Superhero Event at Royal Armouries, Leeds 9th to 11th August 2016

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Venue – Royal Armouries. Leeds

Tuesday 9th to Thursday 11th August 2016

Starts: 10:00am Tuesday 9 August 2016
Finishes: 5:00pm Thursday 11 August 2016

Royal Armouries have been running an event like this for quite some time. It is now a regular feature of August, falling within the long school holiday of course. In 2013 it fell on 4th to 6th of May, the opening weekend of Ironman 3 – you can read my write up of that event.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou’ll note Ironman features on the official image from Royal Armouries at the head of this article. They have a full size replica built by Mark Pearson for the Armouries. Mark is pictured on the right here with the suit. On the left is Adi Granov who designed the suits for all three Ironman films, as well as the Chitauri for the first Avengers film.

Adi attended this even in 2014 and was interviewed by artist Peter Doherty about his work with Marvel in comics, film and beyond. Peter is a regular participant at this event.

It can’t always be predicted what will go on at this event below are a few ideas Continue reading

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Dredd (2012) Sequel Talks Confirmed

DREDDTalks are underway for a sequel to the 2012 Judge Dredd big screen adaptation starring Karl Urban. This was heavily hinted at by Karl Urban recently at Calgary Expo and has been confirmed by Rebellion CEO, Jason Kingsley on his personal Facebook account.

Rebellion are the owners of the IP rights to Judge Dredd and 2000AD, the comic where he first appeared in 1977.

Whether this is for the big or small screen is as yet unknown and Jason Kingsley is keen to point out to fans that these kind of talks do not always lead to a successful result.

Rebellion have run three comic sequels to the film, the first was Underbelly which was serialised in the Judge Dredd Megazine and received a US version one-shot that was reprinted twice due to demand. Whether these will form part of the canon for the screen version isn’t known.

I’m a big Judge Dredd fan, a reader of 2000AD from the start. I now help organise Lawgiver, an unofficial Judge Dredd convention now in its third year – the next is on 28th May 2016 in Bristol. So this news is great to hear. Continue reading

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. 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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Brit-Cit Noir – spoiler light (includes preview pages)

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Published by 2000AD

7th April 2016
Paperback 96 Pages

Writers:
John Smith, John Reppion & Leah Moore
Artists:
Colin MacNeil & Tom Foster

Strange & Darke created by John Smith & Colin MacNeil
Storm Warning created by John Reppion, Leah Moore & Tom Foster

There are are three and a half years between these stories in publication history. Strange & Darke debuted in January 2012 and Storm Warning debuted in July 2015.

The connections are obvious. Both are set in Brit-Cit and more specifically in the Brit-Cit’s Psi Division. Both deal with Judges that are not popular among their colleagues. Both deal with the supernatural, granted that is the main topic Psi Div are associated with but it isn’t all they do. To find out what else links the two stories you’ll need to read them both.

There are a few preview pages of each story after the full contents & credits at the end of this article. Continue reading

Judge Dredd from IDW issue 2 – Preview Pages included

jd zero 2Judge Dredd Issue 2
Published by IDW
20th January 2016

Writera: Ulises Farinas & Eric Freitas
Artist: Dan McDaid
Colours: Ryan Hill
Letters: Chris Mowry

Cover Art: Dan McDaid
Cover Colours: Ryan Hill

Judge Dredd created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra

jd zero 2 contents.jpgThis is the second run of ongoing Judge Dredd comics from IDW. The first story arc is called ‘Mega City Zero’ and comes from ideas from artist Ulises Farinas, co-writing with Eric Freitas.

Only two covers for this issue. The standard cover has some relevance to the plot, the Subs one doesn’t. I by far prefer the one by Farinas.

Following this contents page there is a page with ID images of Judge Dredd and the support cast, three feral Juves that Dredd met last issue. There is also a ‘story so far’ synopsis. That page isn’t available for preview.

Last issue Dredd was called to a case in Angela Davis Block. After entering the block he woke in a wilderness, unable to recall how he had arrived there. He met three Juves, seemingly wild and speaking in an odd dialect. They led him to Ang Avi, a large monolith reminiscent of a City Block.

Dredd attempted to enter Ang Avi nut met resistance from what seemed to be Mechanismo robots. After dealing with them he made his way inside with the three girls.

There are a few minor spoilers below and 5 preview pages are at the end of this article. Continue reading