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Classifieds / 2000AD original art sale: Ron Smith, Mick McMahon...
« on: 14 February, 2013, 01:56:15 PM »
Hey folks, I'm thinking of pruning a few pieces from my collection.  Prices are indicated without shipping costs; that shouldn't incur much extra and I'll always round things down where I can.

If you fancy something, just drop me a line.

Ron Smith, The Invisible Man - Prog 135, page 4 - £195
(on Daler art board, approx. 40 x 50cm)

Mick McMahon, Judge Dredd - £150 (exactly what I paid Mick for it last year)
(drawn in pencil and completely fills a sheet of A3 copy paper)

Prog / Subscriber problems?
« on: 22 January, 2013, 10:44:59 AM »
Hey folks.  Have any subscribers (overseas or otherwise) had an unusual number of missing Progs lately, or is it just me?  I've been subbing for years and no-show Progs have been a rare event, usually one a year or less.  However, the end of last year (and start of this year) has seen an annoying number of AWOL Progs… 1800, 1808, 1811 and now 1814.

It's not a major problem - the lovely Denise fixes things in the blink of an eye - but a minor irritation when I have to put off reading things like Trifecta until missing Progs turn up.  Anyway, I was just curious whether this has been a widespread problem or just a Norwegian postal glitch...

General / Kevin O'Neill - Mek Memoirs (1976)
« on: 07 September, 2012, 02:04:15 PM »
Stalwart 2000AD fan and all-round good egg that he is, DJ Food posted on his blog yesterday about Kev O'Neill's self-published Mek Memoirs (1976), scripted by Jack Adrian.


Having had a quick look, I know Lew Stringer wrote about this a few years back (http://lewstringer.blogspot.no/2009/02/kevin-oneill-early-days.html) and it really looks like an incredible bit of early O'Neill genius.  The blog post above was prompted partly by a copy popping up on eBay and selling for £50+; it's a shame I didn't know about it earlier as I would have done my best to win it, scan it and stick it up here for the enjoyment of all...

Anyway, I know it's unlikely but I figured that some branch of the Hive-mind might have access to a copy.  It would be extremely nice to see this in it's entirety, so...  Any clues?

Suggestions / 2000AD Art Portfolios
« on: 31 August, 2012, 01:02:49 PM »
The following suggestion is partly a consequence of looking at some of the old Titan books covers recently (and knowing that the original art for one of McMahon's just popped up and £10k+ was offered for it very quickly)...

How about portfolios containing some classic covers (Prog or otherwise)?

If good enough reproduction could be arranged, these could be fairly high-end, limited edition affairs and could focus on a selection of classic Titan or Prog covers.  If there was scope for a series of portfolios, they could be arranged thematically, covering different periods of 2000AD history, or characters, artists, etc.  Plenty of possibilities for putting some interesting collections of images together.

To be honest, I'm unsure what has been previously released along these lines, so maybe I'm just being dim.  Anyway, given the ever-rising prices associated with original art, and the scarcity, it might be an opportunity to get more Thrill Power on walls...

General / New Dredd cover art?
« on: 27 August, 2012, 01:57:30 PM »
Apologies if this is old news (and if it is, please just merge or delete this as appropriate).

Anyway, just noticed this cover by Nick Runge on CAF; anyone know more about it?  Marked as a 'retailer incentive' cover, so I assumed it might be connected with the IDW gig.

'After Jock'...


General / Rogue Trooper: Origins
« on: 26 July, 2012, 02:09:10 PM »
The Dave Gibbons Rogue Trooper concept art arrived yesterday, along with the early text pitch outlining possible directions for character development.

I'll post the text up soon, but before I do I'm running it past Gerry Finley-Day (via the ever-helpful Pat Mills) to see if it's something he put together or if it has some other origin.  It would be nice to know who to credit for this - if not GFD, then who?  Steve McManus?  I guess it really doesn't matter in the long run; the text is a nice snapshot of the development of a classic 2000AD character - still some way off from Rogue as we know him, but a number of important elements are already in place.

Anyway, here's some art for now, and I'll post up the text later - with or without input from GFD (I'll pass along any comment I get from him, though).

I'd also like to add a few words from Staz Johnson, partly as he gave us such a great GFD Rogue strip in Prog 2011, but mainly because I love the level of enthusiasm:

Rogue Trooper became my favorite 2000AD character almost from the moment the strip first appeared, in fact, my fascination with him dates from before the strip actually started. When I saw the pin-up that Gibbons drew just prior to the launch of the story, I thought that was the coolest thing I'd ever seen. I was in hospital, recovering from a rather nasty motorcycle accident when the Rogue strip first appeared, & for a week or more I had nothing to read but that one issue of the prog. Unsurprising then, that the sketchbook I had by my hospital bed filled up with sketches of Rogue, & various other 'future war' characters of my own invention, totally inspired by (read as 'ripped off from') Rogue. Perhaps that is part of the reason I feel such a connection to the character. Another reason being that I simply loved all of Dave Gibbons designs for the strip, from Rogue himself, the Norts, & those super cool gigantic tanks.

