Rebels and Empires: The Future of the British Comic – Panel Coverage of the London Book Fair 2017

11.30 on Day 3 of the London Book Fair 2017 and we’re at the Rebels and Empires: The Future of British Comics panel. I arrive as host Bleeding Cool’s Richard Johnston notes that in the panelists left to right we have a “history of British comics right here”.

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Graphic Novels: The Last Ten Years (and the Next) – Panel coverage at the London Book Fair 2017

Perhaps it’s no surprise that the Cross Media Theatre is so packed – this is only one of two panels ton comics / graphic novels this year. But SelfMadeHero MD Emma Hayley, writer David Hine, Nibbies Bookseller of the Year nominee Gosh!’s Steve Walsh, and host Panel Borders broadcaster Alex Fitch recline rather more comfortably and are ready to go.

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Press Release: Rebellion acquires classic British comics archive, biggest deal of its kind in 30 years

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Big news! From Rebellion / 2000 AD:
In the biggest deal of its kind in 30 years, 2000 AD’s publisher, Rebellion, has acquired the archives of Fleetway and the IPC Youth Group archive. The deal features comics from Action to Whoopee and classic series such as Roy of the Rovers, Charley’s War, The Thirteenth FloorBilly’s Boots, Star Rider, Golden Boy, Death Wish, and Johnny Red – and includes hundreds of never-before-reprinted titles. It’s wonderful to welcome 2000 AD’s former stable mates to Rebellion, where the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic has thrived over the last 16 years!

 

REBELLION ACQUIRES CLASSIC BRITISH COMICS ARCHIVE

Some of the most iconic British comic books from the 1970s and 1980s are to be reprinted after 2000 AD publishers Rebellion acquire the archives of Fleetway and the IPC Youth Group from Egmont. Read the rest of this entry »

Strike up the Banned: Judge Dredd The Cursed Earth Returns Uncensored! (With preview pages!)

CG - TT - Jul - Judge Dredd The Cursed Earth Uncensored JD The Cursed Earth RM Cover From 2000 AD: 

This week, ‘banned’ episodes of Judge Dredd from the late 1970s are being reprinted for the very first time.

Published in 2000 AD in 1978, The Cursed Earth was the first great Judge Dredd epic, but the story ran into trouble when two episodes – ‘Burger Wars’ and ‘Soul Food’ – featured parodies of Burger King, Ronald McDonald, the Jolly Green Giant, the Michelin Man, and a number of other prominent corporate characters in a raucous and shameless satire of American consumer culture.

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After concerns of legal action at the time the then publisher IPC decided collections of this classic strip would omit the satirical stories. But now, following recent changes in UK law governing parody, Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth Uncensored reprints the story in its entirety for the first time.

Published on both sides of the Atlantic this week and priced at £25 in the UK and $35 in North America, this sparkling action-packed parody from Pat Mills (Charley’s War) and John Wagner (A History of Violence), complete with sumptuous colour spreads from Brian Bolland (The Killing Joke) and Mick McMahon (The Last American), is being produced in a deluxe hardcover edition featuring all the previously banned content. Read the rest of this entry »

A Coffee with… Pat Mills at the London Book Fair! Part 3

CA - LBF - PM 3 We were lucky enough to catch 2000 AD creator Pat Mills for a coffee at the London Book Fair and got to chat about so much great stuff we had to split it into three articles! If you want the first it’s here and you can click through to part 2 here. Otherwise read onwards on what we chatted on Slaine, Celtic consciousness and myth, and comics and Scotland!

 

THE FALL AND THE RISE OF 2000 AD

There’s nothing particularly controversial in suggesting 2000 AD went through a problem patch in the 90’s but I mention here only because of something particular Pat says of what went wrong. “It lost a new generation of kids. It became too cool. It’s a reminder that your boss should be a 12-13 year old kid”. Read the rest of this entry »

A Coffee with… Pat Mills at the London Book Fair! Part 2

CA - LBF 16 - PM2 We were lucky enough to catch 2000 AD creator Pat Mills for a coffee at the London Book Fair and got to chat about so much great stuff we had to split it into three articles! If you want the first it’s here… Otherwise read onwards on what we chatted on Slaine, Celtic consciousness and myth, and comics and Scotland!

 

SLAINE!

We’d just been chatting on ethical concerns and subversive writing. With no diversion from this we move on to what is undoubtedly my favourite of Pat’s comics and characters: Slaine. Read the rest of this entry »

A Coffee with… Pat Mills at the London Book Fair! Part 1

CA - LBF 16 - PM1 When I spotted 2000 AD creator Pat Mills was visiting the London Book Fair for a panel I dropped him a line to see if he fancied a coffee beforehand. As happened he did so we met up at the decidedly pink London Book and Film Week area and, happily, we were still going after an hour and a half.
Well the imminent Graphic Galaxy panel [article imminent] which we were both attending as panellist and audience brought things to a close but not before I’d scrawled enough notes for a worthy if overlong article – so I figured I’d cut it into three.
Here’s the first…

 

ON REQUIEM, PRINT AND DIGITAL, AND ANTI-SNOBBERY…

CA - LBF - PM - ABC Warriors cover CA - LBF - PM - Slaine cover Pat’s been scripting two of his classic strips and characters for 2000 AD – the ABC Warriors and Slaine – the latest of which have just seen, and now are seeing, print within those pages. But what else is he working on? The answer is Requiem: Vampire Knight which he’s created with Olivier Ledroit on art duties who Pat commends as one of the top French artists of today.

