Five 2000AD Books I’d Like To See
If I was one of those people who planned in advance, I might have posted this for International Women’s Day. In all honesty, I’ve been writing and rewriting it in my head for a month or so. As you may know, this feature is about 5 books from a certain area (this time 2000AD) that I’d like to see featuring Irish creators. I usually throw in a criteria to make it more interesting for me. This time it is that all the creators are female. Some might find that limiting but my biggest issue was trying to include all the creators I wanted and I kept changing the teams.
Art by Leeann Hamilton and Anthea West
Written by Leeann Hamilton and Anthea West
In the 2040s, meat-eating is illegal in Europe. Inspector Larry Raam (a genetically-engineered human/sheep hybrid) and Vera Brett are members of P.U.L.S.E. Patrol, the Police Undercover Livestock Special Enforcement Patrol, tasked with arresting anybody who sells or consumes meat. The design of Raam made think of both artists straight away and the element of humour sealed the deal.
JUDGE DIRTY FRANK
Art by Fiona Boniwell
Written by Kerrie Smith
Colours by Triona Farrell
Dirty Frank is one of those break-out characters. He’s an undercover judge who talks to himself and may be completely off his rocker but he has a very human side to him. Kerrie Smith has comedy experience with Superhero Helpdesk but can also write some strong emotional stuff (CLING being a good example). I think Fiona Boniwell could draw some interesting stuff especially if Kerrie decides to bring the madness. I think Triona Farrell has a great future in comics and her colours always add something extra to a story.
Art by Anna Fitzpatrick
Written by Maura McHugh
My favourite 2000AD story is Indigo Prime: Killing Time, a Jack the Ripper time travel story featuring the involvement of an agency – existing out of time and whose members are dead – which polices the multiverse of parallel realities. The insane Morrison-esque storylines screamed Maura McHugh (who I know likes his stuff). The series can also be quite disturbing and Maura is known for her horror stuff. I think Anna Fitzpatrick would be the artist bring some of the moody, spooky elements out. I think they could both basically have at it as it can really go anywhere
PSI JUDGE ANDERSON
Art by Clare Foley
Written by Debbie Jenkinson
In my opinion, 2000AD’s greatest female character. Created by writer John Wagner and artist Brian Bolland (he based her on Debbie Harry), Anderson made her debut as a supporting character in the Judge Dredd story ‘Judge Death’. The character’s popularity with readers led to her starring in her own series, Anderson: Psi-Division. The creator selection for this was based entirely on setting the mood. Having read Remorse and La Grande Bretêche, I think these creators could do some very evocative stuff in the realm of the mind that Anderson frequents. I think bringing some emotional stories would very appropriate.
FUTURE SHOCKS ANTHOLOGY
Created by Sarah Bowie, Sarah Louise Eliott, Maeve Clancy, Sadhbh Lawlor, Julie Nick and Karen Harte.
I know I’m really cheating here but I wanted to select a bunch of creators I have found over the years who are making their own kind of books on the independent scene and I thought that Future Shocks was an appropriate format for these creators to show their stuff. Check out Mall Life (Sarah Bowie), Casket Case (Sarah Louise Eliott), A Hibernian In Hellas (Maeve Clancy), Splitting Borders (Sadhbh Lawlor), Julie Nick Projects 2015 (Julie Nick) and Delia (Karen Harte).
I am grateful to Maura McHugh for her Women In Comics list which was a helpful reminder of all the great female creators in Ireland and also because I am terrible at remembering names!.