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
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.