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Thursday, 25 January 2007

Alan Moore Interview

Alex Fitch interviews Alan Moore on ResonanceFM tonight, touching subjects such as the highs and lows of collaborating with comic book artists, his notions of magic and ideaspace and just what giant bald men in nappies had to do with American paranoia in 1950s movies!

Past shows feature Paul Gravett, and the CBLDF. Look out for future interviews, continuing the chat with Moore, and also featuring Paul Cornell, and Pat Mills & Matt Smith about the 30th Anniversary of 2000AD...

Also available as a podcast if you don't catch the broadcast.

Friday, 12 January 2007

Thrill Power Overload

David Bishop's columns from Judge Dredd Megazine on the history of 2000ad have been expanded and collected as "Thrill-power Overload", and is available in bookshops.

The installments I read were very entertaining and frank, a lot more revealing than any other history of the comic previously available.

For 30 years, 2000 AD has been one of the most influential Science Fiction comics in the world. Home to such respected characters as Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog and Rogue Trooper the Galaxy's Greatest's influence on the world of comic books as a whole is incalculable. Now, former 2000 AD editor David Bishop explores the history of this legendary comic in a comprehensive and fully illustrated book.

Saturday, 6 January 2007

Captain Britain Reprinted

My copy of Captain Britain: The Birth of a Legend: v. 1 arrived today. Despite the misleading title previously shown on (Captain Britain V.1: Birth of a Legend: UK Captain Britain V.1, No. 1-39", "Super Spider-Man No. 231", "MTU No. 65-66"), it actually reprints the CB strip from issues 1-23. It features a new cover by original artist Herb Trimpe (not the yellow cover most websites show), and introductions by the artist, and writer Chris Claremont. It is american-comic-sized (slightly reduced from the original publication), but full colour throughout. It does end on a bit of a cliffhanger, which must mean that Volume 2 is pretty much assured, right?

This volume features the first appearances of CB, along with the debut of X-Men's Psylocke. Guest stars Captain America, Nick Fury and the Red Skull! Presumably Volume 2 will reprint the remaining issues listed in the old Amazon title. With any luck, a Volume 3, featuring the classic Black Knight strip may one day see print!

Also features a cut-out mask, and a 'colour it yourself' page (I have a colourised version, which I may put up on this site at some point). Just in time to celebrate the characters 31st anniversary!