2000 AD Prog Slog

Friday, September 12, 2008

Prog 632

I don’t remember if this is a permanent end to 2000 AD’s long running policy of cash for correspondence but readers that have their letters or art appear in the Nerve Centre are no longer receiving a £5/£10 prize. Any drop off in flippancy and wit from the Squaxx dek Thargo can be traced back to here if you want. Instead, as a reward they are sent a binder for their progs AKA a Thrill-Power Containment Vessel AKA a TCV.

For the last few weeks, a page sized ballot has been running to see if readers would be interested in the TCV if it were to become available commercially from the Command Module. As house ads go, this one at least has a sense of fun about it even if it needn’t have appeared as often as it has or been any larger than a quarter of a page. What I find most interesting about it is the illustration by Nick Abadzis. I don’t recall the creator of Hugo Tate contributing much artwork to 2000AD and I wonder if he is providing Tharg with editorial assistance right now.

I have never seen a TCV but I do wonder how good they can be given the various changes in shape 2000 AD has gone through so far. Does it hold all sizes of progs, even the specials? In a previous Nerve Centre, Tharg remarked that they hold around fifteen progs each. If this is true, then you would need at least forty two of them to hold every prog published so far. As rewards go for contributing to the Nerve Centre personally I would prefer the money.

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  • Those TCV's did look a little bit shoddy....kind of like the binders you'd have to put your geography homework in.

    plus it smacked of penny pinching by maxwell, at cost price those binders must have been less than the generous £5 and £10 prizes being given out previously

    By Blogger Derek, at 11:12 pm  

  • Those cash prizes were always generous, I think.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:11 pm  

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