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2000 AD => General => : JayzusB.Christ 01 October, 2018, 03:57:12 PM

: Goodbye Carlos
: JayzusB.Christ 01 October, 2018, 03:57:12 PM
Still reeling at this awful news.  Goodbye, King Carlos, you've made my life immeasurably richer.
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: Dr Feeley Good 01 October, 2018, 04:28:42 PM
Absolutely gutted.. R. I. P
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: GordyM 01 October, 2018, 04:46:15 PM
This one hit hard. I got into the adult side of comics via The Complete Judge Dredd, the Megazine and 2000AD. Carlos' art stood out from the beginning. As great as Bolland, McMahon, MacNeil, Dillon etc were they, well, they just weren't Carlos. That he was able to stand atop such a wealth of talent proves how special Carlos was. Co-creator of Britan's biggest comic book icon and a genuinely nice guy to boot. One of this industry's true legends.
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: matty_ae 01 October, 2018, 04:51:31 PM
He was the most generous sketcher at conventions.

He was an incredible designer of characters - look how little Dredd and Johnny have changed over the years.

And he spoilt us with the sheer volume of published artwork he produced.


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: Woolly 01 October, 2018, 04:52:23 PM
I'm just stunned by this news, even after all the health scares.
I know I never met the man, or even had an online conversation with him, but when I see Strontium Dog drawn by a different artist tears are gonna flow.

Rest In Peace Carlos. You helped make all our lives just that little bit better xx
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: DrRocka 01 October, 2018, 05:05:54 PM
I have no words. The king is gone.
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: radiator 01 October, 2018, 05:13:09 PM
Can't quite believe it...

RIP

Legend
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: TordelBack 01 October, 2018, 05:21:31 PM
The saddest of news, we have lost the greatest 2000AD artist of them all. From the cover of my first prog to this very day,  he's been at the heart of the comic and its fan community: the fullest,  liveliest of art and to match it a cheery, generous grin beneath that celebrated 'tache. I don't think I can fully believe he's gone yet.

My very deepest condolences to his loved ones, his family,  his friends and colleagues and, why not, to all of us too.  Bloody hell, what an awful, awful loss.
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: hazy efc 01 October, 2018, 05:35:28 PM
The word Legend gets associated with people quite a lot these day's but in Carlos Ezquerra we have the true definition of a Legend, Thank you so so much for your amazing work down the year's Carlos R.I.P
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: Stu101 01 October, 2018, 05:48:43 PM
This, like the sad news of Dillon's and Brett's passing has hit me like a punch to the gut! My childhood takes another leap further from the present... R.I.P. Carlos.
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: Rately 01 October, 2018, 06:02:22 PM
Sad, sad news.

RIP Carlos.

Thank you for art that still thrills a jaded Adult.
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: Andy Lambert 01 October, 2018, 06:05:49 PM
Probably sounds a little over dramatic, but without Carlos 2000AD will never feel the same again.
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: flip-r mk2 01 October, 2018, 06:13:12 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/08QD3re.jpg)

filippo
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: TordelBack 01 October, 2018, 06:22:20 PM
Probably sounds a little over dramatic, but without Carlos 2000AD will never feel the same again.

Not overdramatic at all - just the plain truth. John,  Pat and Carlos are the foundations on which everything else rests. It can never be the same now. Just glad we have so much brilliance to thank him for.
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: JudgeJudi 01 October, 2018, 06:31:22 PM
Impossible to undersell the impact of the Man - for me THE Dredd artist and obviously THE SD artist -  a true comic great.

I'm going to break out some classics and my best Scotch.

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: Funt Solo 01 October, 2018, 06:47:51 PM
Very sad news.

Obituary in The Guardian (https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/oct/01/judge-dredd-co-creator-carlos-ezquerra-dies-aged-70)

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: Klegg Bait 01 October, 2018, 06:58:36 PM
Thanks for so many hours of enjoyment.
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: Richard 01 October, 2018, 06:59:23 PM
Very sad news, especially after he'd seemed to be recovering. What a great loss.

That obituary is a good one, and I'm glad he got so much coverage in a non-comics publication.

Can anyone from editorial let us know whether there is any of his art still awaiting publication? Or have we really seen his last Dredd?
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: Richard 01 October, 2018, 07:05:24 PM
Just read the previous posts and wanted to say: sorry for your loss too, Dark Jimbo.
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: Judgedreddrocks 01 October, 2018, 07:16:44 PM
I am utterly heartbroken at this sad news.
He was such a lovely man and a great artist.
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: Andy Lambert 01 October, 2018, 07:17:32 PM
Nice tribute there, filippo.

I'm also sorry, Dark Jimbo - such sad news. Today sucks.
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: Rackle 01 October, 2018, 07:21:57 PM
 :'( Such sad news.  I remember being star-struck when he was at the bar at the 40th anniversary. I was too shy to say hi despite him being so friendly and kind
 A giant amongst comic artists - with a legacy of incredible art to be remembered by.

RIP, Mr.E, we'll miss you.
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: Heath C Ackley 01 October, 2018, 07:31:42 PM
Already written my piece on the RIP thread but it is terrible news. His passing is a loss to 2000ad and to comics as a whole.
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: Eamonn Clarke 01 October, 2018, 07:36:44 PM
I once bought him a pint before a Dredd screening at the first Lakes festival. He and John then came over and sat and chatted with us. Carlos couldn’t have been kinder, humbler, and more appreciative of his fans. I know loads of us have similar stories about the great man and his generosity with his time, his sketches, and his stories and advice. I shall treasure the wonderful pieces of his art I am lucky enough to own, and my memories of meeting the great man.
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: broodblik 01 October, 2018, 07:39:10 PM
So I say
Thank you for the art, the pictures I'm watching
Thanks for all the joy they're bringing
Who can live without it, I ask in all honesty
What would life be?
Without a picture or a drawing what are we?
So I say thank you for the art
For giving it to me

So I say
Thank you… Carlos
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: JayzusB.Christ 01 October, 2018, 07:43:32 PM
Really wish I'd met him when I had the chance.  He has been a huge part of my life for, without any exaggeration, as long as I can remember.  (The Executioner, I think, was the first time I knew how to distinguish comic artists by their styles.)
We're lucky that he kept it up, on both Dredd and SD, till the very end.  A huge loss.
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: CrazyFoxMachine 01 October, 2018, 07:48:39 PM
Have decided to create a hub of tribute fan-art on the Art Stars page. Seems only right - let's pay tribute to him the proper way through drawing. Give us a shout if you want your art on there, it's not a comp it's more of a creative outpouring.

Everything will be here (https://www.facebook.com/pg/2000adartcomp/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1043439079171650)

I myself am shattered by the news. He was a lovely, warm, tremendously kind man and an inspiration to me and everyone. Well - we don't have the words, do we? Lets do pictures instead  :'(
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: SpaceSpinner2000 01 October, 2018, 07:58:15 PM
An amazing talent lost, it's incredibly sad. Everything I've ever heard about Ezquerra paints him as an incredibly talented person that was a joy to be around. It's sad when anyone dies, but this is truly a heart breaker.
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: Robin Low 01 October, 2018, 08:04:33 PM
I just happened to be reading the Meg floppy of Block Judge yesterday afternoon.

I can remember reading the Eagle reprints of The Apocalypse War for the first time back in my teens.

I remember my first Strontium Dog story, The Gronk Affair, in the Best of 2000AD Monthly.

"Who the hell's gonna mess with us?"

The man was one of the world's greatest comic book artists, and to hell with anyone who says different.

My condolences to his family.

Regards,

Robin
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: Richard 01 October, 2018, 08:14:18 PM
Unless there is unpublished work still in the pipeline, I believe this is the last Ezquerra Dredd, from Get jerry Sing in prog 2023, 22 March 2017:

(http://)
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: Colin YNWA 01 October, 2018, 08:18:03 PM
Its so hard to imagine that Carlos won't be in the Prog anymore. He was such a talent, such an influence and by all reports such a great human being.

The fact that the Prog will always feel a little empty without him marks out this artistic legacy. For all the sadness now and the sadness in the future, unlike so many we all will have our memories of Carlos on the page to remind us what an unbelievable talent he was. How much he shaped not just comics but my thoughts on what excites and thrills me in every way.

Thank you Carlos Ezquerra.
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: esoteric ed 01 October, 2018, 08:18:21 PM
Such awful news, RIP Sir.


Ed
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: Proudhuff 01 October, 2018, 08:19:37 PM
Sad loss indeed, a wonderful, warm, kind man with a mischievous twinkle in his eye, had a pint with him and John post Glasgow one year, with half a dozen gibbering fan... he couldn’t have been more indulgent and generous. 2000ad won’t be the same again.
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: broodblik 01 October, 2018, 08:23:57 PM
Another tribute: http://lewstringer.blogspot.com/2018/10/carlos-ezquerra-1947-2018.html (http://lewstringer.blogspot.com/2018/10/carlos-ezquerra-1947-2018.html)
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: Frank 01 October, 2018, 08:30:05 PM
Can anyone from editorial let us know whether there is any of his art still awaiting publication? Or have we really seen his last Dredd?

I hope there's a Strontium Dog sitting on file, given how close the character was to his creator's heart. Wagner & Ezquerra's creator-owned Spector (https://i.imgur.com/jx5kvKX.png) has already been announced for the Megazine (later this year?).

In 2014, the Inky Fingers podcast was lucky enough to conduct a series of short interviews with Ezquerra about his art and career, in which his warmth and personality really come across:

Part One (http://inkyfingers.libsyn.com/inky-fingers-podcast-episode-001-part-a-june-2014) (16m 20s)

Part Two (http://inkyfingers.libsyn.com/inky-fingers-podcast-episode-001-part-b-june-2014) (07m 05s)
 
Part Three (http://inkyfingers.libsyn.com/inky-fingers-podcast-episode-002-part-a-july-2014) (18m 52s) 


Transcript of Interview (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1glidhi-CNYNM70i8Tuj5Ft6jFmd8IX-TUwabEgwptSg/edit?usp=sharing) (few parts inaudible, if anyone can fill in the blanks, I'd be grateful)


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: esoteric ed 01 October, 2018, 08:31:30 PM
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: Goaty 01 October, 2018, 08:51:34 PM
 :'(

(https://scontent.flhr3-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/42892606_10156461732251636_2221007178800562176_n.jpg?_nc_cat=100&oh=644b6b8842b65a581381616bfcd335b8&oe=5C15A5D6)
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: Robin Low 01 October, 2018, 08:59:25 PM
:'(

(https://scontent.flhr3-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/42892606_10156461732251636_2221007178800562176_n.jpg?_nc_cat=100&oh=644b6b8842b65a581381616bfcd335b8&oe=5C15A5D6)

Nicely done. Thanks.

Regards,

Robin
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: The Legendary Shark 01 October, 2018, 09:05:46 PM

Carlos once hugged me and called me his friend.

I haven't felt so sad in decades.

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: Leigh S 01 October, 2018, 09:24:10 PM
When I heard the news, I had just come in from the kitchen, where I had been painting the Flys-Eyes Wagner miniature (any excuse to dig out the original "Journey Into Hell" comics run for colour ref). I had been listening to Conrad and Fox pouring deserved praise onto Carlos' Stainless Steel Rat art on their Space Spinner 2000 podcast. I had idly realised I needed to send the final pages of the Middenface NcNulty strip off to the Dogbreath fanzine. The desk from which I type this is over run with Gronks of various sizes, watched over by the Johnny Alpha action figure and an SD badge.

