Rebel duo blast off at 2000AD for Cork Judge Dredd story

MENTION the names of Judge Dredd or Dan Dare to any comic book fan and revered publication 2000AD will come to mind. Now, the ‘galaxy’s greatest comic’ will have its first ever story created by Cork duo Rory McConville and Eoin Coveney.

Rebel duo blast off at 2000AD for Cork Judge Dredd story

‘Return of the Revolutionaries’ is described as a science fiction spoof story where a rebel fighting the evil imperial army decides it’s better to hide amongst the enemy, and finds life is better on the other side. It is set to be published is an issue of 2000AD released next Wednesday.

Written by Bishopstown man Rory McConville and illustrated by Eoin Covney from Rochestown, ‘Return of the Revolutionaries’ is another stepping stone in the creators’ growing portfolio.

Writer Rory McConville, a lifelong comic fan, is loving the tie-in with 2000AD. “It’s pretty great. As with all long-running comics, there’s that sense of legacy and history that’s fun to be a part of but it also, by the nature of the anthology format, it doesn’t bog you down with the potential continuity minefields you might find at places like DC/Marvel (I’m presuming!).”

The anthology format; which gives writers five pages to tell a full story is something which McConville has grown accustomed to.

“I’ve been doing short comics for ages but nothing teaches you how to trim fat like fitting a complete story into four pages,” he says.

It is a skill which has shaped McConville’s own writing process. Opening up on his own process and shedding some advice, McConville explained, “If you want to get technical about it, it’s throwing all the ideas onto a page and finding a way of forming that into a narrative, polishing that for a while until it’s a one-page synopsis, then breaking it down into individual page breakdowns, then working through on a page-by-page level, then panel-by-panel.”

Previously, McConville has worked on a variety of strips for 2000AD such as ‘Mindmime’ with legendary artist Colin McNeil (‘Judge Dredd: America’), ‘The Timeless Assassin’ and ‘Adventure Time’.

Meanwhile, illustrator Eoin Coveney is just as enthused at getting a chance to work at the comic once again.

“Having debuted in 2000AD in 2014, this will be my sixth published work and it feels just as thrilling as the first. This is a comic I have loved since I was nine and to be a contributor is truly a dream come true. That the forthcoming story is written by a fellow Corkman is a very sweet bonus indeed.”

Covney’s association with 2000AD began with ‘Two Tons of Trouble’ and he has also worked on numerous Judge Dredd stories and serialised gothic horror strip, ‘The Alienist’ .

Obviously, for this Cork comic duo, the sky is definitely not the limit.

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