Working on the character was something of a dream come true, & even though I did 'drop the ball' to some extent in my first attempt, I was happy with the work I did on the GFD story.

Anyway, I could go one & on, but suffice it to say, that for me, it was a huge honour after spending years drawing Rogue for fun to finally get an opportunity to work on him for real.

General / Gibson / McMahon animated film work
« on: 22 July, 2012, 10:13:58 AM »
I just noticed that blurb on Ian Gibson in the introduction to the Titan Robo-Hunter volumes contains the following statement:

"In 1981 he worked on an animated science fiction film with Mike McMahon, which is still in pre-production."

Anybody know any more about this?  I'm assuming it never went anywhere but it would be nice to hear a little about what was done, or at least planned.  A huge shame this never saw the light of day...

News / Cam Kennedy Sketchbook
« on: 10 July, 2012, 02:30:49 PM »
Cam just let me know that a sketchbook featuring his work is being published.  It'll be either 32 or 48 pages (he's not sure until his copies arrive), likely to be around €10 and it's bound to be chock-full of lovely Cam sketches, designs and doodles.  Certainly worth a look for fans of Cam's work.  The link below gives contact info for the publisher (Belgium-based), and if I get any additional info I'll post it here.


Classifieds / Wanted: My Name is Death
« on: 19 May, 2012, 08:32:53 AM »
Anyone have a copy they'd be willing to part with?

I'm in Norway, but shipping within the UK is fine as well.


General / The Strangeness of Brendan McCarthy
« on: 15 May, 2012, 10:20:20 PM »
Hey folks,

Brendan's fantastically lovely fansite has been quiet for a few months but there's been a flurry of activity in the last few days so it's worth checking out (and checking often - apparently there's a lot of good stuff coming up).

Various Zaucer of Zilk sketches and whatnot have appeared, and my eyes are still recovering.


News / Pete Fowler Nemesis
« on: 25 January, 2012, 11:11:50 AM »
Remember the Pete Fowler t-shirt design from the Zarjaz! exhibition?

As posted on Bad Librarianship (one of the best blogs I can think of):

Pete Fowler post:

Hope for more news on these soon - gobsmackingly lovely.

General / Milligan & McCarthy: Summer of Love
« on: 18 January, 2012, 12:30:28 PM »
Mark Kardwell at Bad Librarianship* posted a request for help with scans of episodes from Milligan & McCarthy's News on Sunday strip from 1987.

I had a scan of one episode on my hard drive - from an unremembered source (probably related to this forum though, possibly from Robbie Cox?) and sent it in along with a link to the episode Rufus has the original art for.

It's a long shot, I know, but does anyone here have any more, or access to newspaper archives coupled with a nerdy sense of adventure?

It's criminal how little Milligan & McCarthy work is in print; I'd love to see this collected (along with everything from Artoons to Zaucer of Zilk) but in the meantime it would be great to see a few more Summer of Love episodes unearthed.

* http://www.badlibrarianship.com/2012/01/brendan-mccarthy-pete-milligans-summer.html

General / Things that went over your head...
« on: 09 January, 2012, 11:00:01 AM »
I'm thinking of stuff like Ro-Jaws and Hammerstein (Rogers & Hammerstein), the Slavers of Drule and all those other puns and references that drifted gracefully over my head as a kid...  (Some of 'em still do.)

Anyway, I just spotted a 1949 Schlitz advert in a Grauniad New York photo gallery (http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/gallery/2012/jan/06/new-york-photography-in-pictures#/?picture=384053709&index=4) sporting the slogan: "The beer that made Milwaukee famous"...

I guess that's where the Dredd classic "The Fear that made Milwaukee famous" came from.  I live and learn!

General / Commission time: McCarthy!
« on: 08 December, 2011, 12:33:22 PM »
Being a huge Brendan McCarthy fan, Sooner or Later (geddit?) I suppose it had to happen.

Anyway, a little while ago Brendan McCarthy agreed to do a commission for me.  He told me that he hardly ever does these, so I was pretty floored by him agreeing to take this on.  I'm fortunate enough to have a few of Brendan's Dredd pages (old and new) so I thought I'd take this piece in another direction, back to some of the most exciting comics I've ever read - Freakwave (originally in Vanguard), Strange Days and Paradax...

I'd mentioned that any of a few of my favourite characters would be great, and that while an ensemble piece would be wonderful, I'd understand if he wanted to take this in another direction.

I got a rough through the other day, and really can't keep this to myself - I'm so amazed by this I can hardly articulate it.  Brendan admitted he got a bit carried away with this, and I think you'll agree it shows.

I'll post up the final inked and coloured piece when it's done.


General / BEM 35: Mills, Myth and Magic
« on: 16 September, 2011, 01:02:31 PM »
I've been after a copy of this for ages and finally tracked one down... I'll scan the Pat Mills interview and post it up here later in case anyone's interested.  There's also an early Nemesis script and an article on his origins, so I'll try and throw that in as well.


(and if anyone wants the relevant bits as a pdf, just pm me).

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