Comics: 2000ADs and Megazines for Sale

I have a near complete run of 2000AD from 315-1386 and Judge Dredd Megazine from 4(1992) to 72(2000) for sale. Entertaining offers on runs or singles, but preferably for the whole lot from someone who can come get them (all packed up ready for transport).

Maybe a comic shop is interested?


A Stitch in Time – Indigo Prime

Indigo Prime Logo VERTICALWhilst rummaging through old papers looking for contract documents (don’t ask) I stumbled across a practically prehistoric RPG of Indigo Prime I had written back in 1990-1991 or so on an Apricot and printed on faded dot matrix paper with the little punch holes in the side..

Like a lot of early scribblings it is horribly naive and derivative but its also amazingly prescient in a number of ways and a time capsule into the kinds of influences that were being shared across multiple media at the time.

I can see why I abandoned the game despite playing it a few times. In 1993 Mage the Ascension was published which goes over a lot of the same conceptual ground and would have made a good Indigo Prime game in and of itself with just a little bit of work.

From a modern gaming point of view, what was interesting was that consensual reality was there, as was warping what was and wasn’t real and how the world works through powers which – while having 20 levels – were very similar to spheres.  I’d also worked into the game a mind/body separation which I don’t believe has particularly been done – at least not as something integral to a game – until Eclipse Phase.

Maybe I should copy it up as a curiosity, if there’s any interest.


SOWYGO:2 A Very British Nerd

Being a British geek has its advantages. I live near the inspiration for The Shire and Watership down, in spitting distance of the places that have inspired so many fantasy and science fiction authors over the years. Britain is home to a great tradition of thoughtful and involving SF and fantasy with an intellectual bent that draws you in and allows you to take yourself a little more seriously. HG Wells, for example, was not ‘merely’ a science fiction author but a committed and important socialist and intellectual and a member – for a while – of the Fabian movement. A tradition continued today by writers such as China Mieville, though he’d probably smack me round the back of the head for the comparison.

It’s also good to be a geek in the UK because even though kids at school might be mean and nasty the society as a whole is pretty tolerant of people’s ‘eccentricity’. You’re not so much a ‘freak’ as a ‘character’, though really you need to be rich to get away with that with any consistency.

There’s one thing that, I think, overrides the geek experience in the United Kingdom across so many boundaries from the mid 70s until the modern day and that’s the science fiction anthology comic, 2000AD.

There’s been many attempts at comics for boys and ‘grown ups’ in the UK but the only one really still going, the only one that’s weathered all storms is 2000AD.

I’m not a comic book fan, I’m a fan of a particular comic book. Oh sure, I will read a lot of other comics but the only one I’m really an absolute fan for is 2000AD. Nemesis the Warlock, Judge Dredd, Nikolai Dante, Zenith, Slaine, Rogue Trooper, I grew up with these and they’re still there and still quality. Many of the greats of modern comics passed through 2000AD and I’d never have found Luther Arkwright if not for Bryan Talbot’s work on Nemesis which presaged the whole ‘steampunk’ thing by years.

2000AD is uniquely and perfectly British and is still creating new classics. It’s irreverent, thoughtful, sarcastic, cynical, brutal, imaginative and perfect. If you’re a nerd over here you’ve at least heard of it and it forms a sort of social, common experience, a cement for the nerd community of common reference points.

I still have almost every issue I ever had in storage boxes and every through years I go back and read everything. It’s like revisiting old friends, even the series that get forgotten like Sooner or Later or Hap Hazzard.

If you haven’t read it, start reading it now. It’s still good, still great, especially Savage which I consider to be one of the best things being done in comics – full stop – today.