On and off over the past four decades, British comic magazine 2000 AD has released regular winter anthologies featuring a collection of sci-fi tales from across its roster of comic book heroes. But this year will mark a big change for the publisher: It’s the first time they’re printing a winter special created entirely by women.
Image: Rebellion. Sci-Fi Special cover art by Tula Lotay.
As revealed by The Hollywood Reporter today, this year’s 48-page Sci-Fi Special (which has once again become a yearly tradition for the publisher, having restarted the annual series in 2014 after a decade-plus absence) will exclusively feature the work of women, including Alex De Campi, Katy Rex and Tillie Walden. The covers for the special will also be drawn by female artists – including Tula Lotay and newcomer Emily Zeinner.
It’s an interesting way to shake up an anthology that’s been around, intermittently, for the best part of 40 years – and for many of the women involved, it will be the first time they have gotten to work on 2000 AD‘s stable of characters, with stories in the special covering everyone from Judge Dredd to Rogue. Sometimes, a new perspective such as that can lead to some interesting stories for some of British comics’ most famous heroes. The 2018 Sci-Fi Special hits shelves June 20.