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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 30 December, 2020, 03:49:14 PM »
And speaking of books... How'd you like to win set of excellent Judge Dredd books -- including a copy of the Year Three omnibus which isn't even published yet? I'll even sign them for the winner, if desired!

Check out The Great Rusty Staples 2021 Calendar British Comics’ Logo Identification Competition!

(Even if you don't want to enter, please share this post so that others will have a chance!)


Creative Common / Re: Twenty Years, Creep.
« on: 25 December, 2020, 01:57:26 PM »
Nice one, PJ! You've been a Dredd creator twice as long as me -- I'll be hitting my tenth anniversary in early January!

Welcome to the board / Re: Hello after forever, from Floyd Kermode
« on: 31 October, 2020, 04:49:22 PM »
Welcome back, Floyd! You've been missed!

News / Re: Steve Dillon 1962-2016
« on: 30 October, 2020, 10:49:31 AM »
Mornin', all!

On my comics blog I've posted an interview with Steve conducted in 1990 -- complete with a rare chance to see some of his original Dredd artwork unhindered by colours or lettering!



General / Re: The comic that 2000AD killed
« on: 10 July, 2020, 11:29:07 AM »
According to Michael Carroll's frivolous infinitely valuable resource, his Rusty Staples website, it might have been Misty, Pink, or Fabulous: https://www.michaelowencarroll.com/pics/fullmyguyfamilytree.jpg

Hopefully he might see this post and be able to tell us, or you could pop over to his website and ask him in the comments.

Thanks for the mention, Richard! I remember the in Thrill Power Overload about Sanders killing a comic but I was never sure whether it was real or just a rumour!

Quick note: In future if you could link to the Rusty Staples posts rather than the images that'd be great. First, if people go straight to the images I've no way of knowing how many views they get. Second, there's no link back to the posts. Third, those posts get updated from time to time (when new information comes in, or existing info is corrected) and that might mean I'll remove the old image and replace it with a newer version -- which might have a different name!


Here's one vote for Michael Carroll.

You know, I really wasn't looking forward to this -- I didn't want to be pitted against creators I consider to be my friends -- but this pairing is probably a good thing because there's no way a "relative newcomer" (hah!) would be expected to beat Mr Mills, so now I have an excuse for not winning the whole thing.

While you're busy not voting for me, folks, don't forget to check out my awesome comics blog Rusty Staples!


P.S.: I have moderator rights on this website. That gives me the power to edit other people's posts. Just sayin’.

^ you’re not the only one ;) —IP

Links / The Rusty Staples comics blog!
« on: 29 January, 2020, 10:23:26 AM »
On Rusty Staples, my comics blog, I take a look at an issue of 1015 from 1996 which features some Dredd-related articles and very early interview with Rusty's better-looking and more talented younger brother Greg Staples, as well as very nice cover by that same droid!

Go on, treat yourself!

(Rusty Staples also has tons of other 2000AD and Dredd-related articles and features for your delectation, including the huge and exhaustively-researched Star Wars in 2000AD feature, so big that it had to be split into two parts! And it's all free! There aren't even any ads on the blog!)

Events / Re: Thought Bubble 2020
« on: 24 January, 2020, 02:37:55 PM »
I've already booked the hotel for the weekend to get a decent price.

Leonia and I have been debating whether to go this year -- we've never been to Thought Bubble before -- but if you're going to be there, we're definitely going!

General / Re: The 2000 AD Messageboard Advent Calendar 2019!
« on: 24 December, 2019, 12:28:12 PM »
Unfortunately I don't have time to create anything new this year, but here's an older one with a new coat of paint and the serial numbers filed off...

(Which reminds me: you can check out my awesome Cambermeg Green video on YouTube... amazingly, it's now five years old!)

Lotsa love,
My website
Rusty Staples comics blog

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 19 December, 2019, 11:11:18 AM »
Leonia and I really enjoyed it. It's not a perfect movie by any means, but we had a lot of fun and came out of the cinema feeling good about, and that's what counts.

Don't expect too much of it, and it won't disappoint: it's a Star Wars movie -- you get what you pay for!

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2020
« on: 13 December, 2019, 02:21:55 PM »
Now some oil on the simmering fire of animosity against the regen prog, since vex will be running for 10 episodes the regen will not be a natural break but rather a interrupt break.  >:D >:D >:D

Actually, the interview (which was conducted a few months ago) is a tad out of date: Proteus Vex was written as ten episodes of five pages, but it was only last week that I learned that Tharg had decided to run the first ten pages as episode one in prog 2162, which means that the series is now only nine episodes long!

-- Mike

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2020
« on: 13 December, 2019, 10:32:12 AM »
Thanks, Bolt-01 -- I hadn't seen that yet!

Also I hadn't read Henry's contribution to the interview -- he's far too modest, that lad!

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 09 November, 2018, 12:31:36 AM »
Can anyone identity this book - a long shot 'cos I remember virtually nothing about it - may have been Heinlein or Clarke (or maybe another). All I can remember is that it featured a family spaceship crew - a man, his son and daughter in law. I gave up after a multi page discussion about who should be the next captain and the chain of command and ship protocol.

That sounds like it might be The Number of the Beast by Heinlein, though as I recall, the main characters are a man, his girlfriend and her father (and his girlfriend), all of whom are deliberate allusions to characters in Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars books. It's been almost forty years since I read it, but I'd been a huge Heinlein fan and then this one came along and it was just ponderous, incomprehensible, self-indulgent waffle. One of those books where you go, "Yeah... he's lost it."
-- Mike

News / Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« on: 17 May, 2018, 03:39:28 PM »
Colin Wilson - Excellent!

I love your site, Alex - it should be required reading for every fan!

Do please keep up the good work!


News / Re: Judges!
« on: 15 May, 2018, 03:27:24 PM »
Just a heads-up...  The first book in the series -- Judges: The Avalanche -- is published today! Available on
Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and iTunes!

Edited links so they actually work! – IP

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