Why is this Blog Quiet & What is 2021 bringing?

Most years I do a round up of the last year. Nah, not this time. We all know about 2020.

2021 might be better.

Sadly already Lawless has been cancelled. Lawless is a Comic Con in Bristol, usually in May where I am a Moderator on Panels. I also sit on the Organiser’s group.

So that is a big loss to me. I love meeting up with my friends at Cons and I really enjoy Moderating.

We will be doing somethings online in May so keep an eye out.

But what else am I doing? And why has this blog been quite quiet recently?

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Block Mania Board Game reprinted – Available from Friday 27th November 2020

Block Mania pairingLimited-edition replica printing

Available from 2000AD.com from 12noon on Friday 27 November
And Asmodee UK

Block Mania Board Game was for two Players.

The expansion Mega Mania added two nore Playboards and more pieces so that Four Players could take part.

There is no mention of Price in the Press Release I received and I can’t see one on the 2000AD site.

Back in the 1980s I had a very active group of friends to play with and one bought this.

There were 6 of us, with a few extra people around the sides, so it was a bit frought who would get invited to play this. Out of our core six only two, me included, were regular 2000AD readers. But everyone enjoyed this game.

I was the biggest Dredd fan among us. I loved this game.

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Kicking Off Comics – My Input to Thought Bubble Comic Festival – Online 9th to 15th November 2020

Fringe logo titlesThought Bubble is, to the best of my knowledge, the largest Comic Converntion in UK. Other Conventions may be larger but are mixed Film, TV and Comics.

Due to Covid19 we can’t attend Conventions at the moment. I only regularl ayyend two Conventions. Lawless in Bristol, where I Moderate Panels, and Thought Bubble.

Thought Bubble has a weekend Convention and the preceeding week usually has Fringe events such a Comics Workshops.

This year Thought Bubble asked for people to offer their input to Thought Bubble Fringe online. I am particpating with a Video which i will be uploading to YouTube on Thursday 12th November 2020. My Guests are Shea Proulx, Montyneo and Umar Ditta.

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Digital Only Releases from 2000AD for 2021

Rebellion Publishing have announced a number of Digital Only releases coming in 2021. They previously increased the Digital Only releases in March when the UK went in to Lockdown. Deciding to increase releases in 2021 instead of adding to those already sceduled for Print they would continue Digital Only releases.

At times Rebellion have done some Digital First releases, there is nothing official regarding whether that may continue.

Mike Molcher, Rebellion PR says:

“Featuring work by Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys), Sean Phillips (Criminal, Reckless), Al Ewing (Immortal Hulk), John Wagner (Judge Dredd), Alan Grant (Batman), and Pat Mills (Marshal Law), the new series of digital collections will bring together thrills old and new – including some that have never been available digitally before!

The new digital releases will be available from the 2000 AD app for Apple, Android, and Windows 10 devices, as DRM-free PDF/CBZ downloads from the 2000 AD webshop, and on Amazon Kindle devices.”

Ben Smith, Head of Film, TV and Publishing at Rebellion, said:

“This new series of digital-only collections available from our app and webshop are a fantastic dive into 2000 AD’s incredible backlist. Our archives are bursting at the seams with hidden gems that have either never been collected or just haven’t been digitised before, so it’s great to be able to make them available. The advance of digital-only collections is that we can bring these classics direct to the readers without having to add even more books to our already bumper publishing schedule.”

Titles being release as Digital Only come from thoughout the variety of 2000AD stories. A full list of those currently announced follows. Most are currently out of print, some are seeing publication for the first time since being in the weekly Prog.

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Jim Killen joins Rebellion as Editor-at-Large in USA.

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Bio image from Twitter

Jim Killen may not be a name every Comic Fan knows but his influence on Publishing is quite extensive. He joins Rebellion on Monday 19th October 2020 as Editor-at-Large, based out of New York.

After joining Barnes & Noble in 1979 as a Storeb Manager he became a Buyer in October 1987. In 1998 he became Science Fiction, Fantasy, Role Playing Games and Graphic Novels buyer. Under his direction the store was influential in the success of many well known names. He also doubled the floorspace for Graphic Novels in Barnes & Noble.

With a background of formal training in Illustration and Graphic Design at the School of Visual Arts in New York from 1979 to 1982 he was well placed at Barnes and Nobel. Among those who have benefited from his patronage include Neil Gaiman, V.E. Schwab, Marjorie Liu, Kim Harrison, and George R.R. Martin.

Joining Rebellion, described by BBC as a “British Media Giant”, he brings a massive amount of influence and knowledge of the US market, an area Rebellion has had mixed results with over the years.

