Happy Birthday, 2000AD! From comic creator and fan Malcolm Kirk

Name: Malcolm Kirk

Blog or web site: http://malcolmkirk.blogspot.com

Currently working on:
I’ve just finished putting together issue ten of the Temple APA pdf, a free downloadable showcase of the work of amateur and professional creators who are active in the UK comics scene (http://templeapa.blogspot.com/), and a pdf of Blackfriars for Back from the Depths, a Vikings versus Vampires story by Michael Crouch, drawn in the style of a serial from the classic UK Scream! comic.

First memory of 2000AD?
I was always aware of it being there, but the first time I realised it might be of interest to me was when I received a second hand Judge Dredd annual from someone as a present for my seventh birthday, (Dec1982).

Bought a few issues after that, but it’d be five more years before I started buying it regularly, mainly because I was already spending my pocket money on way too many other titles. One of those was the Eagle, which had actually reprinted the 2000AD stories Ant Wars, M.A.C.H. 1 and M.A.C.H. 0 within its pages. I didn’t know they were reprints at the time.

Favourite Character or Story?

Ooh… that’s a difficult one… Too many to choose from. Always had a soft spot for Armoured Gideon though. Zombo‘s definitely one of my favourites out of the newer characters, (can’t imagine him fitting in anywhere else quite as well as in 2000AD), and Dirty Frank from Lowlife deserves a mention.

What do you like most about the 2000AD?

There’s nowt else out there quite like it.

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

A free space spinner. I was too young to read when 2000AD first appeared and so missed out on this plastic trinket of legend. I want a cosmic frisbee, dammit!

• 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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