SITE UPDATE: The End… For Now.

This is just a quick note to say that today’s post, the final episode of The Judge Child, will be the last – at least for a while.

I’ve really enjoyed this project, and really wish I could keep it up. But as so often happens, real life has other plans. I’ve had some changes in my personal life, and need to redirect my focus for a little while. Reading and writing about Judge Dredd was starting to become a chore – and I enjoy the series too much for that.

So while I’m a bit disappointed I petered out at Prog 181, I’m happy I made it at least that far! And it’s not unlikely I’ll come back to it when I have a bit more time.

Thanks to everyone who’s commented and followed on. The Dredd/2000AD community is such a fun and lovely place to be. I’m looking forward to just enjoying the strips now!

Thanks again.

– Liam

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SITE UPDATE: Scheduling Change

Hello again to regular readers – hope you’re still enjoying the daily dose of thrill-power. I just wanted to quickly update you that from tomorrow, I’ve decided to only post on weekdays. The project is still a lot of fun, but does take up a lot of time!

So starting with the Judge Child, expect five posts a week. I’m looking forward to beginning the epic Quest for the boy with the eagle mark!

Happy 40th Birthday 2000AD! (The First Dredd)

It’s another huge milestone for 2000AD as today marks the 40th anniversary of the very first prog back in February 1977 (well, the cover date at any rate!). I’ve just covered Prog #153, and Prog #154 didn’t actually feature a Judge Dredd strip, so this seemed like a wonderful opportunity to cover a different story.

The Complete Case Files 01 includes “The First Dredd”, the originally developed episode that was never actually published. It’s a fun relic now, with many of the details of Dredd’s world not ending up carrying over to the series proper.

So, as Dredd didn’t actually appear in Prog #1 itself, this seemed like as good a time as any to have a quick look at what could have been the first episode!

Happy 40th Birthday 2000AD!

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Site Update: Patreon Support

First up, I’d like to thank everyone who’s been enjoying the posts over the last 110 progs! The comments and feedback have been very gratifying, and given me the energy to keep going on this project.

Over the break, I decided to set up a Patreon account for this site. You can find the details right here.

I want to be clear, I’ll be continuing the blog no matter how much support I receive – even if its none! I don’t want anyone to feel obligated to pay – the posts will always be free.

As I explain on the Patreon page, I just wanted to set this up as an option for anyone who really wants to see this continue. Any support just means it’s that little bit easier to fit into the midst of work and family life, as well as helping towards actually buying the Case Files.

What Patreon support will definitely help me to do is buy, and then cover, additional series like Psi-Judge Anderson, the Daily Dredds – and more!

So if you can offer any Patreon support, I’d be grateful. If you can’t – please keep reading and enjoying the blog!

Site Update: Christmas/New Year Break (and some Special Posts)

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We’re now 100 progs in – kudos to anyone who’s been keeping up! It’s been a lot of fun.

I just wanted to write a quick post on the schedule for the next month or so. I’ll be taking a break over Christmas and New Year after the last part of “The Day the Law Died!” which will be out on December 14. Writing every day, in the midst of family and work life, is lots of fun but a bit draining! I’m aiming to take roughly a month off, so should be back in mid-January.

But I’ve prepared a few posts to keep that gap a bit shorter! As I discuss in the Introduction to this blog, for clarity’s sake I’m simply following the Judge Dredd Case Files released by Rebellion. As well as publishing every issue from 2000AD however, Rebellion have also been releasing The Restricted Files, which collects issues from various annuals, specials and other publications.

I was lucky enough to lay my hands on Volume 1 earlier in the year, and as we’re entering a holiday period, I thought it might be fun to do some posts on some of those issues. I’ve had a quick scour of some of the fantastic guides to Dredd and 2000AD online (specific shoutouts to 2000ad.org and ComicVine) and have hopefully correctly worked out that by the publication of the finale of “The Day the Law Died!” in Prog #108, 6 extra Judge Dredd releases had also been put out seperate to the 2000AD Magazine.

