Max Headroom

25 years into the past...

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20 minutes into the future, and still no swanky 3D Max Headroom comic.

O-o-o-h! Hey! I thought I heard someone type-p-pe my name!

Wha - ... Max? Really?

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Wow, this place is p-p-p-purple. Most people don't look as good in purple as I do - it-it-it really brings out my pretty eyes.

And I've had so much to see since I jumped the analogue gap a while back,! This internet place has every-every-EVERYTHING! Thing thing. Man, I could spend ages here - there are canoes and toothbrushes and everything else... BebebebeBetween you and me, I suspect some of those toothbrush candids are faked. Anyway, this smart guy called Wikipedia told me I've been gone a while. So-so-so So, its high time to get back to the important things in life, and talk about me.

Ah, Max, you'd be a textbook narcissist if you weren't so right.

Hey, what do you call a narc-narcissist who can graciously accept criticism or blame? D-d-Dead! AHAHAHAHAHAHaha. Ha. Haha. Anyway, you were talking about m-m-m-me, yes?

Yes. As I was saying, I'm going out on a limb and guessing that I'm not the only human being who failed to be born in time, and missed the series' original broadcast. The 2010 release of Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future DVD has finally opened a door of possibility... The possibility of building a website like this one.

What t-t-t-took you so long?

Uh, the logistic nightmare of building a site as complex as this one? Also, the DVD (WHICH EVERYONE SHOULD BUY) was tricky to get a hold of, 'caus it was a US/Canada-only release, and I'm Australian.

You guys down under are like can-can-aries.

How so?

You're ch-ch-cheap. Also, we don't have to worry about doomsday, c-c-caus 'caus its already tomorrow in Australia. If you're still around, everywhere else will be A-OK. OK.

Moving right along... There are already excellent resources celebrating the nitty-gritty of Max, and the series, out there on the internets; the most impressive of which is the Max Headroom Project. It serves as an excellent archive of the nitty-gritty of the making of, context, and contents of the program. I'm not even going to try to compete with that level of dedication and detail; go check it out!

It is a fit-tt-tt-ting tribute to moi.

Indeed. But this is not the time for commemoration. This is the time for reinvigoration. While shoulderpads have shrunk over time, and some of Max's more risque jokes wouldn't make it past the most lax of modern censors, the core concepts and rich world of Max Headroom: 20 Minutes Into The Future are as relevant as ever. And what better medium than the internet for reimagining such a world?

The purpose of this website is twofold. First and foremost, to help you, the browser, be inspired. The painstakingly compiled screencaptures, sorted by episode and theme, coupled with suggestions and comments from yours truly, are there to let you get a feel for the aesthetic of the show without needing to hunt down the elusive, in some places impossible to obtain, DVD. While I have no delusions of reviving the series (though it'd be great to have more stuff made by the owners of this wonderful intellectual property), there is no reason to let it fade into obscurity!