The 2000 AD Weekly Droid Watch: Keeping an Eye on What Tharg’s Minions Are up to Whilst They Should Be Hard at Work! September 26th 2009


Occasionally, Tharg permits some of his script & art droids to leave 2000 AD headquarters. In the Weekly Droid Watch, I’m going to be keeping an eye on what present and former droids have been up to each week. 2000 AD droids tend to go on to produce some of the most phenomenal U.S. comics, so I’ll also be listing what comics released each week have that extra special shot of thrill-power.

Droid Appearances

  • You can meet several 2000 AD droids, this Saturday, 26th September, at Traveling Man in Manchester between 12-3pm. Guests include script droids Al Ewing and Ian Edginton, and art droids Leigh Gallagher, Dave Taylor, and Steve Yeowell!

  • You can also meet art droid Simon Gurr and script droid Paul Cornell at Bristol Con ’09 this Saturday, 26th September. Including:
  • Script droid Tony Lee will this Saturday, 26th September, at the Bath Festival Of Children’s Literature, where he will be giving a talk entitled ‘Talking Graphic Novels With Tony Lee’ from 4-5pm, at the Guildhall, where he’ll be talking about a variety of subjects including Outlaw: The Legend Of Robin Hood, From The Pages Of Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’: Harker, Doctor Who and also his upcoming Power Of Five book adaptations.
  • Also, art droid PJ Holden may be seen this Saturday, and EVERY Saturday from 09:00 - 15:00 at St. George’s Market in Belfast. PJ Will be selling original comic art, prints, and self published comics. In honour of World Pirate Day he’ll be doing pirate sketches for £5! For more details, see here!

Droid Personal Blog Updates

  • On Monday script droid Bob Byrne announced that he had started planning a planning a new Mister Amperduke book! The current Mister Amperduke book will be in this Novembers Previews and he’ll be relaunching his site with all manner of new things including a multilingual Amperduke section where the preview of the new book will be.

- Bob also announced that he will be taking part in this year’s Irish 24h hour comic day 2009. This years 24 hour comic day is the 17th to 18th of October. Bob says that he is going to do it properly this year and see how many pages I can do digitally, and he might go for dialogue depending on the random titles.

Here is the new site.

And here is animated version of my his first one.

  • Last Saturday, art droid Rufus Dayglo posted the rough cover artwork for Tank Girl: Skidmarks #3:

  • On Tuesday, Sean Phillips posted a making of process for the cover to Criminal: The Sinners #4. Click here to see the rough cover, then here to see the pencilled cover, and finally here to see the final cover!

- Then on Wednesday he posted some new Marvel Zombie images, including Deadpool and… Batman??:

Art Blog Updates

Eclectic Micks

Eclectic Micks are a collection of Irish professional comic book artists. They include Stephen Mooney (Angel; After the Fall), Stephen Thompson (Star Trek; New Frontier, Presidential Material: John McCain), PJ Holden (Fearless, 2000AD), Nick Roche (Transformers, Doctor Who), Will Sliney (Farscape), Bob Byrne (Mr. Amperduke, 2000AD) and Declan Shalvey (28 Days Later, Frankenstein). Every day there is a new sketch posted there, with each artist posting on a certain day. Apart from regular updates by art droids Holden and Byrne, this blog is packed full of gorgeous art from insanely talented individuals, including the amazing Declan Shavley, who is currently working on Boom! Studio’s 28 days Later title – so check it daily!

  • This Saturday, art droid PJ Holden posted a sketch of himself as a logo-headed man in the style of Bob Byrne’s artwork (I think they’re all crazy…)

  • This Friday, art & script droid Bob Byrne posted a drawing of Barracuda from Garth Ennis’ infamous Punisher Max run!

Scotch Corner

Scotch Corner is a collection of Scottish professional artists. They include Thomas Crielly, Gary Erskine, Andy Hepworth, Jon Hodgson and Graeme Neil Reid. Every day there is a new sketch posted there, with each artist posting on a certain day. Much like Eclectic Mick’s, you should check this blog every day, to check out amazing new artwork!

  • This Thursday, art Droid Gary Erskine posted the cover he has drawn for the new collection of Knights of the Pendragon, alsng with TONS of sketches he did and lots of notes on the creative process. It’s a great read!

Webcomic Updates

Written and drawn by art/script droid Bob Byrne Spazzmoid is a weekly webcomic with very weird, very random, and very funny updates. I deleted the whole webcomic section a couple of weeks ago by mistake, while I was deleting the Lilly Mackenzie entry, so here are a couple of updates I missed: Uncle Spunk Nugget Paedo Apocalypse Part 20, Part 21, and Part 22 - be aware that these are NSFW, and not for the easily offended… Oh wait, THAT ALL FOLKS! What’s next bob?


  • Episode #7 of the Sunnyside podcast was release on Monday. This week guest podcasters, and fledgling Belfast comics-creators Stephen Downey and Andrew Croskery elected to come in and talk about their work with Insomnia Publications.
  • Episiode 11 of the Everything Comes Back to 2000 AD podcast went live on Tuesday. In this one the guys look at prog 9 then get up to date with the big jump on issue 1650 and also 1651 and 1652.

Other Comics Out This Week That have a special Dose of Thrill-Power

Looks like Comixology is dead right now, and as that is the easiest way to get this info I’ll update this bit later!

Related posts:

  1. The 2000 AD Weekly Droid Watch: Keeping an Eye on What Tharg’s Minions Are up to Whilst They Should Be Hard at Work! September 19th 2009
  2. The Weekly Droid Watch - September 12th 2009
  3. The Weekly Droid Watch - September 4th 2009 - Special Two Week Edition!!
  4. The Weekly Droid Watch - August 20th 2009
  5. Thrill-Power Thursday - The Weekly Droid Watch - July 16th 2009

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