2000 AD Prog Slog

Monday, September 01, 2008

Prog 615

Congratulations, 2000 AD; this prog you are twelve years old. Tharg seems to be getting a bit funny about his age. Last year he didn’t celebrate his birthday at all. This year, he’s adjusted the way that it is calculated from a multiple of fifty two to being the actual anniversary of the date of the first prog. (The real birthday of 2000 AD cannot be divided exactly by fifty two at this point thanks to missed weeks due to industrial action in the past). Personally, I don’t have a problem with this. In fact, I would say that it makes more sense than the other system. However, Tharg seems to be on the defensive about it in the Nerve Centre. “If you’re having trouble with this concept, have a smarter friend explain it to you.” There’s no need to be like that, Tharg! You brought it up, not me! I presume that all of the late night raving he has been doing recently has made him irritable and a little bit paranoid.

The comic’s current design guru, Rian Hughes, provides the cover. I’ve always understood that thanks to expansion and the talent drain to America, 2000 AD has had to adapt and recruit new blood. It’s no secret that I’ve found many of the new faces at the Command Module alienating but Hughes, along with Jamie Hewlitt elsewhere this prog, are examples of editorial’s smarter thinking recently. Well done, Tharg.

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