Happy Birthday, 2000AD! From artist and fan Conor Boyle

Shakara by Conor Boyle

Name: Conor Boyle

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

Currently working on:

A graphic novel for Markosia, lead artist on another for Accent UK and in the process of assembling a small press anthology under the banner of Disconnected Press which is due to launch at the Bristol Comic Expo this year.

First memory of 2000AD?

My mum buying me a copy (Prog 226) on a ferry to Ireland to keep me quiet. The Beano wasn’t available in the little shop on board so she reasoned comics were all the same…

That prog had Judge Death killing someone in the shower (along with the four Dark Judges standing over a pile of bodies in a colour centre-spread) and Widow Grundy realising it wasn’t dark, but that the walls were covered in flies in Nemesis The Warlock.

I didn’t sleep much on that ferry crossing.

Favourite Character or Story?

Nemesis The Warlock (and everything that spun off from it). I drifted away from comics for a few years but happened to pick up prog 557 which had Nemesis drawn by John Hicklenton and Simon Bisley drawing the ABCs Black Hole story. My father’s dreams of me being an
accountant died that day.

What do you like most about 2000AD?

I love the whole satirical premise that it was founded on and the massive but often uncredited influence that it has today.

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

2000AD was born out of the discontent of the 1970s and the subsequent effect of ‘Thatcher’s Britain’. It’d be great to see more stories reflecting the popularity of the current social and political climate…

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