2000 AD Prog Slog

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Prog 1068 11/11/97

I’m in two minds about A Life Less Ordinary appearing in 2000 AD. On the one hand it really does seem to be faddish and inappropriate. It’s faddish because it looks like an attempt by Tharg, let’s call him David Bishop, to cash in on the popularity of Trainspotting by adapting its less memorable and successful successor. Inappropriate because this is supposed to be a science fiction and fantasy comic, categories which neither A Life Less Ordinary or Trainspotting fit into.

On the other hand, 2000 AD has adapted other media successfully before, The Stainless Steel Rat being an example, and thanks to the appearance of angels in the story I suppose there is a slight fantastical element to A Life Less Ordinary that makes it appropriate. It’s always great to see Steve Yeowell’s artwork and story telling skills while the un-credited scripted adaptation, co-written by David Bishop, let’s call him Tharg, is actually well done. On top of this, for all I know, because the strip is also supposed to be appearing on the movie website at the time, this might be an early and worthwhile experiment in mutual internet cross-promotion. Finally, I’ve never seen the film but, at the end of the day, I’m enjoying the comic strip version, which is good enough, right.

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  • Life Less Ordinary gets a bad press as a film and a comic strip the truth is I far from hate either. I feel it does has a 2000ad vibe to it. Ok a little stretched but the cheeky take on heaven and angels feels a bit irreverent just the way 2000ad should... and there's a robot in it, so that's all fine.

    Anyway nice Steve Yeowell art whatever else is said.

    By Blogger Colin, at 8:35 pm  

  • I remember A Life Less Ordinary as one of the last strips I read (never finished, though), and thinking it was dire. To quote David Bishop on the subject:

    "But the film sucked and any PR benefits were non-existent, leaving just disgruntled readers wondering why the Galaxy's Greatest Comic was printing Space Girls, ALLO and the last dregs of Vector 13 in the same progs."

    By Blogger Robert, at 9:06 pm  

  • I seem to recall that they coudln't get the likeness rights for Cameron Diaz so Yeowell had to change her characters face to a more generic one

    By Blogger Derek, at 9:07 am  

  • yes it exists to cash in on all the left over hype for trainspotting....

    By Blogger David page, at 3:04 pm  

  • Colin, I don't remember the robot. Don't tell me I'm suffering from short slog memory loss!

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:46 pm  

  • Robert, any insight on the thinking behind commisioning the strip in the first place?

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:47 pm  

  • Derek, none of the likenesses seem particularly strong but it wasn't a problem for me.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:47 pm  

  • In that case david, the fucking idiots.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:48 pm  

  • David Bishop said:

    "On the face of it, ALLO seemed like a good idea. The three filmmakers were white hot after Shallow Grave and then Trainspotting, the film had enough fantastical elements to justify its presence in the comic and Steve Yeowell performed miracles churning out the pages in next to no time."

    By Blogger Robert, at 8:00 pm  

  • Well I said it was a stretch, these a cleaning robot in Ian Holm's office... what hey look its a robot ok...

    By Blogger Colin, at 8:20 pm  

  • As a tie in strip allo was ok, but to have it in 2000ad seemed to be a bit desperate.

    Perhaps another bish-op decision, but as an old fan, for me felt wrong.

    Almost like having the watchmen as a strip.

    Not a bad thing, but not 2000ad.


    By Blogger OrLoK, at 5:20 am  

  • Perhaps it was also an attempt to push the content out to a more mainstream audience? If it had been successful it could have led to more non-SF/F strips...

    Also, wtf is up with EG's hair in that cover shot?!? It's late career David Cassidy on a bad hair day.

    By Blogger Patrick Hudson, at 10:28 am  

  • Robert, on the face of it, it was a stupid idea, actually.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:52 pm  

  • I missed that, Colin.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:53 pm  

  • Lok, I love your drunk posts :-)

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:54 pm  

  • Patrick, that might have been the intent but to me, it was misguided before I knew anything about the content of the story.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:56 pm  

  • It's not a direction I have much enthusiasm for either, but it's another interesting "what might have been" angle. Here in the UK I imagine publishers look enviously to the continent where the variety of comics material (and therefore readers) is much broader. That, I think, is what they were hoping for from Revolver.

    By Blogger Patrick Hudson, at 10:29 am  

  • You said it - Revolver. That didn' work, why try and make 2000 AD like it?

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:42 pm  

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