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Prog / Re: Prog 2082 - Out For Blood!
« on: 23 May, 2018, 04:07:03 pm »
Apologies for being a soppy sod. I just wanted to jump on here and thank you guys so much for all your kind words. I am SO glad you’re enjoying Durham so far. We’ve all worked like savages on this one (especially Ben). Working with such a beloved character is always tricky. We wanted to honour everything that’s gone before without being beholden to it. And by trying something new there’s always the risk that some of the old-school will go bananas. (Just look at the current bruhaha over Thundercats and junior Warhammer!) It’s early days, I know, but I really, truly appreciate you guys giving the Durham revamp a chance. Florix grabundae, squaxx dek Thargo!

News / Re: Durham Red- Born Bad!
« on: 16 April, 2018, 02:06:29 pm »
Cheers, guys. Will pass that on. Ben is absolutely fine and dandy now! His recovery time scuppered the schedule is all. Cheers again. Alec

News / Re: Durham Red- Born Bad!
« on: 16 April, 2018, 11:54:54 am »
Full details on the current status of the new Durham Red, right here...
Please feel free to share and spread the word. Lee is a major addition to the team!
Apologies for this hurried post; deadlines an’ that.

Prog / Re: Prog 2073 - Future Visions!
« on: 28 March, 2018, 11:19:20 pm »
Ben ‘glass jaw’ Willsher. Yeah, he’s fine. The numpty. Full details to follow in a bit...

Prog / Re: Prog 2073 - Future Visions!
« on: 28 March, 2018, 10:35:46 pm »
No, that was me... Ben copped a severe burn that required hospital treatment.

Prog / Re: Prog 2073 - Future Visions!
« on: 28 March, 2018, 10:27:24 pm »
Yeah, about Durham... we’ve had a bit of behind-the-scenes drama on Project Red, resulting in Ben Willsher being (almost literally) stretchered off. He’s fine. His drawing hand’s fine. Details to follow...

Prog / Re: Prog 2073 - Future Visions!
« on: 19 March, 2018, 09:33:56 pm »
Bah! Can’t be arsed to figure out the quote function on this thing and I wanna go watch Walking Dead. Anyway, re: “Where’s Durham Red during all this...?”

Following the publication of The Final Solution (1988-90), Durham Red appeared in two solo stories, both by Grant and Ezquerra: her debut solo outing Island of the Damned (1991-92) and The Golden Mile (1993). Both of these would appear to be set prior to Johnny’s death. Several other solo stories that appeared decades later, including Grant and Ezquerra’s The ‘Nobody Wants This Job’ Job (2012), Running Out of Patients by Leah Moore, John Reppion, Jan Duursema and Dylan Teague (2014), and The Calling by Robert Murphy, Duane Redhead, and Kirsty Swan (also 2014), also appear to be set while Johnny’s still alive and Red is off happily doing her own thing.

Following Johnny’s kicking of the bucket within by the Strontiverse timeline, Durham appeared among the ensemble cast of the spin-off series Strontium Dogs (note the plural), as Johnny’s former comrades drift off through the galaxy looking (and mostly failing) to find something interesting to do. In Crossroads (1994) by Peter Hogan and Nigel Dobbyn, she gatecrashed a bounty sought after by fellow mutants the Gronk, Bullmoose Saxon, and Feral Jackson, before running into a blind witch known as ‘the Walking Lady’.

In Mirrors – a Hogan/Harrison solo story that followed later that year – Durham has a good long think in her underwear, almost gets burned at the stake, then summons a vampire army and takes over the world. Fortunately, it was all just a dream-vision brought on by the Walking Lady, and its back to Strontium Dogs with High Moon (1995). This one opens with Red undergoing one of those trippy dream quests in the desert that were always popular in the ‘90s, before she settles into helping Bullmoose and the Gronk search for a cure for the helplessly polymorphic Feral.

Stopping off at the Doghouse, she learns that she can no longer be given commissions due to a whopping great bounty placed on her head by the Goth-King (whose relative Durham murdered back in Island of the Damned). Grounded until further notice, Durham quits being a Stront, says her goodbyes and sets off to seek her fortune among the stars alongside Johnny’s old pal Frinton Fuzz. This leaves Bullmoose and the Gronk to get back on with curing Feral...  High Moon is notable for Red’s costume change, from the Ezquerra’s bandolier-and-chainmail-loincloth ensemble to Harrison’s ‘manga space babe’ look. Hogan and Harrison’s Deals followed later in 1995, for which my notes appear to have vanished... :P

By 1996 it was decided Strontium Dogs had had its day. In the Durham solo series Night of the Hunters (disowned by Hogan and curtailed and rewritten by editor David Bishop), Durham offers out the Goth King in a Hunger Games-style televised deathmatch full of freaks and killers. (Poor Frinton cops a sniper’s bullet meant Durham.)

