2000AD To Publish An All-Women Creator Issue

Art by John McCrea

From looking at the ICN awards, a lot of people who follow us also enjoy 2000AD. The galaxy’s greatest magazine has a history of hiring Irish creators like Garth Ennis, Michael Carroll, Eoin Coveney, PJ Holden and Ryan Brown. There is even an excellent Irish convention, Enniskillen Comic Fest, dedicated to it. There has, however, always been an elephant in the room.  Although the magazine has been running since 1977, there have only been a handful of female creators who have worked on it with Judge Dredd only getting his first female writer in 2013. I had only been lamenting the lack of female creators for our “Best Irish Writer Published Outside Ireland” (in my piece on the awards) and it seems like the universe or galaxy was listening. Not only has 2000AD announced that the magazine is going to have an all-women creator issue, one of the creators is Ireland’s own Maura McHugh. Maura has cited the magazine as an influence so I look forward to reading her story. Here is the announcement:

For the first time in four decades, legendary sci-fi action comic 2000 AD is to publish an issue with an all-female creative line-up, including work by award-winner Tillie Walden, Tula Lotay, and Alex De Campi.

On sale 20 June, the 48-page 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special will have an all-female roster of writers, artists, colourists and letterers, with covers from Tula Lotay (Supreme: Blue RoseBodies) and newcomer Emily Zeinner, and all-new stories by Alex De Campi (Twisted RomanceNo Mercy), Maura McHugh (WitchfinderThe Nail), Tillie Walden (On A SunbeamThe End of Summer), Katy Rex (Jade Street Protection Services), Laura Bailey (Future Shocks) and many more.

A unique venture in the history of Britain’s biggest comic, most of the creators will be working on the galaxy of 2000 AD characters for the very first time, including Judge DreddRogue TrooperPsi-Judge Anderson and DeMarco, P.I..

2000 AD editor Matt Smith said: ‘I’m especially excited to welcome a group of new creators to 2000 AD, most of whom are making their debuts at the House of Tharg. This year’s historic Sci-Fi Special is going to be packed with unique voices and amazing talent.’