Friday, October 28, 2022

Comic Cuts — 28 October 2022

After laying low for ten days, we finally emerged from our cocoons and tested negative on Wednesday night. With Covid now in our rear-view mirror, I'm going to be playing catch-up for a few days.

Although I have tried not to let what felt like a "bit of a cold" slow me down, it inevitably has, as we adjusted to keeping clear of everyone. All the stand-by food (soup, beans, spaghetti, etc.) has been eaten and we almost ran out of cheese and toilet paper — I'll not say which one I'd miss the most, but you can't make a sandwich out of newspaper.

If that's the worst that has happened, I think we got off quite lightly. After a couple of days rest, we both managed to keep working, this week's output from me consisting of an introduction to a book and some 200 pages of raw scans for future books.

Life is settling back to normal. I had to cancel an appointment at the local surgery, which has been rearranged for next week; two more boxes of books have left the house, making a total of 16 so far; and I managed to put up some of Mel's Sensational She-Hulk comics on eBay (she had the complete run of John Byrne's 1989, 1991-93 issues). I walked Mel down to the bus stop this morning and I'm just about to leave the house to go pick up again.

That seems a good place to stop as there really is no more news. My next task is to put a few hundred DVDs into carrying cases to save myself some shelf space. I've got them into piles in alphabetical order... just got to get them out of the boxes and into the sleeves. I mean, how long could that take...

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Commando 5587-5590

They’re alive! They’re ALIVE! The creepy Commando Halloween specials continue with issues 5587 – 5590 on sale today, Thursday 27th October, 2022! This spine-chilling set includes ghosts, cursed cards, legendary gorgons, and the return from the dead of Commandos vs Zombies!

5587: Commandos vs Zombies 3

The dead rise again in the third instalment of Commandos vs Zombies! But this time the horde is on home turf as something evil is stirring in Blighty. Hidden deep in the Highlands is a secret bunker where terror breeds! But the bunker is silent, and the teams sent to investigate have all disappeared without a trace... That is until Sergeant Leo Manktelow comes a-knocking!

Evil returns and the dead just won't say dead in the latest comic in Georgia Standen Battle’s horrific series, brought back from the grave by the master of the horror himself Vicente Alcazar and a frighteningly good cover by Neil Roberts!

Story | Georgia Standen Battle
Art| Vicente Alcazar
Cover | Neil Roberts

5588: The Death Card

Would you accept the cursed card? Or are you too superstitious? If you are, you wouldn’t fancy being handed the Ace of Spades — the death card —as the key to your future, especially when this particular card had meant death for two previous owners! Issue 5588 The Death Card is another 'By Special Request!', an issue handpicked by a reader for our Commando Halloween specials!

This cursed Commando was penned by Bernard Gregg with art by Marzel and written by Commando Staff! A Commando so good – it just couldn’t say dead in the vaults! Don’t be cursed to miss it!

Story | Bernard Gregg
Art | Marzal
Cover | Staff
Originally Commando No. 926 (1975).

5589: Night of the Gorgons

This Halloween Commando offering is sure to PETRIFY readers! Historians mark the Dodecanese campaign as one of the last major German victories of World War Two. What the history books fail to mention, though, is that Allied and German forces weren't the only things flying over that region! For something far older and deadlier stalked the skies above the Aegean, as Flight Lieutenant Pierce Sullivan was about to discover!

You’ll need a STONY resolve to read Issue 5589 as Dominic Teague brings legends to life as gorgons attack! What’s more, Issue 5589 features Graham Manley's debut on Commando interiors and a Neil Roberts cover directly inspired by Ian Kennedy’s cover for 1478 ‘Target — Crete!’ You may want to read this Commando through a mirror – just in case it turns you to stone, readers!

