015 Alarm

September 30th, 2016, 1:27 am

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Reply NtKGar, September 29th, 2016, 6:34 pm

Hey we've been ignoring Top Web Comics for a while, let's see if we can get that train rolling again with the reboot. I did a bit of fan art for 2000AD in celebration of their 2000th issue (It's Neko as Judge Dredd and Maisy as Tharg the Almighty), so vote to see that!

I don't collect the weekly 2000AD magazine any more, but I'm subscribed to the Judge Dredd Mega Collection and have fond memories of reading it as a kid. This was in the late 80s early 90s, Durham Read was the breakout star of Strontium Dog, the ABC Warriors were collecting heads for Hekate, people were giving out about the new Rogue Trooper, it was a good time. Our American readers might not be too familiar with 2000AD, it started in 1977 and is kind of a cultural phenomenon in the UK and Ireland.

The signature series is Judge Dredd, the 2012 film Dredd starring Karl Urban is a really damn good adaptation (the less said about the 1995 movie the better), Judge Dredd is an uncompromising police officer in an authoritarian dystopia. It's a cool film that really gives you a sense of the character, but in the comics, one year passes for every year that goes by in real time.

Joe Dredd's been busting heads in Mega City One for 39 years. In the first strip he's 20-something. The post-apocalypse has had a couple of post-post-apocalypses, and he's been directly involved in most of them. You can read each story independently, but if you get a bunch of them from different decades there's this wonderful slow evolution of a character who's utterly dedicated to an unchanging set of principles that's been his core for longer than I've been alive, and he's old now.

There are other stories, standalones as well as ongoing serials in the Judge Dredd world and others. It's kind of like the UK version of Heavy Metal but with a more Punk/Sci-fi vibe where Heavy Metal's more Rock/Fantasy. Mutant bounty hunters, Robots with incredibly violent aspirations of wizardhood, there was one with an octogenarian taking place in a Running Man style competition where everyone's given a mutant dinosaur with heavy armaments, and another story about a guy doing taxidermy on human subjects. Competitively. In the olympics. It's weird and violent and funny, and a bit hit and miss as is the nature of these things, but well worth downloading a couple of the collected stories.

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Reply ethanpotato, September 30th, 2016, 9:48 am

Cats make great alarm clocks

Reply scobeeca, September 30th, 2016, 10:32 am

i have a cat that does the same thing

Reply BloodyFox (Guest), September 30th, 2016, 11:10 pm

I'm a freak... Judge Dredd is a good movie in my opinion given at the time I had no idea what Judge Dredd was... It's like the Super Mario Bros movie.. it might not have bombed so bad if it wasn't attached to a big name like that.

Reply Iamnotreallyhere (Guest), October 1st, 2016, 2:31 pm

@NtKGar: The image on Topwebcomics is broken for me for some reason. I can't see it.

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