I have jokingly said that the comics creators of my youth were more like a mom and dad to me than my parents were, but with the first of those Giants passing, it's only now I can truly understand it was no joke - it was Carlos and his inspiration, that first set me drawing, I wouldnt have spent countless days hunting down rare drawings from his pen, wouldnt have met such fabulous people as I have through this very message board. More so the characters he created simultaneously took me away from myself and made me the person I am today - I have met Carlos twice, and he was so wonderful and enthusiastic and full of life (as were the Gronk and Alpha sketches he graciously did for me).

Farewell Carlos, we will never see your like again.
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: Rogue Judge 01 October, 2018, 09:28:29 PM
Very sad and unexpected - RIP Carlos. Im surrounded by his artwork in my cubicle at work everyday (printed a bunch of Carlos  Dredd/Stront prog covers about a year back). He leaves an amazing body of artwork behind, a fantastic legacy.
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: abelardsnazz 01 October, 2018, 09:36:24 PM
A real shock. Watching the interview with him and John from the 40th anniversary convention, such a humble man belying his immense talent. Really sad to think his body of work is now complete, but what a body of work, to be enjoyed again and again. RIP Carlos.
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: The Enigmatic Dr X 01 October, 2018, 09:43:44 PM
Sad news.
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: Buttonman 01 October, 2018, 09:48:12 PM
So sad to hear this - I encountered the great man at a Glasgow Convention and at the 40th. Glad I got to say hello, sorry I was too shy to tell him he was the best.

'The Apocalypse War' is for me the definitive Dredd story and there was a run on Strontium Dog that was just sublime - anyone says they don't like comics? show them the 'Moses Quest' and they'll be converted.

I'm glad Carlos is at peace after a long struggle with cancer and I hope his family get comfort from all the tributes the great man is amassing.

Too soon to discuss such things but it would be a nice gesture if 2000ad could put out a print sometime down the line, to celebrate a life dedicated to the comic with proceeds going to Cancer Research or a charity of Carlos' family's choosing.
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: Frank 01 October, 2018, 09:53:38 PM
Very sad news. Obituary in The Guardian (https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/oct/01/judge-dredd-co-creator-carlos-ezquerra-dies-aged-70)

And from Graeme McMillan in The Hollywood Reporter (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/carlos-ezquerra-dead-creator-judge-dredd-dies-aged-70-1148295)


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: maryanddavid 01 October, 2018, 09:56:29 PM
THE 2000AD artist. Condolences to his family and friends.

RIP Carlos
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: james newell 01 October, 2018, 10:07:47 PM
Yes , it is very sad news, my condolences to his family and friends.

I hope words expressed here by his fans will be of some comfort to them.

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: Pete Wells 01 October, 2018, 10:22:26 PM
My heart is broken. I met Carlos a fair few times and he was always generous to a fault, extremely friendly and very, very funny. I genuinely felt that he loved and appreciated the fans and would really go the extra mile to spend time with us.

He was incredible with my Covers blog, usually sending me images without me asking, long before publication and always quick to answer any questions I had.

I commissioned him to recreate the “Um... Synthi Sausage?” Cover of Prog 333, but with Dredd holding a pasty. He was very enthusiastic to do so, “One question though...” he asked “What is pasty?”

Goodbye my friend, and thank you for so very much.

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: Funt Solo 01 October, 2018, 10:36:01 PM
My regular collecting of 2000 AD started right here:

(http://www.2000ad.org/covers/2000ad/hires/179.jpg)
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: Mabs 01 October, 2018, 10:36:19 PM
I'm absolutely gutted by the news. I knew he was ill, but it still doesn't lessen the shock. Carlos will be missed sorely by us all, but I take comfort in the fact that his work will live on forever. ❤
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: Dark Jimbo 01 October, 2018, 11:12:24 PM
I keep thinking about the final page/panels of his last Stront story - such a fitting way for King Carlos to bow out.
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: DrRocka 01 October, 2018, 11:31:09 PM
You’re SO right, Jimbo. If there’s never any more Strontium Dog, then it’s ended perfectly. Huge condolences, my friend.
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: sheridan 02 October, 2018, 12:05:29 AM
An amazing talent lost, it's incredibly sad. Everything I've ever heard about Ezquerra paints him as an incredibly talented person that was a joy to be around. It's sad when anyone dies, but this is truly a heart breaker.
Just listening to you extolling The Stainless Steel Rat for President :-(
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: Krakajac 02 October, 2018, 12:55:02 AM
Being in law enforcement, I’ve (to my own detriment) become desensitised to many of the harsher things in life.  This news has brought me back to earth, so to speak.  On patrol at this very moment - my partner is talking - but I ain’t listening.

I’m based in Oz - and will probably never attend a 2000AD con.  Carlos was the one and only creator I ever corresponded with.  A true gentleman and a massive loss.
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: sheridan 02 October, 2018, 01:39:41 AM
Being in law enforcement, I’ve (to my own detriment) become desensitised to many of the harsher things in life.  This news has brought me back to earth, so to speak.  On patrol at this very moment - my partner is talking - but I ain’t listening.

Not in law enforcement, but I do talk to a few people a week who are recently bereaved, and some each month who are going through major life events such losing jobs, struggling to keep a roof over their heads, losing their families, suffering from terminal diseases and wanting to put their affairs in order.  You have to become somewhat desensitised, otherwise you'd spend all day every day shaken and dazed.

I’m based in Oz - and will probably never attend a 2000AD con.  Carlos was the one and only creator I ever corresponded with.  A true gentleman and a massive loss.

I think I saw that Mark Sexton attends your local cons, though don't know if there's any coming up.
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: SuperSurfer 02 October, 2018, 03:13:18 AM
Really upset to hear the sad news. I stood in the stairwell today at work in disbelief.

I also wish I met Carlos but I'm grateful to have had the pleasure of attending his and John Wagner's talk at the 2000AD 40th event.

I just took out my prog 1 to see the preview image of Dredd. TBH I'm not sure if Carlos drew that but as we all know, the design is his. It grabbed my attention 41 years ago… and all these years on it hasn't let go. Not only was Carlos one of the best comic artists in the history of the medium – when it came to character design, he was a genius. 

I was just reading his first full colour prog strip in the Case Files a few days ago.

For those not interested in comics it might be difficult to understand the impact some of these creators have on our lives.

My condolences to his family and friends.
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: Mister Pops 02 October, 2018, 03:32:22 AM
Shite
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: 13school 02 October, 2018, 03:58:00 AM
Devastating news. I'm shattered.

Deepest condolences to his family and friends.
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: Trout 02 October, 2018, 04:08:29 AM
Just so sad.
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: Dash Decent 02 October, 2018, 05:20:53 AM
Gutted.

2018 has been a totally terrible year for me personally.  I already spend most days wanting to burst into tears and now I feel totally distraught.

My heart goes out to his family.

Thank you Carlos for your incredible artwork.  We are so fortunate to have had you in our lives for such a long time, and for the amazing volume and quality of your work.  You will be missed.
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: flesario 02 October, 2018, 05:55:52 AM
How very very sad. It feels like his work has been part of my life, growing up with Dredd. All thoughts with those close to him and thank you Carlos.
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: CalHab 02 October, 2018, 08:52:34 AM
Very sad news. He was truly one of the greats. Condolences to his family and friends.
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: Steve Green 02 October, 2018, 09:03:23 AM
Still in a bit of a daze to be honest.

I'd chatted with Carlos over facebook and in real life at cons a good few times over the past five years, what with advice about the fan film, commissions and helping out with Planet Replicas.

He was always generous and encouraging - Just recently I'd made up a retro helmet which Dan had printed out to send over to him, but had been put on hold with his surgery.

Carlos, you were an inspiration, a foundation of my comics appreciation, and a lovely man to boot.

We're all going to miss you a sneck of a lot.
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: wedgeski 02 October, 2018, 09:16:41 AM
:'(
Goaty, that's a wonderful piece. I was handling it just fine until you posted that! :(
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: TordelBack 02 October, 2018, 09:43:24 AM
:'(
Goaty, that's a wonderful piece. I was handling it just fine until you posted that! :(

Yep,  just brilliant.  Great to see your clever art here again mate,  even under these sad circumstances.
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: geronimo 02 October, 2018, 10:41:04 AM
Oh me heartsies!
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: Colm 02 October, 2018, 11:56:10 AM
What a brilliant storyteller and character creator. So much great art but Necropolis remains my favourite - especially that chase though the undercity. Thanks for everything, Carlos.
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: SmallBlueThing(Reborn) 02 October, 2018, 12:38:36 PM
I have no idea where to start when talking about Carlos Ezquerra, an artist who has been a part of my life since I was too small to even understand that people drew for a living. In fact, when 2000AD came along and declared their creators to be "droids", at that age I probably thought that they were. In the same way that Tharg will always be the fictional "face" of the comic, Carlos- along with Pat and John- will always be what I think of when anyone mentions it. And thanks to his work, they do mention it- even forty-two years on from the start- and mention it a lot.
Last night I sat and read through The Apocalypse War, my absolute favourite of all his works, and cried the a way a man of nearly fifty probably shouldn't outside of the loss of a member of the family.
To imagine the comic without future strips by Carlos Ezquerra is, at the moment, impossible. I sincerely hope there are a few Dredds and Stronts in the pipeline, ready to print. But if so, when that last one comes, I will cry again, I know.
Would it be too much to hope that 2000AD have enough unpublished drawings by him hanging around in drawers, that the comic could periodically print Star Scans, so he never really has to go. And when they run out, reprint old covers as back pages. Make the little Dredd head on the Nerve Centre page always an Ezquerra, in perpetuity.
Comics have lost the most significant artist I've ever known in my lifetime, and a gutsy hero of the highest degree. My condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and every Squaxx in the world.

SBT
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: Keef Monkey 02 October, 2018, 04:00:00 PM
So sad. Impossible to overstate how important his art was in shaping my love of comics. He drew the first Dredd I ever read and among all the legendary and fantastic artists who have been in the prog he was always the definitive Dredd artist to me. When I picture Dredd it's his Dredd, those distinctive outlines and all. Same goes for Strontium Dog and anything else he touched.

I still love the prog and have never put it down, but it's hard to get as excited and lost in things (anything, not just 2000AD) as I did in my youth. Despite that, reading a new Carlos strip was always every bit as exciting as when I was reading as a kid and always took me right back to that thrill in a very real way. It hurts to know that powerful connection to that childhood feeling is gone.

Cheers for all the thrillpower Carlos, you absolute legend.
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: Tiplodocus 02 October, 2018, 04:04:39 PM
Terrible news. A genuine legend ofthe comics industry gone. Condolences to his family and friends.

Poor Alan Grant; two long time collaborators gone in the space of a week.
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: JayzusB.Christ 02 October, 2018, 05:37:30 PM
Terrible news. A genuine legend ofthe comics industry gone. Condolences to his family and friends.

Poor Alan Grant; two long time collaborators gone in the space of a week.

