Nu-Earth 2000AD Fanzine
It’s a fans comic love letter to 2000AD. Sort of a “Dear Tharg, thanks for being there all those years” type thing. (So no suing please Tharg.)
And although it’s a fan thing, when the fans are of the caliber of those artists listed it does raise the whole thing above the sort of fanzine I remember seeing.
It’s written and drawn by a host of very good artists, quite a few of which we’ve already talked about here on the FPI blog and it’s all coordinated by Will Kirkby (whose Peckham was a highlight of the brilliant Birdsong/Songbird anthology).
(Will Kirkby does Rogue Trooper in Nu Earth.)
It’s all done very nicely, with a nod and a knowing wink, loaded with affection for the characters but not afraid to be a little silly with them at the same time.
So we see Will Kirkby’s Rogue Trooper on a scavenger hunt (old socks, atomic gecko, Tharg’s washing), WJC’s ABC Warriors having a big of robo-bonding with their band (heavy metal naturally), Emma Douglas’ Judge Death strip sees the dead one doing what he does best and more, including a Dredd/Dr Who strip by Matthew Craig and Rich Johnson that gives us a horrifying glimpse into one possible regeneration of the future – the Beeb do need to justify Norton’s salary somehow after all.
(The ABC Warriors rock band – it was always going to be metal. By WJC)
Pretty much every strip is good, quite a few are great and they all do what they set out to do. Every single one sits there and proclaims a great love for all things Thrill Powered.
My fave amongst the great strips… as much as I loved WJC and Will Kirkby’s strips, art from which you’ve already seen, it has to be Emma Douglas’ Judge Death, a lovely 2 pager with great art and a funny, funny payoff gag. Here’s page 1, get the book or head to her website for the second:
(Emma Douglas’ take on Judge Death getting his usual beating from Dredd and Anderson in Nu-Earth)
If you get chance, pick up a copy from some of the authors next time you see them at a con or event. And just in case Tharg is watching or reading this, you really might want to think about having a look at this – if they can do this well in a fanzine, then maybe they might fancy a crack at the real things? I know I wouldn’t mind seeing some of these in the pages of 2000AD.