A few pages of original art from the recent story by John Wagner and myself, Judge Dredd War Buds. Not in any kind of order btw. Not scans.
The story continues in progs 2048 and 2049. Zarjaz or what!
Rok Of The Reds, the story of the worlds first alien footballer are still available. A classic British comic tale by one Britain’s biggest comic writers, John Wagner.
If you’ve not read this 6 issue mini series then you can by contacting me here or via my Facebook page. Available through BHP Comics and their website.
My debut in 2000ad begins in Prog 2045. A story by none other than Dredd creator himself John Wagner! Coloured by the amazing Abigail Bulmer just as our epic journey on Rok Of The Reds was.
This is a dream fulfilled for me. Since I was about the age of 12 I’ve dreamt of becoming an art Droid for 2000ad and to be able to do it on it’s primary character is more than I could of hoped for.
Having worked with John on Rok Of The Reds he deemed me worthy for a bash at drawing for the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic. I never thought I would get a gig drawing Dredd! Let alone a 5 parter! Huge thanks to Matt (Tharg) Smith.
The last 2 years have been a huge challenge but worth every minute. 27 years in the making my debut on Dredd is out on the 23rd August from all good comic book stores and other thrill metchants.
Had the privilege of being invited to the Enniskillen Comic Fest by Paul Trimble which coincided with the launch of the final issue of Rok Of The Reds. My wife Becky and I joined John Wagner in Northern Ireland for a thoroughly enjoyable event which was also part of 2000ad’s 40th celebrations.
There were a multitude of talented writers, artists and comic folk in general. Lots a great company all gathered with the mutual love of all things comic. A superb event that can only get better and better. Paul and his team did a marvellous job and made everyone very welcome. If you get a chance to go next year don’t hesitate. You won’t regret it, I promise.
On to Rok. So the final issue is now available. It’s a gripping finale to this 6 part mini series which I have been lucky enough to illustrate. Don’t panic though, John assures me that series 2 is in the works.
If you can’t wait for that then why not treat yourself to the first series if you haven’t already. Contact me here or easier still via my Facebook page. I can’t give you all the details you need.
I was lucky enough to attend the 2000AD 40th convention in Hammersmith, London. It was a cracking event, absolutely rammed with creators and fans full of love for The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic.
I attended as a punter, but I was invited by John Wagner to join him at his table so I could sign copies of ROK OF THE REDS. Of course it was an honour. I hardly left the table throughout the day (apart from the odd pint or two at the bar) and signed hundreds of ROK comics which were going down a treat with the 2000AD crowd. It was an epic sales day, so much so that we actually ran out of issues 1-3!
My only regret was I didn’t have time to wander the arena and gather signatures and chat to all the creators I have grown up reading and admiring. I bumped into Simon Bisley (quite literally) and grabbed at brief chat and photo, the only photo I have of the whole day! I also had a drunken (me) chat with him in the bar that evening.
In the evening my wife and I were invited to dinner with John Wagner, his two daughters, Sarah and Rachel and his wife Jenny O’Conner (an author herself, check out The Goblin Princess on Amazon). Much to my amazement we would also be joined by the legendary Carlos Ezquerra, the co-creator of many of 2000AD’s greatest characters.
John and Carlos were there at the beginning of 2000AD. To be at the table, asking them countless questions and being given advice by these icons we an amazing experience.
I also had the pleasure of meeting Matt Smith (Tharg the Mighty), 2000ad’s editor who confirmed that I will be drawing a Judge Dredd tale, written by John Wagner, and appearing in the comic this year! You can imagine my excitement. This is a dream of mine for the past 25+ years and working on ROK OF THE REDS has opened the door. I can’t thank John Wagner enough for what I’ve been able to do for the last year or two. An absolute honour to work on Rok with him and a possible second series.
In short, a weekend that I will never forget.
What’s going to happen to the Radford Reds cup run and what about the arrival of the Executors? Find out in the latest issue.
John Wagner will be appearing at the 2000AD 40th birthday celebrations where I will also make a brief appearance to sign copies of ROK. Unfortunately tickets are sold out but you may catch us in one of the many pubs in and around the venue.