Friday, 26 April 2013

Dan Abnett


Filming in Dan's Den
Last Month, Helen and I headed over to interview Dan in his hometown in Kent.  Dan's a novelist & comic book writer, as well as a prolific 2000AD contributor (Barney credits Dan with 206 thrills and counting!).  

His place in the history of 2000AD is cemented by the creation of fan-favourite strip Sinister Dexter with David Millgate, his re-'vamping' of Durham Red (with Mark Harrison), as well the revival of The VC's - which he told us was a personal favourite strip of his when growing up. 

I can also highly recommend Dan's recent Graphic Novel, The New Deadwardians.  It's a really clever new spin on a very well trodden path, Vamps vs. Zombies!  It's outstanding, so cheers for that, Dan!

Friday, 19 April 2013

On the Weston front...

During our visit to London Super Comic Con back in February - we managed to grab some time with Chris Weston.  It was a great interview - Learning how Chris got his break as an artist on 2000ad (and how much it meant to him) was really cool.


Chris was very honest and forthcoming, discussing the various periods of change and upheaval at 2000ad - particularly interesting was hearing how new artists would occasionally explode onto the scene and just blow everyone away with their artwork...and then as a result other artists would be "guided" to adjust their own style to match...with varying degrees of success...He also had an interesting perspective on the mass exodus of British artists and writers to the U.S. - but I don't want to say too much here - you'll just have to check out the film when its finished...!

If you're not familiar with Chris's work - which I think is highly unlikely if you're reading this blog - then check out his site http://chrisweston.co.uk/ - there's some lovely stuff on there including some great storyboard work he did for the film "Book of Eli".  Go and check it out.


Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Rebellion!

Back in January we took our first steps towards getting the documentary off the ground.  In the midst of a furious snowstorm, Sean, Helen and I trekked out to Oxford for a meeting with Matt Smith (the current 2000AD Editor) and Jason Kingsley (Rebellion CEO) at THE 2000AD NERVE CENTRE!

We're a thousand miles from nowhere man,
and it's gonna get a hell of a lot worse
before it gets any better!

Seriously, it was like, a PROPER expedition!  The snow fell like that massive pancake in Bone, it was only a 10 minute walk from the station but damn it was so cold!  We were really excited though, and Matt & Jason were very cool.  We chatted with them about where we're coming from with the film, and where we want it to go, and they seemed as enthusiastic about it as us!  They gave us their blessing to use any 2000AD artwork in the film, which obviously really helps us to tell the whole story properly.

Here's a pic of Sean and I in the lobby, somehow I managed to make this 7ft Dredd statue look tiny... I wouldn't mind one of those.


The crime is taking a selfy... the sssentence iss Death!




London Super Comic Con

The London Super Comic Con back in Feb was a great opportunity for us to meet some of the creators and grab some fan vox-pops.  We sat in on the 2000AD panel where there were some really funny answers from Alan Grant!  We swanned around with the cameras talking to some of the fans, who were all really happy to share their passion for 2000AD with us, so big thanks to everyone we spoke to.

We interviewed the Judge Minty crew, Steven and Stephen (director & DOP).  That all seems to be going really well, best of luck to you guys!

Bang to rights by Burdis

And a big cheers to Judge Burdis!  Great interview, and a really lovely guy!  Hope to catch up with you soon..

Introduction


Hello!

We have officially announced that FUTURE SHOCK! The Story of 2000AD is currently in production. Our friends at IGN.com ran the exclusive news last week.

Just as a little background, my name is Paul Goodwin, I'm the Director. I am a partner at Stanton Media who are producing the documentary together with Sean Hogan (Director of The Devil's Business) and Helen Mullane (Freelance Development Executive previously at Studio Canal). My partners at Stanton are Jim Hinson and Nick Harwood, and we'll all be blogging during the production.

We've been planning this documentary for a long time, and I believe it's a long overdue story to be told. As we said in the press release, 2000AD is the comic that people don't know they like.  It's impact and influence has been rippling out into British pop culture and beyond for the last 30 years.

Personally speaking, the stories, the characters and the attitude that I discovered in 2000AD back in the 80's have never left me, and everyone I have met over the years who got into comics through 2000AD has a special, cherished place for it.  It's this enthusiasm and passion that we all share, that's why I wanted to make this film.  It's going to be for everybody, for us as fans to celebrate this special comic we love, and to share with everyone else - because they're already fans, they just don't know it yet!

So this is our production blog, where we will post regular updates during filming, keeping everyone up to date with the latest news, as well as details of the interviews we'll be conducting for the film. We have already spoken to some key contributors and it's all really bloody exciting! I'll post again soon with details of the production so far and then we'll take it from there..

So sign up for email updates and check back here regularly for all the news.

Cheers!