Another entry for the 2000AD advent calender as submitted by Shaolin Monkey and reprinted with permission
As apparently prompted by a pub conversation between myself and him about how it’s almost impossible for a non Scot to understand, let alone write, Middenface dialogue. Loving the art on this….I assume the dialogue is funny too
As posted on our Facebook wall by Darren James Smith
I was gonna comment about the large piece of bacon he has on his right shoulder, but considering what he seems to have on his left I best say nothing
Not due to go onsale till next Wednesday the 11th but as the cover has already been shown off on the back of prog 1861 I figured it’s not crossing any spoiler boundaries to post it up here a bit early.
Annnndd…. I havent been the comic’s biggest fan since the last jumping on issue and especially not the last 4 or 5 progs but this one MORE than makes up for it. The prog is back on serious form.
Great stuff. Start counting down till the 11th people, it’s gonna be a good one. Now when the hell does prog 1862 come out? They’ve got me nerded up again.
Actually you know what? Let’s do a blow by blow of the contents just to get you REALLY ramped up for this one. Again, no spoilers, just me fan-boying out!
1 – Judge Dredd : The Right Thing by Michael Carroll and Leigh Gallagher
Carroll continues to show that, for me anyway, he’s the top contender to take over Dredd as and when Mr Wagner gets bored… no rush for that though obviously. Gallagher’s done a different take on Dredd from what he’s shown us before and I loved it. Also Dredd is a bastard as he should be. Great stuff.
2 – Ulysses Sweet : Maniac for Hire by Guy Adams and Paul Marshall
New character to me but I’m totally sold. As a fan of superhero comics as well there’s a bit of Deadpool in there but that’s not a bad thing. Funny. Violent. Over the top. Brilliant. Sure it’ll piss some people off…. all the better. 2000AD shouldn’t be responsible and parent friendly, it’s the comic that gave a seven year old me dinosaurs biting peoples heads off for fuck’s sake. This one continues next prog, can’t wait.
3 – Ten Seconders : Harris’s quest for the perfect xmas pint by Rob Williams and Edmund Bagwell
Didn’t really love the last run of Ten Seconders and haven’t read the first one but this one and done was lots of fun and has actually made me wanna go back and give the last arc another shot. Also I feel I should be offended at Rob Williams’ Welsh characterisation but I’m typing this with a beer next to me and he went to Uni about 20 minutes walk from where I live so fair do’s, he knows what he’s on about.
4 – ABC Warriors : Return to Mars by Pat Mills and Clint Langley
Can’t say much about this without spoilers but really enjoyed it and loving the Ro-Busters links they’re working in. And, as always, Langley’s robots look amazing.
5 – Sinister Dexter : The Generican Dream by Dan Abnett and PJ Holden
Not liked Sin/Dex at all lately, if at all, but actually really enjoyed this one. PJ’s art just makes stuff fun. Ends saying they’ll return in the Spring, hoping it’s with the same creative team as it’d be nice to be turned on these characters and have another Dante moment where I suddenly get it. Would have been happy to see this being part one of an arc.
6 – Absalom : Old Pals Act by Gordon Rennie and Tiernen Trevallion. Of everything in the issue this had the hardest job as it was the one strip I was seriously anticipating. More than did the job and is fast cementing this as my favourite of the new 2000AD properties. Only downside is that it ends with an “Abasalom with return” instead of a “Next prog…”. GAH!
7 – Grey Area : Something to Declare by Dan Abnett and Patrick Goddard. Really fun one and done in the Grey Area universe. Clever idea well executed. Perfect for a special edition prog or annual.
8 – Tharg The Mighty : Building a better comic by T.M.O and Anthony Williams. TMO? The Mighty One? Is this Matt Smith’s first in-prog story? Anyway, not saying a thing as you need to read this one with zero prior info. You’ll love it though.
9 – Strontium Dog : Dogs of War by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra. Still not totally sold on the switch from Western Bounty Hunter to War Hero but did still enjoy this and was surprised how far they go with pushing their good guys into the grey. I’ll be honest and say it was probably my least fave in the issue which just goes to show you how good the rest of it is.
You excited yet? Five days to go…. or possibly even one for the subscribers!
Got sent the pics below from Michael White which I’m sure you’ll agree are absolutely stunning.
Michael had this to say, which is good as otherwise I’d just continue gushing.
“I’m a sculptor & huge Dredd fan so naturally I’ve sculpted my own take on Judge Dredd. It’s 1/3 scale & I plan to also do versions of Judge Death & the Dark Judges to go with it. I’ve also done Anderson but she needs a bit of tweaking in my opinion.
There’s also a 1/4 scale (about 18 inches tall) full figure of Dredd bustin’ some perps that I’ll attach also. Haven’t got round to painting this one yet!
As well as those I also sculpted a life size Mean Machine head that I hope to hang on my wall with a frame work of smashed bricks & debris so as to give the impression he’s butted his way through. The photos I’m attaching are of the clay sculpture. A mould & fibreglass cast has been made so I hope to get that painted ASAP so he’s still a work in progress at the moment.
As for future work I’m planning on doing a life size Dredd bust based on the mondo poster by Jock for the film. I already have the helmet & will be getting the armour & jacket when Ive got some spare cash. The plan is to have it as a realistic silicone model so hopefully that will look pretty cool. It’s a while away yet though. I have no idea where I will put it either!”
To check out more of his work, please go visit his website HERE
You can also check out his youtube channel HERE from which the vid below is taken