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Beyond 2000AD Exhibition Opens at London’s Orbital Comics Tomorrow

Beyond 2000AD Exhibition - Orbital Comics

A special exhibition that charts the phenomenal influence of 2000AD on global pop culture opens in London tomorrow.

BEYOND 2000AD: The Wider Cultural Impact Of The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic exhibition opens at the UK’s only Eisner Award-winning comic store, Orbital Comics & Gallery, on 11th February 2017 as part of 2000AD’s 40 Years Of Thrill-power Festival.

Beyond 2000AD focuses on the unprecedented artistic importance of the UK’s finest comic book export on this landmark anniversary.

Mounted in association with 2000AD, this two-week exhibition celebrates four decades of the legacy of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic on the world’s pop culture consciousness and its inspiring effect on world-renowned musicians, movie makers, gamers, and sculptors.

Featuring a curated display of cultural artefacts including artwork, statues, vinyl records, clothing, and more, the exhibition glorifies and draws from the sensational and controversial history of the landmark British comic.

From year zero to the cinema multiplex, from Fleet Street to the Cursed Earth – Beyond 2000AD has something for everyone from die-hard Deca Thargos to fresh Squaxx Dek Thargos, from history nuts and to pop culture aficionados!

This is just one of several satellite events taking place around 2000AD’s 40th birthday in February. The 40 Years of Thrill-power Festival is the sold-out event also taking place tomorow in London to mark four decades of British comics’ greatest export.

As well as the one-day convention in Hammersmith with more than 100 creator guests from the past 40 years, 2000AD is organising a series of events to celebrate this landmark – events already announced include a special life drawing event on 5th February and two exhibitions of original artwork in London and Margate.

First published in February 1977, 2000AD is the legendary weekly British anthology comic and home of Judge Dredd, as well as a galaxy of original sci-fi, fantasy, and horror action stars. As well as producing innovative and provocative comics for almost 40 years, it has brought the industry some of its biggest talents, from Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, and Mark Millar, to Jock, Brian Bolland, Dave Gibbons, and many more.

• Published in print and digital every Wednesday, 2000AD is the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic and remains at the industry’s cutting edge Web: www.2000ADonline.com

• Orbital Comics: www.orbitalcomics.com

About John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative" who is 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 25 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary, including DEATH'S HEAD II and WARHEADS. At Marvel he wrote strips for THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS, THUNDERCATS, DOCTOR WHO and co-created SHADOW RIDERS with Brian Williamson and Ross Dearsley. 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. He has written comics for Marvel UK, Judge Dredd Megazine, Lucky Bag Comic, CGL (an Italian publisher), STRIP Magazine and ROK Comics; and edited some of Titan's British comics collections including Dan Dare and Charley's War. 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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