- Hardcover: 260 pages
- Publisher: Rebellion (30 Mar. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1905437226
- ISBN-13: 978-1905437221
- Package Dimensions: 30 x 24.2 x 2.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,998,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Thrill-power Overload Hardcover – 30 Mar 2007
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"Glorious artwork coupled with a compelling history of the Galaxy's Greatest Comic... compelling.... refreshingly candid... a must read." - SFX "Thirty years of editorial spats and creative fall-outs are laid bare with brutal honesty... this beautifully packaged and throughly researched book is a labour of love." - Deathray Magazine" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
David Bishop is a freelance screenwriter and author. Born in New Zealand, he was a comics editor during the 1990s, running such titles as the Judge Dredd Megazine and 2000 AD, the latter between 1995 and the summer of 2000. More recently he has become a prolific author and received his first drama scriptwriting credit when BBC Radio 4 broadcast his radio play Island Blue: Ronald in June 2006.
Top Customer Reviews
Bishop's writing style is approachable if slightly dry, valiantly trying to capture why the publication has such a revered place in the imaginations and memories of the young(ish) Earthlets who grew up in the 70s and 80s. Covers and content from the stories featured in the text show just how exciting, unique and sometimes just plain weird the comic could be. Long forgotten frames from stories such as Slaine and Meltdown Man instantly took me back nearly thirty years to when I started reading 2000AD; for me that alone was worth the cover price.
I enjoyed finding out about 2000AD's office politics, especially the ongoing battles between the short-sighted and cynical IPC management and the foolishly hubristic National Union of Journalists. (I cannot credit the pettiness of either side. The Great Free Coffee Strike of 1980 beggars belief - Molotov of the Amalgamated Androids' Union would have been so proud.) This book explains why there were periodic slumps in the quality of the comic, why certain strips continued long after they had lost whatever it was that made them initially interesting and why 2000AD effectively became a training ground for the US comic industry. It's also a cautionary tale about how not to make a Hollywood movie based on a much loved character. ...And I was astonished just how close and how often 2000AD and the Judge Dredd Megazine have come to cancellation.
Unfortunately this book has a couple of major flaws.Read more ›
However, it's not a negative book by any means. So few comics survive for 30 years and this is a worthy and positive tribute to its longevity.
Yes, it would have been nice to see unused character sketches, or photographs of the creators at work or at convention appearances, but this is the story of 2000AD the comic, and that's where it's focused. Some unused pages from the original "dummy issue" are shown, including the cover (when it was called AD2000).
Some books on comics are little more than boring plot resumés of the characters. This book is nothing like that thankfully! This is the "behind the scenes" story of the comic, and the industry surrounding it, from the horse's mouth as it were, warts and all.
The book is around 40,000 words longer than the original articles that appeared in the Judge Dredd Megazine which in themselves came in at around 80,000 words so far more information than fans of 2000 AD have seen before.
From inside information from creators to interviews and comments made by many of the people involved in the gestation, birth and growing pains of 2000 AD through its formative years right up to its 30th Anniversary.
If at any time you've been touched by the hand of Tharg or are fans of many of today's best known creators then Thrill Power Overload is a book for you.
I would have liked more information on the characters and story arcs prehaps in another book?
If you lost contact with 2000 as you grew up / had families this is the perfect reminder of your old friend.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Im currently going though all my back progs, starting with prog 1 and making up the gaps with electronic editions. Read morePublished 24 months ago by ShammyB
Wonderful retrospective on the galaxy's greatest comic. Interesting tales spanning the many years it's been around. Reminds me just how amzing 200ad was - I highly recomend!Published on 4 April 2015 by Paul Bateman
As someone who read 2000AD consistently for its first fifteen years, then left it behind when the worlds of work and marriage rudely interrupted my leisure time, I found... Read morePublished on 8 Dec. 2012 by Patrick Mahon
As a long-time reader of 2000AD I enjoyed this book, but the design department made one fundamental flaw:
The page size of the paperback version is simply too small. Read more
Take no notice of those reviewers who complain about the fact that this book details the infighting and drama that lay behind the astonishing feat of producing a weekly title full... Read morePublished on 30 Dec. 2009 by Mr. J. W. Campbell
Bought this for my brother for christmas.He spend all day saying "Remember that,remember that cover,that was a good story. Read morePublished on 27 Dec. 2009 by Karlos
This is a great history of 2k. It's not advertised as a concepts book or a collection of back stories: there are plenty of those around from EEs to The Dredd Files, it is an... Read morePublished on 18 Oct. 2007 by T. Proudfoot
As an avid fan of 2000ad for years, I am enjoying reading this book. Good to see that the creative centre of 2000ad is staffed, as anyplace, with people who have disagreements. Read morePublished on 4 Oct. 2007 by Carl