A huge opportunity for wannabe droids:
For 35 years, Earthlets have hammered on the doors of the Nerve Centre, ever-hopeful of being chosen by Tharg the Mighty for the honour of drawing for 2000 AD. Most are chased off by Mek-Quake, but the occasional one is allowed through to test themselves against the best the comic book industry has to offer.
Now 2000 AD and the Thought Bubble convention have a very special competition. Once again, top-name art-droids from the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic will be judging a portfolio session at the Leeds event in November.
But this year, the prize is truly Zarjaz – the winner of the portfolio session will get receive the chance to illustrate a Future Shock for publication in 2000 AD!
Join the ranks the biggest names in British comic book – Dave Gibbons, Jock, Ron Smith, Carlos Ezquerra, Colin MacNeil, Mick McMahon, Brian Bolland - by getting a paid strip from Tharg the Mighty!
Budding artists should view the rules and free sample script on the Thought Bubble website, draw their own version of the script, and bring their efforts to the portfolio sessions being held at the 2000 AD table* at the Thought Bubble Comic Con on Saturday 17 November. The six best efforts chosen by Tharg himself will then go before the searing eyes of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic, with the winner being accorded the privilege of becoming a paid comic book artist for 2000 AD!
Please note: you’ll need a valid Thought Bubble Comic Con ticket to enter this competition which can be bought here. Winners will be shown at a special 2000 AD panel at the Thought Bubble Comic Con on Sunday 18 November.
* Saturday portfolio sessions will be allocated on a first-come-first served basis – the competition is open only to pages based on the script provided.
I own the best mug. The best.
Ignore Master Chief in the background, he’s such a photobomber.
Also thanks to 2000AD for the Future Shocks comic. I will enjoy it thoroughly.
Hace unos días, mi amigo personal Wertygol, un especialista en video juegos, escribió una nota titulada: “Iconos: superando la barrera del video game”, en la que habla sobre cómo ciertos video juegos, o sus personajes, trascienden el mundo digital, para que cualquier persona externa al campo pueda reconocer sin mayores problemas, desde la música de Mario, hasta los pechos de Lara Croft.
La nota, que en sí misma es recomendable que vayan y lean, sobretodo si les gusta los videos juegos, me disparó un resorte y me hizo acordar a esta historieta de dos páginas que escribió Alan Moore y dibujó magistralmente Dave Gibbons. La misma salió publicada en la revista 2000AD #267 (1982) y se titula: “Tharg’s Future-Shocks: Skirmish!”
Disfruten de la nota de Wertygol y de la historieta de la dupla que luego haría historia con Watchmen; pero eso es harina de otro costal.
A classic Alan Moore story ably illustrated by Dave Gibbons. Available as a UK edition and recent US release, as well as a digital graphic novel too. Remember, some of the information contained within its covers, may help save the Earth.
A reminder that today is FCBD and the 2000AD offering has a new Dredd story. Here is the breakdown from Comic Vine:
Cover: Jock (Judge Dredd - Zombo - Ichabod Azrael)
Backcover poster: Chris Weston (the cast of 2000AD)
- Judge Dredd - On the Job (all new story) (John Wagner - Rufus Dayglo)
- The Grievous Journey of Ichabod Azrael (and the Dead left in is Wake) (part 1) (reprint from 2000AD prog 1677) (Rob Williams - Dom Reardon)
- Zombo - The Day the Zombo Died (part 1) (reprint from 2000AD prog 1740) (Al Ewing - Henry Flint)
- Ro-Busters - Bax the Burner (reprint from 2000AD Annual 1982) (Alan Moore - Steve Dillon)
- Tharg’s Future Shocks - Whatever Happened to the Green Pedestrian Palm? (reprint from 2000AD annual Prog 2010) (script/art: Chris Weston)
Not just a call for papers but an inspired title. The details:
One sign of the rude health of comic book studies is the growing body of scholarship that focuses on, encompasses, or takes as its starting point, the work of acclaimed and prolific British comics writer Alan Moore. However, while Moore scholarship has moved on from an almost exclusive focus on landmark comicWatchmen to encompass overlooked or less popular works like A Small Killing or Tom Strong, and even unfinished epic Big Numbers, it still concentrates overwhelmingly on what Charles Hatfield calls ‘comics in the long form’, major ongoing serialised comics and self-contained graphic novels. 
Yet this means that the wealth of Moore’s ‘short form’ works has been overlooked. These include the underground and newspaper strips, cartoons and illustrations with which he began his career as a freelance cartoonist; the back-up features in 2000AD and Marvel UK anthologies where he claims he learnt the craft of comics writing; one-off collaborations with figures like Peter Bagge, Bryan Talbot, Hunt Emerson, Richard Corben, and Harvey Pekar; contributions to fanzines, benefit anthologies, annuals and spin-offs; and even diffuse work in other media (short prose stories, poems, essays and articles, pin-up art, CD covers etc.).
Looking more closely at such works not only enables us to plug gaps in Moore scholarship and flesh out our understanding of his career, ideas and practice, but also to challenge the privileging of the long form in comics scholarship in general.
In this spirit, we are looking for succinct contributions of 1,000-1,500 words, for a series of Comics Forum blog articles on Moore’s shorts to be published throughout September 2012 on the Comics Forum website (http://comicsforum.org).
If you are interested in contributing, please email a brief abstract (c.100-200 words) and a short biography of yourself (c.50-100 words) to Maggie Gray at: email@example.com. The deadline for abstracts is June 1st 2012, and you will receive notification of acceptance or rejection by June 18th.
Click here for a copy of this call for papers in PDF format.
 – Hatfield, C., 2005. Alternative Comics: An Emerging Literature. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, pp.4-6.
It is nice to see his Future Shocks, and the like, getting more love as he really raised the bar for everyone there too.
‘Happy Christmas, Timmy!’
Tharg’s Future Shocks: One Christmas During Eternity, 2000AD Prog 271 (1982), artist: Jesús Redondo
Tharg’s Future Shocks, 2000AD Prog 217 (1981), artist: Mike McMahon
Ah the days when a Future Shock could bag the cover and what a fine story it is.
Did you know that if you take out a subscription to
@2000AD you get a FREE collection of Future Shocks? http://2000ad.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/thargs-future-shocks-review/