Re-posted from RedHeadedMule.com
Editor of 2000 AD & Judge Dredd Megazine, and also writer of Judge Dredd: Year One, Matt Smith responds to my questions. Tharg the Mighty could not be reached for comment.
Red-Headed Mule: How’s the weather at the 2000 AD offices? What does Tharg think of the inclement conditions?
Matt Smith: Tharg’s full protected from the UK’s never-ending winter by his fully insulated jumpsuit. Besides, the ever-present glow of Thrill-power keeps all the droids warm.
RHM: Why did you choose to use the psychic angle for Dredd: Year One? What other story possibilities did you seriously consider?
MS: I thought it would be interesting to see Dredd’s first dealings with Psi-Division. We first became aware of psychic Judges when we were introduced to Anderson in the Judge Death story, but this is Dredd’s first dip in the psychic pool – and it’s not something he’s comfortable with.
I wanted to go for something that would give the opportunity for big visuals, which would suit comics.
RHM: How did you decide on Simon Coleby (The Simping Detective) as the artist for Dredd: Year One?
MS: He was a couple of weeks off finishing Simp for 2000 AD, knew he could do a good Dredd, and suggested him to Chris Ryall at IDW. The fact the has experience working for US publishers was a bonus. Continue reading “Interview: 2000AD Editor Matt Smith”