Rebellion, the publishers of 200AD, have just announced a new deal with Polish publisher Studio Lain which will add translations of two classic series – Sláine the King and Alan Moore’s Future Shocks – to the studio’s expanding list of 200AD titles in Eastern Europe.
2000AD series have been translated into a wide variety of different foreign markets in recent years, with works being published in Brazil, France, Italy, Poland, Germany, Netherlands, Croatia, Uruguay, the Czech Republic, and Greece, opening up new audiences to classic and current stories from the powerhouse of British comics.
On the subject of the announcement, Jacek Wieckowski from Studio Lain said: “In recent years, the comic book market here has grown substantially. We’ve started with titles we knew and loved – 2000 AD. We first came across 2000 AD’s publications back in the ‘80s, when Poland was still a “People’s Republic”. The real treasures were western publications. Back then, whatever we could get our hands on was worth its weight in gold.”
He added, “These were illegal copies (in whole or in part) published in (also illegal) fanzines, mostly punk and fantasy ones. That’s where we first saw Dredd, Halo Jones, Sláine and ABC Warriors. Even single pages, taken from just one or two Progs, were enough to get the imagination going. Now, it’s an entirely different market, with dozens of active publishing houses.”
“We didn’t want to focus on just the classics. There are tons of great titles coming out in Britain all the time, and we’ve particularly enjoyed Absalom, so this was our next pick. There’s just us four – Arek, Jacek, Malgorzata and Damian, and we’re really happy that there’s a growing audience for British comics over here, and we hope that it will keep on growing!”
Studio Lain have previously published Polish translations of Absalom by Gordon Rennie and Tiernen Trevallion, Stickleback: England’s Glory by Ian Edginton and D’Israeli, Halo Jones by Alan Moore and Ian Gibson, and a hardback edition of ABC Warriors: Black Hole by Pat Mills, Simon Bisley, and SMS.