C2E2 has invaded Chicago and we’re liveblogging the DREDD and Beyond: The Whole Wide World of 2000 AD, so get ready to hit reload.
Our cast of characters include Andy Diggle , Michael Carroll , Paul Cornell and some noob named Heidi MacDonald.
Q: What do Americans know about Dredd.
Heidi: I was surprised it only went back to the 70s. The legacy is extraordinary, it’s part of the British invasion of creators.
Q: Paul, you’ve been reading it digitally. What’s it like?
Paul: (is laying it on a bit too enthusiastically how convenient it is). It’s nice that it’s on the Apple Newsstand and not in a comics-specific app.
Q: (To Andy) As an ex-editor, how is 2000 AD doing?
Andy: It seems to be doing well. He hears a lot of people talking about it. A lot of Americans think it’s a Stallone movie, but that’s changing. There are more flavors/genres/voices in the current version than when he was editing.
Q: What’s coming up in Judge Dredd?
A: A 6-parter is starting next week dealing with the fallout of the Chaos War storyline.
Q: What happens when 2000 AD starts getting US creators?
Heidi: A global comic style is emerging. The English influence emerged with Vertigo, but it’s probably time to return the favor. Comics are international now.
Andy: The Internet makes it easier to work in different countries. The material is created digitally now.
Paul: There’s a house art style. It’s a crisp style, as opposed to Simon Bisley.
Andy: You can draw comics from anywhere if you can understand the script. There can be translation problems.
Q: Is there an artist who hasn’t worked on Judge Dredd who should be.
A(s): Mignola, Sprouce, Brandon Graham, Jeff Smith
Returning to 2000 AD this year: in June, Glenn Fabry (cover); for the 30th anniversary of Slaine, Bisley is back as is Fabry.
In September, there will be a sequel to the Dredd movie in he Judge Dredd Megazine.
Q: What character would you like to see in the next 2000 AD movie?
Andy: Halo Jones, Strontrium Dog, Rogue Trooper
Mike: Strontium Dog, an animated ABC Warriors
Q: Was Looper based on a 2000 AD strip?
A: It’s a popular plot.
Q: Is there anything similar to Kickstarter Judge Dredd miniatures game?
A: In this week’s newsletter they’re announcing a new line of miniatures.
Q: Since there isn’t a sequel to the movie, will there be some web shorts instead?
A: Lion’s Gate have the rights to Judge Dredd. See Judge Minty.
Q: Will more properties be licensed to IDW??
A: No comment.
Q: Games Workshop used to have a RPG, is there more of that/
A: As far as I know, no.
Q: Judge Dredd ages in real time. In 10 years, isn’t Dredd going to be too old?
Paul: Killing Dredd and meaning it would be “the most wonderful thing.”
Andy: Dredd could never retire. But there’s also no editorial edicts about sales and IP. When John Wagner decides to retire, perhaps Dredd will bite the bullet.
Mike: There’s no reason Dredd’s brain couldn’t live on in a clone’s body. There are plenty of clones. But if Dredd dies, it will be a real death, not a DC/Marvel death.
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.