Britain's premier sci-fi comic 2000 AD, in association with leading pen manufacturer STABILO, is looking for the next generation of comic artists, and so is launching a nationwide competition to find the best new talent in the country.
The brief is simple – design a new villain for future lawman Judge Dredd. If you're familiar with the Mega-City cop's adventures in 2000 AD every week, then you'll know he's faced a great number of foes in his twenty-eight-year history, such as Judge Death, Mean Machine Angel and the assassin Orlok, amongst all manner of aliens, cyborgs and mutants. But now we want you to come up with a brandnew nemesis that will test Dredd to the limit!
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Could be interesting, but the fact that they are asking a comic artist to create a character is a pretty fucking backwards way of thinking for the industry in this day and age. The reason the industry is doing so well nowadays is the emphasis on the story and writing, COMBINED with fantastic art. The industry collapsed as it became all style and no substance in the 90's, its possibly this backwards way of thinking that has caused 2000AD to lag behind the times.
If you look at the majority of creators who have left that book for brighter futures in the American industry, they have pretty much all been writers, very few artists. Although i'm sure a lot of people could put me right on that.
What happened to 2000AD? Should they cancel it and start again? Is its failing popularity due to the fact that it is telling futuristic sci-fi fantasy stories set 5 years ago?
As we looked forward to the future and the advent of the 21st Century, the fascination with the number 2000 grew, like all the companies that sprang up at the time with 2000 as a post-fix, such as Banburys "Club Fitness 2000". Since that time though, the number has lacked its appeal and people/companies still associated with that number seem (if only recognised at a sub-conscious level) to be stuck in the past..
If 2000AD truly prides itself as being a book looking ahead to the fantastical future, surely a relaunch with the title 3000AD might be just the thing they need.