2000AD have announced that digital editions of its comics are now available within 48 hours of them hitting newsstands in the UK.
In a major digital leap forward for the seminal British comic book, digital editions of 2000AD and its sister publication, the Judge Dredd Megazine, are now available worldwide in CBZ and PDF formats in the 2000AD store on the Friday after the print editions go on sale in the UK each Wednesday.
This means that for the first time, readers will be able to read both titles digitally in the week they’re published.
This is a substantial shift from the current format, which only sees them go online once they are superseded on the newsstands.
2000AD Prog 1776 and Judge Dredd Megazine 322 – featuring the talents of Andy Diggle, Leah Moore, John Reppion, Jock, Chris Weston, D’Israeli, John Wagner, Al Ewing, Henry Flint and many more – are the first editions to be available.
Readers in North America also currently have to wait two weeks to get physical copies of both UK-printed titles, while those further afield have to wait longer.
Computer games developer Rebellion, which owns 2000AD, has also announced that it is currently working on its own digital comics platform, due for release later this year. More details will follow in the coming weeks.
“This is a big leap for us,” said Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley. “We were one of the first publishers to produce digital copies of all our titles, though print editions were given priority. We felt this year, with 2000AD’s 35th birthday and the Dredd film coming out in September, was the time to take our digital strategy forward.
“We’ve also got some exciting digital news coming in the next few months, so 2012 really is shaping up to be the year of 2000AD.”
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. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 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.