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: Whatever happened to SIMON HARRISON?
: Mogster 13 April, 2004, 12:46:33 AM
Anybody out there got any idea what happened to 2000AD Artist Simon Harrison? His work - while not too everyones taste it seems - was some of my favourite in the history of the comic, particulalry on REVERE and STRONTIUM DOGS - THE FINAL SOLUTION, but does anybody know what he's doing now?
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: The Amstor Computer 13 April, 2004, 01:35:36 AM
No idea, I'm afraid. I'm a BIG fan of his black & white artwork, and I'd love to know what he's up to now, and where I could find more of his work.
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: Richmond Clements 13 April, 2004, 02:47:28 AM
I never liked his SD stuff at the time, but I was looking at some back issues recently, and by god, he did some great work on that strip.

Don't know where he is now, though.
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: +rufus+ 13 April, 2004, 03:06:00 AM
haven't seen Simon in a few years, but he was painting these mental Giger paintings within paintings and doing lots of Karate. Oh, an' workin for Warhammer for a while.
I'll track him down an find out!
Rufus
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: Oddboy 13 April, 2004, 07:42:25 PM
Can I just again admit that it was only last year I realized that Mark Harrison *isn't* Simon Harrison.
I just thought he'd changed style, but no! he's someone else!

Foolish Oddboy.
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: Patrick 13 April, 2004, 07:49:23 PM
He's done a self-defence book called "Kung Fu For Girls" - saw it in the "humour" section in Waterstones the other week, presumably because it's got cartoons in it.
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: robozo 10 May, 2011, 11:24:52 AM
so, anyone seen him, rufus?
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: Dandontdare 10 May, 2011, 12:17:14 PM
Rufus doesn't post here any more - he had a bit of a huff about negative comments towards Tank Girl and hasn't been seen since.
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: Jim_Campbell 10 May, 2011, 12:50:54 PM
Rufus doesn't post here any more - he had a bit of a huff about negative comments towards Tank Girl fairly understandable mardy when someone described his art as looking like 'someone had puked on the page' and hasn't been seen since.

Fixed that for you.

Cheers

Jim
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: TordelBack 10 May, 2011, 01:04:28 PM
Also, reading this board isn't compulsory: it's supposed to be fun.  It's possible to simply not enjoy what you're reading day in and day out and just stop.  If (only) I had a strip running that received regular abuse (even if it was justified, which IMO in TG's case it was not) I might take the decision to spare myself the grief and make a quick exit.  It's a bit like meeting a regular crowd down the pub and having half of them pass unkind remarks about your girlfriend - you might laugh it off a few times, call them on it a few times, then think about beating their heads in, but eventually you'll probably mutter 'fuck right off' and take your pint down the other end of the bar.
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: IndigoPrime 10 May, 2011, 01:44:22 PM
fairly understandable mardy when someone described his art as looking like 'someone had puked on the page'
Bwuh? Really? Good grief. I can't say I was a fan of the Meg's Tank Girl run per se, but the art was pretty good throughout—a nice 'update' of Hewlett's style.
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: BPP 10 May, 2011, 01:53:00 PM
Simon is a 'serious' artist now (I don't mean that sneeringly in any way - just gets across the point) - not too sure how he fares in that field but good luck to him.
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: Dandontdare 10 May, 2011, 02:02:44 PM
Rufus doesn't post here any more - he had a bit of a huff about negative comments towards Tank Girl fairly understandable mardy when someone described his art as looking like 'someone had puked on the page' and hasn't been seen since.

Fixed that for you.

Cheers

Jim

To be fair, that phrase was only used as an extreme hypothetical example when we were discsusing it AFTER the event:
you have to bear in mind that you are as close to discussing things in the same room as the creator as you are likely to get (this side of Wednesday's chat). So if you tell them their work is shite or it looks like someone puked on the page then you might expect a punch in the eye or get told to stuck your opinions up your hairy arse or for them to walk out

I can't find any posts that actually said that about Rufus' art (though a search did bring up (no pun intended) plenty of nasty puke-related anecdotes  :-\). maybe I missed that one or it's been deleted. The actual comments that provoked his hissy fit were much milder and less offensive, and certainly didn't merit his characterisation of this forum:

2000ad's Message board in the last few years has sunk to some pretty diabolical lows, as a small hard core whom mistakenly feel they are 2000ad's only 'true' readership spew venom, scorn and mockery on anything that falls outside their narrow expectations.

