For The First Time In Its History, 2000 AD’s Sci-Fi Special Will Have An All-Female Creative Team


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.


  • Yeah see this shouldn’t be such a big deal. Now if it sucks “journalists” will double down on promoting it and say people are sexist. If it is good then they will gloat about how awesome women are and how evil men are.

      • To be perfectly fair the first point is true. Why should having an all female team be any big deal? As feminist knuckles said “You know, Amy, anytime someone calls attention to the breaking of gender roles, it ultimately undermines the concept of gender equality by implying that this is an exception and not the status quo.”

        Its not as if all female artists/authors/groups havent been around before (ill point to CLAMP as a perfect example) if the stories they pull out is awesome sauce then by all means start promoting them. Judge them by their work not by the gender

    • There are very a many all female crew/group that have done much in writing, music and comics/manga (i did mention CLAMP)

      Not exactly “ground breaking” stuff there…. now if they pull of really excellent works of writing then feel free to shower them with the praises they earned.

      This is the equivalent of those patronisingly useless participation awards were you pat someone on the head for just being there.

      • ‘Very a many’

        What percentage? 1? 5? Over the last five decades or so, less than .5% probably across genre narrative sectors.

        It’s ground breaking pretty much every time you see an all-female creative team.

        In case you don’t know, 2000AD has been around since 1977. That’s over 40 years. Thousands of people have worked on its pages, day in, day out.

        And in over 40 years, for almost every day, the creative team has either been entirely male, or almost entirely male.

        THAT is why it is a big deal.

        The only patronising thing here is your attempt to minimise things.

  • So, next year’s Sci-fi special will be all male creators? Because, as any loyal 2000AD reader knows, the publisher is an alien (of indeterminate gender) and the magazine is produced by droids!

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