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Announcements / New 2000 AD Twitter name ...
« on: 19 April, 2011, 05:55:26 PM »
Twitter users! 2000 AD's account @2000adonline has now evolved into @2000AD

A new Twitter name, but still the Galaxy's Greatest Comic!


Books & Comics / The hunt is on for knights in shining armour!
« on: 13 April, 2011, 04:46:29 PM »
Are you chivalrous enough to be a Knight of the New Round Table – and win the chance to be a real knight for the day?

To celebrate the release of the new Knights of Albion series of Arthurian adventure, Abaddon Books is on the hunt for ‘knights in shining armour’ to sit on a 21st Century King Arthur’s Round Table – and they could win the chance to be a real knight for a day.

As part of the hunt, a real knight in shining armour ventured out onto the streets of London – and caused a few stares – as he searched for chivalrous candidates, even managing to do a little wooing of his own!

Whether it’s rescuing a princess from a dragon or just opening doors for your beloved, wannabe Sir Galahads can tell us why they should earn a place at Arthur’s side by going to http://www.abaddonbooks.com/knight_for_a_day

The most chivalrous are in with a chance to win an exclusive day of training from experts at a specialist jousting facility where they’ll undertake the essential training that no aspiring knight would be without – from swordplay to donning armour. The day will be crowned with a thrilling live demonstration of jousting.

The Knights of Albion is an exciting new series based on the ‘rediscovered’ second book by Thomas Malory, author of the Le Morte d'Arthur. The first in the series, The Black Chalice, follows wannabe knight Alymere, who discovers the foul Devil’s Bible – said to have been written in one night by an insane hermit – which leads him to seek the unholy anti-Grail know as the Black Chalice.

About the Series
‘Uncovered’ in the parish church of St. Barbara and St. Christopher in the summer of 2006, the Salisbury Manuscript (British Library Add. MS 1138) is the only extant copy of Sir Thomas Malory’s The Seconde Boke of kyng Arthur and also His noble Knyghts, apparently written at Thomas Caxton’s request after Malory’s release from gaol. Deep controversy surrounds the book, which is claimed by some to be a contemporary forgery, possibly written by Caxton himself. In March 2010, Rebellion Publishing announced that it had secured exclusive rights to publish the modernisations of the stories...

Abaddon’s eighth shared world, Malory’s Knights of Albion will regale our readers with totally original stories set in King Arthur’s time, exploring the stories of the less well-known knights – like loyal Sir Alymere – or telling previously-unknown events from the lives of beloved characters close to Britain’s greatest king.
With courage and courtesy close to its heart, the series promises to deliver the best of heroic, chivalric adventure, often with a dark or surprising twist.

About the Author
Steven Savile has written almost thirty novels and short story collections, including The Hollow Earth, Temple: Incarnations, Laughing Boy’s Shadow, Houdini’s Last Illusion, Angel Road, and the graphic novel Fragrance of You (with artist Robert Sammelin). He was a runner up in the 2000 British Fantasy Awards, a winner of a 2002 Writers of the Future Award, and nominated twice for the Scribe Award, in 2006 (for best novel adaptation) and the 2008 (for best young adult novel). www.stevensavile.com

News / Free US 2000 AD preview on CBR
« on: 13 April, 2011, 03:41:42 PM »
American readers, or those with friends across the pond who might be interested in picking up the Galaxy's Greatest Comic, can now get a free preview of the next 2000 AD pack on the Comic Book Resources site:


Announcements / 2000 AD panel for Bristol Comics Expo announced
« on: 17 March, 2011, 04:46:40 PM »
The zarjaz initial line-up for the 2000 AD panel at the Bristol Expo has been announced: http://www.fantasyevents.org/bristolcomicexpo/whatson.html

"It’s the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic and 2000 AD returns to the Bristol Expo with a top-class cadre of comic gods for what promises to be an unmissable panel. As the Dredd movie starring Karl Urban edges ever closer to the silver screen, some of the industry’s top talent - SEAN PHILLIPS (Devlin Waugh, Criminal), JOHN HIGGINS (Judge Dredd, Razorjack), PATRICK GODDARD (Savage), GORDON RENNIE (Judge Dredd, Caballistics) and ROB WILLIAMS (Cla$$war, Low Life) - will be talking about 2000 AD’s past, present and future with GREAT GIVEAWAYS and news of FUTURE THRILLS! More top-name panel members to be announced!"

The panel will be at 12noon on the Saturday.

He’s been a model for the rule of law on the streets of Mega-City One for more than 30 years, and now Judge Dredd is coming to your home!

Pop Culture Shock Collectibles are pleased to announce they are the newest licensor for the classic British comic, 2000 AD. The range will launch with a statue of Judge Dredd – the lawman of the future.

This licensing agreement with 2000 AD’s owners, Rebellion, will bring high-end statues of legendary characters from the famous comic book in both 1/5th and 1/4 scale.

