Rebellion signs 2000 AD novel deal with BL Publishing

Wed, February 26th, 2003 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

Official Press Release

Rebellion has signed a deal with Games Workshop Group PLC to publish a

series of original paperback novels based on 2000 AD characters and

stories under Games Workshop's new BL Publishing subsidiary. The new

range of novels will contain brand new stories featuring many of the

legendary characters 2000 AD has unleashed on the comics-reading public

over the last 25 years, including Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog.

The first 2000 AD title to be released will be a novelisation of the

Judge Dredd: Dredd Vs. Death videogame that Rebellion is developing for

PC and PS2 for release this autumn. The Judge Dredd: Dredd Vs. Death

novel is planned for publication at around the same time as the game,

with many other titles to follow.

The 2000 AD novels will be published under BL Publishing's new imprint,

Black Flame, which has been set up to release media tie-in, new

non-Games Workshop fantasy and science fiction and classic reprints (and

which will also be publishing a range of novelisations of New Line

Cinema properties such as Freddy Krueger, Jason Vorhees and

Leatherface).

Jason Kingsley, CEO and Creative Director of Rebellion says, "Rebellion

is building a significant business in entertainment. We have successful

business in Computer Games, Comics and film and TV production and now,

with this exciting partnership with the Black Library, we have another

world-class partnership to bring novels of the highest quality to our

ever eager audience."

BL Publishing CEO Andy Jones states that, "In the few years the Black

Library has been in existence, it has shown that it can produce quality

books in a profitable way for the company. The formation of BL

Publishing and the expansion into new categories and imprints is in

recognition of that success, and is Games Workshop's sign that it is

behind the publishing programme and is committed to its growth."

Black Flame Publisher Marc Gascoigne enthused, "It's great to be working

with my favourite comic book characters. Older Dredd fanboys will know I

worked on the original GW-released Judge Dredd roleplaying game back in

the day. Now I am really excited we're 'going back in'. Black Library's

novels featuring well-known 2000 AD names like Dan Abnett and Gordon

Rennie are doing fabulously well, especially in the USA. So the

combination of all those world-class characters, that talent and our new

imprint should open some important doors for us all."

2000 AD is on sale every Wednesday, priced £1.40. The Judge Dredd

Megazine is on sale the first Wednesday of every month, priced £3.95.

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