Famous as a Game Developer Rebellion are the publisher of  2000AD, Judge Dredd Megazine and a range of SciFi and Horror Novels. They are also now TV & Film Production Company with current projects in development including Rogue Trooper movie by Duncan Jones and a TV series set in the world of Judge Dredd. Rebellion also own the largest back catalogue of Britrish Comics under the trading name of Treasury of British Comics. Continue reading

Stainless Steel Rat hardback complete collection announced – expected August 2021

Stainless Steel RatThe Stainless Steel Rat
Publisdhed by Rebellion

208 Page Paperback Edition £24.99
Digital edition will be available

Deluxe Hardback Edition will be available for pre-order – Exclusive to the 2000AD Webshop

Writer: Kelvin Gosnell
Artist: Carlos Ezquerra

Adaptations of Novels by Harry Harrison

Contents:

  • The Stainless Steel Rat – 2000 AD progs 140–151 (Nov. 1979 to Feb. 1980).
  • The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World – 2000 AD progs 166–177 (June to Sep. 1980).
  • The Stainless Steel Rat for President – 2000 AD progs 393–404 (Nov. 1984 to Feb. 1985)

This is one of my all time favourites from the golden era of 2000AD.

I ended up reading the full series of novels and wish the adaptations had continued. The Novels held a quote of ‘Monty Python of the Spacelanes – Daily Telegraph’. Not being a fan of Monty Python I doon’t quite agree but knowing such a quote might bring more sales I let it slide.

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What I learnt This Week – 28 June to 04 July 2020

The more Eagle-eyed reader might spot a difference this week.

Last Week I covered 22nd to 28th June. This week I’m starting on 28 June. I realised that publishing on Sunday was restricting me a little as I was including the day I published. So from now I will cover the previous Sunday to Saturday. That way if I learn something after publishing I don’t need to squeeze it in to Monday…

I’m aware no one reading this would know I had fudged it… but if it troubled me when I realised.

This article won’t double up on anything I learnt on 28th…

You may also have noticed I have dropped the ‘th’ in the date format. I am doing this as I am aware non-native English Speakers sometimes struggle with ‘st’ and ‘nd’. Dates are clear enough without them. I use Month name to avoid International/US date convention confusion.

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Judge Dredd: Uprising – LIVE Experience in London, UK – Due to open Spring 2021

Hardly a surprise that as a fan of 2000AD and Judge Dredd from the start the news of this Live Event is extremely interesting to me

This blog started life for a Judge Dredd online RPG which stumbled and fell. I’d previously been one of the Games Masters and Players on Play Dredd RPG Forum which had folded and hoped to continue.

Then the 2012 Dredd film by Alex Garland came along and I went to the Fan Pre-release Screening in London. Had a brilliant day and saw a film which brought the feel of the comic to the screen, something I felt the 1995 Stallone movie had failed to do.

So this blog became a Review & Preview blog for Films, Comics and Books with an unapologetic bias towards Judge Dredd, 2000AD and British Indie Comics. That’s not to say I don’t Review and Preview International comics. I’ve branched out very widely since starting, writing about History, Science & Nature, Mental Health and other topics.

My main focus though is likely to always be Judge Dredd.

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“I can’t breathe”, “Momma I’m through” – death of George Floyd 25th May 2020

I usually avoid Politics on this Blog and Social Media. Mostly as I use my Blog for my own enjoyment, that’s also why I don’t review things I don’t like.

Another reason I avoid Politics is that I am a serving Civil Servant in the UK and am therefore under obligation to publicly remain neutral. I have served Conservative and Labour Governments and it is critical the Civil Service remains apolitical.

That said there are times I feel the need to pass comment and keeping silent is hard.

This is one time and I’ve decided to break my silence. You May note that I am using weaker language than sone would expect to see, that is due to the fact I still feel a need to be careful with words I use. But to be clear, so long as I remain civil and respectful I’m not breaking the Civil Service Code.

I’m not sharing the video in this article. If you are reading this you’ve probably seen it. If you haven’t seen it you can find it easily enough.

George Floyd was killed by police on 25th May 2020 in Minneapolis, USA. Another death of an unarmed Black man in USA.

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Rok the God – graphic novel by Wagner, Grant, Cornwell, Bulmer and Campbell – live on Kickstarter

internet_20191002_182913_5.jpeg.jpgThe anticipated sequel to the 2016 Rok of the Reds, by the exact same creative team.

Written by Judge Dredd creator John Wagner and his longtime collaborator Alan Grant, they’ve both worked on internationsl titles such as Batman.

Art by Dan Cornwell with Colours by Abby Bulmer. Both regulars in 2000AD. Dan often illustrates John’s Judge Dredd scripts now.

Lettered by Jim Campbell. In my opinion one of the best Letterers in the industry, Eisner Nominated so others agree.

You can jump on board with the Kickstarter that started today, 3rd October 2019 and if you missed the first book you can pick it up among the Pledges.

There is a link in the campaign to the first 20 pages of the new book but in case you don’t go straight there I’ve put a link at the end of this article.

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