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