Dredd reck­on­ing

Doc­u­men­tary Fu­ture Shock! tells the in­cred­i­ble story of long-run­ning Bri­tish comic 2000 AD

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Punk comic 2000 AD has been thrilling earth­lets since 1977, but it’s taken till now for a doc­u­men­tary to chron­i­cle its me­te­oric rise. Fu­ture Shock! came about when di­rec­tor Paul Good­win, and pro­duc­ers Sean Ho­gan and He­len Mul­lane united in their de­sire to tell a story they felt had been ig­nored.

Good­win wanted to “go to the cre­ators and hear them speak and really cham­pion them, es­pe­cially peo­ple like Pat Mills” (right). He also wanted to show that the in­flu­ence of the comic was in­cred­i­bly wide: “2000 AD is the comic that peo­ple don’t know they like. Its pop cul­tural in­flu­ence is mas­sive and yet too many peo­ple are un­aware of it.”

Ap­pear­ing in the doc are 2000 AD stal­warts like Alan Grant and John Wag­ner, along­side Neil Gaiman and Dredd star Karl Ur­ban. The film’s an­i­ma­tions and vi­su­als riff on clas­sic 2000 AD art, and the film­mak­ers com­mis­sioned a sound­track that Ho­gan says is: “a mix­ture of punk and that kind of retro-elec­tronic aes­thetic that we as­so­ci­ated with that 1970s era.”

Ex­pect a frank look at the highs and lows of the comic’s history. Mul­lane says: “We did fore­warn peo­ple in­volved that we had no in­ten­tion of sug­ar­coat­ing, even though we are fans of the comic to this day. If 2000 AD has taught us any­thing, it is to ques­tion your he­roes!”

Fu­ture Shock! The Story Of 2000 AD is out now on DVD.

“Check out our re­view on page 105. Punk.”

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