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'2000 AD' Publisher Revises 2020 Graphic Novel Schedule

The coronavirus pandemic has forced a change of release plans for Rebellion's 'Essential Judge Dredd' line and more.
'Judge Dredd: Origins'   |   Brian Bolland/Rebellion
The coronavirus pandemic has forced a change of release plans for Rebellion's 'Essential Judge Dredd' line and more.

2000 AD publisher Rebellion has become the latest to reassess its publishing schedule in the wake of the impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on the publishing industry — and particularly the comic book industry — with a revised slate that divides digital and print releases and pushes back titles previously announced for this summer.

As part of the reordering, print collections scheduled for May through August have been postponed until later in the year, with the exception of exclusive limited editions already printed for distribution through Rebellion’s online store. Other titles scheduled for release in 2020 will be bumped to next year to avoid flooding the market when stores reopen.

“We won't be going on hiatus — the periodical comics will continue while some book collections will go digital-first so we can continue to share and shout about the amazing work our creators and editors are putting together while we're all in lockdown," Rebellion’s head of publishing Ben Smith said Wednesday in a statement. "Where special hardback editions have already been printed we will release these from our webshop on the planned dates.”

One element hit hardest by the revised schedule is Rebellion’s push into the U.S. market. The monthly Best of 2000 AD anthology, originally scheduled to launch this month, has been indefinitely postponed due to Diamond Comics Distributors’ pause on shipping product to stores, and Essential Judge Dredd: Origins, the second release from a line intended to introduce Judge Dredd to a new market, has been shifted from November of this year to September 2021 in the new lineup.

The revised schedule as released by Rebellion follows. As the publisher notes, the 2021 lineup is not complete, but simply the list of rescheduled titles initially planned for 2020.

The Complete Johnny Future  Digital and standard print edition – April 30, 2020
Judge Dredd Case Files Vol. 35  Digital release – May 14; standard print edition postponed to Oct. 1, 2020
Smash! Special  Print and digital release – May 27, 2020
Sláine: The Horned God Collector's Edition  Digital and webshop-exclusive edition – May 28, 2020; standard print edition postponed to Sept. 3, 2020
Strontium Dog: Search and Destroy Edition  Digital and webshop-exclusive edition – June 11, 2020; standard print edition postponed to Nov. 12, 2020
2000 AD Summer Sci Fi Special: Twenty Years of Rebellion  Print and digital – June 24, 2020
Concrete Surfer  Digital and webshop-exclusive edition – June 25, 2020; standard print edition postponed to Sept. 17, 2020
War Picture Library: Battler Britton  Digital – July 9; standard print edition postponed to June 2021
Judge Dredd: Control  Digital – July 9, 2020; print edition postponed to Dec. 10, 2020
Tammy & Jinty Special  Print and digital – July 29, 2020
Hope Book 2  Digital – Aug. 20, 2020; print edition postponed to Jan. 21, 2021
Essential Judge Dredd: America  Print and digital – Sept. 3, 2020
Battle Special 2020  Print and digital – 16 Sept. 16, 2020
Misty & Scream Special 2020  Print and digital – Sept. 30, 2020
The Dracula File paperback edition  Print edition – Oct. 1, 2020
The Thirteenth Floor Vol.2  Print and digital – Oct. 15, 2020
Thriller Picture Library Special  Print and digital – Nov. 11, 2020
Faceache Vol.1 paperback edition  Print edition – Nov. 12, 2020
Death Squad  Print and digital – Nov. 26, 2020
Misty Creepy Christmas Special  Print and digital – Dec. 2, 2020
Sláine: Web of Weird  Print and digital – Dec. 10, 2020
Sugar Jones  Print and digital – Dec. 24, 2020
Cor! Buster Collection  Print and digital – Dec. 24, 2020
King’s Reach: John Sanders’ Twenty-Five Years at the Top of Comics  Print and digital – Jan. 7, 2021
2000 AD Regened Collected Edition  Print and digital – Jan. 7, 2021
Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files Vol. 36  Print and digital – Feb. 4, 2021
The Vigilant  Print and digital – April 1, 2021
Thistlebone  Print and digital – April 29, 2021
Devlin Waugh: Blood Debt  Print and digital – May 2021
Ken Reid Football Funnies  Print and digital – July 2021
The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire Vol. 2  Print and digital – July 2021
Essential Judge Dredd: Origins  Print and digital – September 2021
Fiends of the Eastern Front  Print and digital – October 2021
Black Max Vol. 2  Print and digital – October 2021

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