Story | Dominic Teague
Art | Graham Manley
Cover | Neil Roberts

5590: The Ghosts

There’s something spooky going on in Crandon Abbey! Strange figures, eerie sounds, and mysterious moving lights seen in the dead of night. It was enough to make even the bravest men tremble. But the spirits that haunted Crandon Abbey weren't ordinary ghosts — these ghosts shot to kill and didn’t like nosy people poking around the grounds!

This classic Commando has crawled its way out of the crypt to bring horror and delight to readers once again! Featuring a spellbinding story by Bryan Perrett alongside eerie interior artwork from Llops and one of Ian Kennedy’s creepiest covers, well this Commando is too ghoulish to miss!

Story | Bryan Perrett
Art | Llops
Cover | Ian Kennedy
Originally Commando No. 1289 (1979)

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Rebellion Releases — 26 October 2022

Where did she go? Out. What did she do? Everything...

Rebellion is proud to offer the ultimate edition of Alan Moore and Ian Gibson’s ground-breaking feminist space opera and science fiction classic, The Ballad of Halo Jones, for review.

Published as a full colour hardcover omnibus for the first time in January, The Ballad of Halo Jones: Full Colour Omnibus Edition will feature artwork restored and lovingly coloured by Barbara Nosenzo, new introductions by Kieron Gillen (The Wicked & The Divine) and original commissioning editor Steve MacManus, and some of Alan Moore's original scripts.

In addition to the standard hardcover, the collection will also be available in a gorgeous slipcase edition with altermative cover from the 2000 AD webshop.

This radical and revolutionary series remains one of Moore’s most beloved and lauded stories and this new omnibus edition brings together Nosenzo’s colour work on the three books of Halo Jones, previously only available as separate volumes.

A cultural icon and a high water mark for both science fiction and British comics, this timeless tale from the writer of Watchmen and V for Vendetta follows one woman’s journey through dead-end jobs, deadly wars, and personal tragedy, as she changes from an innocent teenager into a world-weary woman.

Described by award-winning author Lauren Beukes as her ‘first love’ and ‘first role model’, Halo is an ordinary woman in extraordinary circumstances. Trapped in a crowded housing project floating off the coast of Manhattan, a dystopian world where jobs are scarce and excitement non-existent, a bored Halo dreams of escaping out into the galaxy any way she can to rewrite her destiny.

But in a city where dangerous riots happen at the slightest provocation and even going to the shops is an ordeal requiring careful planning and a handful of zen-inducing-grenades, the price of freedom might prove to be more than she bargained for. And even when she does get out, there are challenges awaiting her in the cosmos that she could never possibly imagine or be prepared for.

First published in weekly instalments between 1984 and 1986, Halo Jones is Moore at his most inventive and empathic best, following Halo as she explores the galaxy while also, through both victory and tragedy, finding herself. It was Moore’s last work for 2000 AD before he went on to make comics history with fellow 2000 AD alumni, Dave Gibbons on Watchmen and Brian Bolland on Batman: The Killing Joke, at DC Comics.

Nosenzo’s sensitive and enthralling colour work on Gibson’s art was a revelation when published as three separate volumes on 2018, and the omnibus is an opportunity for fans old and new to experience the world of Halo Jones afresh. The project was the first major English language work by the Italian colourist, who was talent-spotted by Rebellion at the Angouleme comics festival in France, and has since gone on to work on the science fiction series Deep Beyond from Image Comics.

The Ballad of Halo Jones: Full Colour Omnibus Edition will be an essential collection not just for Moore completists but for fans of series such as Saga and Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow.

Available from all good book and comic book stores from 17 January, as well as online retailers, and digitally through 2000 AD’s webshop and app, and on Amazon Kindle.

And now, this week's releases...

2000AD Prog 2305
Cover: Boo Cook.

