Wednesday, February 20, 2013

2000AD, a British Institution: An Interview with Writer - Al Ewing and Henry Flint

"2000AD artist Henry Flint still recalls the excitement of encountering the first issue of the weekly SF-adventure comic. It was, he says, “nasty, brutal. Parents hated it. The morality of the heroes was questionable. After the Beano, I was a little scared. I loved it.” It’s hardly surprising that his seven year old self would feel that way. 2000AD was nasty and brutal and purposefully so. A long-pent up snarl of frustration and ambition from creators weary of profoundly conservative comics, 2000AD featured the grimmest of anti-heroes in absurdly amped-up, fantastical tales with more than just a taste of radical agitprop. An America devastated by nuclear war and ruled over by one-strike-and-you’re-executed blackshirts! Giant intelligent dinosaurs warring on time-travelling cowboys sent back to slaughter them from an environmentally-depleted and meatless 23rd century! Like so much of the very best pop culture, 2000AD took a generally dismissed form and infused it with innovative storytelling, challenging politics and a gleefully taboo-busting sense of the transgressive. “As a kid, 2000AD was a friend, it was my secret.” remembers Flint, “I felt like I’d been accepted into a secret club.”" 4 out of 5 http://sequart.org/magazine/17656/2000ad-a-british-institution-an-interview-with-writer-al-ewing-and-henry-flint/

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