Two Thargs descend on Stoke Newington for celebratory 2000AD chat

Steve MacManus. Photo: Steve Cook
Steve MacManus. Photo: Steve Cook

2000AD, the beloved weekly home of Judge Dredd turns 40 years old this year. As part of the Stoke Newington Literary Festival, celebrate with two insiders who’ve worn the mantle of ‘Tharg’, alien editor of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic.

Steve MacManus edited 2000AD in its 1980s heyday, and current editor Matt Smith presides over a new golden age.

The two Thargs have the skinny on favourite characters, top creators and more. Steve will be signing copies of The Mighty One: My Life Inside The Nerve Centre.

Moderated by Andrew Harrison of the Bigmouth pop culture podcast. Suitable for Earthlets of all ages.

2000AD at 40: A Tale of Two Thargs 4.00pm Sunday 4th June, 181 Stoke Newington Church St, Stoke Newington, London N16 0UL. Part of the Stoke Newington Literary Festival

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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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