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Messages - Anthony Garnon

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Megazine / Re: Meg 408 - Hard Country for Old Men
« on: 16 May, 2019, 10:18:29 pm »
  (They almost always asked where's the best place to start on Dredd)
What do you tell them? Case Files 3 is a good starting place.

Strangely enough it was Case Files 3! We'd get folk returning for 4 and 5 pretty quickly.

At signings when asked about more recent series I'd say Zombo, Low Life,The Simping Detective and - if they fancied any of those - I'd suggest Trifecta "to read last"! Sadly we didn't often have much Nikolai Dante, or I'd have offered that too.

Megazine / Re: Meg 408 - Hard Country for Old Men
« on: 16 May, 2019, 09:14:38 pm »
(I work at Forbidden Planet, and am equally inspired most days!)

Which branch?  Do you get many Squaxx in there, or do we tend to subscribe or pick up from certain stationery/newsagent chains?

I don't know about customers - but this Squaxx still subscribes!

I'm based at head office. Formerly of the marketing department, where I ran in store signing events and digitalised their signing archive (available to view for free on FP's website!).

These days I'm the company's Licensing Manager, leading the creative on the t-shirts you see in store (sadly no 2000AD).

When I worked in store we got two types of 2000AD customer:

1) the die-hard regulars, in every Wedsnesday/for signings. A healthy amount of them, too.

2) young tourists (15-30 years old) who have heard about the comic and now they are in the UK want to try it out.  (They almost always asked where's the best place to start on Dredd)

Megazine / Re: Meg 408 - Hard Country for Old Men
« on: 13 May, 2019, 08:01:13 pm »
Both interviews were really fascinating.  I definitely took a lot from Abigail Bulmer as she works at Forbidden Planet and works on her comics in her free time, this definitely was inspiring to me as an aspiring writer and creator!

Wrong comic book store! She works at Travelling Man - but regardless, great it inspires you.

(I work at Forbidden Planet, and am equally inspired most days!)

Prog / Re: Prog 2121 - One Man's Stand
« on: 02 March, 2019, 04:41:25 pm »
Mine is about a cm shorter than usual. Is this the same for everyone?

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Mine too.

News / Re: RIP Ron Smith
« on: 28 January, 2019, 06:45:36 pm »
RE: the anniversary floppy - I'd left the marketing department by then, but chipped in some contributions.

All of the archive was literally lying in boxes gathering dust when I started in June 2016. I knew the anniversary was coming up and knew how great some of these images were. Only a fraction had ever seen the light of day. Those that had were usually yellowed, and low res.

Archiving had been attempted before but with such a sizeable collection of assets, it was deemed too time consuming. I only got away with it as I scanned things in on my lunch breaks for a whole year, cleaning up what I could with my (fairly limited) photoshop skills. The results made it worthwhile!

We have photos of Alan Moore signing Watchmen, Desmond Llewelyn's final public appearance (days before his death) and - of course - images from around 100 2000AD signings.

All scanned at 300dpi or better!

News / Re: RIP Ron Smith
« on: 27 January, 2019, 10:28:13 pm »
Hi all,

It's from the Forbidden Planet archives. I spent a whole year going through boxes of materials, then scanning in and restoring 12,000 images!

Basically all FP's signings and events. Lots of lovely 2000AD gems in there. I'm sure there's another angle of the above photo, with Ron in the foreground. Anyway... all images are available free from forbiddenplanet.com


News / Re: Forbidden Planet - 40th Anniversary Souvenir Magazine
« on: 11 August, 2018, 08:03:24 pm »
These are in stores across the country now!

Also available to download from forbiddenplanet.com

Plus a more extensive archive library (covering 1978-1989) now live on the site too. Features some real 2000AD gems!

All free to view...

How are you feeling completing the run?

Personally I'll be more than a little sad next week when I pick vol 90 up!

News / Re: Forbidden Planet - 40th Anniversary Souvenir Magazine
« on: 15 June, 2018, 01:39:05 pm »
No worries! I think it has a healthy print-run, so should be easy enough to pick up in the stores.

It only scratches the surface of the FP archive, mind. Over 2000 events - so 16 pages could never represent everything!

(I wish it did... I spent 12 months scanning in 12,000 documents relating to them all!)

News / Forbidden Planet - 40th Anniversary Souvenir Magazine
« on: 15 June, 2018, 09:59:57 am »
Launching at tomorrow's West End Live* is a special - free! - magazine celebrating Forbidden Planet's many, many signing events over the years.

Naturally, having had such a close relationship with Tharg since the very beginning, there's a few relevant 2000AD photos in there - including one from 1980, with Brian Bolland, Mick McMahon, John Wagner and Ron Smith in attendence!

Like I said... free! Available from this weekend.

*Available at FP stores across the country from late next week.

Megazine / Re: No more floppies?
« on: 12 May, 2018, 12:42:44 pm »
Mine came bagged with the Block Judge floppy.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 07 January, 2018, 09:48:22 am »
Return of the King is a great Dredd 101 volume, and the title story didn't stick out as much as I thought it might, it just made me want to go back and read Necropolis again, which was perhaps the idea. Top stuff.

It's already been confirmed that Dark Justice will be one of the other 2 Dredd volumes, any thoughts on the other?

Material from Case Files 1? Would make sense as a volume 1 for this series.

Events / Re: x mas prog signing at Forbidden Planet
« on: 16 December, 2017, 08:14:06 pm »
I was lucky enough to run this one!

General / Re: Celebrity Fans
« on: 15 September, 2017, 01:22:22 pm »
Was speaking to Russell T Davies at a Forbidden Planet signing yesterday. He's a fan! I gave him a comp copy of Brink: Book 1 as a parting gift.

Classifieds / Re: LSCC 2017 signed charity items. Progs and posters etc
« on: 29 August, 2017, 03:02:30 pm »
And the forum may be able to help out. I have one small signature on the poster that I can't remember or identify.
Anyone recognise this?

Paul Cornell?

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