Judge Dredd: Buratino Must Die by Rob Williams (w) Henry Flint (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
Chimpsky’s Law: A Terrifically Disturbing Adventure by Ken Niemand (w) PJ Holden (a) Chris Blythe (c) Simon Bowland (l)
Hope... In The Shadows: Reel Two by Guy Adams (w) Jimmy Broxton (a) Jim Campbell (l)
Enemy Earth: Book One by Cavan Scott (w) Luke Horsman (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
Hershey by Rob Williams (w) Simon Fraser (a) Simon Bowland (l)

The Out by Dan Abnett & Mark Harrison
Rebellion ISBN 978-178618696-6, 25 October 2022, 192pp, £19.99 / $25.95. Available via Amazon.

Cyd Finlea is a photo-journalist working for the publishers Neographic. It has been a decade since she left Earth and travelled to into the deepest reassesses of outer space – otherwise known as THE OUT. Her encounters include meetings with strange alien societies and ex-pat humans, an experience that she shares with her trusty sentient backpack… This exciting, first volume introduces a brand new world introduced recently in the pages of 2000 AD, with an intriguing new female lead brilliantly executed by writer Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy) and featuring the inventive visuals of Mark Harrison.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Comic Cuts — 20 October 2022

Bad news... both Mel and I went down with the Covid. We think Mel picked it up at a gig she attended with a friend of ours who has also tested positive. She began feeling poorly on Friday last week and tested positive on Saturday morning. I was OK all weekend, maybe a slight headache on Sunday evening. Felt shivery on Monday evening, almost identically to how I felt after my first vaccine jab, and took a test... also positive.

I have had a relatively mild dose. Poor Mel has been like a cat hacking up a series of furballs for the last few days while I am more like a Victorian lady coughing lightly into a monogrammed hanky. My throat is a bit scratchy, my sinuses a bit blocked, I sneeze every now and then... it's no worse than a bad cold. Perhaps the only thing I've noticed is that I have been exhausted since Tuesday, partly because I'm fighting off a virus but mostly because I'm so superbly hydrated that I keep getting up during the night for a wee. I get back to bed, cough for a bit and end up reading for an hour before I'm settled enough to get to sleep again.

Anyway, that's all the news I have. I'm being incredibly lazy. I ended up working over the weekend because there was some things I needed to get done before I inevitably went down with the virus. Hopefully I'll get back in the swing of things next week.

(* I'm posting this early, on Thursday afternoon, just in case I sleep in late. We will be back to our regular Friday morning slot next episode.)

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Rebellion Releases — 19 October 2022

Judge Dredd Megazine 449

Cover: Nick Percival.

Judge Dredd: Babel by Ian Edginton (w) D'Israeli (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
Storm Warning: Dead & Gone by John Reppion (w) Clint Langley (a) Jim Campbell (l)
Devlin Waugh: Karma Police by AleŇ° Kot (w) Rob Richardson (a) Simon Bowland (l)
Death Metal Planet by David Hine (w) Nick PErcival (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
Surfer: Two by John Wagner (w) Colin MacNeil (a) Chris Blythe (c) Simon Bowland (l)
Bagged supplement: Robin Smith cover layouts, part two

2000AD Prog 2304

Cover: Simon Fraser.

Judge Dredd: Buratino Must Die by Rob Williams (w) Henry Flint (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
Chimpsky’s Law: A Terrifically Disturbing Adventure by Ken Niemand (w) PJ Holden (a) Chris Blythe (c) Simon Bowland (l)
Hope... In The Shadows: Reel Two by Guy Adams (w) Jimmy Broxton (a) Jim Campbell (l)
Enemy Earth: Book One by Cavan Scott (w) Luke Horsman (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
Hershey by Rob Williams (w) Simon Fraser (a) Simon Bowland (l)

Friday, October 14, 2022

Comic Cuts — 14 October 2022

This has been one of those weeks that falls into the "interesting times" category. You can get an idea just by looking at how the pound has been doing over the past few weeks, or remember back to being a kid and learning what a sine wave is.

