Rebellion signs 2000 AD novel deal with BL Publishing

Official Press Release

Rebellion has signed a deal with Games Workshop Group PLC to publish aseries of original paperback novels based on 2000 AD characters andstories under Games Workshop's new BL Publishing subsidiary. The newrange of novels will contain brand new stories featuring many of thelegendary characters 2000 AD has unleashed on the comics-reading publicover the last 25 years, including Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog.

The first 2000 AD title to be released will be a novelisation of theJudge Dredd: Dredd Vs. Death videogame that Rebellion is developing forPC and PS2 for release this autumn. The Judge Dredd: Dredd Vs. Deathnovel 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, newnon-Games Workshop fantasy and science fiction and classic reprints (andwhich will also be publishing a range of novelisations of New LineCinema properties such as Freddy Krueger, Jason Vorhees andLeatherface).

Jason Kingsley, CEO and Creative Director of Rebellion says, "Rebellionis building a significant business in entertainment. We have successfulbusiness in Computer Games, Comics and film and TV production and now,with this exciting partnership with the Black Library, we have anotherworld-class partnership to bring novels of the highest quality to ourever eager audience."

BL Publishing CEO Andy Jones states that, "In the few years the BlackLibrary has been in existence, it has shown that it can produce qualitybooks in a profitable way for the company. The formation of BLPublishing and the expansion into new categories and imprints is inrecognition of that success, and is Games Workshop's sign that it isbehind the publishing programme and is committed to its growth."

Black Flame Publisher Marc Gascoigne enthused, "It's great to be workingwith my favourite comic book characters. Older Dredd fanboys will know Iworked on the original GW-released Judge Dredd roleplaying game back inthe day. Now I am really excited we're 'going back in'. Black Library'snovels featuring well-known 2000 AD names like Dan Abnett and GordonRennie are doing fabulously well, especially in the USA. So thecombination of all those world-class characters, that talent and our newimprint should open some important doors for us all."

2000 AD is on sale every Wednesday, priced £1.40. The Judge DreddMegazine is on sale the first Wednesday of every month, priced £3.95.

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