Countdown to Lawgiver MkIII – Guest Spotlight – Mick McMahon

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at Double Tree by Hilton
Bristol

Saturday 28th May 2016

Guest Spotlight: Mick McMahon

2000AD was launched in February 1977 with Judge Dredd debuting in the second issue, or Prog 2. Judge Dredd was created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra.

Lawgiver is an annual convention dedicated to Judge Dredd, from Comics and Screen.

McMahonThis image shows Mick McMahon with a badge from the fabulous fan film Judge Minty.

We were fortunate to have John Wagner at the first Lawgiver convention. At this, the third year, we have Mick McMahon.

Though the look of Judge Dredd was created by Carlos Ezquerra the first published story was by Mick McMahon. McMahon also worked on Slaine, Ro-busters and ABC Warriors in the pages of 2000AD and Batman for DC Comics.

McMahon is one of the most influential Judge Dredd Artist from the 1970s and 1980s. many artists will site him as an influence in their development as an artist. I mentioned in a review once that the art reminded me of McMahon, the artist later thanked me for this comment. Continue reading

2000AD ‘Jump On’ Prog 1973 – Spoiler Light (includes Preview pages)

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Published in the UK by Rebellion

Subscription release Saturday 19th March 2016

General release in print & digital Wednesday 23rd March 2016

Available in all good stockists,  2000AD iOS AppAndroid Ap & 2000AD Shop

Cover: Mark Sexton

Genre – Sci-Fi

This Prog’s line-up:

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It has come around again to a Jump On Prog from 2000AD where all the stories in this issue start at Part 1. 2000AD do this roughly every 6 months to make an easy point for new or lapsed readers to delve in (or back in) to the pool of THRILLS that is 2000AD.

Judge Dredd: The Grindstone Cowboys part 1

Script: Michael Carroll
Art: Colin MacNeil
Colours: Len Ogrady
Letters: Annie Parkhouse

Michael Carroll has been playing with the Dredd family in many of his stories recently. We see young Rico in this story, though not in these two preview pages.

With Mega-City One still struggling post Day of Chaos some denizens of the Cursed Earth are taking advantage.

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Tharg’s 3rillers: Repossession Orders Part 1

Script: Eddie Robson
Art: Jake Lynch
Letters: Simon Bowland

3rillers are one off stories told over three Progs, usually there is a twist, or sting, in the ending.

This one starts off with a Debt Collector alling on the occupant of an Apartment then turns to two men talking about Urban Renewal about Urban Renewal.

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Survival Geeks: Geek Fetales part 1

Script: Gordon Rennie & Emma Beeby
Art: Neil Goode
Colours: Gary Caldwell
Letters: Ellie de Ville

This story follows the adventures of three Geeks in their Dimension Travelling House. The day the hose started doing its random exploration a young lady just happened to be in the house on a one-night stand. Since then they adopted a baby Cthulu…

We join them in mid-chaos on some odd wee world.

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Tainted: The Fall of Deadworld part 1

Script: Kek W
Art: Dave Kendall
Letters: Annie Parkhouse

Building on the success of Dreams of Deadworld last year we return to the world that spawned Judge Death and his fellow Dark Judges.

Dreams of Deadworld dealt with the time after the Dark Judges had judged their world to DEATH. This story pops to a time earlier than that… and apparently it all started with the Bees dying…

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Aquila: Charon’s Mercy part 1

Script: Gordon Rennie
Art: Paul Davidson
Colours: Len O’Grady
Letters: Ellie De Ville

An ex-Gladiator, turned Legionaire. Now the undying servant of a Demon.

We are in 1st Century AD Spain for this outing and the Gladiator has returned to an Arena, as a spectator it seems.

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Roleplaying Development in Uganda

RPG Uganda.jpgAn eye-catching title? Well I certainly thought so when a friend of mine told me about it.

