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