Who was the other?
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: Eamonn Clarke 02 October, 2018, 05:38:37 PM
Norm Breyfogle on Batman?
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: JayzusB.Christ 02 October, 2018, 05:41:52 PM
Oh ok, thanks Eamonn. Have to admit I'm not too well up on American creators but I know he was a very respected artist and I'm sorry to hear it.
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: Rara Avis 02 October, 2018, 06:31:14 PM
Oh no, what terrible news. I just heard. Just very sad ..
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: Echidna 02 October, 2018, 06:46:01 PM
So, so sad to see him go. But man, what a legacy to leave behind.
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: Tjm86 02 October, 2018, 07:15:29 PM
Words fail .....

Like so many others, I have savoured his work over the last forty odd years.  As much as this comes as little of a surprise considering his age and recent health scare, it is still a bitter blow.

Pride of place in my collection will always go to the Stainless Steel Rat piece that I purchased from him.  Like many other fans, his artwork will always have a special place.

Like so many other Tooth creators, his generosity and patience with those who admired him is simply one more reason to honour him.  I think it's fair to say that we have been truly blessed by the majority of those who have graced the pages of Tooth over the years.  The number of tales from those who met him in the flesh and spoke with respect for him as an individual and awe at his artistic talent speaks volumes.
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: IndigoPrime 02 October, 2018, 07:21:27 PM
As much as this comes as little of a surprise considering his age and recent health scare
I dunno. For me, it was a bolt from the blue after that Facebook update. So cruel after he clearly thought he was out of the woods.
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: Dan Kelly 02 October, 2018, 08:06:24 PM
I dunno. For me, it was a bolt from the blue after that Facebook update. So cruel after he clearly thought he was out of the woods.
I think that's what made it worse for me too. So cruel to have him taken away after that brief moment of hope.
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: broodblik 02 October, 2018, 08:17:41 PM
Another tribute: https://comicsflix.org/2018/10/02/carlos-ezquerra-1947-2018/ (https://comicsflix.org/2018/10/02/carlos-ezquerra-1947-2018/)
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: user2000 02 October, 2018, 08:40:25 PM
Sad, sad news.

Just lost my Great Aunt to lung cancer last month, so thoughts are foremost with his family and friends at this difficult time.

Broke the news to my 12yo who is currently getting through my progs at breakneck speed (553 at the moment) and he was also saddened by this news (he's already read the entire SD up to the last series).

But as others have said, what a grand body of work he has left us so I was able to console my boy somewhat that there is PLENTY more Carlos for him to have the enviable experience of enjoying fresh and brand new!

And myself too; I think it's time to start ploughing through that Battle collection I have amassed over the years but never read too much of.

Also, a fine cover coming up on the Sniper Elite finale...


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: Blue Cactus 02 October, 2018, 08:52:50 PM
Just read the news.  :'(
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: Woolly 02 October, 2018, 09:34:06 PM
My facebook feeds nothing but Carlos right now. Such an incredible influence for so many people.
I lost my Dad to lung cancer a few years ago, and I'm probably projecting some of that loss here, but still.
I just can't quite take this in yet.

My heart goes out to all that loved him.
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: JamesC 02 October, 2018, 09:41:47 PM
I’ve only just heard about this as I’ve been off on holiday.
Terrible news.
What a legacy though - such a fantastic and prolific* artist , still knocking it out of the park right up to the end.

Surely there can’t be many artists who’ve published more pages of work over their careers? Carlos must have racked up hundreds of pages of strip work and countless covers.
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: JayzusB.Christ 02 October, 2018, 09:46:13 PM
We're lucky, too, that we never lost him to the Americans - amazing really, for such an incredible artist.  He was Dredd and Alpha all the way.
The things he did for American comics were great too, of course, and only the decent, none-cheesy stuff (while I can't imagine a Carlos Superman, he absolutely made the already-brilliant design of the Saint of Killers his own).
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: AlexF 02 October, 2018, 10:21:25 PM
Unbearable news, at the loss of a great and by all accounts wonderful person, and of course the thought that all too soon the Prog and Meg will no longer have that guaranteed boost of Carlos to elevate the levels of thrill power. As influential on Brit comics readers as Jack Kirby was to the US crowd, and so utterly unique that for all that people have tried to emulate his style, no one really comes close.
So long, and thanks for all the ink.
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: CalHab 03 October, 2018, 09:17:38 AM
Another well written tribute to Carlos focusing on the subversive element to his work:
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/03/judge-dredd-carlos-ezquerra
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: Dandontdare 03 October, 2018, 09:29:46 AM
There  are very few people who have consistently given me pleasure on an almost weekly basis, for four-fifths of my life. I must admit I didn't really appreciate him as a kid - I was more taken with the precise realism of Bolland or the crazy aliens of Bellardinelli or O'Neill, but Carlos was quietly winning me over through sheer good storytelling and over the years I gradually came to realise just how bloody good he is.

My own interactions with Carlos were few, but memorable and charming - the first two were facilitated by our own Legendary Shark - firstly when he persuaded Carlos to join his Wednesday night Chat room and the master generously spent several hours chatting and answering our questions*. When he was first diagnosed in 2010, Sharky organised a wonderful single-printing 'get well soon' comic to which both professional colleagues and fans contributed - having a page in that remains one of my proudest moments.**

I only met him in the flesh twice - at the 40th his queue was too long but I lurched over and drunkenly burbled something at him as he was leaving the hotel in the evening, which he tolerated with good humour, but I got to chat with him more when he and John attended a free con in Oldham Library last year - a true gentleman, generous with his time, kind and funny, and an absolute fricking genius with a pen.



*I actually recycled the question I asked in the chatroom a decade later at the panel he did in Oldham last year - I don't think anyone noticed!

** Also at Oldham, he said he remembered my page - I don't know if he was just being kind, but either way, it made my day
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: Banners 03 October, 2018, 10:05:48 AM
Lots of people have said and shown it better than me, but I'm pretty sad about this so wanted to get something out.

Carlos had it all. Talent, guts, and a truly distinct style which saw loads of kids at my school copying the little notches on his outlines – much to the annoyance of our art teacher! I'm heartened by stories from those lucky enough to meet him.

No other artist has given his images such weight, such power and presence. His drawings don't sit on the pages, they stand on top of them – and what could be more important for Dredd and Alpha? He has been brilliant in terms of what he's produced, and in his loyalty to 2000 AD – even through bad health and all the changes the comic has seen in 40 years. He has been a constant companion, never far away, and his name has represented an absolute mark of quality. When Ezquerra was in the Prog, you knew it was going to be a good one – zarjaz in fact! So many pages, so many stories, so many memories and lessons learnt. It's an unparalleled body of work. His family must be justly proud. I hope they are doing okay.

When you close your eyes and picture Dredd, Ezquerra's right there straight away. Bang! As such, just as Carlos has been with us since the start, he'll always be there for us now – on our shelves and in our thoughts. Each time we read 2000 AD now and into the future, he and his influence will be there.

To The King. Thank you. Truly.
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: Dark Jimbo 03 October, 2018, 10:53:32 AM
That's really nicely expressed, Banners.
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: norton canes 03 October, 2018, 10:54:15 AM
Lots of people have said and shown it better than me...

I'm not sure they have! That's a wonderfully eloquent tribute. But there's been so much unalloyed love and respect for Carlos on these pages, it really is a mark of the man's genius and humanity.

All I want to add is this quote from the Guardian's tribute (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/03/judge-dredd-carlos-ezquerra), which underlines the fact that the man was at the top of his game throughout his career:

"Ezquerra was an absolute workhorse, drawing countless stories for 2000AD until just weeks before his death. He never declined artistically. As he entered his eighth decade, his work was still a riot of grim flamboyance"

RIP Carlos.
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: Banners 03 October, 2018, 11:11:01 AM
Thanks, fellas. Loved that "grim flamboyance" line too.
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: Theblazeuk 03 October, 2018, 11:12:50 AM
It blows me away every time I look at the Case Files, and then look back at the prog of today, and see Carlos's work still there alongside all the new artists. A unique style that captures and delivered so much. Was never anything better than a Wagner/Ezquerra strip.

Anyway, everyone else said it better already.
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: low down dirty drokker 03 October, 2018, 11:31:40 AM
A thousand thank you's.. For all you gave.. Of all you're body of work.. Dredd..was my introduction. Joyful memories , running to the local shop to pick up my latest prog, rushing home, bag of monster munch and the galaxies greatest, to read over and over again, passed to father, then to  younger brother, then lovingly stored under the bed. We all miss you oh great creator,Now gone to meet The creator, may he smile kindly on you my friend.

So in appreciation mega city 1 should hold a day of mourning for our friend Carlos, buried with full judicial honour's, even dredd should remove his helmet as a sign of respect.   2000ad was and is my first love, to all who have contributed over the years whether, Artist, writer, colourer, storyteller, thank you one and all.
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: low down dirty drokker 03 October, 2018, 11:38:33 AM
P.S. don't suppose anyone has a signature Lawgiver for sale, got a funny feeling they just jumped in price.... Well drokker by name drokker by nature.
 And if you chuckled at that shame on you.
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: The Sherman Kid 03 October, 2018, 11:49:29 AM
Such a massive loss and quite a shock to hear this news, gutted doesn't come close. Banners eloquent words speak for many, including myself and I tip my hat to Goaty for his brilliant tribute.

A lovely, funny, kind, humble man with a colossal talent.A body of prestigious work that brought joy to millions and which will have legacy that will be appreciated far into the future.

My deep condolences to his family and friends.

RIP Carlos - We will all deeply miss you
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: Cooper 03 October, 2018, 11:49:38 AM
What terrible news, I dont know what to say,  Ive been reading his work since 1980, goodbye Carlos, we loved your work and we will never forget you.
Rest in peace.
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: sheridan 03 October, 2018, 01:08:05 PM
My own interactions with Carlos were few, but memorable and charming - the first two were facilitated by our own Legendary Shark - firstly when he persuaded Carlos to join his Wednesday night Chat room and the master generously spent several hours chatting and answering our questions*.

*I actually recycled the question I asked in the chatroom a decade later at the panel he did in Oldham last year - I don't think anyone noticed!


What was the question, and did it get different answers each time?
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: sheridan 03 October, 2018, 01:09:38 PM
So in appreciation mega city 1 should hold a day of mourning for our friend Carlos, buried with full judicial honour's, even dredd should remove his helmet as a sign of respect.


No - there's nobody else who would be able to draw the judge's face...
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: Sean SD 03 October, 2018, 02:37:28 PM
RIP Carlos.
Thanks for your wonderful storytelling through your art.
Love to your family and friends.
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: Dandontdare 03 October, 2018, 02:46:29 PM
My own interactions with Carlos were few, but memorable and charming - the first two were facilitated by our own Legendary Shark - firstly when he persuaded Carlos to join his Wednesday night Chat room and the master generously spent several hours chatting and answering our questions*.

*I actually recycled the question I asked in the chatroom a decade later at the panel he did in Oldham last year - I don't think anyone noticed!


What was the question, and did it get different answers each time?

