Happy Birthday, 2000AD! From writer and fan Simon Guerrier

Name: Simon Guerrier

Blog or web site: http://0tralala.blogspot.com

Currently working on:

I’m writing lots of silly AAAGH! strips for Doctor Who Adventures (art by Brian Williamson) and have just written 100% Awesomes, a superhero comic for use in classrooms to teach kids about autism with art by William Potter

First memory of 2000AD?

My older brother read it before I did. My earliest memory is the covers from the Dredd strip City of the Damned, which were really haunting. I started buying it from 626 – hooked by Simon Bisley’s take on Slaine and the amazing one-off Dredd strip, ‘In the Bath’.

Favourite Character or Story?

So much to choose from, but I love DR and Quinch. “DR and Quinch go to Hollywood” is spectacular.

What do you like most about the 2000AD?

The variety. And that, at it’s best, the stories were smart.

What would you most like to see in 2000AD as it heads to its Forties?


If you worked on 2000AD, do you have an anecdote you’d like to share about your experience of Tharg and his minions?

Sadly, I’ve not worked for 2000AD. I have a pile of nice rejection letters, though.

• This post is one in a series of tributes to 2000AD to mark its 35th birthday on 26th February 2012. More about 2000AD at www.2000adonline.com

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. 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 “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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  1. One of my regrets is giving away a collection of 2000ADs that stood around 2 feet high. 1985 to 1989 and all the specials too.

    Judge Deth was in there, but the artwork from Torquemada and Slaine is what really bugs me. There was a centre-page spread of Torquemada in Nirvana (iirc) that I’d love to see again.

    I seem to remember a Slaine story that featured a small cameo from Nemesis too. Not too sure about that, but the elaborate detail in the graphics was amazing to my teenage senses.

    Good fortune to the 2000AD guys and Happy Birthday.

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