Last March, Jon, Bex and Jared all read through an issue of 2000AD from the distant past (that's the 1980s!).
Worth it just to hear Jon and Bex try to explain wtf is happening to poor Jared.
Plus, the first appearance of Halo Jones!
As 2000 AD reaches its landmark 2,000th issue, it seems like an appropriate time to look back at the weekly anthology’s greatest creation: Judge Joe Dredd.
First appearing in 1977 in the second prog of 2000 AD, created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra, Dredd is a hard-line law enforcer in the dystopic future, dispensing justice in the enormous Mega-City One. The character has gone on to star in pretty much every subsequent issue of 2000 AD, spawned numerous spin-offs and two feature length films. So, 1,999 issues since he first appeared, just why is Judge Dredd so appealing?
Smash through a window,
Break bones on a wall,
Railings can falter
A bridge, you might fall;
Pot holes, a speed bump,
Roofs are unstable;
You might as well jump.
The Journal of Cultural Analytics is my new jam, combining two things I love, plus the wonderfully Quixotic concept of trying to quantify the abstract and squirmy. Ted Underwood's piece on "The Life Cycles of Genres" is everything good about cultural analytics. It tries to define the undefinable, goes for a wander, and shares some fascinating insights along the way.