On the negative side of the scales our bath broke. I'll let that sink in for a second... I don't mean the plumbing, but the actual bath. Thankfully it was only a hairline crack, caused by the splitting of the board under the bath (chipboard... you would think they would use a hard board, wouldn't you?) which meant the tub wasn't being properly supported. No water damage, but an uncomfortable couple of days followed while we waited to learn whether it would require replacing completely or could be fixed. A guy came round last Thursday, but the final decision was only made this week, which was, in essence, to glue it back together. I'm assured that he used some kind of super epoxy resin and not a Pritt Stick, but we shall see what happens later today when I venture into the bath. Hopefully this post won't be finished by Mel with the news that my bum is now firmly glued to the tub.

So there was that going on when I received news that something I had sold recently had arrived broken. It would have had to have received a very sharp blow because I had packed the item in foam and  bubble wrap. The new owner of these two items (formerly one item) accepted a refund and I'm now waiting on the Royal Mail to see if I'll be compensated.

Balancing this out, we had a fantastic day wandering around some places pf cultural interest on Friday. I have lived in or near Colchester for thirty years and there are still places that I have never visited. Mel had the week off, using up holiday accrued during the lockdown, so we arranged to meet up with my Mum and look around a few places, starting with the Natural History Museum located in what was formerly All Saints Church at the end of the High Street. I'd call it a starter museum as it is filled with exhibits that relate to local animals and local history—plenty of common birds, insects and critters that you might see in your back garden, and fossils discovered locally. It doesn't lose anything for not being filled with exotic creatures, especially if you're a little kid. Which I am, so I had a great time with the simple interactive elements.

Then across the road to Hollytrees, which is also centred on local history; there are some clocks dating back to the 17th century, a marvellous dolls house version of the Georgian building the museum is housed in, historic household equipment and toys (even a couple of annuals turn up in the display) and a portrait gallery. It's not meant to be a comprehensive study of the town — there's no Roman remains, for instance — but there are hints of some interesting things. I knew, for instance, that the poem "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" had local connections (its author and her family lived in Colchester), and is jealously guarded, but who knew that Humpty Dumpty was also possibly local. It has been claimed that Humpty Dumpty was the name of a huge cannon used to defend the town during the Siege of Colchester. The Parliamentarians bombarded the wall causing the cannon to fall to the ground and all attempts of the Royalists to raise it failed. It wasn't mentioned for 200 years (the theory was first raised by the local tourist board in 1996!), but it has gained some traction, certainly locally.

And finally, Firstsite, which is the art gallery nobody wanted but which has survived quite a few troubled years and even won the Museum of the Year prize in 2021. I'm still not convinced that it's as good as it could be. There are large open areas that are often filled with something big. I'd argue that big doesn't necessarily make it art. There's limited gallery space and it is not often given over to local artists. We were fortunate that, when we visited on Friday, there was an exhibit of work by landscape painter Denis Wirth-Miller, who lived just down the road from where I'm now sitting. He was the life partner of Richard Chopping, best known as the designer of Jonathan Cape's James Bond hardback covers. One interesting piece I spied — because you knew I'd bring it back to books at some point — was Chopping's original sketch for his novel The Fly, which was published by Secker & Warburg in 1965. The same artwork was used on the Pan paperback edition.

Also on the plus side, I completed a first pass on the latest artwork assignment and am doing a second pass just to make sure I didn't miss anything. Finished on Friday, with any luck, and that will leave me free to write the introduction next week.

Weekends are still being dedicated to clearing box mountain (see Comic Cuts passim). Only one box out this week (#14), but a couple of substantial parcels and a box of books that I sold to the guy who came round to fix the bath! There will be more stuff going up onto eBay on Sunday — some of Mel's manga comics and a miscellany from me if I have time. Hopefully some more Facebook sales, too. (There's a link to my eBay sales page near the top of the left-hand column, if you're interested.)

Here are a few random scans for your delectation and/or delight.