Dan Abnett was then charged with tying up the loose ends by writing the solo one-shot Epicedium (Abnett’s first work on the character). Here Durham mourns Frinton’s passing with a week-long bender that takes over an entire city. She makes her peace with the Goth-King, who cancels his bounty, allowing Durham to walk off into the starset with an assassin-priest named Toroni (with whom she hooked up in Night of the Hunters). All of which paved the way for Durham to wake from cryo-sleep a thousand years in the future in Abnett and Harrison’s milestone three-book series that began with The Scarlet Cantos in 1998.

Durham also appeared in the terrific little series called The Scarlet Apocrypha (scripted by Abnett), which ran in the Meg throughout 2002 and posited Durham as a kind of Moorcockian Eternal Champion, popping up in various timelines (feudal Japan, 60s Italy on the set of an exploitation movie, and so on).

Hope this helps.

News / Re: Durham Red- Born Bad!
« on: 08 January, 2018, 11:50:40 am »
Done a quick blog about the redesign, if you're into that sort of thing...

News / Re: Durham Red- Born Bad!
« on: 20 December, 2017, 12:41:04 pm »
They'll all just brain-farts, mind. Don't panic if you see anything in there that makes you go 'WTF are you thinking, Worley?'  :lol:

News / Re: Durham Red- Born Bad!
« on: 20 December, 2017, 11:43:54 am »
Cheers, guys.
REALLY hope you dig this project. We’ve bent over backwards to work it into Stronti-nuity, preserving and honouring everything that’s gone before (and after), while making it our own and keeping the whole thing accessible to new readers (boys AND girls).
Design-wise, me and Ben spent aaaaaages going back and forth, covering everything from body type, hairdo, face, clothes, weapons – even underwear! (Got a lot of female input on that one. :P)
Here’s the Pinterest board on which I splurged all my initial thoughts: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/plotmechanic/durham-red/

News / Re: Durham Red- Born Bad!
« on: 20 December, 2017, 10:15:20 am »
Here’s the low-down: http://www.alecworley.com/blog/durham-red-revamped
We’ve got two classic runs to follow here, so me, Ben and Tharg have dug deep.
And we do it because WE LOVE YOU!!
Have a Zarjaz Christmas, sneckers!

News / Dredd / Anderson audiobooks
« on: 16 November, 2017, 02:13:53 pm »
Bored of sucking words through your eyebags like a big idiot? Now you can drink Thrill-Power through your earjugs with these Zarjaz new 2000 AD audiobooks:

Judge Dredd: Year One by Al Ewing, Matt Smith and Michael Carroll

Judge Anderson: Year One by Alec Worley

Events / Re: 2000 AD signing @ Forbidden Planet, London, Sat 27 May
« on: 22 May, 2017, 09:56:11 am »
Just a quick reminder...

Like that bit out of The Lion King, Simon Davis and me will be hoisting aloft our new books – Slaine: The Brutania Chronicles and Anderson: The Deep End – so you filthy animals can bask in the glow of freshly-squeezed thrill-power.

The signing’s on Saturday 27th at Forbidden Planet, London, 1-2pm.

You got that? Go write it down, yeah?

Now I don’t want anyone to feel like I’m pressuring them, but unless I see every single one of you in attendance – along with your families, pets, neighbours, and anyone you’ve ever known, spoken to or smelled – then I will not be held responsible for my actions. If you can please bring along a form of ID so I can cross you off this weird list I’ve put together then that would be great.

Events / 2000 AD signing @ Forbidden Planet, London, Sat 27 May
« on: 04 April, 2017, 02:55:32 pm »
Fun-sized 2000 AD droids SIMON DAVIS and ALEC WORLEY will be signing copies of SLAINE: THE BRUTANIA CHRONICLES: VOLUME THREE - PSYCHOPOMP and ANDERSON: THE DEEP END at Forbidden Planet, London on Saturday 27th May between 1-2pm.

Check here for more details (and to pre-order signed copies): https://forbiddenplanet.com/events/2017/05/27/alec-worley-and-dylan-teague-signing-judge-anderso/

The two droids will be accompanied by trained handlers, and will have access to nothing sharper than a variety of brightly coloured pens. Each droid will be fully briefed on how to spell their own names.

Visitors are reminded that this is mating season and are therefore advised NOT to look the Davis-bot directly in the eyes as he may think you are challenging him for leadership of the herd.

Following the regrettable incident that occurred in the Lewisham branch of Waterstones last November, please be assured that Worley is under strict instruction to remain clothed for the duration of this event.

Thank you.

Check out my website for Jock’s variant cover of the Anderson book: http://www.alecworley.com)

Cheers, guys. I use it mainly as a portfolio for editors and wotnot. Never really had the time or wherewithal to look into named domains and stuff. I'd love to do more blogs on writing, but never have the time (the few I've done apparently get loads of hits every day, mainly from screenwriting sites). I know everyone's on Twitter these days, but I can't seem to stay on that thing longer than five minutes without it making me want to eat a hand grenade. :P

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