Only trying to be helpful to robozo, please let's not start the whole debate again - there's pages of it in this thread (http://www.2000adonline.com/forum/index.php/topic,28056.0.html) if you want to go there.
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: Emperor 10 May, 2011, 02:25:51 PM
I agree this is not best thread to rake over all that business (if it was desirable at all) - as you mention, there is already one on this (http://www.2000adonline.com/forum/index.php/topic,28056.0.html), so anyone wanting to follow that should go there ;)

Anyway Simon Harrison...

Simon Harrison is a fully qualified martial arts coach and trainer. He runs a series of classes in Notting Hill which emphasize the efficiency of technique in overcoming brute force, making them ideal for women and people of small stature. He has been graded by Grandmaster Chee Kim Thong and master Kim S Han of the Nan Shaolin Wuzu Quan Association and is currently second-degree black belt in Shaolin Ngor Chor Kung Fu. Simon has worked extensively as a graphic artist, illustrating for magazines such as 2000AD, Games Workshop and the NME.

www.randomhouse.co.uk/catalog/author.htm?authorID=4695

His Kung Fu For Girls, not sure if these are different editions of the same book:
www.amazon.co.uk/Kung-Fu-Girls-Simon-Harrison/dp/0091891698/r
www.amazon.co.uk/Kung-Fu-Girls-Self-Defense-Style/dp/1931686939/

Review:
www.telegraph.co.uk/expat/4190226/How-to-bring-out-the-Lara-Croft-in-you.html

He is still producing art but not of the sequential variety, like this from 2006:
http://magazine.saatchionline.com/magazine-articles/artnews/emerging_artist_of_the_week_si

At the end of last year he had an exhibition of photographs taken with Carolin Becker (who took the photographs he reworked):
www.thisislondon.co.uk/arts/review-23885356-street-life-captured-in-colour-and-light-by-becker-harrison.do

This is almost definitely the same Simon Harrison, although he is described as a graffiti artist there but there are clear elements of that in the work at that Saatchi link:

Caroline Becker and Simon Harrison took a trip to India together back in 2008, and while they were there Becker photographed people in the main square in Jaipur. Five hours after the photographer had snapped the locals a terrorist bomb went off in the square, and suddenly the photographs took on a whole different meaning, one which the graffiti artist Simon Harrison was able to help bring to the fore. The two creatives work together as BeckerHarrison to produce what could, to the uninformed eye, be the work of one person: Becker’s photographs are worked on by Harrison, who adds surreal depth and meaning to the already great images

The clincher is this:

DD: How did you begin working together?

Simon Harrison: I was teaching Caroline Kung Fu, and at the time she was taking pictures of homeless people. When she told me I said, “Let me get this straight… You are walking around dodgy areas with a £5,000 camera on your own taking pictures of people who could potentially rip you off?" I didn't think that was a great idea so i said I would come with her, and it developed from there.

www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/8506/1/what-a-difference-a-day-makes

And I found this interview in London Street Design magazine, which also explains the graffiti link and how everything comes together here (he actually uses spray cans and airbrushes on the photos):

Can you tell us a little about your respective backgrounds and how you came together

Simon: Artistically speaking, I was heavily  involved with graphic design and working on comics and animation and the two of us met through my teaching Carolin martial arts.

...

You had a spray paint and graffiti background too didn’t you Simon?

Simon .Yes. I spent a good few years in Zurich working with some graffiti artists out
there, who were also part of a band called Primal Lyrics. It’s got to be said, they were a little naive, but they really were talented musicians and great artists, although they were endlessly hamstrung by the huge fines the Swiss imposed for illegal graffiti work and the chunks of community service they were constantly being obliged to do. So while I was doing a lot of can work with them, I was also getting into airbrush painting which is a similar process – just finer and then began to combine the two, where they would paint with the cans and I would airbrush the pieces afterwards to throw an extra dimension into the mix.

...

