2000AD@45 free online event lines up more than 60 guests this weekend

More than 60 guests will take part in 2000AD‘s two-day The Galaxy’s Greatest: 2000AD at 45 online event this weekend (26th – 27th March 2022) – not just creators involved in the weekly comic down the decades, but celebrities, entertainers and broadcasters, too.

Rebellion’s The Galaxy’s Greatest: 2000AD at 45 - 26th - 27th march 2022

The two-day, star-studded online convention celebrates four and a half decades of the groundbreaking British comic, and will stream online and for free on 2000AD.com/45years, as well as 2000AD’s Facebook and YouTube, and Rebellion’s dedicated Twitch stream.  

Talks recorded during the event are featured here on YouTube.

Featuring more than 60 guests on twenty panels, The Galaxy’s Greatest features celebrities and creators discussing the impact of 2000AD on them, on comics, and on wider culture over almost half a century.

2000AD Prog One, complete with Space Spinner
2000AD Prog One, complete with Space Spinner, cover dated 26th February 1977

Guests from the world of entertainment include award-winning comedians Robin Ince (The Infinite Monkey Cage), Desiree Burch (Taskmaster, Unfuckable), Dane Baptiste (Mock the Week8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown) and Mitch Benn (The Now Show), bestselling authors Ian Rankin OBE (Rebus), Lauren Beukes (The Shining Girls), and Louie Stowell (Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good), writer and broadcaster David Quantick (The Day Today), MPs Stella Creasy and Alex Sobel, and political commentator Ian Dunt (newspaper, How To Be A Liberal) with more to be announced!

The event will throw a spotlight on the people who have helped make 2000AD the galaxy’s greatest comic, with creators both new and legendary sharing their stories and insights on the comics-making process — including interviews with the creator of 2000ADPat Mills, co-creator of Judge Dredd and Strontium DogJohn Wagner, as well as panels with Mick McMahon (Judge Dredd), Brian Bolland (Judge DreddBatman), Jock (Batman), Garth Ennis (The BoysPreacher), Rob Williams (Suicide Squad), Alex de Campi (Archie vs Predator), Frank Quitely (All Star SupermanSean Phillips (Criminal), Dan Abnett (BrinkSinister DexterAnna Morozova (Judge Anderson), John McCrea (Hitman), INJ Culbard (BrinkBrass Sun), Chris Weston (Judge Dredd), Simon Davis (Sláine), Simon Fraser (Nikolai Dante), Steve Yeowell (Zenith), Dan Cornwell (Rok of the Reds), Aleš Kot (Zero), Tom Foster (Storm Warning), Arthur Wyatt (Dredd), Michael Carroll (Judge DreddProteus Vex), Chris Burnham (Batman), Liana Kangas (Star Wars Adventures), Annie Parkhouse (letterer, Judge Dredd), Chris Blythe (colouristJudge Dredd), Korinna Mei Veropoulou(Harlem Heroes), Ramzee (Harlem Heroes), Sally Jane Hurst (colourist, Dreadnoughts), Sir Ian Livingstone (creator of Judge Dredd board game) and more.

2000AD Prog 2274, on sale from Wednesday 23rd March 2022, cover by Cliff Robinson (art) Dylan Teague (colour)
2000AD Prog 2274, on sale from Wednesday 23rd March 2022, cover by Cliff Robinson (art) Dylan Teague (colour)

The next 45 years of 2000AD will also be discussed with owners and publishers Chris Kingsley OBE and Jason Kingsley OBE, and current editor Matt Smith – now the longest serving editor in 2000AD history.

The Galaxy’s Greatest promises to be an unmissable experience befitting such a milestone for Britain’s most groundbreaking comic!

Talks recorded during the event are featured here on YouTube

• Be ready for The Galaxy’s Greatest, 26th – 27th March 2022, streaming online and for free on 2000AD.com/45years, as well as 2000AD’s Facebook and YouTube, and Rebellion’s dedicated Twitch stream

• 2000AD is available every week from all good newsagents and comic book stores, as well as digitally from the 2000AD.com webshop and app, alongside its monthly sister title, the Judge Dredd Megazine. Graphic novel collections are available from all good book and comic book stores, as well as online retailers, and digitally from the 2000AD.com webshop and app

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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