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Best non-regular publication
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Gavin Hanly: This
has to be the Judge Dredd Case Files, which has to be responsible for a considerable
increase in the level of interest in all things 2000AD, and as an extention,
the whole trade collection/graphic novel line.
The huge collections have got
the attention of people who have strayed from the publications and have finally
helped the Rebellion trades overcome the shadow of the admittedly great job done
by Titan in the past. The development of this strategy into the Nemesis and Strontium
Dog collections will all help to get back those elusive lapsed readers. I'd love
to see a little more cross-advertising of the colour trade collections and the
weekly in these Case Files - but there's plenty to be content with in the meantime.
Robert Cornell: The
Judge Dredd Case Files.
The publication dates are a joke, there are no extras, they aren’t quite
complete and the reproduction quality is abysmal. And I need to have them, like
some kind of drug.
Alex Frith: Has to be the Trade collections.
Of the ones that came out this year, Judge
Dredd: The Hunting Party wins the prize for being the most unexpected
reprint, but also the most essential as its a goldmine of Dreddworld history.
Stephen Watson: Rogue
Trooper for the PS2 wasn’t
without it’s flaws or critics but this faithful rendering of Rogue’s
age lived up to my expectations. First game I’ve stuck with to the end
"EAT PLUTONIUM DEATH, YOU DISGUSTING ALIEN WEIRDOS!"
That's the quote on the new DR & Quinch t-shirt, but really this is a vote
for all the modern format collectables that the House of Tharg
(and the fan base) have been throwing our way recently. That goes not only
for old school t-shirts but also for the great new collected editions (such as
The Complete Nemesis the Warlock), the professionally designed screen savers
and amazing artefacts such as Wake's gold-plated Dredd badge. Hats off
to all the people involved.
Andrew Howe: I didn’t buy any 2000 A.D.
related publications this year (check out the postage rates to Australia and
you’ll understand why), so I’m
changing the award to “Stories you forgot you read
in 2006”. For
which we need look no further than Go Machine and Synnamon -
the former showed promise, the latter should never darken the weekly again.
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Bryan Coyle: The Extreme
Editions are real
bargains and even when the contents are pretty bad (Bix Barton, Time
Flies), the hit/miss ratio is high enough in favour of a hit to make it a worthwhile
gamble for what amounts to a trade collection's worth of comic material, but
which will last longer than most tpbs in these times of decompressed comics and
rock-star ego-stroking from more well-known writers. Good solid yesteryear
storytelling, with the occaisional foray into dinosaur or robot-based carnage.
Adam Crabtree: Haven’t really seen anything
that’s come out THIS year, though I have been reading a number of the Rebellion
trade collections; Rogue Trooper (Fort Neuro, ReGene), Nikolai Dante, Shimura
and Judge Dredd (The Hunting Party, which bears striking similarities to Origins… I
like THIS better!) have all provided an extra fix of thrill power for me this
year. I imagine the prize will go to Judge Dredd: The Complete
Case Files across
the board, and deservedly so; it’s about time such a collection was arranged,
and many of the stories still retain their original verve.
David Knight: Rebellion’s black and
white reprinted Judge Dredd - The Complete Case Files are
impressively thick and very affordable, and they make great gifts too. They aren’t
perfect by any means, with centre spreads disappearing into the binding and so
on, but on the whole it’s a good and stylish reprint format that should
be extended to as many classic 2000ad stories as can be done profitably.
Martin Charlton: I’m going to go for
the trade version of Leviathan, with its extras, the inclusion of the ‘tales
of the…’ strips, the spot varnish
of the cover. A fitting version of one of the best strips to grace the Prog in
the 4 years I’ve been reading.
The Rogue Trooper video game
WR Logan: To be able to run around the
chem wastes of Nu-Earth hunting the traitor general and blowing the crap out
of anything you want means that or me this category is won by the Rogue
Despite the arguments about how complete they really are and some issues with
the printing quality (I hadn’t
experienced this until Vol.5, but there seem to have been small problems with
copies of just about every one) The Complete Case Files have been a splendid addition to my bookshelf.
I’ve read most of these stories previously, but they’ve
only just arrived at the point where my collection starts. It’s a real
pleasure to be able to sit down of an evening with a thick sheaf of Dredd and
watch the evolution of the character and his world alongside the development
of some of the best writers and artists in the business. I almost forgot to mention
the other thing that makes this series so good: it contains an incredible number
of fantastic stories and some amazing artwork.
Joseph Saxton: Not having read everything
this is hard to call. Personally I was very pleased to get Al’s
three quid, though that was probably the only really noteworthy Extreme Edition
this year. Books
wise, Rebellion are doing a pretty good job on collections, though a slightly
greater proportion of older stuff might be nice, I don’t know for sure,
read most of it.