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Commando 5583-5586

Commando comics celebrate the spooky season of October with a month-long, bone-rattling bonanza featuring supernatural stories and things that go bump in the night! The Halloween specials begin with issues 5583 – 5586 on sale today!

5583: The Ghoul Squad 2: Footprints in the Snow

First up in the spine-chilling set of Halloween Commandos is Issue 5583 and the return of Mike Garley’s Ghoul Squad — as something hunts them in the Alps! What started as a search and rescue mission to find an RAF reconnaissance plane soon becomes a desperate struggle for survival! With Nazi captors, deadly blizzards, and something monstrous stalking them on the extreme slopes, there is sure to be blood in the footprints in the snow!

Story | Mike Garley
Art| Manuel Benet
Cover | Manuel Benet

5584: A Stirling Called Satan

Eerie Issue 5584 was picked 'By Special Request!' from a reader for our Halloween specials of Commando! A Stirling bomber so unlucky, it had to be cursed by the devil himself! Every time the crew set off on a mission they wondered if it was going to be their last. Even its number, 5-3-5, added up to 13!

With a spooky story by RA Montague and uncanny art by Mira and Keith Walker, it’s no wonder that this creepy classic Commando was summoned by Commando readers to rise again!

Story | RA Montague
Art | Mira
Cover | Keith Walker
Originally Commando No. 869 (1974).

5585: Frightful Tales

Gather round, for what awaits you inside this Commando is a collection of 'Frightful Tales' sure to keep you up at night! Join six Canadian infantrymen as they tell ghost stories to entertain each other on a cold Halloween night in the Netherlands in Issue 5585!

This grim and gruesome grimoire of stories was written by Colin Maxwell and brought to life by Alberto Saichann! But there’s more, as British comics legend Graham Manley makes his Commando debut on the cover of Issue 5585 – keep your eyes skinned for more from Manley!

Story | Colin Maxwell
Art | Alberto Saichann
Cover | Graham Manley

5586: Fangs of Fear

You may be thinking of vampire fangs when you hear ‘Fangs of Fear’, but this Commando features a different set of gnashers entirely – in the form of a deadly, venomous cobra! And this wasn’t the first time a cobra had fixed Lieutenant Bob Morton with a hypnotic stare —but that was when he was only a boy. It had haunted his nightmares for many years since then, and now it was happening again! Was this the time for him to die?

A more traditional Commando offering for readers who want a break from the more supernatural scares on offer this month. Issue 5586 features the golden trio of Commando contributors CG Walker, CT Rigby, and Ian Kennedy!

Story | CG Walker
Art | CT Rigby
Cover | Ian Kennedy
Originally Commando No. 1398 (1980)

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Rebellion Releases — 12 October 2022

Mega-City One. A vast 22nd century metropolis of 800 million citizens, each one a potential criminal. Under the watchful eye of the Judges no one escapes justice, whether their crime is littering or murder.


Head out onto the streets of Mega-City One and prove that you are worthy of the badge. Bring the Angel Gang, Judge Death, Orlok the Assassin and other notorious lawbreakers to justice. But be warned – they won’t go down without a fight, and even a lowlife sugar-addict can take you out if they get lucky.

This new edition of Ian Livingstone’s iconic game offers the ultimate Judge Dredd experience, with updated rules, refreshed graphic design and the introduction of the Specialist Judges – unique playable characters equipped with powerful abilities to help keep Mega-City One in order!

40 years after its original release, Rebellion Unplugged is thrilled to announce a new edition of Sir Ian Livingstone’s classic board game Judge Dredd: The Game of Crime Fighting in Mega-City One.

Coming in November, the game sees players take on the role of Judges competing to prove themselves the greatest crime fighter in Mega-City One. Each turn they patrol the board and bust Perps, using their action cards to gain crucial advantages or sabotage their enemies. It’s a cut-throat world on the mean streets of Mega-City One, and if you want to reach the top you can’t be too worried about who you stand on to get there!

