2000 AD Prog Slog

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Prog 1015 29/10/96

ITEM: There’s nothing quite like a re-launch, but after the one that occurred last prog, I think that the patterns are becoming more transparent. One recent practice is the drop in the quantity of strips from the standard five to four. The slack is taken up with catch-up pages and ads. Interestingly, another pattern is that it’s thought of as an ideal time for a price increase, this time to a shocking £1.10. So, effectively, where once a re-launch prog was a special happy time for loyal Squaxx dek Thargo, it has become an occasion where you get less thrill for your buck.

ITEM: The God damn fucking X-Files! Okay, I watched most of the first season, and I remember quite liking the one with the guy who climbed out of the toilet, but I never really got into it. Besides, a few years earlier I read the excellent Silent Invasion by Larry Hancock and Michael Cherkas and if there’s one thing I learned from that about this type of fiction is the mysteries get more involving and circular and there are never any answers. Despite this, I can understand why 2000 AD might run a strip like Vector 13, as there is bound to be some overlap between its readers and the show. But for God’s sake; the free gift and article last issue, and now the free gift in this. I know, they say it’s a fine art print of Vector 13 by Kevin Walker but look at it. That’s Mulder and Sculley for certain!

ITEM: In this prog, it’s announced that John Wagner and Arthur Ranson have signed a deal with an American production company for Button Man to be made into a film. What’s interesting to me about this item is the remark, “The pair are hoping their character makes a more successful transition to the big screen than Dredd did”. It’s like an official admission from 2000 AD that the movie isn’t very good. It’s occurred to me recently that the most effective way for the comic to deal with the despondency as a result of the film is to accept that it isn’t very good and to make constant derisive remarks about it at every opportunity. “This week, non-scrots can win a copy of the thrill sucker invested Judge Dredd movie on video”. How good would that be?

ITEM: In a recent entry, I made flippant remarks about Greg Staples artwork. I just want to say that his art on this prog’s Rogue Trooper episode is a distinctive combination of his ink and his fully painted styles and I like it very much. Also, I want to give a special mention to Henry Flint for his art on Judge Dredd The Pack. If ever there was anyone born to draw Dredd it is him. It’s great.

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  • Funnily enough both Arthur Ranson and John Wagner have said that they expect to be able to make a definative annoucement on the 'Button Man' film, one way or another in the none to distant future! It would be great but we'll see.

    Henry Flint is in many ways the perfect 2000ad artist. Surely Tharg crafting the perfect droid from the best bits of all the best of the droids he had to ship out to help American comics.

    By Blogger Colin, at 8:22 am  

  • was that announcement part of that fleetway film and tv thing that went nowwhere.

    If I recall they were trying to sell the rights for film and tv versions of button man, outlaw (snigger) strontium dog (whose first script ended up being the kreeler conspiracy story) and nikolai dante.

    It never went anywhere though

    By Blogger David page, at 12:01 pm  

  • Button Man's creator owned so it probably wouldn't be part of the same bargaining. I know it's been knocked around various places for a while, but I'm surprised it didn't get more momentum after A History of Violence.

    By Blogger Peter, at 2:30 pm  

  • So a Button Man movie is still on the cards? Interesting.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:14 pm  

  • Didn't they sell the rights to Outlaw to someone, David? Unbelievable, I know, but it rings a bell.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:15 pm  

  • History of Violence wasn't really pitched as a 'comic book' movie, so I wonder if it has had little impact on Wagner's Hollywood bargaining power. Incidentally, I love the book but I've never seen the film.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:17 pm  

  • I do believe outlaw and strontium dog were the closest to being finalised

    By Blogger David page, at 2:07 pm  

  • Still not made though :-)

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:43 pm  

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