Judge Dredd Goes Partwork

Judge Dredd Goes Partwork

Posted by September 4, 2014 Comment

The British, and regular non-British readers of this site, should be familiar with the concept of the “partwork”. A large body of work, chopped up into bite sized portions, serialised as a magazine and sold through British newsagents. How to build a ship in a bottle, the history of the Romans, a guide to Star Trek, fly fishing, any subject is a possible target for a partwork. Usually beginning in January, when people are full of New Year’s Resolutions, sales usually atrophy and the publisher’s main concern is to switch as many readers on to a subscription model, this locking them in for the duration of the partwork. If not, the publication could just cease half way through and you are left with half a model Roman Villa and you didn’t even get to the sexy bits in the magazine.

A few years ago, something changed. And Eaglemoss discovered a far larger audience for it’s Marvel lead figurines. They were a roaring success in US comic stores and, after fighting US customs over the legality of toys made of lead, they found a place in every comic store, lasting far longer than originally planned, spinning ff into a DC line, a chess line and more. Hachette began to produce Marvel hardcover graphic novels as part of a line that is still going – especially since due to licensing deals they don’t have to pay any creator royalties. The partwork had found a new business model.

Well, now it’s time for a British comics character to seize a bit of that action. Hachette are publishing the complete partworks of Judge Dredd, being serialised right now as The Mega Collection.

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The Mega Collection. Here’s what’s coming, every two weeks.

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Here’s how the spines will look.

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And subscribers get extra stuff.

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So… anyone signing up? Before there were Lootcrates, there were… Partworks!

About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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(Last Updated September 4, 2014 8:47 am )

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