I asked if he ever regretted making Dredd's costume and eagle so complicated given that he's had to keep drawing it for decades - the first time, his answer was something like "nothing worthwhile is ever easy", and second time I can't remember the exact words, but it was along the same lines.
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: rogue69 03 October, 2018, 03:18:09 PM
Here is Pat Mill's tribute that he recently posted on Facebook

Carlos - a tribute

We heard the news this afternoon here in Prague and we walked around stunned.

We had last hung out with Carlos and Conchita late last Summer in Marbella. It was a wonderful memory. It was so obvious how much they were into each other and clearly adored each other.

Today, still frozen with shock, we wandered into a jazz club, Agharta. The band were world class: Emil Viklicky Trio. And as the music flowed, our tears finally flowed, too.

That’s where I’m writing this. Somehow it seems appropriate to write a tribute to Carlos Ezquerra, 2000AD’s greatest artist, in a top jazz club. Because the music is cool, slinky and hip, just like his artwork. And just like great jazz, it will never, ever date.

Watching the keyboard player and drummer improvise and riff on each other reminds me how we as writers would give Carlos some crazy script and he would riff and improvise on it, taking it to a new height and always surprising us. He would never know what we might dream up next and we would never imagine what he would dream up in response. But it would invariably top us. Judge Dredd being a case in point.

And just like these jazz players, whenever we talked, there was always that mischievous glint in his eye. Fans who have met Carlos will know just what I mean!

So as the music plays on and gets ever wilder, we raise our glasses in tribute to you,Carlos.

We will all miss you so much. You made a difference to all our lives.

Cheers, my friend.

Our thoughts are also with you, Conchita.

Love from Prague

Pat and Lisa
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: Goaty 03 October, 2018, 04:38:17 PM
From Jock;

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DolANZUWwAArw1N.jpg)
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: Lobo Baggins 03 October, 2018, 04:53:46 PM
I'm absolutely reeling in shock at this news and I don't know what to say.

Farewell, Carlos Ezquerra.
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: Frank 03 October, 2018, 05:14:24 PM
I actually recycled the question I asked in the chatroom a decade later at the panel he did in Oldham last year

What was the question

I asked if he ever regretted making Dredd's costume and eagle so complicated given that he's had to keep drawing it for decades - the first time, his answer was something like "nothing worthwhile is ever easy", and second time I can't remember the exact words, but it was along the same lines.


Nakedness expert David Roach (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1843055065808823&set=a.123937014387312&type=3&permPage=1) was kind enough to share his hilarious and affectionate memories of Dan's Oldham encounter:

"Without Carlos, chances are many of us wouldn't have a job. I was lucky enough to spend time with him on several occasions, The last of which was at the Oldham comicon several months ago.

In a Dredd themed talk at the con, a vast panel of 2000AD artists complained - in the most good-natured way - about how difficult the judges'' uniforms and bikes were to draw. Carlos' reply, 'it's easy for me' brought the house down. Of course it was easy for him- he was the great Carlos! I think we're already feeling his loss"



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: GrudgeJohnDeed 03 October, 2018, 05:16:18 PM
Damn that's such sad news, Carlos is such a huge part of 2000ad. RIP. 
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: Dandontdare 03 October, 2018, 06:09:40 PM
Thanks for finding that Frank - I’d forgotten all the other artists bitching and moaning about it! On a panel, Carlos had superb comic timing
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: JayzusB.Christ 03 October, 2018, 10:12:48 PM
I told my brother the sad news - though he hasn't really read the prog regularly in decades, it was him who introduced me to it. 
We both grew up with Carlos's Dredd and Alpha - he proposed a WhatsApp-transmitted toast and was pleased to hear that the master of the 'black lumps round outlines' was still drawing for the prog till the last.
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: Andy B 04 October, 2018, 01:31:24 PM
Difficult to think of anybody, in any of the arts, who was as good, for as long, as Carlos Ezquerra. That guy had the quality and the quantity.

The Prog just won’t be the same without him. RIP

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: IndigoPrime 04 October, 2018, 02:49:21 PM
the 'black lumps round outlines'
Distinctive, but also a slice of genius, in figuring out a way to get a sense of 'focus' into comic storytelling.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: shaolin_monkey 05 October, 2018, 02:23:54 PM
Unless there is unpublished work still in the pipeline, I believe this is the last Ezquerra Dredd, from Get jerry Sing in prog 2023, 22 March 2017:

(http://)

Yes, and I won letter of the week for praising that story, one or two progs later.  That was my last chance to tell Carlos how awesome he was.

Urgh – I just looked back at my last sentence – ‘was’.  That cuts deep. It’s several days since the news now, and it still hurts.

I echo the sentiments of so many others here – he has been a major part of my life since I was 10 years old through his art. ‘Apocalypse War’ and ‘Portrait of a Mutant’ are and will always be my favourite 2000AD stories ever, but I always looked forward to reading anything where he was the artist.

I also had the pleasure of meeting him in person, and agree he was always utterly delightful to his fans, even in circumstances that were not the best.  For example, I first met him at the Dredd screening in Soho.  He had endured a long flight and a dash through London, followed by watching the film.  I bumped into him in the lobby afterwards and he was keen to hit his room to rest and refresh.  However, even as someone was holding the lift door open for him he still took time to say hello, shake my hand, and allow me the favour of a quick photo with him. 

Even when a situation wasn’t ideal he met it with good humour.  I recall at the Sci-Fi Weekender in North Wales I’d been asked by the organisers to be part of a kids treasure hunt, wearing my Judge Pal kit.  Just stand there waiting for kids to turn up, then give them a clue on to the next costumed participant. 

As I was waiting, John and Carlos strolled up – they had just arrived and had no idea who was running the show, where to go, what to do etc.  They asked me if I knew anything.  Carlos was dealing with it with his usual humour – ‘We come, we no know where to go.  They tell us notheeng!’ with a big smile and laugh. Just then a massive gaggle of kids ran up – ‘Judge Pal! Judge Pal!  Do have a clue for us?!’.  Carlos thought this was absolutely hilarious!  He and John decided to leave me to it.  ‘I see you a busy Judge!’ he laughed as they strolled off. 

Later on that day myself, Judge Court and Judge Lemmy had the honour of escorting them on and off stage at that event, and providing guard duty at their signing table.  Carlos was kind enough to do us each a sketch by way of thanks.  It’s the only original work I own by Carlos.

As many have mentioned here, Carlos was always very friendly on Facebook too.  When I was in Barcelona I popped into a comic shop and was pleased to see a ‘Juiz Dredd’ graphic novel with Carlos’s art on display.  However, I also found an old Spanish comic which had great examples of work by Spanish writers and artists, but in the middle of it was ‘Perro De Estroncio’ – a Stront story that had been translated into Spanish, which I think was originally printed in Starlord.   

I messaged him some pics of this version of Strontium Dog. He recognised it, and told me it was a bit of a hit in Spain when it first came out, despite being in an anthology comic with original Spanish stories and art sandwiching it in the issue. No doubt everyone has seen him being lauded and remembered by people around the globe over the last few dayss. I thought I’d add this, as it’s nice to know he was recognised in his home country also.


Apologies for my rambling.  I’m sure you all have great memories about Carlos, either through his art or meeting him in person.  If you do, please share.  His departure may be painful, but lets soften the blow with the fond memories he left us with.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Steve Green 05 October, 2018, 03:06:19 PM
Thanks for that Monkey, I hadn't heard the treasure hunt story before.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Andy Lambert 05 October, 2018, 07:02:01 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/hhgW1rK.jpg)
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: Funt Solo 05 October, 2018, 07:09:05 PM
Just lovely.
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: Dandontdare 05 October, 2018, 07:11:08 PM
That's beautiful Andy
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: Andy Lambert 05 October, 2018, 07:20:12 PM
Thanks guys :)
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: JayzusB.Christ 05 October, 2018, 07:23:48 PM
Outstanding.
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: IndigoPrime 05 October, 2018, 07:30:22 PM
Nicely done. Chunky lines on Carlos, too! *thumbs up dot gif*
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: JayzusB.Christ 05 October, 2018, 07:35:22 PM
Just noticed the chunky lines too. Lovely
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: TordelBack 05 October, 2018, 07:35:48 PM
Applause!
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: The Legendary Shark 05 October, 2018, 08:02:34 PM
Wonderful.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Zenith 666 05 October, 2018, 08:06:10 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/hhgW1rK.jpg)

My new Screensaver.Amazing work.
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: Colin YNWA 05 October, 2018, 08:17:11 PM
Andy I bow before you.
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: SmallBlueThing(Reborn) 05 October, 2018, 08:27:55 PM
That's bloody fabulous.
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: Woolly 05 October, 2018, 09:05:10 PM
Beautiful work.
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: Rogue Judge 05 October, 2018, 11:11:42 PM
Fantastic Andy, captures his likeness and legacy very well.
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: IAMTHESYSTEM 06 October, 2018, 10:13:47 AM
Just adding to the deserved praise, Andy. Great work in this trying time.
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: Fungus 06 October, 2018, 11:35:08 AM
That's glorious.
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: von Boom 06 October, 2018, 12:44:35 PM
Such amazing tributes in this thread.
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: The Sherman Kid 06 October, 2018, 09:15:37 PM
Andy that is gobsmakingly brilliant! Kudos to you.

Thanks Shaolin for your post, enjoyed reading that. I met Carlos at the Dredd con at Preston a few years back, I was nervous, stumbling, he was a pure gent, patient and kind. He signed everything I asked, including my Dredd DVD cover (as did the equally lovely, funny and gracious John Wagner) and posed for photos.

At the Q&A later I managed to ask a question -'How do you come up with all your great design work you include in your art?' (I had always found it incredible the costumes, spaceships and aliens he came up with)

The reply was one word, 'Weed'.

The room broke into laughter. Pure Carlos, God love him.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Andy Lambert 07 October, 2018, 04:14:36 PM
Thank you so much, guys.
One week on and still difficult to accept he's gone....
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: shaolin_monkey 10 October, 2018, 12:27:38 PM

The reply was one word, 'Weed'.


Brilliant!  I wonder if that would have been Belardinelli's answer also?
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Steve Green 10 October, 2018, 12:32:52 PM
I seem to recall Massimo's was all about fevers induced by bad food.

Maybe he was more into the edibles.
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: Brian Corcoran 10 October, 2018, 01:59:17 PM
That is pure brilliance Andy. Just fantastic.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Frank 15 October, 2018, 05:32:48 PM

(https://i.imgur.com/y9TvRWn.png?1)


One legend to another. Give Bill some love (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1845925018777579&set=a.106772446026187&type=3&theater).


: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Hudge_Jeeley 15 October, 2018, 06:00:32 PM
That would make a lovely print.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: broodblik 16 October, 2018, 04:54:14 AM
Another good article about Carlos: http://sequart.org/magazine/69183/cursed-earth-carlos-in-memoriam-of-carlos-ezquerra/ (http://sequart.org/magazine/69183/cursed-earth-carlos-in-memoriam-of-carlos-ezquerra/)
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Frank 16 October, 2018, 07:08:36 AM
Another good article about Carlos: http://sequart.org/magazine/69183/cursed-earth-carlos-in-memoriam-of-carlos-ezquerra/ (http://sequart.org/magazine/69183/cursed-earth-carlos-in-memoriam-of-carlos-ezquerra/)

Very good analysis of the work and appreciation of Ezquerra's unique strengths as an artist. Thanks for sharing, Broodblik.