Bearing in mind that you’re taking a spray can to a photo, what size prints are we talking about?

Simon. Large. The average is about 2m x 1.5m. And it did come down to a mixture of straight up spray and an airbrush, because there were lines and angles that demanded a delicacy that becomes simply impossible with a spray can. And don’t forget, they don’t come cheap!! Carolin handed me a print and said ‘Go for it’ and I’m thinking to myself – that’s 300 quids’ worth of photograph. Not exactly much margin for error here! I can’t blow it! I would just sit there looking at them while Carolin was ringing up asking how it was going, and I’d just be saying...’erm...I’m in the zone, getting there!’ until I finally felt confident enough to take a crack at them, and now I’m totally at my ease with it.

www.scribd.com/doc/31360782/LSD-Magazine-Issue-4-Unauthorised-Heroes

If you look around you find a lot more on his recent work:

www.faultmagazine.com/2010/09/fault-featured-beckerharrison/

Here is their web site:

www.beckerharrison.com

So there you are - that's what he is doing.

If people would like I can always drop him a line via that site and see if he'd keep us updated on his current work as there is still interest in what he is up to (I did a quick search and there are half a dozen threads specifically asking about him).
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: Bolt-01 10 May, 2011, 02:36:40 PM
The image on the Saatchi link is fantastic- and I speak as someone who doesn't like much of Simon's 2000 AD work.
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: Jim_Campbell 10 May, 2011, 03:45:58 PM
I can't find any posts that actually said that about Rufus' art (though a search did bring up (no pun intended) plenty of nasty puke-related anecdotes  :-\). maybe I missed that one or it's been deleted. The actual comments that provoked his hissy fit were much milder and less offensive, and certainly didn't merit his characterisation of this forum:

No. You're right. The specific comment which I had conflated with the subsequent puke remark was this one: (http://www.2000adonline.com/forum/index.php/topic,24620.msg425974.html#msg425974)

Whilst I love Rufus' drawings on Tank Girl (he has really captured the mad style of the original, with his own twist) but am I the only one who has a problem with this almost-monochrome colour scheme? This month's vivid mustard with extra coloured dots was particularly vile.

No vested interest in downplaying Rufus' hurt feelings there, eh, DDD?

Jim
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: Dandontdare 10 May, 2011, 03:51:19 PM
yup that was me. Notice how I go out of my way to balance a genuine criticism with positive comments though? I guess he never noticed those bits.
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: Emperor 10 May, 2011, 03:54:05 PM
The image on the Saatchi link is fantastic- and I speak as someone who doesn't like much of Simon's 2000 AD work.

I'd definitely like to see more of those but it is tricky to track down online.

He had another exhibition in June 2007 but none of the images show up:
www.toddsgallery.co.uk/June07.html

More background on the Adventure Ecology exhibition:
www.wwd.com/eyescoop/eye/green-backer-511655

Which was set-up by David de Rothschild (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Mayer_de_Rothschild), with whom Harrison seems to have done this graphic novel in 2009/2010, it has some very Simon Harrison-esque touches:
http://issuu.com/plastiki/docs/tbtgtt/1
www.theplastiki.com/2010/04/eco-themed-comic-book/

I also found this:
www.redbubble.com/products/configure/7035173-canvas-print
www.fotolibra.com/gallery/collection/30657/simon-harrisons-first-collection/
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: M.I.K. 10 May, 2011, 04:37:15 PM
I was right, you know. It did look much the same.
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: robozo 11 May, 2011, 09:18:14 AM
thanks a lot guys!!
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: robozo 11 May, 2011, 09:33:15 AM
 i knew about the kung fu book , but the rest i didnt know...
i met simon about 15 years ago in zurich, he painted the coolest pictures, although everyone on the pics looked like an alien, or a zombie or both. i always felt he was a very physical person (and a very nice guy), but drawing comics takes a lot of sitting at the drawing table , so he probably wasnt made for comics.also his technique was , although very talented, only half professionel. i guess he just got tired of it...
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: Adrian Bamforth 11 May, 2011, 12:45:07 PM
"Simon Harrison is a fully qualified martial arts coach and trainer..."

