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“A comic book is only as strong as its weakest link. And some of our stories were very, very silly…”

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PAT MILLS
Founder of 2000AD and ‘Godfather of British Comics’

You’re at the Comic-Con in San Diego. Could you tell us a bit about the scale of that event for people who haven’t heard about it?
It’s absolutely massive. Something in the region of 125,000 comic book fans have converged on downtown San Diego – you can barely move along the street there are so many people here. The street signs directing people to the conference centre are all in Klingon. So anyone who happens to be fluent in Klingon will have no trouble getting here. It’s dominated by Marvel and DC Comics, but I’m here to fly the flag for 2000AD. Read the rest of this interview here.

August 5th, 2010.

14 Responses to ““A comic book is only as strong as its weakest link. And some of our stories were very, very silly…””

  1. stickthejack Says:

    Should make another Judge Dredd movie!!! Make it like the more like the comics. Bring on Judge Death.

  2. Colin Says:

    @stickthejack: They are, at the comic-con Karl Urban was confirmed in the role of Dredd. It’s being independently financed with Alex Garland scripting. Some good talent behind the scenes too. Shooting set for November. Can’t be worse than 1995….

    Love 2000AD. Lot of the writers and artists back then worked on girls comics as a launching pad so think they all had to work on trite crap so quite often they’d try to sneak demented things into the girl’s stories. Helped them develop the talented sick minds that 2000AD thrived on.

  3. Eoin Says:

    Exactly, they honed their craft on the trite, silly girls comics. And that stood them in good stead when it came to doing the important boys stuff, like the series about the masked crime fighter from the future.

  4. Eoin Says:

    P.S. Kudos to my cousin Neal for feeding me that question about Stallone and the Judge Dredd. Really helped make it sound like I had the first clue what I was talking about.

  5. Dolly Says:

    Is that Karl Urban the Australian country and western singer?? Role he was born to play I reckon. Nice.

  6. Eoin Says:

    @ Dolly – That’s the man. He’s also the founder and chief executive of Urban Outfitters.

  7. Eoin Says:

    …and one of the word’s leading exponents of urban warfare.

  8. Fintan Says:

    ….and the inventor of dozen of the best known urban legends

  9. Rob Says:

    …and Suburban Commando was based on his memoirs

  10. Cormac Says:

    Not to mention being the inspiration behind J. Petermans sombrero

  11. Colin Says:

    @Eoin: you can’t continue to rebuke science fiction (well YOU can but prob shouldn’t) and comicbook super heroes. Judging by the site’s content over last couple of weeks and the response – the plot holes in Inception piece got 60 LONG comments. It’s time you realised who is your primary audience. Geeks, people with a lot of time and Jim Corr.

    Urban Nightmare.

  12. Bruce Says:

    He also picked up Best Urban Act at the Brits in 2006 if memory serves me

  13. Eoin Says:

    @ Colin – Yeah, those Inception commenters are a real fun-loving bunch alright:

    http://www.eoinbutler.com/home/the-single-biggest-inception-plot-hole-as-i-see-it/

  14. Dolly Says:

    Most of the songs on The Verve album Urban Hymns were about him too. He really gets around this guy.

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