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: Geoff 16 October, 2018, 08:29:35 PM
Yes, a very thoughtful and well expressed article. Thanks broodblik.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Frank 17 October, 2018, 12:25:20 PM

It's interesting that the quality Ezquerra's fellow pros value most in his work is his consistency - it's the word that crops up, consistently, in the Thrillcast (https://youtu.be/ee7WeArQQGw)'s excellent tribute to King Carlos.

David Bailley's memory of Ezquerra describing the serrated outline he gave to figures as a way of animating a static image - as PJ Holden adds, a way of making the character come out of the page, towards the reader - was wonderful.

The most acute observation belonged to Dave Gibbons*, who said Carlos's art reminded him of the sense of involvement and energy in his own drawings as a small boy, where you could see every bullet passing between dogfighting aircraft - the idea that Carlos was telling stories the way readers would want to do if only they could draw as well as him.


* Who really does talk about comics fantastically well. He was a great choice for Comics Laureate.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Magnetica 17 October, 2018, 12:35:09 PM
I am looking forward to getting hold of some classic Equerr stories like Major Easy and El Mestizo for the first time.

As a small boy I never understood what those dotted lines were, so it is very interesting to get an explanation of it all these years on.

Another thing I could never quite work out was whether the shading around Johnny’s eyes when he was wearing his helmet was meant to be a shadow or a visor.
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: Frank 17 October, 2018, 01:28:07 PM
As a small boy I never understood what those dotted lines were, so it is very interesting to get an explanation of it all these years on.

The thing they reminded me of most were the voting coupons in each prog. I was never sure if the jagged outline was an instruction to cut around the image of Johnny Alpha on the cover or if it just meant the voting coupons were drawn by Ezquerra too:

(https://i.imgur.com/zyREwjO.png?2)


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: JOE SOAP 17 October, 2018, 06:19:44 PM

"'That was just because I wanted things to come out from the background,' he laughs, pouring another glass of tinto barano, the 'red wine of summer' mix of red wine and lemonade. The sky turns azure and then crimson. 'Because instead of making a thick line as it was done by any other artist, when I had a fish-tooth line he look more mobile, you know? And at the same time it separated the foreground from the background. I still carry on using that some times.'" – 2000 AD: The Creator Interviews, Volume One (https://www.amazon.co.uk/2000-AD-Creator-Interviews-One-ebook/dp/B005UD7MQW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1539796641&sr=8-1&keywords=2000ad+creator+interviews)



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: Frank 17 October, 2018, 06:54:07 PM
"'That was just because I wanted things to come out from the background,' he laughs, pouring another glass of tinto barano, the 'red wine of summer' mix of red wine and lemonade. The sky turns azure and then crimson. 'Because instead of making a thick line as it was done by any other artist, when I had a fish-tooth line he look more mobile, you know? And at the same time it separated the foreground from the background. I still carry on using that some times.'" – 2000 AD: The Creator Interviews, Volume One (https://www.amazon.co.uk/2000-AD-Creator-Interviews-One-ebook/dp/B005UD7MQW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1539796641&sr=8-1&keywords=2000ad+creator+interviews)

Cheers, Soapy Joe.


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: IndigoPrime 17 October, 2018, 07:32:14 PM
I always knew it was about focussing. What surprises me is more people in the B+W era didn't do something similar. Some played with slightly thicker black lines, but Ezquerra's had real dynamism to them.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Steve Green 17 October, 2018, 08:04:19 PM
I adored his use of colour on his painted (or colour inked) pages.

Splashes of neon through the spectrum from panel to panel.

(http://www.illustrationartgallery.com/acatalog/EzquerraJD680-3a.jpg)


There's also a panel of Odell in Countdown to Necropolis just loosely painted in silhouetted in a lit doorway, which gives another layer to the art.
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: JayzusB.Christ 17 October, 2018, 09:04:09 PM
Yes, his painted work was incredible.  While everyone else was trying to do Bisley, Carlos had a beautiful, dynamic and atmospheric style all of his own.  Still can't believe he's not around any more.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Frank 17 October, 2018, 10:47:06 PM
I adored his use of colour on his painted (or colour inked) pages.

Splashes of neon through the spectrum from panel to panel.

http://www.illustrationartgallery.com/acatalog/EzquerraJD680-3a.jpg

There's also a panel of Odell in Countdown to Necropolis just loosely painted in silhouetted in a lit doorway, which gives another layer to the art.

Douglas Wolk mentions that sequence in his excellent Necropolis (http://dreddreviews.blogspot.com/2011/11/complete-case-files-14.html)post, one of the finest pieces of writing about any 2000ad story.

I wish I knew the correct technical term for that thing Ezquerra did where he assigned a different, vivid contrasting, non-naturalistic, almost flat primary colour to each plane of the image - like the panels of McGruder and the hand holding the stick, here:

(https://i.imgur.com/e8mmWPd.jpg?1)

It's the chromatic equivalent of the jagged outline technique discussed above. Look at the way the blue figure pops out from the red-orange background.

I remember going through Necropolis and Young Giant, doing little roughs in my own sketchbook to capture the different colour combinations he was using, because I was convinced Ezquerra had worked out a secret system of colour that worked on the brain to produce maximum impact.

Once we did the colour wheel (https://qph.fs.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-2d6b865226e8af92142e820fd4c310b1-c) at school, I realised Carlos was mostly exploiting the complementary properties of colours at 180 degrees from each other, but the insight or instinct to use that so boldly and in context of the focal plane is rare and particular to the greatest talents (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WAxDlUOw-w):

(https://i.imgur.com/Cj2zRB2.png?3)

As Jayzus says, in terms of colour, Ezquerra was refining his own distinctive aesthetic at a time when everyone else wanted to be someone else. You see the odd panel of Dermot Power (https://i.imgur.com/31dZY75.jpg) or Sean Phillips's painted Dredd (https://i.imgur.com/W5b1hQA.jpg) that make occasional use of the technique, but they're rare.

It's only really MacNeil - who's open about his debt to and adoration of Ezquerra (https://i.imgur.com/ePjgpDa.jpg) - who makes real use (the best possible use (https://i.imgur.com/etP0hKp.jpg)) of Carlos pushing the envelope, like Chuck Jaeger, exploring the limits and showing others the possibilities for original expression the medium he loved still contains.

And that's just one aspect of Ezquerra's game.

Alongside the bombast and chutzpah of panels that laid down bold slabs of ink straight from the bottle, he could suddenly drop the thick black line and switch to beautiful, delicate studies of MC1 architecture (https://i.imgur.com/ezWzytB.jpg) that reminded me of the crystalline structures demolished by the Dozers in Fraggle Rock rather than any other artist's vision of his most enduring and beguiling creation.

Again, Ezquerra was using that contrast, that shift in focus and depth, in the service of controlling the reader's eye and interest, taking them through the panels and around the page at the speed and in the direction that best told his story. What a talent, and what a loss.


: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Steve Green 17 October, 2018, 11:07:45 PM
Yeah, it's amazing work. Colour Dredd in the annuals was a Christmas treat.

A colour Carlos epic, really was like having our Christmases at once.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-XWnnhSlxSM4/Trd75H-GB8I/AAAAAAAAAUU/c1G09e_aMF4/s640/073.jpg)

I love black and white, it's what I grew up with - but this was stunning.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Jim_Campbell 17 October, 2018, 11:19:25 PM
As Jayzus says, in terms of colour, Ezquerra was refining his own distinctive aesthetic at a time when everyone else wanted to be someone else.

One of the most interesting things I thought anyone said on the Thrill Cast was (I think?) PJ, who observed that there are many, many artists working today who you can immediately identify as influenced by Bolland, McMahon, Kennedy, Dillon, but no one you can point to as wearing an Ezquerra influence on their sleeve. McNeil had an early Carlos phase, but it’s a fairly brief period in his own impressive canon.

There are so many ‘tics’ that you can identify as being unmistakably Ezquerra — the dashed outline, the firing-a-weapon-and-round-impact-in-the-same-panel thing, split panels, round cornered panels, montage pages… occasionally you’ll see an artist pay obvious homage to one of these, but no one, Colin briefly excepted, seems to have attempted to absorb the whole thing into their style.

Maybe it’s because, as D’israeli noted when he attempted his own homage to Ezquerra in an Apocalypse War flashback, all these things looked deceptively easy when Carlos did them, but turn out to be murderously hard when attempted by lesser mortals.

(I attempted my own homage to the great man in a contribution to Dogbreath many years ago and can add to that list his ability to design costumes that no other artist in their right mind would come up with knowing they’d have to draw the damn thing from multiple angles week in and week out.)
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Frank 17 October, 2018, 11:40:41 PM
There are so many ‘tics’ that you can identify as being unmistakably Ezquerra — the dashed outline, the firing-a-weapon-and-round-impact-in-the-same-panel thing, split panels, round cornered panels, montage pages… occasionally you’ll see an artist pay obvious homage to one of these, but no one, Colin briefly excepted, seems to have attempted to absorb the whole thing into their style.

As a kid, those split panels drove me mad. I was outraged that Ezquerra was cutting corners, and felt sure the writer would be narked that he'd drawn what was essentially one big panel instead of the three I imagined had been described in the script.

I now treasure them and understand this was an example of what Carlos meant when he said he could control the speed of the story (https://forums.2000ad.com/index.php?topic=43932.msg993908#msg993908). TB Grover had almost certainly only described one panel, but trusted Carlos to make his own decisions regarding storytelling.

You make another great point about the idiosyncratic nature not just of Carlos Ezquerra's costumes, but of his unique talent for character design and his entire aesthetic. I can sympathise (https://forums.2000ad.com/index.php?topic=43932.msg986182#msg986182), Jim.


: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: JOE SOAP 17 October, 2018, 11:50:50 PM

Once we did the colour wheel (https://qph.fs.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-2d6b865226e8af92142e820fd4c310b1-c) at school, I realised Carlos was mostly exploiting the complementary properties of colours at 180 degrees from each other, but the insight or instinct to use that so boldly and in context of the focal plane is rare and particular to the greatest talents (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WAxDlUOw-w):

(https://i.imgur.com/Cj2zRB2.png?3)




In a similar aha! moment, I also stumbled upon this complimentary colour revelation. Seeing that the reason why Carlos's magic-marker technique feels like it has more of a kinship with the unique vibrancy of old technicolor films than anything produced today, is because of the complex science involved in the prohibitively expensive and now unrepeatable Technicolor process that could involve both subtractive and additive colour synthesis.

How Technicolor changed movies (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mqaobr6w6_I)

The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/7f/d5/d2/7fd5d26ae6343583768a7d42e644a994.jpg)
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: JOE SOAP 18 October, 2018, 12:18:59 AM
As a kid, those split panels drove me mad. I was outraged that Ezquerra was cutting corners, and felt sure the writer would be narked that he'd drawn what was essentially one big panel instead of the three I imagined had been described in the script.

I now treasure them and understand this was an example of what Carlos meant when he said he could control the speed of the story (https://forums.2000ad.com/index.php?topic=43932.msg993908#msg993908). TB Grover had almost certainly only described one panel, but trusted Carlos to make his own decisions regarding storytelling.

