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Thrill-power Overload Hardcover – 30 Mar 2007

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Product details

  • 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)
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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.

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Format: Paperback
As suggested by its title, this book details the history of the first thirty years (1977 - 2007) of the Galaxy's Greatest Comic. Former editor David Bishop has generated a cohesive narrative from numerous interviews and articles featuring the writers, artists, editors and managerial types who have participated in 2000AD's long history.

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.
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Hefty book, hefty price, but well worth it. This is a mature look back at the history of 2000AD from its insiders. Bishop uses his position as ex-editor to talk to the creators themselves, and they don't hold back on the criticism.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
Having picked up back issues of the Megazine purely to get my mitts on David's essay, I was thrilled to learn the whole thing was being compiled (and updated) into one volume. The end result is an absorbing, superbly researched and shockingly candid romp through 30 years of publishing history. Unlike other commentators, I loved all the stuff about union strikes and shop floor unrest - exactly the sort of workaday detail that sets this account apart from other comic histories. Yes, the illustrations are a little disappointing (it feels often like they were slung on the page without much thought to context) and more 'behind-the-scenes' sketches and early designs would have been great. But, I'm sure that's not Mr Bishop's fault, and the thing still notches up five stars from me.
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By Lex on 14 July 2009
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. I remember many of the titles it references from the mid seventies and was fascinated about the "Hatch, match and despatch" policy regarding a comics lifespan. It was for me a really nostalgic look behind the scenes of the comics of my childhood.
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Format: Hardcover
I've been lucky enough to read a proof of David's TPO book and can highly recommend it to any one who has ever read the Galaxies Greatest Comic.

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.
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Format: Paperback
This is a great book for reminding Earthlets of a certain age of why 2000AD was such an important influence in their lives. The book contains some awesome examples of the Artwork and Characters that we know and love. The script contains many examples of the in house fighting and creative process of the Galaxy's Greatest Comic which was a real eye opener. I never realised how close it came to being cancelled several times and strike action explained the disapointing periods of youth when the weekly prog failed to arrive.
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.
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