As part of the ongoing 45th birthday celebrations at 2000 AD, they’ve just announced a 2-day, star-studded online convention on 26 & 27 March: The Galaxy’s Greatest: 2000 AD at 45.
The Galaxy’s Greatest: 2000 AD at 45 promises ‘celebrities, entertainers, broadcasters, and comic book creators’ all taking part in the 2-day event. There’s going to be more than a dozen featured panels, all discussing the impact of 2000 AD on comics and culture over almost half a century, as well as announcements and new merchandise.
More names to come, but so far there’s John Wagner, Garth Ennis, Sean Phillips, Rob Williams, Alex de Campi, Anna Morozova, John McCrea, Dan Cornwell, and Aleš Kot all representing comics. And from the worlds of comedy we have famous 2000 AD fans Robin Ince (The Infinite Monkey Cage), Desiree Burch (Taskmaster, Unf*ckable), Dane Baptiste (Mock the Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown) Mitch Benn (The Now Show), plus scientist and broadcaster Adam Rutherford (BBC Radio 4’s Inside Science), bestselling authors Ian Rankin OBE (Rebus) and Louie Stowell (Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good), and political commentator Ian Dunt (i newspaper, How To Be A Liberal).
The very special 45th celebration takes place online, free and open to all, on 26 and 27 March, across 2000 AD’s social media channels and YouTube, plus on Rebellion’s dedicated Twitch stream.
One particular highlight is bound to be a feature interview with the co-creator of Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog, John Wagner, plus Rebellion/2000 AD owners and publishers Chris Kingsley OBE and Jason Kingsley OBE, and current editor Matt Smith, the longest-serving Tharg in 2000 AD history, will be getting together to talk about the next 45 years of Thrill Power!
Kingsley and Smith offered some remarks about the event:
This is such a landmark anniversary for 2000 AD and I’m looking forward to hearing from this fantastic line-up of guests just how it has had an influence far beyond its pages.
When Rebellion saved 2000 AD back in 2000, many people had long predicted its demise – but over the last two decades it has truly gone from strength-to-strength and is now back in its true place as one of the pillars of British culture. As the custodians of its legacy and guardians of its future, we’re proud and delighted to celebrate four and a half decades of Thrill-power with The Galaxy’s Greatest.
– Jason Kingsley OBE, CEO Rebellion
With the pandemic continuing to make in-person events difficult and prone to cancellation, we’ve decided to move our event marking 45 years of 2000 AD online – but it does mean that fans all over the world will be able to join in and celebrate the comic’s creators and legacy.
– Ben Smith, head of Rebellion Publishing