It's a smart, economic way of breaking one short-moment down into smaller distinct beats/actions but resisting the use a close-up or different angle to show something significant is happening.

With one panel split you focus on Dredd's dialogue first before noticing the complete action, but don't lose sense of what is apparently – in fitting with the character – a very quick, no thought spared decision for Dredd to nuke EM-1 rather than have it be a drawn-out moment.

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/11/36/11/11361189268397f469d6675ede1e595b.jpg)
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: broodblik 18 October, 2018, 03:53:50 AM
Is their still any unpublished work from Carlos or is "The Son" his last published work in the prog ?
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: JOE SOAP 18 October, 2018, 04:33:28 AM

2 episodes of new series Spector which, according to Matt Smith in the latest Thrillcast, will be published next Summer along with 2 undrawn scripts.

(https://2000ad.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/42870027_1154869701336812_1582188552240758784_n.jpg)
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: sheridan 18 October, 2018, 01:09:43 PM
2 episodes of new series Spector which, according to Matt Smith in the latest Thrillcast, will be published next Summer along with 2 undrawn scripts.


So glad that they're going to see the light of day.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Link Prime 18 October, 2018, 01:27:03 PM

2 episodes of new series Spector which, according to Matt Smith in the latest Thrillcast, will be published next Summer along with 2 undrawn scripts.


As in the final two episodes will be published in script form?
Any consideration to allowing another artist to finish it (maybe Colin MacNeil w/ Hector Ezquerra inking)?
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: shaolin_monkey 18 October, 2018, 01:39:09 PM
It’s times like this I wish the forum had a ‘like’ or ‘heart’ button.

Loving the explorations of his work. Keep them coming folks!
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: SIP 18 October, 2018, 01:44:22 PM
So, I guess that means the last Strontium Dog story printed in the prog with Wulf's son was the absolute last Johnny Alpha strip  Carlos had drawn?
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Magnetica 18 October, 2018, 01:45:53 PM

2 episodes of new series Spector which, according to Matt Smith in the latest Thrillcast, will be published next Summer along with 2 undrawn scripts.


As in the final two episodes will be published in script form?
Any consideration to allowing another artist to finish it (maybe Colin MacNeil w/ Hector Ezquerra inking)?

I assume they are doing that in deference to Carlos i.e. no-one should replace him on his final story, and this way we still get to see how the story pans out. Guess we can all imagine how Carlos would have drawn it.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: TordelBack 18 October, 2018, 01:54:43 PM
So, I guess that means the last Strontium Dog story printed in the prog with Wulf's son was the absolute last Johnny Alpha strip  Carlos had drawn?

Looking that way. In its own tragic way, this leaves the strip at a perfect spot: Johnny has a new partner to lighten his load and his mood,  the Doghouse is back up and running,  but now under mutant control, and the old Mutant War gang are all back on the streets and spaceways.  That's as close to both a new beginning and a happy ending as we're likely to get.  I'd be sad but satisfied to leave it at that. I've really no interest in SD without Carlos.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: IndigoPrime 18 October, 2018, 02:01:14 PM
I'll be amazed if SD continues now. I'm in two minds whether I'd want any more (Hector Ezquerra inking someone else would be interesting, if you could get someone who had a similar feel, if not actual style). The issue will probably be a combination of whether Matt Smith reckons it all works as a wrap-up (although, in-universe, we'll still see more Durham Red, presumably) and whether John Wager wants to write any more. It'd be a much tougher sell if Wagner also would no longer be involved. At that moment, what's the point? 
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: SIP 18 October, 2018, 02:27:18 PM
So, I guess that means the last Strontium Dog story printed in the prog with Wulf's son was the absolute last Johnny Alpha strip  Carlos had drawn?

Looking that way. In its own tragic way, this leaves the strip at a perfect spot: Johnny has a new partner to lighten his load and his mood,  the Doghouse is back up and running,  but now under mutant control, and the old Mutant War gang are all back on the streets and spaceways.  That's as close to both a new beginning and a happy ending as we're likely to get.  I'd be sad but satisfied to leave it at that. I've really no interest in SD without Carlos.

I feel the same, the strip is forever associated with Carlos for me and couldn't see it being the same without him. I'm sure we will see the character again in the future, but it was as good a conclusion as we could have hoped for all things considered.

I'm not very good at articulating these things, but not only have we lost arguably the prog's greatest contributor, but I feel that certain characters have gone along with him.

Please don't take that as me making light at the loss of Carlos, which has felt like a gut punch for me. I can easily say that almost 40 years of reading comics and drawing can be directly attributed to him.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: broodblik 18 October, 2018, 02:56:40 PM
I can’t see that Johnny Alpha can continue without Carlos, but this is also depending on John Wagner perspective. John might have a vision or a future for Johnny.

The Spector strip I believe was in collaboration with John Wagner. I would like the 2 episodes to be published. An artist like Colin MacNeil can continue with it. Just my view.

Again, I must say that I will really miss his work in the prog.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Jim_Campbell 18 October, 2018, 03:06:19 PM
The Spector strip I believe was in collaboration with John Wagner. I would like the 2 episodes to be published. An artist like Colin MacNeil can continue with it. Just my view.

Creator-owned by John and Carlos, which (any other considerations aside) would make putting a new artist on the later episodes a tricky proposition.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: TordelBack 18 October, 2018, 03:14:53 PM
I'm not very good at articulating these things, but not only have we lost arguably the prog's greatest contributor, but I feel that certain characters have gone along with him.

I hear ya. While it's utterly trivial in comparison to the loss of a great person, I do feel Johnny Alpha, and one of my favourite comic strips, went too.

I'm sure the reality of comics means that SD will return one day without either creator,  but I can't see it being welcome for a long time. If John has different plans, I'll obviously take them as they come.

On another note entirely:  don't really have the artistic vocab to describe things properly,  but Jim's reference to Carlos' trick of having the gunshot and the impact in the same panel really struck a chord - that's the thing I remember most from my earliest encounters with his work (that and Blanche Tatum's bosom  :-[) ,  but for young me it was more that the gun always seemed to be firing at the reader,  out into 'our' space,  and then drawing our eye back into the comic to see it hit its target. An amazing thing to see on a page.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: sheridan 18 October, 2018, 03:32:53 PM
My take on things Strontium.

I would not want to see Johnny Alpha or the Sternhammers again (and this is from somebody who liked all the Starlord strips, plus the No-Go Job / Final Solution, so I'm not completely averse to other artists having contributed to the existing stories).  I'm completely fine with further adventures of Durham Red, Middenface McNulty (and his dug), Fuzzes, Maeves, and other stories set in the same milieu.

As for Spector - rights-permitting I'd either want what the current plan appears to be, or an all-star cast of writers and/or artists filling the rest of the pages, with original art or proceeds going to the family.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: matty_ae 18 October, 2018, 04:27:33 PM
I agree with Sheridan
and certainly it was nice to hear in the ThrillCast that Matt Smith's inclination was to end Stront Dog.

I'm not sure I even want to see more Durham in the last incarnation as actually I king of wanted it all to link up.


 
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: The Adventurer 18 October, 2018, 05:32:14 PM
If we were to see more Stontium Dog, I’d like to see an entire Prog dedicated to different writers and artists doing apocryphal endings to the series, as a tribute. 'Whatever Happened to the Strontium Dog?' And then retire it.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Woolly 18 October, 2018, 06:09:38 PM
'Whatever Happened to the Strontium Dog?'

The beauty of this is that we've already had it, and it was by John and Carlos.
It was fairly recent too, but I can't remember if it was in a prog or a special...
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Frank 18 October, 2018, 06:15:15 PM
... it was nice to hear in the ThrillCast that Matt Smith's inclination was to end Stront Dog

... and that he thinks that will be John Wagner's wish (https://youtu.be/ee7WeArQQGw?t=1250), too. I agree with other commentators that the symbolic restoration of the Sternhammer-Alpha partnership brought the strip full circle and was a touching end to the Resurrection era stories*

We already knew how Johnny and Wulf died. Now we know how their story ended **

(https://i.imgur.com/rFMRUQG.png?2)


* Which, in the end, turned out to be all about undoing the misguided decision(s) to end the lives of those characters in the first place.

** Perfectly.  If you can read that last page without welling-up, see a doctor.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: The Adventurer 18 October, 2018, 06:27:51 PM
'Whatever Happened to the Strontium Dog?'

The beauty of this is that we've already had it, and it was by John and Carlos.
It was fairly recent too, but I can't remember if it was in a prog or a special...
You arent thinking of the What if Wulf hadn’t died? one-off are you?
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Funt Solo 18 October, 2018, 06:54:14 PM
What If Max Bubba Hadn't Killed Wulf; prog 1772; Alan Grant, Carlos Ezquerra & Ellie De Ville

(https://i.imgur.com/aSvOQvC.png)
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Steve Green 18 October, 2018, 07:12:04 PM
... it was nice to hear in the ThrillCast that Matt Smith's inclination was to end Stront Dog

... and that he thinks that will be John Wagner's wish (https://youtu.be/ee7WeArQQGw?t=1250), too. I agree with other commentators that the symbolic restoration of the Sternhammer-Alpha partnership brought the strip full circle and was a touching end to the Resurrection era stories*

We already knew how Johnny and Wulf died. Now we know how their story ended **

(https://i.imgur.com/rFMRUQG.png?2)


* Which, in the end, turned out to be all about undoing the misguided decision(s) to end the lives of those characters in the first place.

** Perfectly.  If you can read that last page without welling-up, see a doctor.


It was affecting at the time - now, it carries so much weight.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Frank 18 October, 2018, 07:45:49 PM
We already knew how Johnny and Wulf died. Now we know how their story ended ... Perfectly

It was affecting at the time - now, it carries so much weight.

The middle panel of Wulf looking down gets me. That's Carlos.

(https://i.imgur.com/Xh5xdBz.png?1)


'So all is vell that is ending vell'.   


And now I'm a proper wreck
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Richard 18 October, 2018, 10:50:57 PM
Personally I would like Strontium Dog to continue for as long as Wagner wants to write them. Carlos was the definitive artist, but we've had other artists before. I'd be quite happy for Colin MacNeil to carry on.

As for the creator-owner series, that doesn't mean someone else can't finish the job, if Carlos's estate don't object.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: maryanddavid 18 October, 2018, 11:43:48 PM
Whatever John thinks on Stront will probably be the best way to leave it.
I for one would miss it sorely from the Prog, and it would be such a pity to leave Carlos' best (IMO) creation to posterity.
Stront for me is the best series in the prog, great character, great design, great world building. If JW is involved, I'd be more than happy to see it back.  The argument to leave Carlos' work on Stront as a monument to his work, is a strong one.
On the other hand in twenty years time, a lot of us will be hitting the seventy mark, if there is no new material who (new) will remember his amazing design and artwork on Stront, other than us buying the 'new' essential collections. Its a tough one.

