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General / Re: 2000AD Original Art Thread
« on: 27 May, 2020, 11:18:09 AM »
Yeah, it's distinctively grotesque! I thought it would go for more, but maybe the title and lack of a big name character counted against it?

I had a nosy on HA.com and Kevin O'Neill prices seem to be all over the place.

If it had been a Nemesis page (pretty much any O'Neill Nemesis page) the price would have been higher - maybe around the £1k mark?  I suspect you'd be able to pick up some O'Neill's earlier US-based stuff for fairly low prices, while LoEG-related art is going to be much more in demand and therefore have a higher price tag attached.  Not that I know much about O'Neill art prices, having only the cover I got when he sold some pieces through a gallery some years back and the 'Search for Excessus' page that popped up through a third party on Artdroids.

I really don't understand the pricing of original art.

Nobody does.  It's all over the place and you can put whatever price you like on something if you're selling but that doesn't mean anybody's necessarily going to pay it.  'Value' of art is entirely subjective; people can and do pay huge sums for stuff simply because it means a lot to them.

Yeah, has to be a Hope-based vote for Guy Adam from me as well...

General / Re: 2000AD Original Art Thread
« on: 08 May, 2020, 07:48:05 AM »
CalHab, there are a few McCarthy pieces available here but several of these were bought from Heritage and are just being resold at inflated prices (earlier Heritage sales here).  Buy a page for under $300, sell it on for $1,200... Art dealers, huh?

General / Re: Non 2000ad artwork that you own ....
« on: 07 May, 2020, 10:39:47 AM »
Razorbrain is wonderful and terrifying.

RazorBrain seems to be pretty much lifted from O'Rotten, from Milligan & McCarthy's 1978 / 1979 Elecktrick Hoax strip...  However, your point remains entirely valid!


General / Re: Non 2000ad artwork that you own ....
« on: 07 May, 2020, 10:25:08 AM »
A few more McCarthy bits and pieces...

Captain Cracking (for a Channel 4 TV series pitch dealing with a history of comics); “Invited by the UKs Channel 4 to submit a pitch for a TV series about comics, we decided to use Captain Cracking as a camp narrative hook.  The idea was for Captain Cracking to steer his ship, the Hatter, though pages of classic comics whilst giving us a disjointed history of the medium.  Channel 4 passed, and Tank Girl punched the captain out of spite”

Unused Paradax villains:  “Dr. Peep was a demented feminist who ran a peep show that, when viewed, turned men into pigs.  Beetle Six, a boomer stuck in a sixties time warp, looked like a collision between Yellow Submarine and The Prisoner.”

The Spider of Warning (from the covers of Strange Days):

Wash You…

The Odd Squad

General / Re: 2000AD Original Art Thread
« on: 07 May, 2020, 10:09:44 AM »
That's incredible. I don't know if I've ever seen a McCarthy piece for sale, and that ones an absolute beauty. Where did you find it, if you don't mind me asking?

It was listed on Heritage Auctions, a US-based site (https://www.ha.com/).  They've had a few McCarthy pieces there over the past few years (I've bought a few); I think most have come via the art dealer Albert Moy, who bought a huge pile of stuff from Brendan about 10 years ago (I think).

I've found a few McCarthy pieces on eBay over the years but they don't seem to pop up often.

Brendan also sold off some stuff himself recently; nothing 2000AD-related but a few gems (he emailed out a list, first come, first served.  I'll post some pieces in the non-2000AD art thread later).

General / Re: 2000AD Original Art Thread
« on: 07 May, 2020, 09:54:49 AM »
I picked up another beautiful Rogan Gosh page a while back, one of my favourites from the whole story.  There's so much going on in this page and it's as good an example of McCarthy's artistry as I could wish for.  Milligan's dialogue on this page is just as good as the art - one of those pieces I love as much for the words as for the pictures.

I got a few other McCarthy bits and bobs recently but I'll dump those in another thread later.

General / Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
« on: 05 May, 2020, 02:17:22 PM »
Once again superb!

Can''t remember many others in colour?

No, it's a short list!  Simon Davis, Ian Gibson, Jonathan Edwards and Boo :)

General / Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
« on: 05 May, 2020, 01:46:47 PM »
Thanks, fellas - the whole thing is a continual joy, although looking back it's laughable that I thought I'd get all this done and dusted within a year or two.  Not sure how many pages are left overall.  One book is done once Glenn Fabry gets back to Belfast, another is (I think) being finished off by the current babysitter.  Not sure about the other two books but it's just a few pages in total I think.  Meanwhile...

By the Spiky Balls of Brett Ewins!

Book Cook knocked it out of the park with his piece - as good a Venus Bluegenes as I've ever seen.

General / Re: Jaw dropping Nemesis sculpture
« on: 05 May, 2020, 01:35:20 PM »
I realise I'm probably alone in this but I love the initial bare-bones cardboard construction to the final model - something about the simplicity and minimalist look to it; just nails the character with no additional frills needed.  Anyway, great stuff from start to finish!

General / Re: 2000AD Original Art Thread
« on: 05 May, 2020, 01:32:29 PM »
Stunning piece up on eBay by Chris Weston. Many will have seen this via Faciebooks I'm sure but just incase I think this deserves as much exposure as possible - even for those of use for whom it is well out of range.

Yeah, that's a stunner - absolutely jaw-dropping work by That Nice Mister Weston.

General / Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
« on: 25 March, 2020, 10:48:15 AM »
Yes, it's still going.

A beautiful contribution from the awesome Rich Elson: Gene Dog resists being taken for walkies by Wrath & Bode.  There's no deadlines on any of these so they appear when they appear but when the four books are full it'll all be over (and we're closing on on that now).

General / Re: Sketch collection idea
« on: 20 January, 2020, 03:22:07 PM »
I started a globetrotting 2000AD sketchbook thing back in 2011 and it's still going; I think about a dozen of the artists on your list are involved so far (https://forums.2000ad.com/index.php?topic=39617.0)...  A lot of artists are easy to track down via their own websites or blogs and a lot are on Facebook, so I'd recommend a polite, respectful message or email laying out what you're looking for.  Bear in mind that people are busy so even if they agree to do something for you it might take a while (I've waited two years on two occasions - that's with people in possession of the sketchbook). 

Some artists refuse to take any payment but I always say upfront that I'm more than happy to pay whatever they like (why wouldn't I?).  As long as you don't hassle people or expect too much (or speedy work) you'll probably get mainly positive responses from artists, at least based on my experience.  Feel free to drop me a PM if you get stuck somewhere - and post up anything you get; always a treat to see stuff like this!

General / Re: Crossword results
« on: 20 January, 2020, 03:09:17 PM »
Post-Christmas forum laziness means I've only just found this (the email helped!) - wahey!  This was a lot of fun to do so thanks again for the amazing effort :D

Off Topic / Re: The Progmuda Triangle
« on: 19 December, 2019, 12:35:47 PM »
In theory, 416 is due tomorrow. I’ll be amazed if it arrives then, but I’m hoping for Sat or Mon.

Well I'd ordered a bunch of Bunny vs. Monkey and Corpse Talk books as Christmas presents so I guess we'll cope.  Also renewed the boys' annual subscription and also their Aquila sub while I was at it (nothing but lint in my pockets now).

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