This new 2000 AD series will offer highly detailed sculpting, masterful painting and the highest quality polystone in a line of statues that will please even the most discriminating fan – whether a 2000 AD reader or a collector of science-fiction or comic book memorabilia.

Pop Culture Shock made a name for itself with its Street Fighter™ and ThunderCats™ statue lines, distributed through Sideshow Collectibles and Diamond Distribution.

Jerry Macaluso, President and Founder of Pop Culture Shock Collectibles, said:
“I've been a big fan of the 2000 AD universe since my teenage years.
“At Pop Culture Shock Collectibles we only focus on properties we are passionate about, and this is definitely one of them. We are extremely excited to be working closely with Rebellion on this project and soon we will bring the ultimate representations of these iconic characters into collector's homes”.

Matt Smith, editor of 2000 AD, said:
“It’s great to see Dredd immortalised in a statue that both captures the essence of the character and makes him look pretty damn hardcore.
“This will be a great addition to any Dredd fan’s collection and should introduce newcomers to the mind-bending world of Mega-City One.”

Notes for editors
Pop Culture Shock Collectibles Inc (PCSC) was formed in 2007 to produce high quality collectibles. PCSC is owned and operated by sculptor and designer Jerry Macaluso, former founder of SOTA toys. PCSC’s current roster includes 2000 AD, Thundercats™, Street Fighter™ and Dark Stalkers™. Keep watching http://www.popcultureshocktoys.com/ and http://blog.popcultureshocktoys.com as well as your favourite outlet for collectibles news.

Announcements / YOU be the judge!
« on: 02 March, 2011, 01:36:43 PM »
Costumed vigilante ‘The Statesman’ may be gaining press coverage battling intoxicated baddies and wannabe burglars on the streets of Birmingham...

But now the real law is coming, and you can patrol your local neighbourhood in the guise of the country’s most famous future cop thanks to a new Judge Dredd costume* from Cesar, available later this year.

The fantastic costume gives you everything you need to get into full law-giving character – a full body jumpsuit with muscle padding, plus utility belt with pockets for your phone and money, knee and elbow pads, detailed shoulder and eagle pads, boot covers, gloves and a shiny PVC helmet.

One of the most iconic British comic book characters ever created and the very antithesis of American spandex-clad superheroes, Judge Dredd has been bringing justice to the streets of Mega City One for three decades – and is to return to the silver screen later this year with a Hollywood adaptation starring Karl Urban (Star Trek, The Bourne Supremacy) and written by Alex Garland (Sunshine, 28 Days Later).

Published once a week in 2000 AD® and monthly in the Judge Dredd Megazine, Dredd is judge, jury and executioner all rolled into one. Created in 1977 by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra, Dredd patrols the dystopian streets atop his huge Lawmaster bike and dispenses violent justice with his Lawgiver gun.

Matt Smith, editor of 2000 AD, said:
“You see people dressed in lots of ‘superhero’ costumes but now everyone can be the lawman of the future, Judge Dredd.
“The helmet and shoulder pads make up one of the most iconic costumes in comic books, right up there with Superman’s cape and Batman’s cowl.
“Dredd is a uniquely British blend of satire, hyper-violence and action that has made him such an icon and a byword for the stern application of the law.
“What’s certain is that he is the original British comic book hero – vigilantes spandex-clad superheroes had best beware as the judges take to the streets later this year!”

Judge Dredd said:
“Impersonating a judge is an offence, punk! Around these parts, I’M the law – thirty years in the iso-cubes, creep!”

*Solid helmet and ‘Lawgiver’ gun not included.

Books & Comics / Coming in April: Eric Brown's Kings of Eternity
« on: 01 March, 2011, 02:39:41 PM »
Time is no barrier.

A free online preview was downloaded in its thousands, and now master storyteller Eric Brown’s hotly anticipated new time-bending novel is set to hit bookstores.

A troubled novelist tries to hide from the past on a remote and idyllic Greek island as the 20th Century draws to a close. But when he falls in love it threatens to unleash the horrors that haunt him. Meanwhile, more than 60 years in the past and hundreds of miles away, two writers are called by their friend to investigate strange goings-on in Hopton Wood. Their discovery – a strange alien creature – will bring their world, and that of the reclusive novelist in the future, into a gripping and unexpected collision.

Ten years in the writing and his most ambitious novel to date, Eric Brown has crafted a tale of rare scope, populated with emotionally powerful characters. The Blue Portal, a 15,000-word preview of The Kings of Eternity, was downloaded thousands of times on its release on iTunes in December last year.

