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Two Thargs descend on Stoke Newington for celebratory 2000AD chat

2000AD’s 40th Anniversary Special - David Aja Cover Reprint SNIP

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 ... Read More »

2017 Lakes International Comic Art Festival Programme Revealed, some of the British Comics events highlighted

Art by Sergio Aragonés

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival has just revealed its programme for its Festival Weekend in October 2017, celebrating comic art from across the world, and I’ve picked out just some of the highlights for fans of British comics. The Festival Weekend features over 70 international guests, including Sergio Aragonés, Stan Sakai, Comics Laureate Charlie Adlard, Hannah Berry, Melinda Gebbie, Jason Latour, Brendan McCarthy and many ... Read More »

Enniskillen Comic Fest becomes official 2000AD 40th anniversary celebration!

Enniskillen Comic Fest 2017

The 2000AD team may still recovering from the madness that was their 40th anniversary bash (a mere month ago, reviewed here) but time waits for no man. So while they might still be a little shell shocked from that brilliant event, the Rebellion team are now ramping up for Enniskillen Comic Fest on 5th and 6th May – which will be an official ... Read More »

In Pictures: “The Mighty One”, former 2000AD editor Steve MacManus and friends at Orbital Comics

Steve with some of his "Herb & Spaceman" strips. Photo: Richard Sheaf

Just before the official release of The Mighty One: My Life Inside the Nerve Centre, former 2000AD editor Steve MacManus attended a launch event for this fascinating insight into the early days of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic at London’s award-winning Orbital Comics, and I was lucky enough to be there. A number of comics writers (including “Judge Dredd” writer Michael ... Read More »

In Review: The Mighty One My Life Inside The Nerve Centre

The Mighty One Book Cover

The Book: Steve MacManus, the editor of 2000AD during the 1980s, lifts the lid on how the UK’s most important comic came into existence and his extraordinary role in shaping it into a industry revolutionising icon. In 1973, a twenty-year-old MacManus joined Fleetway Publications as a sub-editor on UK adventure title Valiant, a title then selling 100,000 copies every week. Six ... Read More »

Steve MacManus, former 2000AD “Mighty One” Talks Unsolicited Submissions

Steve MacManus. Photo: Steve Cook

Next month sees the release of The Mighty One from Rebellion, the story of editor Steve MacManus’ time as editor of 2000AD – and we’re really looking forward to reading it here at downthetubes and delighted he’s had time to write a short item on his memories of dealing with unsolicited pitches for our site.  In 1973, a 20-year-old Steve MacManus joined Fleetway ... Read More »

Former Tharg Steve MacManus Set To Spill the Beans on 2000AD’s Early Days

The Mighty One Book Cover

2000AD has announced it is to publish the memories of arguably its most definitive editor – Steve MacManus – in September 2016. In 1973, 20-year-old Steve MacManus joined Fleetway Publications in London as a sub-editor on one of the UK’s top adventure titles, Valiant. Within six years, he would rise to become editor of the company’s most celebrated weekly, 2000AD, shepherding ... Read More »

Rare “Banned” Action Comic reaches £1320 bid on eBay

Action Issue 37 - Cover dated 23rd October 1976

  An extremely rare copy of Action – a 1970s British comic whose controversial content provoked storms of protest and was eventually banned – is currently being auctioned on eBay and bidding on the adventure comic has reached £1320. (Updated 1/6/15: the comic finally sold for £2555)   Perhaps best known for the Jaws-inspired strip “Hookjaw” but a comic that ... Read More »

Happy Birthday, 2000AD! From script droid Garth Ennis

Name: Garth Ennis Blog or web site: No blog, no website. Currently working on: Working on The Boys, Battlefields (and other war stories), Nick Fury, Dicks III, Crossed, some more stuff still on the secret list. First memory of 2000AD? It would probably be seeing the cover of Prog 11 in my local newsagent and being instantly mesmerised. It had ... Read More »

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