Happy Birthday, 2000AD! From artist and fan Simon Wyatt

2000AD memories by Simon Wyatt

Name: Simon Wyatt

Blog or web site:

Strangely Drawn: http://simonwyatt.blogspot.com

Currently working on:

Alpha Gods with Ian Sharman for Orang Utan Comics, Phantom Lung & The Garden of Dead Liars with Cy Dethan and Volume 2 of my graphic novel series, Unbelievable: The Man Who Ate Daffodils for Markosia.

First memory of 2000AD?

Early Dredd, McMahon, Ezquerra and Bolland art blowing me away.

Favourite Character or Story?

Too many really, I loved Flesh, Dan Dare with the Eternicus gauntlet, Skizz, Tyrrany Rex, Harry Twenty, Dredd versus Death but I guess my all time favourite story was 1979’s Ro Busters classic featuring Charlie, the giant pilot robot defending Northpool from the Terra Meks, led by Mek-Quake, just an absolute stand out story!

What do you like most about the 2000AD?

The variety and ingenuity of its long storytelling history, the eclectic characters, the best of British comic art and the fact that the anarchic humour is still intact and still translates well to this day.

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

More of the same!

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

Never worked for 2000AD, submitted a few times previously (who knows, maybe one day in the far flung future).

• 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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