What have we learnt from the 2000AD day? Not much, as it has been too unfocused to really extract any conclusions, but let’s try …
1) Most of the issues (checked today, so mid-80s to mid-90s) have at least one strip with really good art and only a few are absolutely unreadable.
2) Most of the artists and writers who come from the England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland have probably worked on 2000AD at some point … and a high percentage of those have done at least one terrible Judge Dredd story
Even Alan Davis drew a Judge Dredd story!
3) There is sometimes some crazy shit going on in 2000AD:
4) Shaky Kane has always been great
5) Mark Millar has always been Mark Millar
6) 2000AD has published a lot more good stuff than anybody has ever heard about, the only problem is that their trade paperback program apparently does not quite work … which is a pity, because the ones they are putting out are really worth it.
I would totally recommend Complete Alan Moore Future Shocks, The Best of Tharg’s Future Shocks (Grant Morrison, Neil Gaiman, Peter Milligan, …) and Hewligan’s Haircut (Peter Milligan & Jamie Hewlett) to start with.
For more information about the trades: http://www.2000adonline.com/books/books_list.php
The world at large now knows about Shaky Kane due to his and David Hine’s delightful Bulletproof Coffin. However, Shaky has been working on comics for two decades now, and 2000AD was there to showcase his talent since the beginning.
Starting with his droid profile:
Romance comics tribute cover:
And, of course, who could forget his Shaky’s Beyond Belief series, a sample of which follows (click on the image to get a bigger version and yes, the Nostradamus drawing is a copy of this one here, but that’s beyond the point):
From PROG 906 comes what probably is the highest point in both Mark Millar’s and Gran Morrison’s careers (you are only allowed to disagree if you haven’t read that many football/soccer comics):
Another one of Britain’s great talents, Kevin O’Neill got his opportunity at 2000AD.
This is a page of the short story that was adapted as Hardware:
A cover of a typical crazy bastard in the 2000AD universe pretending he is Judge Dredd:
Remember when Kevin O’Neill’s art style was considered offensive by the Comics Code Authority? Can you really blame them?
Rainy and cold day, so it is time to take a look back at that 2000AD box lying around the house and start the subcategory dedicated to British comics … I will try to post a few of these today so I will keep them short.
To start with, let’s take a look at some of the lesser know works of those two geniuses called Brendan McCarthy and Jamie Hewlett … This is not a random association as they a) worked on the same character, and b) worked together on a Judge Dredd strip.
Our first page comes from 2000AD PROG 480 and belongs to Sooner or Later by Peter Milligan and Brendan McCarthy:
This next one comes from Swifty’s Return, the sequel to Sooner or Later (the page below appeared in PROG 616):
And, what better way to finish than a collaboration between these two artists in Spok’s Mock Chocs from PROG 614:
Be back in a few minutes …