples signing the Villains Special, from 13:00-14:00
You know the score, meet up at the signing and then wander across to the Crown and Anchor in Neal Street and If we're not visible downstairs, then we'll be upstairs.
Come along and meet the Southern Contingent after the signing and have a chat over a few drinks. It's much better than tapping away at a keyboard.
See you there!"

: Re: 2000AD Villains Takeover Special
: Rogue Judge 27 April, 2019, 12:13:53 AM
I've just been into Forbidden Planet in London and picked up a leaflet advertising a signing of a Villains Takeover Special, with an image of all the bad guys from 2000AD and the 2000AD logo.

This seems to be a one-off comic, but I've heard nothing about it. Does anyone know anything?

It's happening on Saturday 4th May between 1pm - 2pm.

Tarantino

A bunch of us are going to meet up to get things signed and/or go for a drink (mostly the drink, to be honest).  Copied from farcebook (https://www.facebook.com/events/287425298817630/):

"It's Free Comic Book Day and also 99p 2000AD Day this year.
At the moment, there is only one signing happening and it's at Forbidden Planet and it has Matt Smith (Tharg) and Greg Staples signing the Villains Special, from 13:00-14:00
You know the score, meet up at the signing and then wander across to the Crown and Anchor in Neal Street and If we're not visible downstairs, then we'll be upstairs.
Come along and meet the Southern Contingent after the signing and have a chat over a few drinks. It's much better than tapping away at a keyboard.
See you there!"

That sounds Amazing!  How I long for that kind of comradery, meeting to discuss 2000ad over a drink. I would attend every event! However, I live in Canada where no one knows the thrills of 2000ad and comic collectors are more concerned with the value of their variant covers instead of the joy of reading good comics.
Have a drink for me and extend my gratitude to Tharg!
: Re: 2000AD Villains Takeover Special
: rogue69 27 April, 2019, 01:13:36 PM
Trevor Hairsine will also be at Forbidden Planet signing DCeased#1 from 5pm
Along with the usual Doctor Who signing between 3-4pm
: Re: 2000AD Villains Takeover Special
: dweezil2 27 April, 2019, 02:28:45 PM
Mine turned up yesterday!

Only read the Rob Williams/Sahlstrom/Bowland Death story, but it was a doozy with some simply fabulous art!

Hope we see Sahlstrom in the Prog again before long!  :thumbsup:

Who needs the rubbish from the big two on FCBD when you've got quality like this!  :)
: Re: 2000AD Villains Takeover Special
: Mardroid 27 April, 2019, 09:39:57 PM
Mine too, which was a nice surprise since I don't remember ordering it.

I wonder now if I bought the pack along with the recent Cor/Buster special.

Anyway, it was okay.
: Re: 2000AD Villains Takeover Special
: Mardroid 27 April, 2019, 09:40:38 PM
Lovely somewhat heart-wrenching picture on the back cover.
: Re: 2000AD Villains Takeover Special
: Bolt-01 29 April, 2019, 08:10:44 AM
Got my 'GrumpyFunter' head on - The Bland and Brass story needed another pass at the script to make it clearer what the deal was, and there was at least one terrible lettering decision made here.

The lettering was weak in several of the strips, but for me the highlight was Smith & Weston working on Stix.

A very worthy package but with a touch more attention it could have been first rate.
: Re: 2000AD Villains Takeover Special
: broodblik 01 May, 2019, 06:48:03 AM
This was a great special. Normally with these specials you get a few of the stories that is not as great but this time around all the stories are good.

The art of the Death story was great and I would like to see more of Sahlstrom's work in the prog.

Chris Weston's work on Stix was great as always. What an awesome tribute on the back page by him to the great Carlos.
: Re: 2000AD Villains Takeover Special
: Dandontdare 01 May, 2019, 11:42:46 AM
the highlight was Smith & Weston working on Stix.

That's certainly a pistol-packing team!
: Re: 2000AD Villains Takeover Special
: sheridan 03 May, 2019, 01:56:36 AM
the highlight was Smith & Weston working on Stix.

That's certainly a pistol-packing team!

For a moment I thought it was the same team who brought us Killing Time :-)
: Re: 2000AD Villains Takeover Special
: sheridan 03 May, 2019, 01:57:44 AM
By the way - other droids / ex-droids signing in Central London * are Si Spurrier, Mark Buckingham and Al Ewing.



* Sorry, Rogue Judge!
: Re: 2000AD Villains Takeover Special
: Magnetica 03 May, 2019, 07:30:09 AM
I thought the Stix tale was great. I can’t think of a better choice for Strontium Dog universe tales than Chris Weston from here on in.

The rest of the stories didn’t do much for me. The Brass and Bland strip started strongly but as per the comment above the ending wasn’t clear. I also thought the Terror Tale wasn’t clear - what happened to the nuns? Maybe I’m just being thick.

I have never noticed who letters which strip. I guess it is one of those things where you don’t notice it when it is done well. However when it distracts from the story and you have to read it again to get the follow of the sentence, then it jars. As others have said there were unfortunately some instances in the special where it could have flowed better.

Great cover.
: Re: 2000AD Villains Takeover Special
: Greg M. 03 May, 2019, 01:52:06 PM
This is inordinately sad and pernickety of me, but it bugged me that the strip was called 'Brass and Bland' instead of 'Bland and Brass' (or, indeed, 'Bland & Brass'.) The latter just rolls off the tongue better... and it's what's on their business cards.
: Re: 2000AD Villains Takeover Special
: Hawkmumbler 04 May, 2019, 10:51:28 AM
I assume the Villains Takeover Special will be available on the app?
: Re: 2000AD Villains Takeover Special
: broodblik 04 May, 2019, 11:12:32 AM
Yes it is available via the app
: Re: 2000AD Villains Takeover Special
: Richard 04 May, 2019, 03:55:23 PM
The art in this is astonishingly good.

