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IIRC, the Mean Streets tale was from a Dredd Mega-Special themed around alternate versions of characters - think Elseworlds, What If?, Unbound, that kind of thing. Hence the random strangeness!

General / Re: 2000AD Original Art Thread
« on: 24 July, 2019, 06:09:11 am »
It's 20+ years since I've seen the original but the photo on the left looks waaaaaay too bright, as if someone's gone big on the brilliance setting with their iPhone camera filters. But I could be entirely wrong!

General / Re: When did 2000ad get good again.
« on: 11 July, 2019, 06:35:11 am »
That was the worst logo ever. I don't think it even qualifies as a logo really, it's just a font.

The logo's nothing special, but there's conceptual unity (IMO) with the logo and the page layout, especially the curved cropping of the cover art to the left of the page. I don't think there's much unity in the current prog's layout. The "2000 AD" font has no relation to the logo to the left, and it seems odd (to me) that "2000 AD" is mentioned twice.

It is odd to have it twice, but I think the idea is the 'badge' logo is the brand (like a Marvel or DC cover logo), but the title is also 2000 AD. But then, the Megazine doesn’t have a badge logo, so.... maybe I’ve no idea.

The badge is top left so it can be easily spotted in shops that layer magazines. The wide title helps reinforce the branding. Having both enables editorial to overlap the wide title for more dynamic design, yet retain the top left logo for identification purposes. All IMHO, obvs.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 24 May, 2019, 06:22:22 am »
Much as I enjoy Firekind, calling new stuff is a slight stretch.

The final episode was published 26 years ago.

General / Re: Do John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra own Judge Dredd?
« on: 20 May, 2019, 07:42:00 am »
I believe John and Carlos both signed new contracts in the 1990s, affirming what had been accepted as custom and practice. Setting aside Pat's gripes about FFTV and wasted money, one thing that short-lived did prompt was the tidying up of many [if not all] contractual anomalies leftover from the IPC era.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 25 January, 2019, 10:48:18 pm »
Ooh are they planning a 2000ad figure range ?

Something like the Doctor Who range, maybe?

General / Re: Stories that should be collected
« on: 30 October, 2018, 08:55:16 pm »
Crisis strips weren't creator-owned*

Huh. I thought they were. I assume Morrison and Yeowell own The New Adventures of Adolf Hitler, given that it appeared elsewhere first and caused a hue and cry?

You're Kane-ing with that final comment.

General / Re: 2018: forthcoming thrills..
« on: 11 October, 2018, 06:39:19 am »
More importantly what the heck is ‘folk horror’?

Jim Campbell, unplugged.

General / Re: droids you've forgotten
« on: 05 September, 2018, 08:58:19 pm »
How about Maya Gavin, who has the distinction of being the first female artist to draw Dredd (in the Meg and the Prog)?

Good manners mean we were right to pretend we'd forgotten that particular strip, if not the creator. Dave Bishop obviously lost the phone number of Gavin's co-creator on Blood Sport, Andrew Cartmel, who's the Barney equivalent of a Googlewhack.

Compared to Cartmel, Ross Dearsley's half a Dredd and a Starscan looks like a long and illustrious career. Like Dearsley and Gavin, why the literally unbelievable Keith Page only has one Future Shock and a few Annual strips to his name must remain a mystery to all.

Andrew Cartmel was script editor for Doctor Who in the late 1980s, and has written Doctor Who comics off and on over the years - including a recent stint with Titan Comics. He also co-writes the Titan Comics version of the Rivers of London novels series, working with Ben Aaronovitch.

General / Re: Stories that should be collected
« on: 27 August, 2018, 06:41:43 pm »
IIRC, all rights to Big Dave were returned to the original creators. There was some talk of it moving/being reprint/continued by Select music magazine in the late 90s, not sure if that ever happened.

General / Re: Stories that should be collected
« on: 14 August, 2018, 05:03:10 pm »
I'd like to see Middenface: Wan Man an' his Dug by Alan Grant, Tony Luke & John McCrea collected. It's 62 pages, which is the perfect length for a Megazine supplement. Not sure why it's never been reprinted, perhaps the memory cheats There's certainly enough latter day Middenface stories from the Meg to fill a book...

General / Re: 2018: forthcoming thrills..
« on: 03 August, 2018, 08:13:38 pm »
I am just glad his back on something. I believe if he used the same style as he did on Defoe he would have been a great option on "Fiends Of The Eastern Front".

He did use more or less that style on “Fiends of the Eastern Front”…!

Surprisingly almost competent script by David Bishop, too.
Yes I can remember it was published in Judge Dredd Megazine #245-252.

Books & Comics / Re: Thrillpower Overload: the missing chapters
« on: 18 July, 2018, 10:38:18 pm »


Prog 1000 dropped the pretence that the comic was in orbit, probably because Dave Bishop is a boring bastard (who tried to get rid of Tharg too).

Bishop describes prog 1000 as the issue he chose to stamp his identity on the comic, and these changes signalled that 2000ad was growing with the audience. It was now aimed at the discerning, more mature reader, who thought aliens landed in Roswell and watched Star Trek TNG.

A minor correction: David Bishop is a boring bastard. Not sure who this Dave bloke is you mention.

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?

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