So, the schedule for the 6 extras are below. Hope people enjoy them, and Merry Christmas Lawbreakers!

15 Dec – The Judge’s Graveyard
16 Dec – Videophones
17 Dec – Whitey’s Brother
18 Dec – The Purple People Breeder
19 Dec – Dr. Panic
20 Dec – Ryan’s Revenge

Site Update: The Cursed Earth

From the next post I’ll be beginning the epic 25-part adventure “The Cursed Earth”. As I’m utilising the Complete Case Files for this, this means that I’ll have to skip the four issues that (until recently) were not re-published since their original dates. These are Parts 11, 12, 17 and 18.

So apologies to anyone that would like those covered. If I ever get the opportunity to lay my hands on the new publication that does include the missing progs, I may loop back around and add them in at a later date.

Vale Steve Dillon

Being based in Australia, I woke up this morning to the new of Steve Dillon’s passing.

Being pretty new to comics I won’t pretend I knew his work that well, but reading the many tributes on Twitter it’s clear he was a formidable presence and will be missed. I don’t think I’ve reached any of his work yet in my daily reading, but look forward to doing so.

What I do know Steve Dillon for was his work on Doctor Who, and particularly his work in creating Abslom Daak. As I talk about in the About page on this site, I didn’t grow up with comics at all – but I did grow up with Doctor Who Magazine as a huge Who fan. And every month in those pages was a short comic.

Abslom Daak was basically the most amazing thing that any teenage Who fan could ask for – an embittered, manic, rogue Dalek killing machine. I remember reading and re-reading some of those pages endlessly. He might not have drawn most of them (this is all my poor brain can remember), but he was instrumental in the creation of the character.

One of the things that’s become clear as I started this little project is how big the Judge Dredd and 2000AD family is – like I said, I can’t pretend to have known Steve’s work too much, but as well as sending best wishes to Steve’s family and friends I’d also like to send those wishes to his fans – of which he clearly had legions.

Vale, Steve Dillon.

Introduction

Mega-City One – a future metropolis plagued by every crime imaginable. Keeping order are the Judges, a stern police force acting as judge, jury and executioner. Toughest of all is Judge Dredd. He is the law!

Judge Dredd has been running for nearly 40 years in the pages of 2000AD and the Judge Dredd Megazine. It has the almost unique distinction of all taking place in the same timeline – a year has passed for Dredd for every year of publication.

The story of Judge Dredd is a uniquely British take on American concepts of justice, freedom and democracy. At turns dramatic, comedic, satirical or epic, the series imagines a future where freedoms have been traded for “security”. Dredd is now himself a symbol for totalitarianism.

This blog is tackling the fairly alarming task of reading an issue (or episode, or “prog”) each day, in order, and writing about it. You can find out more about me and this blog right here.

I’ll be doing this every day, so don’t expect a thesis on each issue. Particularly in the early days they are very short and sharp, and my posts will likely be the same.

I’m a sucker for structure, so each post will follow the following template (more or less):

Case File

A short summary of the events of the issue.

Ol’ Stoney Face

What the issue tells us about the title character – Joe Dredd.

Friends of Dredd

Dredd’s a solitary guy, but he doesn’t always work alone. We’ll get the scoop on his allies here.

The Big Meg (and Beyond)

Information we learn about Mega-City One, Dredd’s home and a crazy melting-pot of crime, corruption, mad citizens… and the Law. Also, the other locales of Earth and beyond in the 22nd century.

The Alien Zoo

It’s a big universe out there – we’ll track what we learn about encounters with extraterrestrials right here.

The Law

Talking about the Judges and the judicial system.

Creeps

A rundown on the criminals/miscreants and general annoyances Dredd and the Judges face.

Block Mania

The city-blocks usually have great pop-culture referential names. I’ll keep track of them here.

Holy Grud!

Any specific moments that really blew me away.

Rap Sheet

A quick look at any arrests made during the issue.

Resyk

Noting who dies in each issue, at the hands of the Judges or whatever creeps they’re after.

Verdict

My thoughts on the issue.