Have we seen Henrik Sahlstrom and Kyle Hotz in 2000AD before? I feel like we have, but my memory is terrible. Anyway, more of this in the prog please.
: Re: 2000AD Villains Takeover Special
: Trout 05 May, 2019, 01:30:05 AM
This comic was all sorts of fun.  :)
: Re: 2000AD Villains Takeover Special
: Colin YNWA 06 May, 2019, 08:24:57 AM
This is inordinately sad and pernickety of me, but it bugged me that the strip was called 'Brass and Bland' instead of 'Bland and Brass' (or, indeed, 'Bland & Brass'.) The latter just rolls off the tongue better... and it's what's on their business cards.

Yeah that really irked me I have to say... which I accept is silly, but boy did it.

Thought this was okay. Well for 99p it was of course exceptional value but nothing blow me away, everything was fine, but nowt was great.

The Death story was a cute, Dredd is a bit like Death story. Brass and Bland a decent Future Shock. I'm not Kyle Hotz's biggest fan, but the stuff he's been doing for Rebellion of late is his best, but Slaine was a little by the numbers. As was Stix, though it looked just lovely. Decnt Terror Tale, again drawn up a storm.

So yeah looked great, all the stories were fine and at 99p an absolute bargain.
: Re: 2000AD Villains Takeover Special
: DrJomster 06 May, 2019, 11:01:32 PM
I thought this was great! I agree that the art was just top notch. And actually so were the scripts and lettering. As people have said above, that was a top quality special, particularly given the price. If I didn’t subscribe already, I would after this.

Strontium Dog was very nicely done, plus the back page tribute was a good’un.
: Re: 2000AD Villains Takeover Special
: Sinx 09 May, 2019, 12:23:09 PM
Strontium Dog story was probably the standout for me, awesome art and cool story making Tyrus Stix look like a master criminal strategist (until the end  :lol:). A real tribute to Carlos is the way that Weston didn't deviate far at all on how Carlos used to draw Johnny Alpha facially.
Kyle Hotz on Slaine was just a perfect match up artwise, a real treat and brought back memories of the black and white art from the eighties by the many great artists who drew it back then.
There really wasn't a weak moment in this issue an at 99p you just can't complain!

I got this signed at FP London too which was cool  :thumbsup:
: Re: 2000AD Villains Takeover Special
: Dandontdare 09 May, 2019, 06:05:53 PM
An excellent publication all round, enjoyed all the stories and some great art - would have preferred this to replace the weekly prog rather than the kiddy special.
: Re: 2000AD Villains Takeover Special
: Eamonn Clarke 09 May, 2019, 08:24:46 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/CLcSvjV.jpg)

I spoke to Mr Staples while he was catching his breath in between signing all the Burdis progs and asked him how long this cover took him. He said he did it in one day.  :o
: Re: 2000AD Villains Takeover Special
: broodblik 11 May, 2019, 04:47:39 AM
This is just awesome, the back page in colour:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D6OieEIXkAAWHQh.jpg)
: Re: 2000AD Villains Takeover Special
: JayzusB.Christ 11 May, 2019, 12:25:22 PM
Well,  I've just bought this and liked it a lot.  Cyber-Matt shows he can write the Dog pitch-perfect as well as Dredd, and I really liked the Death story too. Love the Carlos tribute.  By the way who's that in the middle in the back row? Thought it was either Eazy or Koburn till I realised they were already there.
: Re: 2000AD Villains Takeover Special
: AlexF 14 May, 2019, 03:07:00 PM
Sadly I can't pick out that mystery Coburnesque character at the back - I'm guessing one of the crew of the Rat Pack or perhaps the fellows who accompany Bloody Mary?

Overall I agree with Bolt - the whole package was maybe one edit away from being up to Prog standard, but the whole thing was saved for sure by stellar artwork.
: Re: 2000AD Villains Takeover Special
: Proudhuff 14 May, 2019, 04:46:45 PM
I've just been into Forbidden Planet in London and picked up a leaflet advertising a signing of a Villains Takeover Special, with an image of all the bad guys from 2000AD and the 2000AD logo.

This seems to be a one-off comic, but I've heard nothing about it. Does anyone know anything?

It's happening on Saturday 4th May between 1pm - 2pm.

Tarantino

A bunch of us are going to meet up to get things signed and/or go for a drink (mostly the drink, to be honest).  Copied from farcebook (https://www.facebook.com/events/287425298817630/):

"It's Free Comic Book Day and also 99p 2000AD Day this year.
At the moment, there is only one signing happening and it's at Forbidden Planet and it has Matt Smith (Tharg) and Greg Staples signing the Villains Special, from 13:00-14:00
You know the score, meet up at the signing and then wander across to the Crown and Anchor in Neal Street and If we're not visible downstairs, then we'll be upstairs.
Come along and meet the Southern Contingent after the signing and have a chat over a few drinks. It's much better than tapping away at a keyboard.
See you there!"

That sounds Amazing!  How I long for that kind of comradery, meeting to discuss 2000ad over a drink. I would attend every event! However, I live in Canada where no one knows the thrills of 2000ad and comic collectors are more concerned with the value of their variant covers instead of the joy of reading good comics.
Have a drink for me and extend my gratitude to Tharg!

Talk to Trout see above... he's in Moose ******* country too
: Re: 2000AD Villains Takeover Special
: Rogue Judge 20 May, 2019, 07:09:12 PM
Another Canuck? Where in the great white north are you Trout?