This week’s Panel Borders: 2000AD alumni Colin Wilson and Jim Alexander interviewed

A panel from Rogue Trooper, drawn by Colin Wilson
A panel from Rogue Trooper, drawn by Colin Wilson

Starting a month of shows about ‘The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic’, Alex Fitch talks to a writer and an artist about their work in and after 2000AD.

Colin Wilson discusses getting his first work on the periodical and drawing Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper strips in the early 1980s, while writer Jim Alexander and artist Pete Woods discuss titles published by Alexander’s imprint ‘Planet Jimbot’, including Amazing & Fantastic Tales, and Food Chain.

Colin has been working professionally drawing comics since 1980. Over that time he’s worked on characters – Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper for 2000AD in the UK, Blueberry in France, and a variety of series for DC, Wildstorm and Dark Horse in the United States.

Jim is a stalwart of DC, Marvel, 2000AD and many more and of course runs the Planet Jimbot independent comics publishing house. Two of his strips, “King’s Crown” and “Whisky in the Jar”, have been adapted for the TV series Metal Hurlant Chronicles shown on Syfy in the US.

Panel Borders: 2000AD alumni airs at 11.30am Thursday 6th August, repeated 7.00am Saturday 8th August 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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