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Over on their facebook page the team behind the upcoming Strontium Dog fan film, and also Judge Minty, have posted up the first images of the two leads (no pun intended).
Getting excited yet?
It is with heavy heart I post this on behalf of all at ECBT 2000AD.
Today we discovered Brett Ewins had died, after a short illness. We are so very sad to hear this, and wish to extend our thoughts and condolences to his friends and family.
As readers of 2000AD, and fans of comics in general, we were all touched by Brett in some way. While we may look at his career more closely at a later date, I’d like to touch briefly on why he was so important to so many of us.
He quickly became popular in 2000AD, originally asked to emulate a particular style on Judge Dredd, but before long showing he had his own unique look to bring to the pages of the comic.
For many of us he became a favourite artist when he worked on solo Judge Anderson strips. His tight linework, bizarre creatures, and mastery of the female form made him a fan favourite very quickly.
For me, he made a huge impact on my malleable young mind in the long running 2000AD series, Bad Company. While having a very sci-fi/fantasy setting, Ewins was able to portray the way conflict dehumanises in an unforgettable manner. This affected me so much I wrote an essay for my A level English class. In it I compared this war story to that of so many previous ‘boys own’ comics. I included the following panel to emphasise the sudden change in direction from the gung ho heroics of Victor and Warlord, to the heightened sense of damage a war can do to a person. I thank Mr Ewins for the great mark my essay got.
Many will remember Brett Ewins for other reasons, including founding Deadline with Steve Dillon, and the character of Johnny Nemo, who he co-created with long time collaborator Peter Milligan. In all these ways, and more, he left the UK comic industry a lasting legacy.
You can see Brett Ewins and Peter Milligan discussing their work at some length on Night Network here:
On a final personal note, I had the honour of meeting Brett in Earls Court last year. He was happy to chat to me for some time, and we discussed his work on Bad Company at length. He was very warm and pleasant to me, and thanked me for passing on my love of his art. I came away with an even greater appreciation of him and his work. I am so glad I had that opportunity before he passed.
We have truly lost someone great.
For those who wish to pass on their condolences, there is a Facebook memorial here:
Also, you can read and add tributes to Brett on the 2000AD Forum, here:
Over on their Facebook page the Sunderland Comic Con have posted up their panel schedule which includes amongst other goodies a 2000AD panel with IZ AND WHITTLE FROM THE MEGACAST! Oh, and some guys called Higgins, Morrison, Ewing and Wagner.
Go check it out. Rumour has it Pete Wells of the 2000AD Covers Uncovered website will also be there giving out free hugs…even if you tell him you don’t want any and threaten him with a broken bottle. You can’t go wrong.
For those who cant make it, panellists willing we’ll hopefully post up the panel as a podcast after the event.
Tharg the Mighty, in his universe spanning wisdom, has seen to fit to invite John Higgins to create the cover for the 38th anniversary of 2000AD.
John has risen to the challenge, and in this fantastic time lapse film from Sally Jane Hurst (BOK Designs, and colourist on Greysuit) we see The Mighty One take shape in paint on canvas:
Why not tell John how awesome you think it is via Twitter: @razorjackrealm
I’m taking that as a good enough recommendation to pass on.
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