Cover of the book, featuring a montage of 2000 AD characters, by Brian Bolland
|Cover artist||Brian Bolland|
Thrill Power Overload, or TPO is a book about the history of the British comic 2000 AD written by David Bishop, one of its editors.
The book started life as series of articles written by David Bishop and serialised in the Judge Dredd Megazine , forming the most comprehensive history of the comic 2000 AD yet written.
The articles gave details of the way particular strips were created, the various financial and other external pressures the comic had faced, and some behind the scenes gossip.
A similar follow-up feature, Fifteen Years, Creep!, was a history of the Megazine itself.
The instalments were:
They have now been collected and expanded into a book:
2000 AD is a weekly British science fiction-oriented comic magazine. As a comics anthology it serialises stories in each issue and was first published by IPC Magazines in 1977, the first issue dated 26 February. IPC then shifted the title to its Fleetway comics subsidiary, which was sold to Robert Maxwell in 1987 and then to Egmont UK in 1991. Fleetway continued to produce the title until 2000, when it was bought by Rebellion Developments.
Judge Cassandra Anderson is a fictional law enforcer and psychic appearing in the British science fiction comics 2000 AD and the Judge Dredd Megazine. Created by writer John Wagner and artist Brian Bolland, Anderson made her debut as a supporting character in the Judge Dredd story "Judge Death". The character's popularity with readers led to her starring in her own series, Anderson: Psi-Division, which has been written almost exclusively by Alan Grant, often working with artist Arthur Ranson until 2005; Boo Cook drew a majority of the stories until 2012, since which a number of different artists have worked on the strip. In 2012 the character appeared in the film Dredd, played by Olivia Thirlby.
Michael McMahon is a British comics artist best known for his work on 2000 AD characters such as Judge Dredd, Sláine and ABC Warriors, and the mini-series The Last American.
Simon "Si" Spurrier is a British comics writer and novelist, who has previously worked as a cook, a bookseller, and an art director for the BBC.
Judge Dredd: The Megazine is a monthly British comic magazine, launched in October 1990. It is a sister publication to 2000 AD. Its name is a play on words, formed from "magazine" and Dredd's locale Mega-City One.
Starlord was a short-lived weekly British science fiction comic book magazine published by IPC in 1978 as a sister title to 2000 AD, which had been launched the previous year in anticipation of a science fiction boom surrounding Star Wars.
Massimo Belardinelli was an Italian comic artist best known for his work in the British science fiction comic 2000 AD.
Arthur James Ranson is an English comic book illustrator, known for his work on Look-in, Anderson: Psi Division, Button Man and Mazeworld. His work on Cassandra Anderson has been called "photo-realistic".
David James Bishop is a New Zealand comic book editor and writer of comics, novels and screenplays. In 1990s he ran the UK comics titles Judge Dredd Megazine (1991–2002) and 2000 AD (1995–2000).
Henry Flint is a British comic book artist who has worked mainly for British science fiction comic 2000 AD.
Durham Red is a British comics character, originally created in 1987 as a female sidekick and lover for Johnny Alpha in the long-running comic book series Strontium Dog in 2000 AD. She is a bounty hunter with a mutation that gives her a vampiric lust for blood.
Matt Smith is the current and longest-serving editor of long-running British science fiction weekly comics anthology magazine 2000 AD, and also the longest-running editor of its sister title Judge Dredd Megazine. He has also written four novels.
Dave Stone is a British writer.
Peter Doherty is a British comic book artist and colourist.
John Hicklenton, aka John Deadstock, was a British comics artist best known for his brutal, visceral work on flagship 2000 AD characters like Judge Dredd and Nemesis the Warlock during the Eighties and Nineties.
Simon Coleby is a British comic book artist who has worked mainly for British sci-fi comic 2000 AD and Marvel Comics.
Simon Davis is a British comics artist known for his fully painted art work on Sinister Dexter, Black Siddha and Stone Island. He is also a member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and has produced prize-winning fine art.
John Wagner has worked on a wide range of British comics most notably working on Judge Dredd and the various spin-offs.
Eagle Comics was a short lived comic book publishing company that existed to reprint comic stories from the UK's 2000 A.D. magazine for distribution in North America. They existed from 1983 to 1986 and were based in London, England with product production and distribution located in Canada.