Interview: 2000AD Editor Matt Smith

Editor of 2000 AD & Judge Dredd Megazine

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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”

Interview: Simon Fraser

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In Prog 1791 of 2000 AD, Nikolai Dante, finished his last adventure, Sympathy for the Devil. Dante, the Russian who’s “too cool to kill,” was created by Robbie Morrison & Simon Fraser.

While I’m a newcomer to the Dante experience, I enjoyed the story and art of Nikolai’s fateful wedding day nonetheless. After much anticipation from me, I now present responses, insights, and vivid stories from the Scottish artist.

Red-Headed Mule: While I’m late to the Nikolai party, I’ll still congratulate you and Robbie Morrison on ending the saga. How did you feel after finishing the last page?

Simon Fraser: It felt satisfying in an immediate “I’ve hit my deadline” kind of way. I find it difficult to see Dante beyond that point so it feels like an ending. It feels like we’ve said all that we can say and now we can let him go. When I see it in print next week I’ll have more of a sense of closure probably.

RHM: How long did it take for you and Robbie to make Sympathy for the Devil?

SF: I started working on it at the end of February. Robbie has been working on it on-and-off for 16 years I think.

RHM: How much of your personality have you put into the characters?

SF: Dante is certainly a product of both Robbie and I. His happy-go-lucky attitude is pretty much the way we behave after a few beers. I’d like to think we share a certain boyish charm 😀

RHM: Were there alternate endings to Nikolai Dante?

SF: Nope, that has pretty much been the ending since the beginning. There are some small details that have matured, but ultimately this has been the endpoint we discussed a decade and half ago. Continue reading “Interview: Simon Fraser”