“A superb novel, rich with precisely the kind of speculation that SF exists for, providing a mesmerising slow-burn of intrigue, tension and human interest that compelled me to read it in one sitting.” Peter F. Hamilton on Kings of Eternity

“Perfect. Eric Brown has reinvented the scientific romance for a new century. Intense, elegant, moving, this is Brown’s best yet.”Stephen Baxter on Kings of Eternity

One of the strongest voices in contemporary science-fiction, Eric Brown captures all the enthusiasm and sense of wonder of the great writers of the Golden Age of Science Fiction. Breathing new life into one of the oldest SF themes of all – first contact – Brown’s Helix and Kéthani dealt with the emotional, social and political fallout of the shocking moment when we realise we are not alone in the universe, on both the grandest and humblest of stages. The Kings of Eternity continues in this rich vein, showing the effect of this epoch-changing moment on the lives of a handful of people over the course of decades.

About the Author
Eric Brown is the award-winning author of a huge number of SF novels, children’s books, radio plays, articles and reviews, including Helix, The Bengal Station Trilogy, The New York Trilogy, Kéthani, Engineman, Guardians of the Phoenix and The Fall of Tartarus. www.ericbrown.co.uk


Announcements / A sequel 65 million years in the making!
« on: 28 February, 2011, 12:10:17 PM »
After more than 30 years, one of very first strips to appear in 2000 AD® is to return in blood-splattering, eon-spanning dinosaur-hunting glory.

Dino-terror classic Flesh is to return to the weekly comic with Prog 1724, out on 9 March.

Written by the series' original creator, Pat Mills, and drawn by James Mckay, the new series is the long-awaited sequel to the much-loved original Flesh – part of the line-up in the very first issue of 2000 AD in 1977.

Penned by Mills and drawn by Spanish artist Boix, Flesh was a futuristic Western where time-travelling ranchers farmed dinosaurs like cattle and sent their meat back to a hungry future.

The dinosaurs fought back and destroyed the Trans-Time base – the new series follows the survivors as, stranded millions of years in the past, they are ordered to drive their herds across the prehistoric American landscape to Texas – where another base promises safety ... and profit!

The new series will premiere with a stunning gatefold cover by Death’s Head II and Testament artist Liam Sharp.

Matt Smith, editor of 2000 AD, said:
“Flesh was one of the original strips from the very first issue of 2000 AD in 1977 and while there have been spin off stories, we never found out what happened to the survivors of Trans-Time Base Three.

“It‟s great to see the sequel make it into 2000 AD, 30 years after it first appeared – it's a great strip with some fantastically gory dinosaur action that will appeal to both old fans who read the original and new readers who want comics with some real bite!”

Books & Comics / Coming in April: Vikings vs. Zombies
« on: 25 February, 2011, 12:14:05 PM »
TOMES OF THE DEAD: The Viking Dead by Toby Venables
14 April 2011 • £7.99 (UK)
12 April 2011 • $9.99/$12.99 (US & CAN)

Also Available as an eBook

They come to raid, pillage ... and devour!

They were feared throughout Europe as an unstoppable, bloodthirsty and merciless pestilence. But now the Vikings may have met their match – their own undead!

In the latest stand-alone tale from the acclaimed Tomes of the Dead series, it's Vikings versus zombies as Bjólf and his crew encounter terrifying draugr – undead berserkers who feed on the flesh of their kin. Bjólf has no choice but to overcome his own fear, fight his way through forests infested with axe-wielding zombies – and more terrible things – and reach a dark castle where he hopes to find the secret behind this accursed plague.

A blisteringly thrilling debut from the winner of the 2001 Keats-Shelley Memorial Prize, Venables has crafted a heart-stopping tale full of unexpected twists, brutal Dark Age violence, and chilling zombie action!

“Toby Venables wields his pen all sword-like and delivers quirky flashes of fearless text.”
– BBC.co.uk

About the Series
Rotten bone and raddled flesh, shuffling perils and moaning menaces – Tomes of the Dead reimagines the zombie genre not as an endless retread of the same tired themes, but as a prism crack’d, exploring the gut-churning, flesh-biting world of the shambling dead from a new, different and unexpected direction every time – from Roman zombies to zombie gumshoes and zombie romance to ... hell, if you haven’t seen a Romanian Elvis impersonator squaring off against a green-glowing space zombie, then Tomes of the Dead will be a terrifying, fresh-from-the-grave revelation.
One of the three series with which Abaddon Books launched in 2006, Tomes of the Dead is a collection of stand-alone novels that has showcased the talents of a number of brilliant, up-and-coming British and American authors, including Gary McMahon, Al Ewing, Simon Bestwick and Weston Ochse. The Viking Dead is the eleventh Tomes of the Dead story.

About the Author
Toby Venables is a writer and lecturer in Cambridge, England. He developed a liking for horror early, watching old Universal movies when his parents thought he was asleep. He has written for various media and in 2001 won the Keats-Shelley Memorial Prize (and spent the proceeds on a Fender Telecaster). He now lives in a secure location with his wife, where he is preparing for the coming zombie apocalypse. The Viking Dead is his debut novel.

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