2000 AD Prog Slog

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Prog 975 19/01/96

Item: I’m not suggesting that this was done deliberately, but a good way of discouraging your readers from giving up your comic when it passes the psychologically damaging one pound price point is to temporarily increase the page count. 2000 AD is now back to its standard 36 pages but the price, unsurprisingly, stays the same. I remember thinking, ‘the moment it reaches a pound, that’s me off’, and yet here I was, continuing to buy the comic. So, it worked on me.

Item: This prog’s free gift is the sleeve to the Judge Dredd movie now on video. Ha ha! Do you remember video cassettes? Great big, clunking square things that took up all your shelf space. It’s interesting that 2000 AD should give away the sleeve as a free gift; it gives us something to slip inside the case of any pirate copies we might buy. Arrr!

Item: In Kid Cyborg, TV journalist Gabrielle Lincoln and her cameraman Russ liberate a military experiment in the form of a cyborg. The team cleverly outwit their pursuers by broadcasting their pursuit live as they try to learn who the amnesiac Kid Cyborg really is.

For a story with such a dark undertone, Kid Cyborg is surprisingly cheerful and with an upbeat dynamic between its likable cast. Jim McCarthy’s art is as enthusiastic as you would expect from him except this time it’s computer coloured. The result in print is murky and stodgy. Still, a fun thrill.

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  • Its a double whammy not only dropping the page count but reminding everyone of that film!

    Mind you're comments about pirating are a healthy reminder that its always been there not just due to file-sharing. A massive proportion of my record collection until the age of about 26 was made out of C90 cassettes filled with albums and exciting filler B sides to make up the gaps. Nu-music piracy just lacks the effort is all.

    Hold on what was this blog about...

    By Blogger Colin, at 8:14 am  

  • Colin, this blog is about everything; 2000 AD is the spit around which it all turns. :-)

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:25 pm  

  • I am not sure if anyone copied Judge Dredd after hiring it.

    I can remember going to boot fairs trying to get hold of a pirate copy of Judge Dredd the movie. I had missed in in the cinema for some reason and was eager to see it before it came out on video.

    In the end I got it the day it came out in Blockbusters. I can still feel the disappointment I felt that day.

    It is a film that fails on every level. I like to pretend that the main reason is that the best bits of Judge Dredd had already been incorporated into Robocop and Demolition Man, and if they had made it like the comic it would have come out like those . . ..

    By Blogger Victor Resistor, at 5:16 pm  

  • Victor, I didn't really mention the impact Robocop might have had on the film. Still, a poor excuse for a poor film at the end of the day.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:30 pm  

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