Comics For The Ears: Are You Listening To The ‘2000 AD Thrill-Cast’ Yet?

by Richard Bruton

The 2000 AD Thrill-Cast – a great way to hear the creators behind the Galaxy’s Greatest speak! This series of podcasts has been going for a while now and has just reached the 50th episode with a particularly fascinating 2-part interview with the legend, Kevin O’Neill. So it seemed a damn fine time to bring it to your attention!

The 2000 AD Thrill-Cast is THE podcast to take you behind-the-scenes at 2000 AD with creator interviews, panels, and more!

And during the past year, with lockdowns and the like, it’s really come into it’s own with a series of Lockdown Tapes podcasts, bringing old interviews back, featuring loads of interesting chats with fascinating folks, some legends of the comic, some brand-new.

Like I say, the Kevin O’Neill two-parter is a fabulous listen (part one, part two comic in two weeks), with the artist behind Nemesis, ABC Warriors, Metalzoic, Marshal Law, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, going from his earliest days as an office boy at Buster in the 1970s all the way through to working with Alan Moore on League of Extra-Ordinary Gentlemen, and covering all points in-between, including getting banned by the Comics Code Authority and his hatred for dragons (seriously!).

And the legends even get together for a chat occassionally, such as the excellent episode of the podcast featuring Dave Gibbons, Mick McMahon, and Brian Bolland… three old-timers getting together and reminiscing about there lives in comics and, in particular, working for 2000 AD in the early days. It’s just aural nostalgia that’s so wonderful to hear and the respect in their words when they talk about each other’s work.

Similarly, there’s hours of entertainment from interviews with the likes of John Wagner, Mick McMahon, Bryan Talbot, Sean Phillips, Dermot Power, Carl Critchlow, Ian Kennedy, Mike Dorey, and Steve Sampson, all building up a rich aural history of British comics in general and 2000 AD in particular.

You’ll also find a wealth of interviews from creators working at 2000 AD now, such as Kek W and Dave Kendall talking Visions of Deadworld, David Roach talking about his Masters of British Comic Art book, David Hine and Nick Percival on the Dark Judges, Ian Edginton and D’Israeli on Stickleback, Dan Abnett on Lawless the Musical, plus contributions from Mark HarrisonRob Williams, Laurence Campbell, Mike Carroll, Jake Lynch, Greg Staples, INJ Culbard, Ram V, Dan Lish, Ales Kot, Jamie McKelvie, Becky Cloonan, Henry Flint… the list really does go on and on and on.

Finally, another essential listen for you – John Sanders talking about his autobiography, King’s Reach: 25 Years At The Top Of Comics, where one of the most influential figures in the history of modern British comics reflects on his more than 25 years of publishing, including overseeing the launch of hugely popular titles like Tammy, Battle, Action, Starlord, and of course 2000 AD. His memoir is a simply fascinating, albeit a one-sided, look at his time in charge.

There’s hours of listening with the Thrill-Cast, perfect to see us all through the (hopefully) last few months of lockdowns and stay at home orders.

You can subscribe to the 2000 AD Thrill-Cast on your favourite podcast app, iTunes, Sticher, and Spotify. You can also listen now at 2000AD.com/podcast, Soundcloud, or you can watch on You Tube.

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