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2000 AD Graphic Novels – Publishing Jan-Jun 2016

CPP - 2000 AD Logo Here’s a look at what 2000 AD have coming for you over the period January to June! We’ll be bringing you our particular recommends of all publishers together by month of publication. Note: Text from the publisher; publication dates accurate at time of writing but can change.

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Press Release: The Mighty One – 2000 AD to publish a life of Tharg! The Memoirs of Steve MacManus

CPP - 2000 AD Logo Many of us grew / are growing up with 2000 AD – The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic that we at Carabas grew up with was under the legendary tenure of Steve MacManus, Tharg from 1978 to 1989. This September 2000 AD bring us the memoirs of that era’s Mighty One under that very name!
From the Nerve Centre:
2000 AD is to publish the memories of arguably its most definitive editor, Steve MacManus.
In 1973, a twenty-year-old Steve MacManus joined Fleetway Publications in London as a sub-editor on one of the UK’s top adventure titles, Valiant.

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Within six years, he would rise to become editor of the company’s most celebrated weekly, 2000 AD, shepherding it through its first‘Golden Age’ as he commissioned numerous hit series such as The Ballad of Halo Jones, Sláine, Bad Company, Rogue Trooper, and Nemesis the Warlock, ensuring its place as the most influential comic Britain has ever produced.

While 2000 AD’s creator, Pat Mills, set the tone and direction for the legendary title, for many MacManus remains the multi-award-winning SF anthology’s definitive editor. Read the rest of this entry »

Ro-Busters: The Complete Nuts and Bolts Volume 1 by Pat Mills et al – Preview!

CG - TT - Oct - Ro-Busters Along with Strontium Dog, Ro-Busters was one of the successful series taken in by 2000 AD after it’s merger with it’s sister publication Starlord. Conceived along the lines of Thunderbirds with robots, it was actually the Thunderbirds that you never knew you wanted; grittier… and with robots! The first volume of the collected ‘Nuts and Bolts’ of Ro-Busters – featuring the wonderful Hammerstein and Ro-Jaws (never got the pun back then) – hits print in October, but check out our preview of it below!

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The Fantastical & The Speculative – Publishing July to December 2015!

Carabas Pub Jul-Dec 15 Herein, via links to individual pages, lies the more-or-less complete output of UK SFF and major worldwide Graphic Novel publishers for July to December 2015!
We’ve applied selection criteria with the assumption that readers with a penchant for paranormal romance and titles more for the American market will have no problem finding those elsewhere; reissues and classic reprints are included sparingly.

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2000 AD / Rebellion – Publishing Jul-Dec 15!

CPP - 2000 AD Logo Here’s a look at what 2000 AD have coming for you over the period July to December! We’ll be bringing you our particular recommends of all publishers together by month of publication. Note: Publication dates are accurate at time of writing but can change.

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Zenith Phase IV by Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell: Preview!

CG - TT - Jul - Zenith Phase Four 2000 AD had never done superheroes, and no one had ever done superheroes like they, Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell did with Zenith back in the late 80’s / early 90’s! Superheroes vs Cthulhu entities? Damn straight!
Collected here is the forth and final Phase (arc / volume) and it takes the meta-action to a whole new level. On top of which it has Acid Archie the Anarchist Android (MAD MENTAL CRAZY!) – top, top stuff. Here’s our preview…

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Judge Dredd: Dark Justice by John Wagner & Greg Staples: Preview!

CG - TT - Jul - Judge Dredd Dark Justice Where comic publishers across the water are pumping out events and fan-favourite villains, the UK’s own 2000 AD continues what seems a policy to be different. All of which is a way of saying flagship character JUDGE DREDD has had a 10 year break from his greatest foe / foes, Judge Death and the Dark Judges – so it’s a genuinely big deal to have those bad boys back!
Written by creator and luminary John Wagner and with stunning art by Greg Staples, Dark Justice is a collected treat for old-school fans and those who loved the movie. Here’s our preview of a proper event, 2000 AD style!

 

Opening pages…

 

Preview - Judge Dredd Dark Justice 1

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Author Profile: Rebecca Levene

CPP - Rebecca Levene www.rebeccalevene.com
@BexLevene
One Comic podcast – with Jon Morgan and Jared Shurin (Pornokitsch)
On Wikipedia
Author, games writer, editor

 

About (from the author’s site)

I’m an experienced author of fiction and non-fiction, and have written scripts for TV and video games. I grew up in East Anglia, where I learnt two things of importance to my future writing career: how to milk goats and how to find the local library. Read the rest of this entry »

Creator Profile: Mike Carey

558px-10.10.10MikeCareyByLuigiNovi1 www.mikeandpeter.com – Mike Carey and Peter Gross
Mike Carey’s Goodreads page
On Wikipedia
On Comic Book DB (Database)
@michaelcarey191
(Photo by Luigi Novi)

 

CBP Clarke Award - The Girl with all the Gifts Many will now know Mike – or M.R. – Carey from the recent and massive success of the award-nominated The Girl with all the Gifts, already to become a film adapted by the author himself and starring Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine. But he’s been around a lot longer than this, authoring fantastical prose and comics in the horror / dark fantasy genres for decades… CGP - PC - Lucifer V1

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