Roleplaying Development in Uganda is a not-for-profit organisation run by Patrick Aikonia, an S1 Student. S1 is the first year of Junior High School in Uganda. Patrick’s idea is to encourage young people to exercise their imagination through games, specifically Roleplaying Games (RPGs).

We are talking good, old fashioned Table Top games. Patrick is currently using Pathfinder, the Open Licence game from Paizo based on Dungeons and Dragons. Continue reading

Zarjaz issue 26

CoverZ2_26Web.jpgZarjaz 26
Published by Futurequake Press
March 2016

Edited by Richmond Clements & Dave Evans

Cover Art: Paul Marshall; Colours: Owen Watts

2000AD and related characters are
copyright of Rebellion

Genre – Sci-Fi

Zarjaz is a fanzine dedicated to 2000AD. If you’ve never read a Fanzine you might not expect what you’ll get from Zarjaz.

This publication is well respected in the UK Comic Industry and regularly features some of the top Small Press talent you can find. From time to time a few published Creators from 2000AD contribute. Yes, professionals from the comic this is dedicated to do contribute to this Fanzine – for example this issue’s cover is from 2000AD Artist Paul Marshall.

SDBadgeAdFinalWeb.jpgIn conjunction with Planet Replicas there is a competition running. The prize is a 1:1 scale Strontium Dog badge from Planet Replicas.

Every purchase of Zarjaz or Dogbreath during May and April will be accompanied by a Raffle Ticket.

At the end of April a winning ticket will be selected at random.

Go buy them and good luck!

 

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Countdown to Lawgiver MkIII (10 weeks)

Saturday 28th May 2016.

Double Tree By Hilton in Bristol

Tickets available through Eventbrite
£25.00 (before booking fee/on the door)
Keep up to date with the event via the Official Website
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nd the Facebook Page

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Lawgiver is in its third year.

Launched in 2014 under the name ‘Lawgiver: A Celebration of Dredd’. With screenings of Dredd (2012) and Judge Minty and a small line up of Guests, including Judge Dredd’s Co-Creator John Wagner.

Last year Lawgiver MkII had more Guests, this time including top Artist Jock. There were no films but there was a display of props from the 2012 film.

I am a member of the Organisers Group and Moderate some of the Panels. So what can you expect from Lawgiver MkIII? Continue reading

Eagle Adventure Special 1 (includes restoration images)

eagle adventure 1 cover.jpgEagle Adventure Special
Published by Hibernia Press
With permission from the Dan Dare Corporation Ltd.
March 2016

Available on Comicsy £7.00
64 Pages, Softbound
Colour and B&W

Edited for Hibernia by David MacDonald
Reprographics and Restoration by Richard Pearce

Cover Ian Kennedy

Hibernia have a track record of pleasing fans of British Comics with their top quality reprints. I’ve written articles on a number of them such as Tower King, Thirteenth Floor, Bakers Half Dozen and more

This edition brings together a number of different strips from throughout the history of this Comic, the relaunched Eagle from the 1982 to 1994. This gives this volume the true anthology feel of the original.

Richard Pearce recently shared a couple of images of before and after restorations on Twitter and they are included at the end of the article, after the full list of contents, with his permission. Continue reading

Easter Tournament 2016 at Royal Armouries

Easter-TournamentFriday 25th to Monday 28th March 2016

Royal Armouries Leeds
Tickets available now
Good Friday to Easter Sunday
Adult £10; Concs £6; Family £25
Easter Monday
Adult £14; Concs £10; Family £39

This is the big one, featuring top Jousters from around the World. Live International Jousting competition over four days. This is a full contact sport, un-choreographed and genuine.

stacy“The original Extreme Sport” – Stacy Van Dolah-Evans

Stacy has been victorious at Royal Armouries a number of times.

I presented him with the Sword of Honour in August 2013.

Horses, Squires and Ground Crew are supplied by Atkinson Action Horses. Stars of Film and TV such as Poldark. Though some Knights do bring their own Squires.

When I say ‘full contact’ what do I mean? Continue reading