Now that's the right way to deal with criticism...
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: Emperor 12 April, 2012, 04:40:34 PM
Righto I finally dusted off the email I drafted to Simon Harrison asking if the information in the above is right:

http://forums.2000adonline.com/index.php/topic,8966.msg603699.html#msg603699
http://forums.2000adonline.com/index.php/topic,8966.msg603726.html#msg603726

He got back with a fascinating lengthy email (which he said I could share with those I "consider to be of a simiilar temprament to yourself" which rules most of you out, and the planet, and me most of the time ;) ) which I'll quickly précis:

He tends to avoid Internet forums but "I read the forum comments concerning me and found them to be an accurate assessment of my earlier work." His time at 2000AD was important but more as a gestation period and he continued to grow and develop over the years since to the point where he eventually achieved what he wanted with his art. Unfortunately, very few people have actually seen this. He was working on getting it published with the help of John Hicklenton and they had hoped to get it out before he died. Although the fates intervened and that never happened he is still hoping to get it published but it might be in so limited a form most people will still never see it.

Given the fact that he is a highly trained martial artist, arm-twisting is out of the question but some gentle persuasion would work. So would people be interested in something like that, sight unseen? I know I'd be up for it.
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: maryanddavid 12 April, 2012, 05:05:13 PM
It would be great to see it. His artwork in 2000ad was just on the wrong characters except for  Revere which really is a classic.

One of my favourite tooth covers

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_f5CeYHsQgt8/SldtSBvO4VI/AAAAAAAABVY/A-No9QiKZX0/s320/871.jpg)
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: hippynumber1 12 April, 2012, 05:22:11 PM
I know a man who owns that page - over to you Dale!  :D
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: SmallBlueThing 12 April, 2012, 07:22:02 PM
I really hope that remark of the forum comments being 'an accurate description of the work at the time' isn't a self-deprecating acknowledgement that his stronty, bradley and revere come in for a lot of stick online- because for everyone who states their dislike there's someone like me who absolutely loved it. Revere is one of my all-time favourite strips and the Extreme that collected it together a treasured possession. The more the merrier, i'd say- so yes, definitely.

SBT
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: TordelBack 12 April, 2012, 08:50:36 PM
I really hope that remark of the forum comments being 'an accurate description of the work at the time' isn't a self-deprecating acknowledgement that his stronty, bradley and revere come in for a lot of stick online- because for everyone who states their dislike there's someone like me who absolutely loved it.

Sign me up for the S. Harrison fan club too.  I might have resented the lack of Ezquerra on Final Solution, but I still love the art we did get, Simon and Colin both, and Bradley and Revere were inspired.
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: hippynumber1 12 April, 2012, 09:00:37 PM
Me too; I love Revere so much that I bought a page! One of my all time favourite strips...
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: vzzbux 12 April, 2012, 09:18:10 PM
Loved the Bradley strips both art and script.





V
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: Dark Jimbo 12 April, 2012, 10:16:51 PM
Bradley may well have been the first contact I had with anything Toothy, years before I ever bought a prog. When I was eight or nine Dad gave me a little book of Bradley stories; I never thought to ask where he got it from, but I was fascinated by the intricate, macabre artwork, and the more I read the more I realised it probably wasn't intended for kids - which gave it an added frisson. It was an odd little thing, and it was only a decade or so later when I became a regular Squaxx that I first realised where the character was from.
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: Fatboydale 12 April, 2012, 10:59:40 PM
Had the pleasure to spend some time with Simon at his studio , i ended buy a few pages of original artwork from him ..

He also showed me his material for his new book , fooking amazing is an understatement ,it really messed with my head for weeks ....i cannot and will not explain it , but i will be the first to buy the book .

  Simon expressed a desire to return to 2000ad for a few covers , as he was a fan first .. i also got him to do a commission of an updated Judge Dredd ( it somewhere on the forum ) , if anybody wants his details drop me a line and i will pass it on .

  For me you have to see his original artwork to really understand his talent ...it really was on a level as Bisley .

 



 
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: Fatboydale 12 April, 2012, 11:02:03 PM
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: I, Cosh 12 April, 2012, 11:29:13 PM
Simon expressed a desire to return to 2000ad for a few covers , as he was a fan first ..
This would be amazing.

