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Suggestions / Could we have a 2000AD 45th Anniversary bash?
« on: 14 June, 2021, 11:05:04 PM »
I know this is highly unlikely to be near the top of anyone's agenda
But is there a way to put on a 45th bash maybe by bringing in a partner company (who may run an existing type of convention)

My thinking is that it really did seem to bring old reader's back in to the fold.
And frankly the 50th seems such a long way.

I know it's a 'no' but maybe with a partner who was willing to take it on?

Suggestions / What if the Megazine had a different remit?
« on: 03 June, 2021, 03:46:39 PM »
So this week 2000AD ended up this week with three Dredd-world strips.
I didn't mind but online this concentration was greeted with a resounding "But that is the job of the Meg"

So what if the remit of the Megazine was changed. And it featured old-school 'classic' characters set in their prime continuity. So more Rogue Trooper (a la Cinnabar) or Zombo or Nikolai Dante adapted from the novels.
Anything goes but old-school characters in new stories.

And then 2000AD is Dredd with the new world stories. The Brinks. Feral & Foe. So unchanged.
Would this attract more than 50% numbers to the Meg?

Suggestions / It's time for the Summer Offensive: Complete Edition
« on: 25 April, 2021, 08:55:06 PM »
Dear Tharg
I've made many suggestions with no acknowledgement. Big Dave says 98.7% of 2000AD readers would enjoy a Mark Millar edited collection of Purgatory + Inferno and all the Summer Offensive stories with a new art bookplate by Steve Parkhouse and Steve Yeowell with Big Dave and Maniac 5 in the pub.

Compile it with all the excesses of the 90s so maybe the failed 90s advertising campaign, the Loaded Dredd cover and a repro of both SEX issues.

Tharg you know it makes sense. And thanks for the chat.

Suggestions / Print-on-demand Dust Jackets for the Hachette books
« on: 19 April, 2021, 05:04:58 PM »

Hachette are no longer allowing new subscribers to 2000AD as they dont have early books
I'd buy a lot of the books but the spine image looks ugly unless you have the full set

Sell Dust Jackets that have the title on the spine.
I'd buy Dominion, Insurrection and the Nemesis ones if this was the case. Heck put me down for Dante in HC.

Suggestions / A different type of combi-subscription... (read on)
« on: 18 April, 2021, 10:07:56 PM »
i prefer to read the print versions of 2000ad and the Meg
i like getting them early and I decide which tpbs I'll buy. So now Megatropoils and Dreadnoughts are on my list.

But I haven't got the space to keep 52 progs and 13 megs a year.

I know Rebellion don't want to offer a combi Print & Digital subscription simultaneously, so how about this...
A physical subscription that offers you Digital versions at the end of the calendar year
So you read all year the physical copies and then in the full knowledge that at year end you will get Digital versions, you can either keep or share the physical copies.

No-one has enough room for 45 years worth of progs & megs. It's now more than a rooms worth. I would pay Physical + £2 extra a month for this option.

Both Dave Taylor and Kenneth are relatively accessible. So also Higgins & Mike Carroll
So could we have a signed and even sketched edition?
It's a pretty cool package so maybe worthy of a bookplate of each.

Hi guys

I got the Thirteenth Floor Vol.2 today.
It was in a card envelope. It arrived with the lid open and unglued. The corners are foxed and I wouldn't accept a hardback in that condition.

The 'limited' hardback repeats the biographies of all three writers/artists on a duplicate facing page
And the book ends with 4 pages of promotion/adverts which are advertising... Thirteenth Floor vol. 1

Nope. it makes no sense.

Take more time. Package and protect hardbacks better. And do more Quality control please.
Apart from that the repro on the old Eagle & Tiger covers was great. And I'm really glad you're doing this series.

Suggestions / Judge Dredd: The Ledger in Order
« on: 21 July, 2020, 03:51:09 PM »
Ever since reading Judge Dredd The Mega History and the printing of the ledger that showed the order in which Pat Mills commissioned artists to work on Dredd, I would like to see those stories reprinted in order.

An added narrative from Pat would be great explaining what he did and didn't like. It would allow a reprint book to start with Bank Raid first, maybe even include Rufus 'Courtroom' from Class of '77 if possible written by Jack Adrian. I know Bank Raid has been reprinted many times but it hasnt exactly been given the prominence it deserves hidden away in annual censored or in the extras section of the Case Files.

I'd just like to see the stories in order so we could see issues like the number of Judges and Judge written on the badge slowly disappear into what we know today.

if IDW have any distribution, I do think this latest IDW series is starting to get close to UK Dredd standards especially the art by Kei Zama which is great

Obviously IDW are covering the origination costs so could part of your deal with them allow you to reprint (or straight out include) it as a floppy each month?

I need to see this mullet-tastic story.

I know it takes 6 months of development normally
But with the success of the Action 2020 Special, I think the subscription market could sustain a second weekly for the next 6 months.
Just extend all the stories in the Special.
Maybe even do a kickstarter-esque commitment in advance to the first 1000 subscribers.

* in the last 10 years

Help! / “One of the best runs ever. This is special.” – Mark Millar
« on: 14 October, 2019, 05:06:55 PM »
Why do we think this fantastic quote doesnt appear on the Small House book itself?

Does Mark Millar's Netflix deal prohibit it? Or is it just 2000ad dont usually use quotes on the front or back?


Events / Day of Dredd reaches Bedford at NICE Con
« on: 23 August, 2019, 12:32:45 PM »
Hope you can join us. Much more friendly than that there London

Prog / Prog 2139 Sympathy for the Devil (Aneke cover)
« on: 06 July, 2019, 02:52:21 PM »
I think the prog is really on an upwards trajectory with some bumps.

Dredd - there's a good resolution to the four parter 'The Samaritan'. Staz Johnson draws a bandaged Dredd up to the standard of Jim Bakie in that post Oz attempt on his life. There's a great feeling of weight and good anatomy as Dredd pulls himself off the operating table. Love it. Maybe it could have been a shorter story overall.

Indigo Prime returns with a re-cap that is one of the funniest things ever to read aloud. It also has a typo in the second line. And the story continues at a million miles an hour but is great fun. I love Lee Carter on this. Great fit. Is it bonkers? - Yes.

Anderson - Aneke's art a bit like the cover is hit and miss. It reminds me a bit of Mick Austin's Anderson one-off with Buddhist monks but there is some really weak anatomy under some nice finishes. It moves along but I'm not sure Karyn is working at all as either a character or a plot device. Two double page spreads are unusual for the prog but welcome.

Absalom - great confident funny work from all involved. Yup the prog benefits from this character.

Art-Star Winner Pin-up - Great Durham Red fully painted by Chris Skinner which is actually better controlled than the second character (Karyn) in the vampiric cover by Aneke. So maybe he should have been given the cover. That said Anderson on the cover is nicely done.

Suggestions / #2 A Netflix style way to read old progs
« on: 20 April, 2019, 02:11:09 PM »
So as I understand it Rebellion can't reprint all the old progs due to historic licensing issues (Dan Dare, old adverts for Star Wars toys) some either creator-owned/creator-contested stories and also some oddities like data protection and even clearances of reader's art.

But I'm pretty sure that they could certainly offer a Netflix type reading service for:
- Everything that remains in print i.e. everything Hachette are putting out
- Prog 1300 onwards

So I get that you don't want to either put off subscribers or purchases of recent reprints so maybe do the old IPC Annual rule of not offering any story less than 5 years old.

As long as progs could be index linked to read complete stories I'd pay to have them on an App just so I could plough through the thrills.

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