by Jarrod Jones. The law-bustin’ boots of Judge Dredd have walked the Mega-City beat for 42 years, and it’s past drokkin’ time we showed our appreciation! And thanks to those law-abiding types over at 2000 AD you won’t need to live in Mega-City One to show your civic duty this September.
September 7 marks the “DAY OF DREDD”, a fan-focused event that aims to unite retailers and readers in celebration of Britain’s most famous comics creation, the no-guff-havin’ lawman himself, Judge Joseph Dredd!
Created by Pat Mills, John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra in 1977, Judge Dredd has punished the law-averse with his unique zeal for justice, thwarting the likes of the Mean Machine, PJ Maybe, and even the dreaded Judge Death himssself! And now you’ll be able to share your own fond memories and preferred perp-busts on September 7 via social media by using the tag #DAYOFDREDD! How you first discovered Ol’ Stoney Face, your first-ever Dredd saga, your favorite Mega-City minion, how you choose to share your love for all things Dredd will be entirely up to you!
And 2000 AD has something special in store for those who continue to put Judge Dredd in the hot little hands of readers the world ’round: All shops and libraries who participate in DAY OF DREDD are encouraged to share photos of their displays online with the tag #DAYOFDREDD! Those who do can expect 2000 AD-branded care-packages delivered to their doors as a sign of appreciation from the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic! (The retailer/librarian who most ambitiously festoons their DAY OF DREDD displays with ardor will be honored with the DAY OF DREDD GOLDEN EAGLE certificate and will be awarded with “a treasure trove of complimentary 2000 AD goodies including trade paperbacks, toys and merchandising rarities.” Details continue below!
If you’re looking to add some extra punch to your Dredd displays, 2000 AD and Rebellion Publishing will have the latest Judge Dredd Mega-Epic rarin’ to go: Rob Williams & Henry Flint’s “The Small House” will be reprinted in a handsome single volume that will give all Dredd displays an added blast of Lawgiving Thrill-power!
You can read the full press release from 2000 AD below. In the meantime, mind all city ordinances and laws and keep your tagging strictly online; Judge Dredd is out there. Never forget—he is the law!
From ‘2000 AD’: SEPTEMBER 7TH 2019 IS THE DAY OF DREDD!
Hey, punk – this September it’s now the law that you celebrate the most hardcore lawman of them all … Judge Dredd!
September 7th 2019 – THE DAY OF DREDD is the explosive finale of a month of celebration, promotion and events honouring Britain’s biggest comic book export and a world icon!
Fans will be encouraged to participate by sharing their own personal memories of first encountering Dredd himself, or their favourite characters from his vast universe of stories using the hashtag #DAYOFDREDD
Comic book shops and libraries who send in evidence of their DAY OF DREDD displays will receive care-packages so good they should be illegal.
The most imaginative winner will be awarded DAY OF DREDD GOLDEN EAGLE certificate and receive a treasure trove of complimentary 2000 AD goodies including trade paperbacks, toys and merchandising rarities.
In 1977, Judge Dredd burst out of the pages of 2000 AD and blasted his way deep into the pop culture consciousness of an entire generation. He’s been bringing the law to the mean streets of Mega-City One ever since, immortalised in over 40 years of stories. Every now and then it’s important to take a step back from serving up justice and remember your many bone-breaking achievements.
Coinciding with the event, September 5th sees the worldwide release of Rebellion’s collected edition of Judge Dredd: The Small House by Rob Williams and Henry Flint – the critically acclaimed and lauded thriller that is already being hailed as one of the classic Judge Dredd stories, with Mark Millar calling it: “one of the best runs ever”.
The Small House mines Judge Dredd’s rich history, so now is a perfect time to dust off your Judge Dredd: The Complete Case-Files collections and catch-up on his greatest adventures!
Participate in Day of Dredd by following #DAYOFDREDD and follow @2000AD