This new edition introduces the Specialist Judges expansion, casting players as one of six unique characters from across the history of Judge Dredd. Each has a special ability that will change how players approach the game, whether that be the brute strength of the Mechanismo droid, the innate abilities of the Psi Judge, the unrivalled authority of the Chief Judge, the added support available to the fresh-faced Cadet, the brutal methods of the Special Judicial Squad, or the ... unique skills of the undercover Wally Squad!

Alongside the expansion, the game features new and updated cards, revised rules for faster play, and recoloured artwork from iconic artists Brian Bolland and Ian Gibson, giving players the ultimate Judge Dredd experience!

Designer Sir Ian Livingstone said, “I’m thrilled that Rebellion Unplugged is publishing my Judge Dredd board game. It’s 40 years since players first had the chance to drive around Mega-City One to arrest the Angel Gang, Judge Death and other perps for their various crimes. The additional rules, action cards and recoloured art combine to make the new edition a game that I hope every Dredd fan will want to play.”

Duncan Molloy, Head of Rebellion Unplugged, commented “It’s a delight to be working with Ian, and a real treat to revisit one of the true classics of British board-gaming. We’ve kept the gonzo spirit of the original while giving it a fresh look and adding new characters like the Specialist Judges, to make this edition a real celebration of the last 40 years.”

And now, this week's release...

2000AD Prog 2303
Cover: Luke Horsman

Judge Dredd: Buratino Must Die by Rob Williams (w) Henry Flint (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
Chimpsky’s Law: A Terrifically Disturbing Adventure by Ken Niemand (w) PJ Holden (a) Chris Blythe (c) Simon Bowland (l)
Hope... In The Shadows: Reel Two by Guy Adams (w) Jimmy Broxton (a) Jim Campbell (l)
Enemy Earth: Book One by Cavan Scott (w) Luke Horsman (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
Hershey by Rob Williams (w) Simon Fraser (a) Simon Bowland (l)

Friday, October 07, 2022

Comic Cuts — 7 October 2022

The Great Clear Out has been taking me to some odd places this week. In the wildest of my dreams, I was hoping that I would be able to move my desk this week, although that was always a bit of a fanciful notion. As it turned out I am still some way from that happening, even if there are holes beginning to appear in box mountain, the area at the back of the living room that I'm planning to move into.

We've removed 13 boxes of books from the house so far. We also finally disposed of a box of old wires, a (non-working) DVD player and a video player that I'm pretty sure was still working, but cost me £30 second-hand thirty years ago, so I think I've had my money's worth. I have been selling odd bits 'n' bobs through Facebook and eBay where I think they might be (a) worth a bit, or (b) worth keeping in circulation, even if I don't get much for them. So lots of Captain Britain and a couple of Discworld collectables in the former category, and a couple of my own books in the latter. There's a link to eBay in the column on the left which you might like to keep an eye on. And you can easily find me on Facebook — I'm the Steve Holland with the Captain Hurricane pic, which I stuck in temporarily when I joined FB many years ago and never got around to replacing.

Out attentions have been on the shed, where I had six crates of magazines stashed away. They were never meant to be there for long, but, like my temporary image on FB, the person I sold them to before we moved back in 2010 never came to collect them (or, indeed, pay for them). I sold some of them off on eBay a few years ago for more than what I was offered for their outright sale, so I'm not going to complain.

Anyway, there were a lot of old film mags that nobody wanted that I'd shoved back into the crates, thinking that maybe, one day, I'd get around to selling them. But, frankly, I now need the space, so I've dumped 300 or so copies of Empire, Premier, Sight and Sound and others into the recycling. I've saved a few TV mags and I'll shortly be flogging those off cheap. Again, I hate to see anything go to waste if there's someone out there who wants it.