While I can now appreciate the problems some people have with it, Simon Harrison's small body of work remains, as I like to say every time the subject comes up, some of my favourite ever to have graced the Prog. I would be very interested in anything he might produce in the future.
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: A.Cow 13 April, 2012, 03:02:05 AM
His artwork in 2000ad was just on the wrong characters except for  Revere which really is a classic.

That hits the nail on the head.  He has a very distinctive style that fits certain things very well but he was definitely not the right choice for Strontium Dog.
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: judda fett 13 April, 2012, 10:18:41 AM
Would love to see new Simon Harrison 2000ad work. Always dug his style, thought he shared a few similarities in approach to John Hicklenton. That piece I think fatboydale put up of his Slaine tryout page is pretty cool too.
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: Emperor 13 April, 2012, 04:13:41 PM
I really hope that remark of the forum comments being 'an accurate description of the work at the time' isn't a self-deprecating acknowledgement that his stronty, bradley and revere come in for a lot of stick online- because for everyone who states their dislike there's someone like me who absolutely loved it. Revere is one of my all-time favourite strips and the Extreme that collected it together a treasured possession. The more the merrier, i'd say- so yes, definitely.

Me reading of it was that it was a frank assessment of his work and the reactions to it. As can be seen: some people loved it, some didn't and some thought it worked on some stories but might have been a bad match on others (few would doubt how well it worked on Revere - one of the best Extreme Editions there).

I think the thing is that we only really got to see him right at the start of his artistic career and further developments have been largely off the radar since he left the prog in 1995 (presumably one of the casualties of the new broom coming in). Quite a few droids have "grown-up" on 2000AD surviving regime changes and we have seen their styles change a lot from their earliest offerings - Henry Flint's early work was pretty good it is just that his current output is awesome, Simon Coleby's early work in the prog is clearly a long way from the impressive style he'd later develop and Edmund Bagwell's recent Meg interview didn't even want to mention the pseudonyms he'd previously used at 2000AD (although his early work has its fans). Now imagine all we'd seen from those three is a window of a handful of years at the start of their careers and the rest of their development had happened away from 2000AD (actually kind of like Bagwell's work). So he is looking at his work now and his work back then and it seems difficult to compare the two, unfortunately, few of have seen his recent work although the one we know who has seems to like it ;)

He also showed me his material for his new book , fooking amazing is an understatement ,it really messed with my head for weeks ....i cannot and will not explain it , but i will be the first to buy the book .

So I suspect he is looking back saying: "it was OK but it is pales by comparison to what I'm doing now".

I don't think he was self-depreciating or reinterpreting his work in light of the comments, he seems very realistic and relaxed about it. After all they are about 17-25 year-old work and he knows his current work is good.

Simon expressed a desire to return to 2000ad for a few covers , as he was a fan first ..

While I'd be up for this, Tharg tends not to give old droids gigs who aren't working on a story in the prog, unless they have gone on to high profile gigs elsewhere (like Frank Quitely). Although never say never. I have, after all, put him back in touch with John Smith and when those two get together...
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: Pete Wells 13 April, 2012, 06:55:51 PM
Nah, I'd argue that Tharg is well up for dusting off old droids to do covers - Liam Sharp, Nick Percival, Mark Harrison, Dave Gibbons and Bolland to name a few (yeah, I accept those last two are in a different bracket.)

I'd really like to see Simon Harrison back, he had an excellent sense of design...

(http://www.2000ad.org/covers/2000ad/mediumres/617.jpg)  (http://www.2000ad.org/covers/2000ad/mediumres/620.jpg)  (http://www.2000ad.org/covers/2000ad/mediumres/795.jpg)
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: Fatboydale 13 April, 2012, 11:36:02 PM
Simon has a great understanding & respect for 2000ad and talked me through a bit of his 2000ad artwork , like he did it yesterday , he no way undermined his comic art to his more modern artwork , it is just different , a bit like looking at Simon Davis comic art to his portrait art ...

