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Let's bring Ian Gibson back in the from the cold.
« on: 19 September, 2018, 03:54:35 pm »
I thought Ian Gibson's interview in today's Megazine 400 was excellent.

Clearly if his health allows, the man is willing to work for 2000ad again so let's make it happen.

That is all.

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Re: Let's bring Ian Gibson back in the from the cold.
« Reply #1 on: 19 September, 2018, 07:06:32 pm »
The work of a comic-deity:



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Re: Let's bring Ian Gibson back in the from the cold.
« Reply #2 on: 19 September, 2018, 07:20:43 pm »
Gets my vote for a return

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Re: Let's bring Ian Gibson back in the from the cold.
« Reply #3 on: 19 September, 2018, 08:27:03 pm »
Yes, also noticed that he said he'd written Book IV, plotted Book V and there was something about Book VI too.  I'd love to know when he did all that...

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Re: Let's bring Ian Gibson back in the from the cold.
« Reply #4 on: 20 September, 2018, 10:18:34 am »
Normally I'd be in favour of having one of 2000AD's most prolific and brilliant artists return to the Prog.

But we're talking about someone who once drew a pair of tits! Gen-u-ine mammary glands.

Is that the kind of artist we want in 2000AD in 2018? Won't someone think of the children, etc?

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Re: Let's bring Ian Gibson back in the from the cold.
« Reply #5 on: 20 September, 2018, 10:49:25 am »
Timeline check:  Ian’s last 2000AD work was in 2008. The topless HJ kerfuffle was in 2013.

Therefore, whatever went wrong with his 2000AD relationship happened well before then.

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Re: Let's bring Ian Gibson back in the from the cold.
« Reply #6 on: 20 September, 2018, 12:38:11 pm »
Yeah, I've not got around to reading the interview yet, but didn't it all come to a head around the Samantha Slade story? My memory may be failing me though.

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Re: Let's bring Ian Gibson back in the from the cold.
« Reply #7 on: 20 September, 2018, 12:45:45 pm »
Perhaps the tone comes across poorly, but to me the interview read rather arrogantly.

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Re: Let's bring Ian Gibson back in the from the cold.
« Reply #8 on: 20 September, 2018, 03:22:39 pm »
Yeah, I've not got around to reading the interview yet, but didn't it all come to a head around the Samantha Slade story? My memory may be failing me though.

If memory serves, Alan was basically writing Samantha Slade to give Ian some work, but Ian felt the scripts were sub-par and didn't interest him, as became increasingly apparent from the effort he was putting into the art, until he jacked it in mid-way through a series and Anthony Williams had to finish the thing off.

Not long after that, Ian penned a rather sour piece for a comics website arguing that 2000AD had cost 8p when he first worked for them, and (I think) £1.90 at the time he was writing, which meant he should now be getting £1500 for a page of B&W art.* Because, obviously, in thirty years there had been no increases in overheads or production costs, the magazine hadn't moved to much more expensive printing processes, and hadn't seen an 80-odd percent reduction in sales.

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Re: Let's bring Ian Gibson back in the from the cold.
« Reply #9 on: 20 September, 2018, 03:30:40 pm »
Right, I remember the Slade strip troubles and the change in artist at the end of the story. Always assumed Ian Gibson had downed tools and walked unexpectedly without finishing the strip and that incident had been the end of the relationship. Only my assumption at the time though based on what appeared to be rushed pages and then his sudden  disappearance.

Hadn't heard about the subsequent website article.

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Re: Let's bring Ian Gibson back in the from the cold.
« Reply #10 on: 20 September, 2018, 03:33:08 pm »
His ongoing dismissal of that sort-of-but-not Halo pic irks too. Just own the fuck up. Stop blaming other people.

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Re: Let's bring Ian Gibson back in the from the cold.
« Reply #11 on: 20 September, 2018, 03:41:55 pm »
His ongoing dismissal of that sort-of-but-not Halo pic irks too. Just own the fuck up. Stop blaming other people.

But wasn't he commissioned to draw the piece? *
Just like Carlos was when he recently drew topless Durham Red?
Don't see anyone throwing shade at Carlos...

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Re: Let's bring Ian Gibson back in the from the cold.
« Reply #12 on: 20 September, 2018, 03:47:32 pm »
I don't see any arrogance in the interview... but it's no-holds barred, for sure. I have a better idea of the man than I did before reading it. Kudos to the Meg for running a seemingly unsanitised conversation with one of the prog's all-time greats.

Downing tools in the middle of a strip, if that's what happened, is a great way to poison a professional relationship. Unforgivable? Hopefully not, but we don't what else went on, if anything. Surely the interview itself could be seen as a sign that the ice is melting?

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« Reply #13 on: 20 September, 2018, 04:22:37 pm »
I don't see any arrogance in the interview... but it's no-holds barred, for sure. I have a better idea of the man than I did before reading it. Kudos to the Meg for running a seemingly unsanitised conversation with one of the prog's all-time greats.

Downing tools in the middle of a strip, if that's what happened, is a great way to poison a professional relationship. Unforgivable? Hopefully not, but we don't what else went on, if anything. Surely the interview itself could be seen as a sign that the ice is melting?

Just for clarity, I'm not asserting that he DID down tools and then walked, only that it's what I assumed had happened. The truth may be entirely different.

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Re: Let's bring Ian Gibson back in the from the cold.
« Reply #14 on: 20 September, 2018, 04:33:08 pm »
Where's Bish-op when you need him?  :-X
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