2000AD Prog 1919 – spoiler light (preview pages)

2000AD Prog 1919

Published in the UK by Rebellion

Subscription release
Saturday 21st February 2015

General release in print & digital
Wednesday 25th February 2015
Available in all good stockists,  2000AD iOS App & 2000AD Shop

Genre – Sci-Fi

Here’s the line-up for this Prog

2019 contents

Tharg bigs up this week being 38th anniversary of Prog 1. You might be interested to know there is a gathering in Leeds on 28th February to celebrate Dredd’s 38th year in print. Continue reading

Taiko Drumming and other things Japanese at Royal Armouries

Taiko-Drumming-Web-Banner1Royal Armouries 20th February 2015

I remembered to book the day off but forgot to book the event so I missed out on the first part of what I had hoped to experience

At 12:00 there was a Drum Workshop. I love drums and other percussion instruments, I have a few at home and have played some in public for relaxation and for charity. I’m no expert but I have rhythm, handy if you are a percussionist. So I was sad to miss out on this, some lovely drums… never mind I made it to the show at 15:00

There were a number of other attractions during Half-Term week, I often publicisde what is going on at the Arouries even if I am not going but I have been caught up with Dredd articles and work. Continue reading

An Interview with Carlos Ezquerra

CarlosThis the second interview that originally appeared in Dogbreath Issue 28, March 2014. You can read the first, An Interview with John Wagner.

Dogbreath is a Fanzine dedicated to Strontium Dog, created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra for Starlord in 1978. When Starlord merged with 2000AD the strip followed and has proven to be a continued success.

You can get copies of this issue from Futurequake Press, I reviewed the magazine on 9th March 2014.

Strontium Dog follows the exploits of Johnny Alpha, a mutant from Milton Keynes in the 22nd Century.

I was asked to do these interviews by the editors of Dogbreath as they had read some of the interviews I had already published on the blog.

Below is the original version of the interview as sent to the Editors. I don’t think there were any major alterations when it saw print. Continue reading

An Interview with John Wagner

DB28This interview originally appeared in Dogbreath Issue 28, March 2014. You can get copies from Futurequake Press, I reviewed the magazine on 9th March 2014.

Dogbreath is a Fanzine dedicated to Strontium Dog, created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra for Starlord in 1978. When Starlord merged with 2000AD the strip followed and has proven to be a continued success.

Strontium Dog follows the exploits of Johnny Alpha, a mutant from Milton Keynes in the 22nd Century.

I was thrilled to be asked to do this interview with writer John Wagner by the editors of Dogbreath. I did a second interview for the same issue with the artist Carlos Ezquerra,

I’m a fan so to get to interview John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra was amazing. If you have a look around my blog I’ve done quite a few interviews and I’m really grateful to everyone I’ve interviewed for giving up some of their time for me.

Below is the original version of the interview as sent to the Editors. I don’t think there were any major alterations when it saw print. Continue reading

Poldark remake hitting screens soon (UK 8th March 2015, US July 2015)

poldarkPoldark (2015)

Premiere in UK Sunday 8th March 2015 BBC1
Premiere in USA July 2015 on PBS

Based on the novels of Winston Graham

Starring

Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark
Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza
Heida Reed as Elizabeth Chenoweth
Kyle Soller as Francis Poldark

Ross Poldark returns from the American War of Independance to his native Cornwall to find his beloved Elizabeth is betrothed to his cousin, Francis.

The original series was very popular in the 1970s, Robin Ellis who played Ross Poldark appears in this version as Reverend Halse.

This remake has been billed as one of BBC’s premier original dramas for 2015. So it is getting quite a bit of interest. I’m interested because of the Equine cast and the stunt riders.

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Jousting at Royal Armouries, Leeds for Easter 2015

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe annual Easter Tournament has been announced, via a leaflet I picked up today when visiting the Armouries. Nothing on the website yet – I’ll let you know when tickets are available. At stake is the Sword of Honour and the  Queen’s Jubilee Horn, the horn is pictured to the right.

There will be six Knights ib the competition this year, there are usually four, competing in team and individual events. Again I’ll bring more details on who is competing nearer the time, though I hear Andy Deane will be coming out of retirement (third year in a row I think…) to defend the honour of the Armouries against an international line-up. Continue reading

2000AD to release more ‘Firsts’ in 2015 We’ll see

2015 Dan DareThere are a number of new books on the way from 2000AD that may well drive collectors wild with delight and tempt back more lapsed readers. This is building on the back of a successful 2014 for 2000AD’s publisher Rebellion and of course the release of the Judge Dredd Mega Collection.

Highlighted as the head image for this article is Dan Dare. Despite being in Prog 1 of 2000AD in 1977 Dan Dare has never been reprinted (apart from in a replica of Prog 1). That changes this year with a hardback starting reprints from the start, note the ‘Volume 1′ on this advert, this is the first of two volumes. I very much doubt that’s the cover.

Dan Dare started life in Eagle on 14th April 1950 written and illustrated by Frank Hampson – this is his 65th year. His run in 2000AD ended in Prog 126, 18 August 1979, with an unkept promise that he would return.

This is a fully remastered edition featuring art from Dave Gibbons and Massimo Bellardinelli. Gibbons is internationally famous for Watchmen but to 2000AD fans it is possibly his Dan Dare and Rogue Trooper, which he co-created, that most remember him for. Bellardinelli co-created Ace Trucking and is fondly remembered for his work on Harlem Heroes, Inferno and Blackhawk.

This reprint will be in colour and black and white. I am not certain but I think it will be in the original size.

Dan Dare is just one highlight, there are plenty more, not least a Hardback for Dark Justice Continue reading