  It would great to Simon something with 2000ad again , even a future shock .... anyways i could not wait and Simon did me a great updated Dredd

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v493/fatboydale/Revere%20Simon%20Harrison/SimonHarrisondredd5.jpg)

 Here is a few pages i got to snagged and 2 sketches for me and my pal

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v493/fatboydale/Simon%20Harrison%20artwork/002-3.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v493/fatboydale/Simon%20Harrison%20artwork/003-3.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v493/fatboydale/Simon%20Harrison%20artwork/004-4.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v493/fatboydale/Simon%20Harrison%20artwork/009-3.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v493/fatboydale/Simon%20Harrison%20artwork/010-3.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v493/fatboydale/Simon%20Harrison%20artwork/011-3.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v493/fatboydale/Simon%20Harrison%20artwork/013-3.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v493/fatboydale/Simon%20Harrison%20artwork/023.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v493/fatboydale/Simon%20Harrison%20artwork/024.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v493/fatboydale/Simon%20Harrison%20artwork/016.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v493/fatboydale/011-2.jpg)
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: maryanddavid 14 April, 2012, 12:03:27 AM
Some INCREDIBLE pages there Dale. Oh to have cash!
After 2000ad he did work for Warhammer monthly in around 2000. Ill dig them out and have a look.
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: Emperor 14 April, 2012, 01:24:19 AM
Cracking pages.

After 2000ad he did work for Warhammer monthly in around 2000. Ill dig them out and have a look.

Shadowfast in WHM #7-13.
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: Judo 14 April, 2012, 08:48:29 AM
yesh, simon harrison, yesh! I was just asking a friend what had happened to him a couple weeks ago as some of his work is my favourite. we were playing the better cover or back cover game x
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: TordelBack 14 April, 2012, 09:36:44 AM
That one of Feral and Bradley and the Thatch is an absolute classic piece of late '80's art.  Love it.
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: Goosegash 14 April, 2012, 10:31:25 AM
Nice to see Harrison getting some respect on this thread. His work on Revere was stunning, particularly Book 3. The art practically seems to drip off the page.
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: brendan1 16 April, 2012, 12:06:08 PM
I didn't much like his art in 2000AD bitd, but I'd be interested to see what it looks like now.

Most artists improve incrementally over time, a few others improve massively, some decline. But who is to say that Harrison can't join the likes of Alex Ronald, Simon Coleby, Carl Critchlow, Kev Walker et al, who maybe didn't have that many fans when they first started out, but improved and changed style to become firm favourites and brilliant artists.

(that's possibly a bit harsh on Walker and Critchlow, but you get my point)
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: credo 17 April, 2012, 10:31:08 AM
Fantastic scans Fatboydale!

I really like his updated Dredd.

Based on his Future Shocks I always thought he could do robots well, and I think those ABCs Star Scans just prove it.  I would love to see him back for a short run with those characters. And even the thought of another Smith/Harrison collaboration sends an excited shiver down my spine. Please Tharg ... make it happen!

As for his Stront work, while it mostly didn't fit the story, he was the only artist to ever make Feral look good. You really got a sense of the kinetic, arsey, nihilistic teenager from Simon Harrison's depictions. That feel just seemed to be missing in everyone else's work. His more recent take on Johnny looks so good too.

Would love to see him back!

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: Tweak72 17 April, 2012, 12:29:26 PM
From Bradley (I cannot tell you how much I LOVED Bradley. I even made a latex half moon mask based on Bradley in prop making class at drama school) to his random Star Scan of Joe Pineapples (which, for me became the definitive image in my head), to Revere, to his Final Solution work (he gets a rough deal from 'da fanz' due to the whole Alpha death thing. The only ‘opinion’ I respect is Ezquerra’s deciding not to be a part of it due to his work on the series.) was always stunning, detailed and brilliant in both monochrome or colour.

He is a very talented guy and I hope he does well with his correct projects and would like to see more of his work.
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: TordelBack 17 April, 2012, 01:18:29 PM
Concidentally, my wife recently unearthed a cache of her old RPG magazines which I have been reading this week with nostaglic glee (you had to use a lot of words to fill a magazine in 1987/8!), and discovered that Simon Harrison provided some gorgeous Bradleyesque spot illos for issues of G.M magazine.

