Someone wanted to know if it was hard to retain Judge Dredd’s Britishness in the IDW series. “IDW’s proven that they can take other people’s characters and treat them with respect, integrity and imagination,” Smith said.
A video game player asked if Rebellion plan to bring out any new “Rogue Trooper” or “Judge Dredd” video games soon. Smith said there were no new “Rogue Trooper” games planned but they did just release the freemium game “Judge Dredd vs. Zombies” for iOS and Android phones.
A man commented on the irony of IDW being told that their “Judge Dredd” isn’t British enough, considering the character is a parody of American culture. He also wanted to know if the IDW Dredd will travel to England soon. “We want to get well established before we start making fun of our neighbors!” Ryall joked.
Smith informed the same fan that Pat Mills and Kevin O’Neill’s classic “Nemesis” would be returning in deluxe, recolored editions. “Kevin O’Neill colored ‘Nemesis’ [for ‘2000 AD’ in the ’90s] and quietly added in extra panels. They were never put in the collections, they were just put in floppy comics, so we’re collecting them into a special edition hardback which comes out in September.”
Wolk answered a question about the undercover Wally Squad, revealing that Dredd himself is going undercover in “Judge Dredd: City of Courts.”
Someone asked what went wrong with the “Dredd” film’s reception last year. Ryall answered, “The film never went wrong at all. The film was great. I feel like the marketing didn’t quite sell it. I feel like that damn Stallone’s shadow was too large. You never know what’s gonna make a movie work or not work. But I think that the fact that it hit on Blu-Ray and hit in a big way means that people are still discovering it.”
Farinas joked, “I just thought he wore his helmet too much!”
Molcher asked the audience who bought “Dredd” on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital, with lots of hands going up for each. “I didn’t see some hands go up. I think you know what you need to do!” Molcher said.
Finally, the panel closed with Smith telling a fan that there are no plans for any new versions of Alan Moore’s sci-fi humor series “D.R. & Quinch.”
“Judge Dredd” is available monthly from IDW Publishing and “2000 AD” is available weekly from Rebellion.