Blog or web site: I’m a contributor to the Forbidden Planet International blog, down thetubes and I’m on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/mattbadham
Currently working on:
Articles for the Judge Dredd Megazine, Comic Heroes and Strip Magazine.
First memory of 2000AD?
Johnny Alpha and a whole bunch of bad-ass mutants staring out from the cover of Prog 349.
Favourite Character or Story?
Strontium Dog: Outlaw – An absolute stone-cold classic that thrilled readers from early April to late September, 1984. I was bereft when this ‘action movie on paper’ ended. It had thrills, spills and — typically for a Wagner/Grant story — a nice line in humour. Wild West-esque SF action at its best with cracking art by Carlos Ezquerra. Zarjaz!!!
A close second is Low Life: The Deal. A sublime Dreddworld offering from 2011 by Rob Williams and D’israeli. I loved it.
What do you like most about the 2000AD?
Its sense of humour.
What would you most like to see in 2000AD as it heads to its Forties?
More of the same, as the comic is in great shape at the moment.
If you worked on 2000AD, do you have an anecdote you’d like to share about your experience of Tharg and his minions?
I had a Future Shock I wrote published in 2009, which I still find mind-boggling. I write interviews for the Judge Dredd Megazine. My experience of Tharg and his minions — minimal. I try to deliver my copy on time and keep my nose clean. And, apart from that, I keep out of their way. They’re busy droids, who don’t need me hassling them.
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.