The venerable British comic 2000AD has been a hothouse for developing talent, with creators like Alan Moore and Grant Morrison on board as well as long-running series like Judge Dredd, which was made into a movie a few years back. Great stuff, but hard to find on this side of the pond, as it was strictly an import product for American retailers and therefore distribution was spotty.
All that is about to change, as 2000AD's parent company, game publisher Rebellion, announced plans this week for a U.S. line of 2000AD graphic novels. Launching in June with the first volume of Judge Dredd, the line will include classic and newer comics, some with new covers for the U.S. market. Aside from that, though, the comics won't be changed much; editor Keith Richardson believes that, like Monty Python, 2000AD doesn't need to be diluted for American readers.
The graphic novels will be available to bookstores through Simon and Schuster and to the direct market through Diamond, and Rebellion plans to release one or two a month with a price range of $17.99-$19.99.