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I, Cosh

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Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« Reply #45 on: 12 June, 2015, 03:12:00 PM »
'Red Seas: Under the Flag Banner of King Death'  (I've said it before and I'll say it again surely the single greatest title to a comic strip ever!)
So good he can't even remember it!

I came to it after the fact, but I always assumed it was just synchronicity rather than anything else.

Big Red Seas fan myself. Was going to write some guff about comparative mythology and earthy Scandinavian gods versus stuffy Greeks but I'd sound like I was talking about Sandman and you know all that anyway.
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Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« Reply #46 on: 12 June, 2015, 04:21:42 PM »
'Red Seas: Under the Flag Banner of King Death'  (I've said it before and I'll say it again surely the single greatest title to a comic strip ever!)
So good he can't even remember it!


Ha! I'm such a numbnut - and lets be honest 'Banner' is so much better - its one of the things that makes it work so well!

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Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« Reply #47 on: 14 June, 2015, 03:26:41 PM »

One thing, I know Red Seas is seen as a cash in on 'Pirates of the Caribbean', but has it ever been explicitly stated? I always assumed it was, until when writing something for ECBT 2000ad, I realised that 'Red Seas: Under the Flag of King Death'  (I've said it before and I'll say it again surely the single greatest title to a comic strip ever!) started in October 2002, some 8 months or so before Pirates of the Caribbean was released and in fact either before, or just as shooting started. So given that Red Seas must of had some led in time, surely the earliest it could have been conceived is a good year before PotC came out? (I'm making an assumption here, I might be off with my guess at led in time needed?)

Now I still assume its a cash in, but was there that much fuss about PotC that Tharg would have commission a cash-in 12 month before its release? Has this ever actually been said. It may well be in Thrillpower Overload and I've just forgotten?

I've come back to answer my own question. A quick trip to my nerd cave just now inspired me to throw off the shackles of my own bone idolness and check Thrillpower Overload. Its turns out its not at all inspired by PotC and was in fact first concieved and commissioned by EPIC in the late 90s just before the lines demise, which meant it never saw print. It was thrown as a pitch to Matt Smith some time later...

... of course whether it was commissioned by 2000ad knowing that PotC was on the way is another question...

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Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« Reply #48 on: 14 June, 2015, 04:06:42 PM »
... of course whether it was commissioned by 2000ad knowing that PotC was on the way is another question...

I really do think it was as simple as Matt Smith saying, 'Zombies and pirates, eh? Seems like a good fit for us.' It's hardly an original concept in any case.

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Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« Reply #49 on: 15 June, 2015, 11:59:37 AM »
Ah, the importance of doing research! Yes, I am guilty of hastily assuming that the Red Seas was a cash-in in the same way that Skizz was a cash-in on E.T. (commissioned before the scale of success of E.T. became clear, at least).

I have to say, much as I liked the first two Pirates films, I continue to be surprised by how much of a fan base they have in the world at large. It seems a bit unlikely, but I hope at least some of them found their way into 2000 AD because of Edginton and Yeowell's efforts!

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Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« Reply #50 on: 15 June, 2015, 07:34:14 PM »
Just caught up with your blog today.  It's huge fun.  Sort of reminds me I need to get my "top 40 thrills" list updated with the last couple of years!

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Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« Reply #51 on: 24 June, 2015, 06:22:05 PM »
One of my all-time faves up today, and one of a handful of creators without whom there might genuinely be no 2000 AD today: Kevin O'Neill
http://heroesof2000ad.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/no-27-kevin-oneill.html

And, not to skip over their contributions, John Tomlinson before him...
http://heroesof2000ad.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/no-26-john-tomlinson.html

and the irrepressible Colin MacNeil at Number 25.
http://heroesof2000ad.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/no-25-colin-macneil.html

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Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« Reply #52 on: 02 July, 2015, 02:48:25 PM »
Arh at last Ron Smith - great post, as ever, but really no. 29 I'd have thought he'd have been much higher. Probably would have been if not for the Star strips I guess.

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Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« Reply #53 on: 06 July, 2015, 02:32:15 PM »
And now Cam Kennedy - the artist on a whole load of my favourite Dredd stories. The fact that a lot of his work appeared just as I was getting into my single longest time getting 2000ad and the first time it was mine and not either my brothers, or a friend across the road, whose copies I was reading, mean the mid to late 400s in someways define me as a 2000ad reader.

That probably has a lot to do with why 'Sunday Night Fever', 'The Warlord', 'The Falucci Tape', 'The Taxidermist'  (to name but a few, but never have been much of a fan of Midnight Surfer... sorry) and particularly 'The Big Sleep' and 'I, Beast' are some of my all time favourite Dredds. I also think Mr Kennedy's work is another. Just brilliant stuff.

To my shame I'd never heard of 'Zancudo' sounds right up my street.

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Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« Reply #54 on: 06 July, 2015, 03:05:27 PM »
the mid to late 400s in someways define me as a 2000ad reader.

Kennedy consistently knocked it out of the park in his Dredds of this period, and absolutely defined how I 'see' MC-1 whenever I try to imagine it.

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Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« Reply #55 on: 09 July, 2015, 03:44:17 PM »
Many thanks chaps for pushing the new content. I've fallen behind a bit after a short holiday.
Anyway, No. 31 up just now, it's time to celebrate the legendary John M. Burns.

http://heroesof2000ad.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/no-31-john-burns.html

And, for those who like easy links, here's
Ron Smith: http://heroesof2000ad.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/no-29-ron-smith.html

30 Cam Kennedy: http://heroesof2000ad.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/no-30-cam-kennedy.html

It's Judge Dredd fortnight, basically...

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Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« Reply #56 on: 14 July, 2015, 02:12:44 PM »
Garth Ennis, in with a bullet (and a dick joke)
http://heroesof2000ad.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/no-32-garth-ennis.html

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Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« Reply #57 on: 20 July, 2015, 11:48:21 AM »
A rather hasty entry here that doesn't do justice to the innovative stylings of D'Israeli:
http://heroesof2000ad.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/no-33-disraeli.html

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Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« Reply #58 on: 21 July, 2015, 01:24:43 PM »
What I hope is a respectful take on Brett Ewins, up today:
http://heroesof2000ad.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/no-34-brett-ewins.html

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Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« Reply #59 on: 21 July, 2015, 01:29:24 PM »
I'm guilty as sin for not having read your blog thus far, AlexF. That will now be rectified. What a wonderful tribute to the great late Mr. Ewins.