: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Trooper McFad 19 October, 2018, 08:29:59 AM
We all love Stront and the way Carlos Drew and John wrote/writes the stories and the case may well be strong to stop.But as maryanddavid says who will remember the characters in twenty years time if no more are written or drawn just us old farts! That’s no way to honour the great man. Give it a rest for a year or two and try new upcoming artists and writers and yes the first ones may be a bit guff to us but you don’t fold a football club because the cup winning team have moved on you keep going till you find the next winning team. If 2000ad is to continue for another 40 years the next generation have to fall in love with the next generation of artists and writers and drawing classic characters can help them with this.
Dredd keeps going because the teams keep changing good and bad. Could you imagine the prog without Dredd!!!
The prog would be a lesser entity if we could not get a (well written) adventure or two from Johnny and the Dogs in future years keeping the memory of Carlos alive i.e. Bob Kane & Batman
Everyone will have their opinion on how to honour Carlos and with our generation nobody will top him but there is another another great artist out there somewhere maybe even inspired by Carlos so I really do hope it’s not the end of Johnny Alpha. Let the character live and so will the memory of Carlos.
The King is dead long live the King.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: IndigoPrime 19 October, 2018, 09:33:34 AM
I suppose Strontium Dog was never really a house character. So just dishing him out willy nilly would be disrespectful. Then again, none of John Smith's characters were either, and yet we now have Indigo Prime, Devlin Waugh and even Tyranny Rex written by others. (Although those always had a range of artists, and so it wasn't the same kind of 'unit' as Strontium Dog was for the majority of its run.)

I'm still in two minds about this. The strip ended well, and Ezquerra's art was so vital to the strip, in a manner that just isn't the case for, say, Dredd. (Arguably, his design was instrumental there, but others do a perfectly good MC1. I liked the energy and enthusiasm in Harrison's SD art, but it did also feel like a different world in many ways.) I can't really think of any current 2000 AD artist I'd want to see on the strip. I know Colin MacNeil did some SD, but his work has a kind of stiffness that butts up against the organic nature of SD.

Or perhaps if it were to happen, the only way forward would be to ensure there is no comparison, by doing something very different. Anyway, academic really if Matt Smith and John Wagner are against any more.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Greg M. 19 October, 2018, 10:02:41 AM
To me, the best way to honour Carlos's legacy is not to continue the strips he created, but to do what he did best and by all accounts loved most, professionally-speaking - create new characters and stories.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Richard 19 October, 2018, 10:25:57 AM
I read "The Son" as a new beginning, rather than as an ending.

Anyway, if "The Son" is to be reprinted in another regular-style graphic novel likecthe rest of the Strontium Dog stories, we need more new material to fill out that volume. At the moment, the only uncollected Stront stories are The Son and the Dredd crossover "By Private Contract" from prog 2000. Unless there are already enough covers to fill half a graphic novel, we'll never see a complete run of Stront reprints. Even if The Son is reprinted in an Ultimate volume, it's not the same. I have a complete run of Stront and that's where I want to see the last Stront stories.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: TordelBack 19 October, 2018, 10:46:22 AM
It was obviously intended as a new beginning, as were most of the L&DoJA and subsequent stories, but it works just as well as a poignant, optimistic ending. See also: Calvin & Hobbes' "Let's go exploring!",  which never fails to leave me misty-eyed.

I'm also not sure filling-out a collected volume counts as justification for pushing on with a series without its defining creator(s?).  I'm sure we could live with a thin book including covers and interviews.  Look at Book of Scars, or Brink!
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: credo 19 October, 2018, 11:34:52 AM
Can't recall from my Agency Files, but have any of the collected editions included material on the actual design process?

I remember concept sketch material in old annuals for Rogue and Nemesis, but never for SD. It's be great to see that work, and would be a fitting insight into his genius.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Steve Green 19 October, 2018, 12:03:23 PM
I've been asking for a reprint of the Starlord stories in a hardback, with colour spreads reinstated, and Journey into Hell with colour spreads.

The repro in the current Agency Files isn't a good representation of Carlos' work.

Add in his colour Stront stories (The Collector, Beast of Milton Keynes - not sure if any others) and the last two stories and that would make a fitting tribute.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: JOE SOAP 19 October, 2018, 12:54:54 PM
There's enough significance in the ending of The Son to serve as a creative sign-off, and a resolution for those characters, by both creators. Taking into account the life and death journeys of the main characters, I can't really see any persuasive reason just to go on with more stories after that. Collections can be filled with other material like the concept work for the proposed TV series etc.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: IndigoPrime 19 October, 2018, 01:08:05 PM
Look at Book of Scars
I would happily pay for a Strontium Dog equivalent of that volume. Still, The Son and the uncollected Dredd strip totals something like 78 pages. Whack in a ton of cover art, some articles, and you've a slim but viable book.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Bolt-01 19 October, 2018, 01:15:25 PM
I think any decision as to the continuation of the strip needs to be very carefully considered. What a person thinks now, may not be what they think in a couple of months.

I know from my own musings on this that I can decide either way and the following day decide the opposite.

I think that given enough time then all relevant parties can reach what will be a sensitive, considered opinion.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: TordelBack 19 October, 2018, 01:26:31 PM
As usual, Bolt talks sense.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: broodblik 19 October, 2018, 02:25:53 PM
I am in two minds about someone else tasking up the art for SD, I might as Bolt say change how I feel in year or two. Currently I feel that only if John Wagner wants to continue then only can the strip continue.

I would love Carlos's work that was done for Battle to be reprinted. I only know of El Mestizo coming out next month. Do anyone knows if their is any further plans for his other work to be reprinted ?
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: sheridan 19 October, 2018, 05:45:11 PM
I read "The Son" as a new beginning, rather than as an ending.

Anyway, if "The Son" is to be reprinted in another regular-style graphic novel likecthe rest of the Strontium Dog stories, we need more new material to fill out that volume. At the moment, the only uncollected Stront stories are The Son and the Dredd crossover "By Private Contract" from prog 2000. Unless there are already enough covers to fill half a graphic novel, we'll never see a complete run of Stront reprints. Even if The Son is reprinted in an Ultimate volume, it's not the same. I have a complete run of Stront and that's where I want to see the last Stront stories.

I count 46 covers on Barney
2000AD Stront (and Durham) (http://www.2000ad.org/?zone=covers&page=artist&choice=carlose&Comic=2000ad)
Starlord / Others (http://www.2000ad.org/?zone=covers&page=artist&choice=carlose&Comic=specials)

There's a few more on reprints (http://www.2000ad.org/?zone=covers&page=artist&choice=carlose&Comic=reprints), but I'm not sure if any of those were fresh covers. I think four of the US Reprints (http://www.2000ad.org/?zone=covers&page=artist&choice=carlose&Comic=usreprints) were new though.
One or two from the graphic novels (http://www.2000ad.org/?zone=covers&page=artist&choice=carlose&Comic=graphicnovels).

Not forgetting the starscans (http://www.2000ad.org/?zone=covers&page=scans&choice=carlose) (only seven more).

Extras (http://www.2000ad.org/?zone=droid&page=artist&choice=carlose)

: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: IndigoPrime 19 October, 2018, 07:01:44 PM
Add all of those are you're into 140 pages plus territory. We've had thinner SD books than that, IIRC.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: The Adventurer 20 October, 2018, 01:21:55 AM
As previously suggested, fill it with tribute strips and pin-ups.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: The Legendary Shark 30 October, 2018, 07:41:28 PM
Found this while rooting through an old disc, entry for an art comp years ago. Seems apt.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: JayzusB.Christ 30 October, 2018, 07:50:59 PM
I forgot you could draw. That's brilliant.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: TordelBack 30 October, 2018, 08:43:47 PM
Fuppin'ell Shark, that's great!  Especially like the attention to detail on the pad attachment points and the chiropodist's  nightmare of squished feet...
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Richard 30 October, 2018, 09:59:31 PM
That's excellent, and apt.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: The Legendary Shark 31 October, 2018, 06:01:54 AM

Thanks, chaps.

: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: IAMTHESYSTEM 31 October, 2018, 08:37:45 AM

Thanks, chaps.

Greta artwork Sharky and how sadly appropriate. :'(
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Trooper McFad 31 October, 2018, 01:24:57 PM
Excellent pic and very piognant
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: paddykafka 31 October, 2018, 07:04:27 PM
I think Carlos would have appreciated that drawing. Very good indeed and most apt for this sad time.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: JayzusB.Christ 31 October, 2018, 08:16:07 PM
Has anyone still got a copy of that Get Well Soon thingy Sharky organised for Carlos when he first got ill? My contribution wasn't great by any means but I'd love to re read the whole thing for some warm Squirrelly memories.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: The Legendary Shark 31 October, 2018, 08:26:29 PM

I should have a copy somewhere. I'll have a root and put it on Dropbox or something. Give me a couple of days, my data is in disarray since The Event.

: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: JayzusB.Christ 31 October, 2018, 10:06:23 PM
Thanks Sharky, appreciate it
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: The Legendary Shark 01 November, 2018, 09:53:52 PM

I have put the Contributors' Version pdf of Supersquirrel Undefeated onto a file-sharing site for JBC. I was also going to post the link here in case anyone wants to download it but, to be frank, I can't seem to think straight about this.

On the one hand, it's a wonderful and heartfelt tribute by fans which I think people might appreciate seeing but, on the other hand, the last thing I want to do is be insensitive or, worse, ghoulish.

I guess I'm asking for a bit of a straw poll as I don't trust my own judgement - would you like me to post the link here or not?

: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: TordelBack 01 November, 2018, 11:16:36 PM
Not even vaguely ghoulish. It was obvious at the time and afterwards that this fantastic piece of work was greatly appreciated by Carlos, and indeed he did get well, and we enjoyed many - if far too few - years of his genius thereafter. Post the link, mate, it's one of the best things this community of fans ever produced.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: CrazyFoxMachine 01 November, 2018, 11:26:29 PM
Not even vaguely ghoulish. It was obvious at the time and afterwards that this fantastic piece of work was greatly appreciated by Carlos, and indeed he did get well, and we enjoyed many - if far too few - years of his genius thereafter. Post the link, mate, it's one of the best things this community of fans ever produced.

s'right
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Colin YNWA 02 November, 2018, 07:33:12 AM
Not even vaguely ghoulish. It was obvious at the time and afterwards that this fantastic piece of work was greatly appreciated by Carlos, and indeed he did get well, and we enjoyed many - if far too few - years of his genius thereafter. Post the link, mate, it's one of the best things this community of fans ever produced.

As ever listen to Tordelback, he knows best.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: The Legendary Shark 02 November, 2018, 07:51:22 AM


https://uploadfiles.io/4hz1o

: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: JayzusB.Christ 02 November, 2018, 12:26:48 PM


https://uploadfiles.io/4hz1o

How could you, you ghoul.

Joking, of course, rereading that has brought back a lot of nice memories of the big man, and I was delighted that I could contribute - it's some consolation for having never met him
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: The Legendary Shark 02 November, 2018, 01:01:02 PM

I'm so glad I didn't bow to the pressure to print more physical copies for charity. Just like the Man Himself, there can be only one.

