Interview: 2000 AD's Michael Molcher On The UK's Greatest Export
Aug 24, 2019
If you're in the know then it's no secret that some of comics' biggest and boldest talents cut their teeth at 2000 AD. We're talking Grant Morrison, Alan Davis, Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon, Peter Milligan, Brian Bolland, Mark Millar, Alan Moore...the list is seemingly endless. So why is it that so many American readers are painfully unaware of the UK publisher? The answer is complicated but that's all about to change.
With Day of Dredd right around the corner, it's time for U.S. readers and comic shops to experience the adrenaline-spiking rush that is 2000 AD! Fortunately, the publisher's consumer marketing man-at-arms, Michael Molcher, has been enlisted to bring the good fight to America's shores!
"[2000 AD is] the comics world you've never heard of but you'll love when you read it," Molcher explains in the above video. "There's such an appetite for our stuff over here, and we like to put out such an incredible range of books because we're not just Dredd."
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(W) Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Peter Milligan, Mark Millar, Alan Davis (A) Various
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