This image actually makes a very brief, “blink and you’ll miss it” cameo in our upcoming Zarjaz collaboration, Jurassic Farce, due - I think - later this year.
That is one mean-ass Dredd…
I’ve seen the completed artwork for the strip, Jurassic Farce, and I can honestly say it is mind-meltingly brilliant. Stewart - or Bubba Zebill as he’s being billed - just pulled out all the stops to create something beautifully intense and outright fun. It’s been an absolute blast working with him on it, and I hope it’s the first collaboration of many.
Not sure which issue of Zarjaz will host our sojourn around Mega City 1, but I suspect it’ll be out before the end of 2013. However, Stewart (or Bubba) will be returning to the mean streets of The Big Meg as the illustrator for Tin Man’s second Dredd gamebook, Judge Dredd: The Dark! And having seen his work on this Zarjaz strip, I can tell you that you’re in for a real treat with the new gamebook…
In the meantime, a whole bunch of back issues of Zarjaz - and Dogbreath - are still available from the FutureQuake Shop and their Comicsy Shop. So, if you want some supplementary Thrill Power, those are the places to find it.
However, my association with them is far from over… Later this year, myself and the aforementioned Bolt-01 will be working together in the pages of Dogbreath with a Durham Red strip called Neon Nights. Here’s a sneak peek:
You can find out more about FutureQuake, and it’s sister publication, Something Wicked, at the FutureQuake Press Blog, and you can find out more about Zarjaz and Dogbreath (as well as some wallpapers of those amazing covers from some of 2000AD’s premiere art droids) at The Quaequam Blog.
Be sure and check out the FutureQuake Shop to get all the issues of FutureQuake, Something Wicked, Zarjaz and Dogbreath that are still available, or check out their Comicsy Shop to get all the latest issues (and some digital downloads of their rarer titles).
Zarjaz #16 and Dogbreath #26 OUT NOW!
The latest issue of the 2000AD fanzines, Zarjaz and Dogbreath, are out now - and I’m in both!
As night settles on Mega-City 1, Psi Judge Anderson is called out to investigate a hostage situation, but soon discovers it may be heralding the return of one of the city’s greatest threats…
I’ve no doubt that the title of the story and that little breakdown will have a lot of people drawing conclusions about the strip, and who else is featured in it, but, hopefully, we’ll have proved them all wrong…
I have to say that this was a pretty tough one to script. Although Anderson’s cases are set in Mega City 1, they’re a completely different beast to Dredd’s usual tales and I never quite realised how tricky it would be to strike the balance between the weird sci-fi setting of the city and the supernatural elements of the Anderson stories. Still, it was a good excuse to go and read some old Anderson stories for research.
As ever, Dunk Nimmo does a beautiful job with the art, blending the darker, creepier elements with the off the wall sci-fi of Dredd flawlessly. I really can’t say enough good things about Dunk’s work, but seeing the art for this strip just reaffirms my feeling that he’s one of the best artists working in the small press today.
The complete running order for Zarjaz #16 is available over at The Quaequam Blog.
Next up, we have Dogbreath #26, which features Enough For Good by me, Steven Dentonand Bolt-01.
Discovering a fortune is hidden somewhere on an alien planet, a Search/Destroy agent goes rogue in a bid to find it, and won’t let anything - or anyone - stand in his way…
I have to come clean here and admit I’ve never been much of a Strontium Dog fan (although, in my defence, I’ve read more of the series over the last few months and my feeling is starting to change). So, when I was asked to contribute to Dogbreath, I found myself a bit stumped. I knew Strontium Dogwas, essentially, a Western in space, so I took that as my starting point. Saying more would be giving too much away, but, let’s just say it’s pretty obvious where I looked for my inspiration for this - and I was over the moon that Steven Denton realised what it was, too.
Steven’s art just captured the mood and feel of the story perfectly; his story telling is beautifully clear and really nails the Western feel, but to say more, would, again, be giving too much away… I will say it was a pleasure to work with Steven on this and the finished pages left me with a huge smile on my face. In fact, I’d go as far to say that this may actually be my favourite Dogbreath strip to date. Be sure to check out Steven’s work over on his blog.
The scrotnig cover to Dogbreath #26 is by Jake Lynch and looks like this:
The complete running order for Dogbreath #26 is available over at The Quaequam Blog.
Zarjaz #16 and Dogbreath #26 are both available now, priced £3.00 (+ P&P) each. You can get them both from the FutureQuake Shop, and both comics - along with the other latest FQP titles - will be available at this years Thought Bubble.And remember, the latest issues of FutureQuake and Something Wicked are also available to buy now!
I’ve been seeing a lot of pretty cool comic art popping up on Tumblr recently, so I thought I’d shamelessly jump on the bandwagon with some art that people may not have seen before: some covers to Zarjaz, the 2000AD fanzine - done by 2000AD artists!
To kick off with, here’s one of my favourites from Edmund Bagwell, based on this Chris Weston commission.