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Film & TV / Re: New Rogue Trooper Film!!
« on: 16 July, 2018, 01:17:32 pm »
I hear Scarlett Johansson has a gap in her schedule...

Megazine / No more floppies?
« on: 12 May, 2018, 12:02:48 pm »
Got Megazine 396 today - but no reprint floppy - is this a permanent move?

Announcements / Re: Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection discussion thread
« on: 04 April, 2018, 08:01:24 pm »
In the 2018 World Cup Panini sticker album you can have a sticker of yourself made up - with room in the sticker book for it. Surely when you make it to the finish line of a Hachette series they could offer a personalised book - volume 91- you choose! Junker! Maniac 5! Armoured Gideon! You decide!

The Soul Sisters! Dead Man Walking! The Straitjacket Fits! All the classics...  ;)

Announcements / Re: Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection discussion thread
« on: 04 April, 2018, 03:14:22 pm »
I'm shocked - shocked, I tell you! - to learn The Soul Sisters will not be part of the Judge Dredd Mega-Collection. Obviously the series is being held over for a 2000AD Ultimate Collection extension volume, appearing alongside Canon Fodder...  :lol:

General / Re: Nikolai Dante and his lovable sexual harassment antics
« on: 04 March, 2018, 10:54:29 pm »
This has probably been discussed elsewhere but was there a specific reason it had such a long gestation period?

I wanted to give promising series longer runs to see if they cemented their place in readers' affections, and avoid the past woes of having strips dropping in and out of the prog. To achieve that meant not starting Dante till 70-80% of the art was already done. The first run was 15 episodes, so it took a year to get enough in stock to safely start running it. The days when foreign artists could be relentlessly flogged into producing an episode a week belong in the 1970s.

General / Re: Nikolai Dante and his lovable sexual harassment antics
« on: 04 March, 2018, 03:47:39 pm »
Thanks, David! Always nice to have an opinion from the inside. Was it you who commissioned Dante in the first place?

Nope. Dante was commissioned by John Tomlinson during his too-short stint as Tharg. Robbie & Simon were already developing it when I joined on December 18, 1995. At that stage it was going to open with the Tsar Wars, I suggested starting earlier so we knew the characters before unleashing war on their world(s). Took another 15 months before Dante was ready to launch in the 20th (!) anniversary prog.

General / Re: Nikolai Dante and his lovable sexual harassment antics
« on: 04 March, 2018, 02:51:52 pm »
I can't speak for Robbie or Simon or any of the other creators who worked on Dante, but having been editor during the first few years of ND I will say this: Dante was an absolute cock when the series began - and he was meant to be like that. The character was designed to grow and mature and learn. That makes Dante harder to like in the early series, especially viewed from the distance of 20+ years when looking back at the excesses of mid-to-late 90s in British culture [Loaded, et al].

But - to me, at least - his redeeming feature was Dante chose to do the right thing more often than not, possessing a moral code in a world where none was necessary and having one was a genuine disadvantage. That was what ultimately made him a hero, albeit a flawed on - and certainly not a role model.

Just my two credits!

General / David Bishop talks 2000AD on Working Comics podcast
« on: 07 February, 2018, 10:50:33 pm »
For anyone not sick of the sound of my voice, I burble about editing comics & 2000AD on the excellent Working Comics podcast here: https://soundcloud.com/workingcomics/dave-bishop


Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 23 January, 2018, 10:58:42 pm »
The guy who posted it wrote for 2000AD in the 90s so I'm guessing he a) got some stuff in advance and b) publicised something he shouldn't.

If memory serves, Steve White is a partworks editor at Hachette! He was manning the stand at the 40th birthday bash last February, and mentioned the Ultimate Collection looked likely.

Announcements / Re: Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection discussion thread
« on: 23 January, 2018, 10:56:28 pm »
Is this were we get a ten-volume Sonny Steelgrave's Greatest Hits?

When they reach the bottom of the barrell, there shall be found The Soul Sisters.

At the other end of the quality spectrum, I'm bemused why Middenface: One Man an his Dug has never been reprinted!

Announcements / Re: 2000AD graphic novels 2018
« on: 22 January, 2018, 01:17:04 pm »
larger format Mazeworld sounds like a winner, especially since it's unlikely to make it into the Hachette series any time soon at 120pgs.

Wasn't Mazeworld 3 series of 60pp each? that's 180pp by my maths...

News / Re: 2000AD titles shortlisted for Broken Frontier Awards 2017
« on: 15 December, 2017, 06:30:20 am »
Ooh, missed that - good spot!

News / 2000AD titles shortlisted for Broken Frontier Awards 2017
« on: 14 December, 2017, 06:32:56 am »
Marney the Fox, Thrill-Power Overload and Be Pure, Be Vigilant, Behave are all shortlisted for the Broken Frontier 2017 Awards, which celebrate indie, alternative and small press creators and publishers.

Marney the Fox is up for Best Collection of Classic Material, while Thrill-Power Overload and Be Pure are shortlisted for Best Book on Comics. It's a public vote, so have your say here:


General / Re: Mega City Book Club - a new podcast about 2000AD books
« on: 21 November, 2017, 08:22:04 pm »
I recall I really enjoyed Bishops Fiends Novels, his comics version not so much for some reason.

I burble at length in the podcast about the Fiends novels, how the Stalingrad series got reconfigured from 8-page eps to 6-pagers, and the lost Fiends of the Rising Sun trilogy might have continued...

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