The end result is that I'll have a few crates free for things I do want to keep either for myself or for later sale, and the mountain will start to shrink. Once that's out of the way, I'll be able to finally figure out the best way to fit in the desk and my computer and scanner, move numerous boxes into the space currently in use by the desk, and then, maybe... just maybe... I can start thinking about replacing my rattling, clunky computer with something a bit more up-to-date. Thankfully, the sale of books over the past few weeks, plus the extra bits of work I have been doing since spring, probably mean I can now afford something reasonable.

I am still working, although it feels like it's at a painfully slow rate. Mostly down to bad printing in the original comics, but also all the distractions that are going on at the moment. I'm enjoying some longer walks as Mel has had another week off, using up holiday that built up during the Covid lockdowns, and we're making the most of the weather and the fact that we can get out a little later when things have warmed up a bit. We hadn't walked along the tow path for a while and had two surprises. One was that someone has abandoned a boat on the river bank that they've tried to destroy but failed. You can see the prow has been set fire to and parts of the boat have been stripped. I have seen abandoned boats along the river before, one rowing boat that is still there, slowly being broken down by weather and plantlife, and I remember something that looked like a burnt out Viking boat, which was eventually removed.

The second surprise was that the council have closed down the Wivenhoe Trail, a track that links the town to Colchester via the Hythe, in order to resurface it. Presumably this is being done for the cyclists who come racing along it like it's a cycle path, which it isn't. My one complaint is that modern bikes — or maybe just modern cyclists — don't have bells on their bikes, so the only warning you get that someone is tearing up behind you is the rattling of the bike on the stones. A nice tarmacked surface will mean we won't know they're coming. (If you're looking for evidence that I've turned into a grumpy old man, this is for you!)

And while I'm on the nature trail, our walk back through the park means that we're seeing the changes in all the trees as they start taking on their glorious autumn colours. Which is where I'm going to leave you for this week. Hopefully there will be some actual news next week.

Wednesday, October 05, 2022

Rebellion Releases — 5 October 2022

One for American thrill-seekers (and Bear Alley's American readers)...

New York Comic Con begins tomorrow (Thursday, 6th October) and runs until Sunday (9th October) and the 2000 AD droids are preparing to be fired across the Atlantic to bring pure, unadulterated Thrill-power to the masses!

The legendary British comic hits one of the biggest conventions in the US, and Booth 4318 will be packed with the latest graphic novel collections as well as the finest in genre fiction writing from Rebellion Publishing. Plus there’s the official state-side launch of our new series Best of 2000 AD, the ultimate mix-tape of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic!

Signings will show some of the best art and writing talent to come out of Rebellion Publishing’s comics, including Garth Ennis, PJ Holden, Arthur Wyatt, and Alex De Campi.

And to celebrate not just 45 years of 2000 AD but also the launch of Best of 2000 AD, a special Best of 2000 AD: Bringing Britain’s Finest Stateside panel on Friday evening (7:45pm – 8:45pm, Location: 406.3) will discuss how to distill forty-five years distill forty-five years of ground-breaking and industry-changing comics into one title and what the series can reveal about how to make great comics, with guests Tiffany Babb, Chloe Maveal, Owen Johnson, Arthur Wyatt, and Graeme McMillan.

It promises to be another action-packed week at New York Comic Con – make sure you get your dose of 2000 AD Thrill-power!

And now, this week's release...

2000AD Prog 2302
Cover: Tazio Bettin.

Judge Dredd: The Pitch by Rob Williams & Arthur Wyatt (w) Boo (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
Chimpsky’s Law: A Terrifically Disturbing Adventure by Ken Niemand (w) PJ Holden (a) Chris Blythe (c) Simon Bowland (l)
Hope... In The Shadows: Reel Two by Guy Adams (w) Jimmy Broxton (a) Jim Campbell (l)
Enemy Earth: Book One by Cavan Scott (w) Luke Horsman (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
Hershey by Rob Williams (w) Simon Fraser (a) Simon Bowland (l)


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