Happy Birthday, 2000AD! From script droid Gordon Rennie
Name: Gordon Rennie
Currently working on:
Dept of Monsterology, Absalom, Aquila, Judge Dredd, Robert Burns: Witch Hunter, Big Finish Doctor Who audio plays. Computer game stuff.
First memory of 2000AD? I was there from Prog 1 (minus a wander off into the wilderness during the dark days of the early 1990s, when its pages were slathered in mud-like brown paint and ill-advised attempts to be wild, crazy and with it, by writers who needed to learn to walk before they could run.)
The thing that sticks most in the mind is an early cover for the story Flesh, featuring a guy in the jaws of a tyrannosaur, and calling out to his mate. “Shoot me, boss! Don’t let Old One Eye eat me alive!” They don’t write dialogue like that anymore....thank the heavens!
Favourite Character or Story?
Dredd. Early Zenith. The ABC Warriors. But not Strontium Dog, because he’s got stupid, stupid hair.
What do you like most about 2000AD?
As a writer – the scope to do a variety of very different stories. As a reader, being able to read that same variety. And all the sly (and not so sly) jokes.
What would you most like to see in 2000AD as it heads to its Forties?
Dredd getting a hefty reboot up the arse. God knows the old slugger needs something to keep him and his world fresh and moving forward.
If you worked on 2000AD, do you have an anecdote you'd like to share about your experience of Tharg and his minions?
Well, there was the time when a previous Tharg regime told me I’d never write for the title. My, but how we still laugh about that to this day.