Reality Check: 35 years of 2000AD – Pencils and paint

Reality Check: 35 years of 2000AD – Pencils and paint

In a companion podcast to a recent edition of Panel Borders, Alex Fitch talks to a pair of iconic artists, responsible for illustrating many of 2000AD’s most memorable characters to celebrate the title’s 35th anniversary year. Kev Hopgood has drawn Judge Dredd, Future Shocks and Harlem Heroes, before going on to co-create War Machine in the American Iron Man comic; while Henry Flint has rendered memorable runs on Nemesis the Warlock, Rogue Trooper and ABC Warriors.

(Expanded podcast of the second half of a Clear Spot, broadcast 26/09/12 on Resonance 104.4 FM)

2000AD covers by Kev Hopgood and Henry Flint

2000AD covers by Kev Hopgood and Henry Flint

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at

Links: Artists’ blogs – /
Offical 2000AD website
Reviews of progs 1799 and 1800 on the Forbidden Planet International blog
Pat Mills’ blog post on the origins of Judge Dredd

Previous podcasts: Kev Hopgood and others discuss Aces Weekly, DJ Food discusses working with Henry Flint on album covers, Totnes creators Jock, John Spelling and Dom Reardon on working for 2000AD and Pat Mills on the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic

Recommended events:

Gosh! comics signings

Oliver Jeffers signing

Oliver Jeffers is probably best known to you through his stellar children’s books — like Lost And Found, How To Catch a Star, The Heart and the Bottle — all of which have a regular home on the Gosh! shelves. But it turns out he does other stuff too, and we had no idea. Neither Here Nor There is a big hardcover collection bringing together the last decade’s worth of Jeffers’ fine art and he’s coming to Gosh! to tell us all about it.

Starts at 7.30pm, Monday 1st October, 2012

Steve Appleby book launch

Gosh! comics are throwing a launch party with Guardian Books on the 12th of October for Steven Appleby’s Guide to Life, a collection of the Loomus strip that’s been running in The Guardian. They’ll also have an exhibition of the original art in the lead-up to the night. All the info is over at the Gosh! blog

Starts at 7pm, free entry and drinks as always.

7pm, 12th October 2012, Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London W1F 0DR
(Exhibition runs 28th September to 15th October)

Idle Hands Comix indiegogo campaign

Short film maker and illustrator Paul Cheshire is launching a new annual British comics anthology for 2013 and needs your help to fund it. Examples of his SF / LSD inspired work can be found at and ‘perks’ for funding the 100-150 page anthology can be found at