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Thursday, 23 February 2012
Happy Birthday, 2000AD! from artist and fan Paul Harrison-Davies
Currently working on:
A book cover. A pitch for a children's comic. Short strip in Ink+Paper and any other odds and ends that take's my fancy.
First memory of 2000AD?
A friend bringing a big bag of 2000ADs into school, he'd found them in a skip. Not sure what date they'd be, but there was Ro-Busters, Robo-Hunter in 'Verdus' and 'Day of the Droids', so it was a random sampling of prime early progs. They felt.... wrong, and brilliant. We actually sneaked to a hiding place to read them.
It was a couple of years later that I started buying it regularly - I was surprised to finally see it in a newsagents, as I thought it was quite an illicit item.
Favourite Character or Story?
It's tricky, there's so many. I've always loved the escalating farce of Robo-Hunter. Ro-Busters is one of Pat Mill's finest. John Wagner has done so much incredible work on Dredd, and many others. But I'd have to go with Halo Jones, there's just so much humanity to it. Amazing art from Ian Gibson doesn't hurt either!
What do you like most about the 2000AD?
Probably the same things everyone else does, wit and black humour. As a kid it felt like it had been made to help me understand and have a healthy distrust for the adult world.
What would you most like to see in 2000AD as it heads to its Forties?
Finding new ways to exploit the internet to reach a wider audience. As that happens, content wise, I'd like to see 2000AD looking to appeal to a younger audience again.