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Issue #9 of Nix Comics Quarterly, The garage punk themed comic horror anthology is ready to go to press, and I would like you to help get the book to print in time for Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) in October by pre-ordering a copy through Kickstarter. REWARDS:

  • $4  for pick up at Cartoon Crossroads Columbus in October
  • $4 plus shipping to have the latest issue mailed to you
  • $16 plus shipping for the latest issue and a poster by Mark Rudolph
  • $25 plus shipping for the comic and a Pat Redding Scanlon designed T-Shirt 
  • $40 for all nine issue if Nix Comics Quarterly
  • Original Mark Rudolph art rewards starting at only $100

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Cover by Stephen Blickenstaff:  This issue's cover was created by the artist/musician responsible for one of the most iconic album covers of all time! (The Cramps: Bad Music for Bad People)  What a thrill to have him on board for this issue!

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The Vicar: Whispers From The Alley by Ken Eppstein and Michael NenoThe monster huntin' garage rockin' preacher faces off against a werewolf But that's just the beginning of the story as his right-hand man, Alberto, has a conversation with... A dog in the alley?

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Illustration by Michael Neno


Butcher Baby by Ken Eppstein and Gideon Kendall Verna thinks there is something wrong with her roommate Sally's creepy new additions to her Beatles collection.  It's a frightening foursome to be sure!

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Illustration by Gideon Kendall

Hellhounds On My Trail by Ken Eppstein and Pat Redding Scanlon 

Ana Satura, Introduced in the Vicar Story in issue #7 and fresh off a starring role in Nix Comics summer Tee-Shirt sale, gets her own story!  It's all guitars, hot rod cars and karate chops as we get a little insight into who Ana is!

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Illustration by Pat Redding Scanlon

The Shoplift Horror by Christian Hoffer and Andy Bennett 

The owner of the last record store on earth has to deal with post-apocalyptic Lovecraftian horrors on a daily basis.... So exactly is what is so horrifying about a simple shoplifter??

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Illustrated by Andy Bennett

Did It Really Happen? Thor Meets Stan Lee by Ken Eppstein and Mark Rudolph 

What happened when Canadian rocker and bodybuilder Jon Mikl Thor met Marvel's Stan Lee?  Well, it was more than a little cloudburst! 'Nuff Said.

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Illustration by Mark Rudolph

Bus Stop Ned has a good day by Ken Eppstein and Matt Wyatt  and Bus Stop Ned has a recipe by Matt Miner and Jude Vigants

Two new stories featuring everybody's (least) favorite commuter!  Dialog taken from actual real bus stop "horror stories"

Review: 2000 AD - Prog 1993

Once upon a time, 2000 AD could have saved the comic book industry—or at least the ideas behind the series could have. A British anthology comic book series that, in retrospect, almost looked like the UK version of a Weekly Shonen Jump where every week would be a collection of four-to-five different serialized comic stories done by various writers and artists. This was a series that gave way to characters like Judge Dredd and, owing to its punk zine scene roots, told some of the best hard-hitting science fiction and satire of the 1980's.

But now that it's 2016 and 2000 AD is still publishing comics, the format and style doesn’t hold up as sharply as it once did.

Most of this issue’s problems come from the classic 2000 AD format. The series publishes in a slightly-larger-than-single-issue length of 32 pages—meaning each of the five stories in every issue has to tell its chunk of a serialized story in about five-to-six pages.

2000 AD Prog 1993The restriction of this format has paved the way for some incredibly inventive methods of storytelling but here; most of the stories feel chopped up and squeezed in without a second thought towards if they make for an interesting read on their own.

Judge Dredd is investigating a crime with a suspect who might now look like a woman and, despite this being part three of the current story, I can’t tell if there’s a lick of satire or irony in the story they’re telling. The other stories here that don’t hit the mark have some interesting ideas going for them: an intergalactic version of the Cold War that still takes place in the 1960's or a story about a member of a salvage space ship forced to murder his own crew after being experimented on by aliens.

They’re cool and visually interesting science fiction stories but reading them here felt like picking up a random newspaper to read the Mark Trail strip. There’s a story happening here but it feels too cut up to get anything more than a sense of it.

The two stand-out stories in 2000 AD Prog 1993 are “The Candidate” and “Mindmine.” “The Candidate” follows one of the psychic cops of the Judge Dredd world as she attempts to prevent the assassination of a politician. Politicians in the Judge Dredd universe don’t have particularly long life spans and it is up to Anderson to pick the assassin out of a crowd who all want this politician dead. The story’s tense and sends a strong sense of just what kind of wall this psi-cop is up against. There are moments of shock and the artists here even manage to end the story on a shocking twist all within the five page restriction.

“Mindmine” stands out with its almost Looney Toons style art about the story of an alien civilization as a soldier has to defuse a psychic mine implanted in the consciousness of a random citizen. It's a story that reminds the reader just how weird and jarring 2000 AD is willing to go as the shocked civilian relives the memory of his son’s birthday party as an explosives unit tries to disarm the bomb.

While these stories stand out, they stand out as reminders of the weird political legacy 2000 AD has always had and especially how they managed to convey satisfying and varied experiences within five pages of content. This current book can’t shake the feeling of having been made by a group of people who were once edgy in the 80's but now are just old and the types of stories being told are showing their rust.

The comic anthology willing to push the boundaries of what types of stories are being told still feels like a necessary and exciting prospect. Unfortunately, however, that anthology will more likely come from the legacy left behind by 2000 AD comics rather than 2000 AD itself.

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2000 AD - Prog 1993
Writers: Various
Artists: Various
Publisher: Rebellion
Price: £2.55
Format: Ongoing/Weekly; Print/Digital