2012 AD: Pat Mills Remembers 35 Years of "2000 AD"
CBR presents 2012 AD, a series of interviews to celebrate the 35th anniversary of "2000 AD." Pat Mills, founder and original Tharg, talks 35 years of "2000 AD," "Nemesis," "Marshal Law" and more.
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Good interview. Pat Mills is not my favorite 2000 AD writer, but I respect his legacy.
He sure seems to love Clint Langley, personally I find Langley's current style to be really obtuse and boring to read. I generally like most of the other artists Mills work with more; James McKay (Flesh), Patrick Goddard (Invasion), and John Higgins (Grey Suit); But there you go.
I don't recall Pat and I having many - if any - cross words my time editing 2000AD [December 18, 1995 to June 30, 2000]. My memory is far from perfect, so I may simply have forgotten any such incidents.
I do find it curious that Pat has taken to describing my spell editing 2000AD as such dark days, because he never said so to me at the time.
Indeed, when I resigned to become a freelance writer, Pat made a special trip into London and took me out to lunch at an Italian restaurant as a way of saying thanks for my efforts.
We talked for more than an hour about Slaine, how the success of Horned God cast such a long shadow over the series, where next for Termight following the final book of Nemesis and the Deadlock spin-off, and more besides. My memory is of a convivial lunch where we parted on good terms...
Was he being nice to my face at the time while cursing me behind my back? That would be hypocrisy, and Pat has always said he doesn't believe in hypocrisy.
Has he since *revised* his views about my editorship and is now seeking to rewrite history? Doubtful, as revisionism and rewriting history are also something Pat reportedly doesn't believe in.
So I don't have an answer to the question of why Pat bought me lunch when I left.
Perhaps the dark days didn't seem quite so dark at the time?
Or maybe he was just being polite, David.