A British Revolution: 2000 AD and Beyond
Mon 7 Jul 2014, 18.30-20.00
Conference Centre, British Library
£8, (£6 Over 60s) and £5
2000AD has just claim to be the most influential British comic of all time, launching numerous UK writers and artists on the world stage, as well as characters such as Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper and Strontium Dog. Started in 1977, and still publishing, it also generated a family of like-minded magazines: Crisis, Revolver, Deadline.
Some of the key figures in the story; Dave Gibbons, Frazer Irving and Pat Mills, celebrate some of their favourite strips. Chaired by Toby Litt
- Dave Gibbons cut his teeth on underground comics and lettering and artwork for Fleetway and DC Thompson before becoming a frequent contributor to 2000AD, illustrating Harlem Heroes, Dan Dare, and co-creating Rogue Trooper. In the early 1980's he began to produce work for DC Comics on titles such as Green Lantern and Superman, and in 1986 he joined with writer Alan Moore to produce Watchmen, among the most famous and acclaimed graphic novels of all. Since then, he has drawn and written for most comics publishers on both sides of the Atlantic. His work has encompassed Doctor Who, Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Predator, Aliens and the Martha Washington series. In 2009, Watchmen was adapted to film by director Zack Snyder. That same year, Gibbons released Watching the Watchmen, a book of original page breakdowns and other artwork for the seminal series.
- Frazer Irving found his big break when he submitted his brilliant dark and disturbing artwork to 2000 AD and was handed his own story, Necronauts a lavishly conceived collaboration with writer Gordon Rennie. Going on to contribute toh Wildstorm, Dark Horse, and Marvel Comics, Irving he became widely known for his iconic work on DC Comics titles such as Klarion: The Witch Boy, Azrael: Death's Dark Knight, Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne and Batman and Robin. An award-winning illustrator who has worked with the likes of John Wagner, Grant Morrison (including the forthcoming, six-part Annihilator), and Matt Fraction, Irving is also behind the creator-owned Image series Gutsville with Simon Spurrier.
- Pat Mills is one of the most important figures in the history British comics. The creator and first editor of 2000AD (he was ‘editor in chief – Tharg) he developed Judge Dredd and is the writer-creator of many of the magazine’s most popular stories such as Nemesis the Warlock, Sláine and ABC Warriors. He also created Action and co-created Battle Picture Weekly with John Wagner. He has written numerous girls comic serials and also startedJinty with Malcolm Shaw and later Misty, as the female equivalent of 2000AD. His other credits include the brilliant First World War series Charley’s War,co-created with Joe Colquhoun, Marshal Law, co-created with Kevin O’Neill and Accident Man, created with Tony Skinner.He also enjoys considerable success in France with his best-selling graphic novel series Requiem, Vampire Knight, co-created with artist Olivier Ledroit.
- Toby Litt is has written nine novels and two collections of short stories. A regular reviewer for the Guardian and the New Statesman, he is also Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London. His ongoing monthly comic, Dead Boy Detectives, based on characters from Neil Gaiman's Sandman, is published by Vertigo DC.