(Also a rather good Pratchett short story in there which I'd never read, and some very interesting interviews with the guys behind the Watchmen sourcebook and scenarios for DC Heroes).
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: Emperor 17 April, 2012, 03:07:18 PM
Concidentally, my wife recently unearthed a cache of her old RPG magazines which I have been reading this week with nostaglic glee (you had to use a lot of words to fill a magazine in 1987/8!), and discovered that Simon Harrison provided some gorgeous Bradleyesque spot illos for issues of G.M magazine.

Scans please or it didn't happen ;)
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: brendan1 17 April, 2012, 05:02:20 PM
What are RPG magazines?
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: James Stacey 17 April, 2012, 05:04:50 PM
What are RPG magazines?
Role playing games. Like Dragon and G.M.
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: brendan1 17 April, 2012, 05:06:04 PM
Ah. I'd only ever heard of White Dwarf. If that's one.
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: James Stacey 17 April, 2012, 05:56:14 PM
In the past it was. It's a glorified sales catalogue these days but in the 80s/90s yes absolutely.
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: CYCLOPZ 12 September, 2012, 11:13:30 PM
Simon has a great understanding & respect for 2000ad and talked me through a bit of his 2000ad artwork , like he did it yesterday , he no way undermined his comic art to his more modern artwork , it is just different , a bit like looking at Simon Davis comic art to his portrait art ...

  It would great to Simon something with 2000ad again , even a future shock .... anyways i could not wait and Simon did me a great updated Dredd

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v493/fatboydale/Revere%20Simon%20Harrison/SimonHarrisondredd5.jpg)

 Here is a few pages i got to snagged and 2 sketches for me and my pal

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v493/fatboydale/Simon%20Harrison%20artwork/002-3.jpg)


That's Amazing work.

Simon Harrison is one of my favorite all time 2000ad artist and I've never seen his take on Dredd.

Somebody bring him back ASAP!
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: JayzusB.Christ 13 September, 2012, 11:52:01 AM
I loved his stuff, me.  Can't think of an artist that would have been more suited to Bradley and Revere.  As for Strontium Dog, well, many would disagree but I loved his take on that.  His dark, edgy style suited the (justified) sense of foreboding and really fitted the tone (skaters, moshers, youthful rebels, etc).

Bring him back!
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: grthink 14 September, 2012, 01:34:56 PM
Can't agree more that it'd be great to see more from Harrison. I love his work on Revere, and really liked his take on Strontium Dog -- in particular his take on Feral.
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: credo 14 September, 2012, 02:14:21 PM
Can't agree more that it'd be great to see more from Harrison. I love his work on Revere, and really liked his take on Strontium Dog -- in particular his take on Feral.

He was the only person to draw a decent Feral. Ezquerra and McNeil are both astounding artists, but they just didn't draw him as the angry, self-righteous teen he was so obviously meant to be.
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: Colin YNWA 14 September, 2012, 06:17:26 PM
Can't agree more that it'd be great to see more from Harrison. I love his work on Revere, and really liked his take on Strontium Dog -- in particular his take on Feral.

He was the only person to draw a decent Feral. Ezquerra and McNeil are both astounding artists, but they just didn't draw him as the angry, self-righteous teen he was so obviously meant to be.

While I do love Simon Harrison's Feral I do think Nigel Dobbyn did a good job too.
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: JayzusB.Christ 14 September, 2012, 08:09:06 PM
Can't agree more that it'd be great to see more from Harrison. I love his work on Revere, and really liked his take on Strontium Dog -- in particular his take on Feral.

He was the only person to draw a decent Feral. Ezquerra and McNeil are both astounding artists, but they just didn't draw him as the angry, self-righteous teen he was so obviously meant to be.

While I do love Simon Harrison's Feral I do think Nigel Dobbyn did a good job too.

Nigel Dobbyn wasn't my bag at all, I'm afraid.  His Gronk was great but his Feral looked a bit of a pussy, if you'll pardon my French.  Harrison's looked lean, edgy and vicious. 
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: grthink 14 September, 2012, 09:26:20 PM
I remember Dobbyn's work quite well, and I agree with Jayzus -- his Gronk was good, as was so much of his work, but Harrison's Feral was brutal and animalistic and well... "feral".