: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Rara Avis 02 November, 2018, 08:28:44 PM
I just started listening to the Thrillcast today and I went back to the start. I almost started crying in work when Carlos was the special guest on the 3rd episode.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: broodblik 03 November, 2018, 03:55:46 PM
Some more on the tribute in Meg 402:

https://downthetubes.net/?p=102059 (https://downthetubes.net/?p=102059)
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: rogue69 03 November, 2018, 10:02:14 PM
I'm sad to say the cash in has started, there is a sketch of Johnny Alpha & Wulf up on eBay for £250 which they say they got from him at the 2016 LFCC so they would have got it for free
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Richard 03 November, 2018, 11:06:45 PM
Dicks.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: PsychoGoatee 04 November, 2018, 09:16:12 PM
One of the all time greats, such an incredible visual storyteller, and a great guy. He'll be missed, gotta love Carlos.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Dudley 06 November, 2018, 07:19:08 AM
OBITUARY - The Times

Carlos Ezquerra obituary

Comic-book artist who left Franco’s Spain and was inspired by the British punk scene to create the brutal enforcer Judge Dredd

November 6 2018, 12:01am,
The Times


If most of the best-known characters in the universe of comic-book superheroes were American inventions, Batman, Superman and their ilk met their match when Carlos Ezquerra created Judge Dredd, the crime-busting character whose exploits have entertained readers of the leading British comic 2000AD for more than 40 years.

The brutal law enforcer in the post-apocalyptic future urban dystopia of Mega-City One was first drawn by the Spanish-born cartoonist when the weekly comic launched in 1977. Ezquerra’s character pursued dastardly villains without the sanctimonious, goody two-shoes style of Clark Kent and the Caped Crusader. When Dredd caught criminals, he did not hand them to due process, but dealt out a violent justice as judge, jury and executioner.

Ezquerra’s design for the unsmiling character was partly based on illustrations of soldiers in ancient Greece, but the edgy zips and chains that adorned his black body armour were inspired by the mid-1970s punk scene in suburban Croydon, where the cartoonist was living. Dredd’s costume was completed by oversized knee pads, a huge eagle on the epaulette on his right shoulder and a distinctive helmet, which meant his full face was never seen.

“You can recognise Superman by the shield on his chest, Batman by his hood and Dredd by the helmet,” Ezquerra said. “He’s a bastard, but the kind of bastard we’d all like to have near us when we’re in trouble.”

It took him just a couple of days to come up with his original drawing for Dredd, chain-smoking his way through tins of Spanish cigarillos as he did so. “When I create a character, I do it quickly, because the longer you stay working on an idea, the more chances you have to spoil it,” he said. His creation is still appearing in 2000AD as the comic’s longest-running character and has its own spin-off title, Judge Dredd Megazine.

Ezquerra’s character has spawned two feature films, in which Dredd was portrayed by Sylvester Stallone and Karl Urban, several video games, a series of novels, audiobooks, a board game and even a pinball machine. Dredd has also been celebrated in pop songs by the Human League, Madness, Anthrax and the Manic Street Preachers, among others, and was one of ten British comic characters commemorated in a series of stamps issued by the Royal Mail in 2012.

When Stallone portrayed the character in the 1995 film Judge Dredd, it was widely reported that he would be sure to get the role because Ezquerra had based his original drawings on the actor’s impressive physique in Rocky two decades previously. Sadly the story turned out to be untrue.

“The idea came from a joke I made when I was in London for the film premiere,” the cartoonist said. “I suppose my English is not good enough to make jokes.”

Working with the writer John Wagner, Ezquerra created a pantheon of other memorable comic-book heroes, including Johnny Alpha, a mutant bounty hunter in the Strontium Dog comic, and the Stainless Steel Rat, one of just two characters he drew that were inspired by a flesh-and-blood role model. The other was Major Easy, and both were based on the actor James Coburn. “Mostly I visualise the characters in my mind, but I loved his look in The Magnificent Seven,” Ezquerra explained.

While many of 2000AD’s most successful artists used the comic as a launch pad to work in the bigger and more lucrative US market dominated by Marvel and DC Comics, Ezquerra remained loyal to the publication that gave him his break. Even after he had returned to continental Europe to live in Andorra with his wife, Concepción, he continued to work for 2000AD. He is survived by his wife and two sons, one of whom, Hector, has often inked his father’s drawings.

Born in the tiny town of Ibdes in Spain in 1947, Carlos Sanchez Ezquerra was enthralled by comic books from an early age and began drawing for Spanish publishers when in his teens, working mainly on war stories and westerns.

By 1972 Ezquerra had a British agent, who found him work in the UK market illustrating soft-focus, romantic stories aimed at young girls for the magazines Valentine and Mirabelle. He also undertook work drawing a variety of adventure strips for The Wizard, which offered an outlet for the dark humour and abrasiveness that were to become Ezquerra’s hallmark.

His dislike of Franco’s fascist regime at home and a growing number of British commissions led him to move to London in 1973. He was soon drawing the comic strip Rat Pack, inspired by the film The Dirty Dozen, and Major Easy for the newly launched war comic Battle Picture Weekly. When the magazine’s editor Pat Mills and chief writer John Wagner launched 2000AD, they turned to Ezquerra to visualise Judge Dredd.

When another artist was employed to work on the strip there were ructions that resulted in Ezquerra walking out, but he was soon back. He not only drew Dredd through what fans of comics regard as the character’s quintessential era in long-running storylines with titles such as The Apocalypse War, Necropolis and Judgement Day, but by 1980 had added Strontium Dog, Tharg The Mighty, ABC Warriors and The Stainless Steel Rat to his portfolio.

A lifelong cigar smoker, he had a lung removed after contracting cancer in 2010. After the operation, Ezquerra shrugged, picked up his pens again and asked his readers: “Who the hell needs two for drawing?”
Carlos Ezquerra, cartoon illustrator, was born on November 12, 1947. He died of lung cancer on October 1, 2018, aged 70.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: TordelBack 06 November, 2018, 09:25:53 AM
Thanks for that Dudley, a good read. How upset I was by the end of it is another story.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Richard 06 November, 2018, 03:00:40 PM
Thanks Dudley.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Frank 06 November, 2018, 05:51:01 PM

Thanks, Dudley - especially if you took the time to type all that yourself.

The Facebook group that organised the fundraiser for the Ezquerra family just reported the cash has been transferred to John Wagner. Over £4,000 (https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/dale-jackson?utm_term=2RkDZGpGV&fbclid=IwAR3_G1obQ1OBcgZZW2cDhat_j45UVclXAhIz-Mn8rbtr5WBvyNR3zUJev8c) - well done to everyone who kicked-in.


: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Geoff 06 November, 2018, 07:29:08 PM
That's great, with over 200 people chipping in!

I bought the Times today to read the obit in the paper. 

Overall it's a good piece BUT there's a glaring error!

Under his picture there's a caption stating that he was loyal to DC Comics throughout his career!!

The caption must have been written by someone else, as the piece makes it clear that he worked for 2000ad and wasn't lured by the almighty dollar to Marvel or DC...
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Frank 06 November, 2018, 08:04:01 PM
When Stallone portrayed the character in the 1995 film Judge Dredd, it was widely reported that he would be sure to get the role because Ezquerra had based his original drawings on the actor’s impressive physique in Rocky two decades previously. Sadly the story turned out to be untrue.

“The idea came from a joke I made when I was in London for the film premiere,” the cartoonist said. “I suppose my English is not good enough to make jokes.

This is a deep cut, both the original comment and (especially) the correction (https://forums.2000ad.com/index.php?topic=43932.msg989413#msg989413). Impressively well researched, considering the usual coverage of comics in the straight press.

Is there a credit on the obituary, Dudley? I'd like to get in touch and say thanks.


: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Richard 06 November, 2018, 10:24:06 PM
What an utterly fucking ridiculous caption. The rest of the obituary is pure gold.

No credit given.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Albion 07 November, 2018, 12:49:20 PM
The Facebook group that organised the fundraiser for the Ezquerra family just reported the cash has been transferred to John Wagner. Over £4,000 (https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/dale-jackson?utm_term=2RkDZGpGV&fbclid=IwAR3_G1obQ1OBcgZZW2cDhat_j45UVclXAhIz-Mn8rbtr5WBvyNR3zUJev8c) - well done to everyone who kicked-in.

Yes, well done and well done Dale for organising it.
I hope all those who were criticising him and doubting the money would be handed over are enjoying their large slices of humble pie.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Frank 07 November, 2018, 12:54:00 PM

Probably not the place, mate.


: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Albion 07 November, 2018, 12:59:34 PM
Possibly. Its not my intention to ruin the thread on the sad passing of the King but credit where credit is due.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Frank 07 November, 2018, 01:05:23 PM

You didn't; no worries.

Everyone loved Carlos. If you think it's impossible for you to love him any more than you already do, listen to his fantastic Scottish accent here - 'HE LOOKS LIKE A FUCKING SPANISH PIRATE! (https://brainfreezepodcast.podbean.com/e/109-facts-2018-spring-the-carlos-ezquerra-retrospective/?fbclid=IwAR21i94P8dPmhKAqfjwHjo-0wpvHAEinndZzZsU_naoKEF3e07Tt8BuE3Ag)' (3m 45s)


: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Steve Green 07 November, 2018, 05:25:04 PM
There's a petition to have a public place named after Carlos in Zaragoza

https://www.change.org/p/ayuntamiento-de-zaragoza-propuesta-para-que-una-calle-o-espacio-de-zaragoza-lleve-el-nombre-de-carlos-ezquerra/psf/promote_or_share (https://www.change.org/p/ayuntamiento-de-zaragoza-propuesta-para-que-una-calle-o-espacio-de-zaragoza-lleve-el-nombre-de-carlos-ezquerra/psf/promote_or_share)
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Richard 07 November, 2018, 05:40:33 PM
Not sure if that's the right link, as when I clicked on it it took me to a screen which didn't say what the petition was.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Steve Green 07 November, 2018, 05:48:52 PM
Cheers

yeah should be this.

https://www.change.org/p/ayuntamiento-de-zaragoza-propuesta-para-que-una-calle-o-espacio-de-zaragoza-lleve-el-nombre-de-carlos-ezquerra (https://www.change.org/p/ayuntamiento-de-zaragoza-propuesta-para-que-una-calle-o-espacio-de-zaragoza-lleve-el-nombre-de-carlos-ezquerra)
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Leigh S 20 February, 2019, 08:27:03 PM
Been working on this off and on since we lost Carlos - I could work on it forever, kept finding more to add and realising it could never hope to cover the vast breadth of his output - Nothing could ever be enough....

(https://i.imgur.com/FfkaHRQ.jpg)
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: paddykafka 20 February, 2019, 08:30:25 PM
Wow! Just... wow! What a wonderful tribute , Leigh. Terrific work, great images. Very well done. I'm sure Carlos would have been thrilled.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Richard 20 February, 2019, 10:35:05 PM
Good effort!
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: DrRocka 21 February, 2019, 01:43:24 AM
Amazing, Leigh! Extra tot of oil for that Squaxx, Tharg!
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: broodblik 21 February, 2019, 03:08:32 AM
Nice work and a great tribute, Leigh
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Link Prime 21 February, 2019, 09:26:11 AM
Cracking piece Leigh.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: The Legendary Shark 21 February, 2019, 10:10:29 AM
Wonderful work, Leigh.
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Bolt-01 21 February, 2019, 10:12:29 AM
Ah, that's just grand.

Thanks for sharing Leigh
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Heath C Ackley 21 February, 2019, 02:40:56 PM
That's great and worthy of a place in a prog!
: Re: Goodbye Carlos
: Leigh S 21 February, 2019, 07:52:29 PM
Cheers, all!