40 Years of 2000 AD: Pat Mills and Kevin O'Neill Launch New Novel
By Benjamin Williams

Posted on: 17 Jan 2017

Press Release:

2000 AD is thrilled to announce another "zarjaz" event to mark its 40th anniversary next month – featuring two of its greatest creators!

The sold-out 40 Years of Thrill-Power Festival takes place at the Novotel in Hammersmith, London, on Saturday 11th February with a stunning line-up of talent from four decades of the Galaxy's Greatest Comic.

And kickstarting the weekend of events, Pat Mills and Kevin O‘Neill will launch their new crime novel alongside a brand new vintage Nemesis the Warlock print at Gosh Comics on Friday 10th February.

The pair will be signing Read Em and Weep Book One: Serial Killer at the store on Berwick Street, Soho, London, from 6-7pm.

Mills and O’Neill are two of the true legends of British comics and were both instrumental in the success of 2000 AD, from Pat’s creation of the title in 1977 to their work together on series such as ABC Warriors to Nemesis the Warlock to Kevin’s introduction of creator credits,

A darkly comedic prose thriller set in the ‘70s, co-authored by Mills and O'Neill, Read Em and Weep is a story of revenge for a lost childhood, of flawed and eccentric characters, strange passions, and arrested development set during the 1970s heyday of British comics, where comic book editor Dave Maudling is the world’s laziest and most cowardly serial killer, to the point where he never killed anyone – yet.

And 2000 AD and Gosh are pleased to announce a very special print that will be launched on the night – a stunning vintage Kevin O'Neill illustration of one his signature characters, Nemesis the Warlock.

Originally drawn as an in-house ad, then reused in both the Eagle Comics reprints and again for the cover of the 2013 Deviant Edition hardcover, Gosh have gone back to the original black and white art to create a beautiful screenprint.

Signed by Kevin O'Neill and limited to just 100 copies, the screenprint retails for £35. It is A3 (42.0 x 59.4cm, 11.69 x 16.53 inches) and printed on 270gsm Mohawk Superfine acid-free and archival paper. The print will launch in-store at the signing and a small number will be held back for online purchase, available at 11am on Saturday, 11th February.

This is just one of several satellite events taking place around 2000 AD’s 40th birthday in February. The 40 Years of Thrill-power Festival is the sold-out event taking place on 11th February in London to mark four decades of British comics’ greatest export. As well as the one-day convention in Hammersmith with more than 100 creator guests from the past 40 years, 2000 AD is organising a series of events to celebrate this landmark – events already announced include a special life drawing event on 5th February and two exhibitions of original artwork in London and Margate.

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