I am a massive fan of Brendan McCarthy and I have mentioned before how truly great artists evolve or perhaps even change their style over the years,well Brendan’s art never stops evolving!It’s a truly remarkable talent and a fascinating study,some examples of which I will post here.He wasn’t referred to as the “Great Reverso”(amongst others!)for nothing.
Brendan McCarthy returns to Judge Dredd after twenty years in the vibrant,technicolor “Doctor What”(Prog1713,1Dec’10)spoof.
It was rather overshadowed by all the Dredd news, but the announcement that IDW would be putting out a reprint of Brendan McCarthy and Al Ewing’s Zaucer of Zilk is also pretty big news as it shows IDW will be reprinting more than Judge Dredd.
Listening to this on loop while I try to articulate Dredd’s feelings in the wake of today’s prog. (SPOILER: He’s not happy)
Droid Al Ewing is on Tumblr. Follow him for insights into his thinking (at your own risk).
Zaucer of Zilk promo image from The Strangeness of Brendan McCarthy.
Colin Smith takes his usual in-depth look at Zaucer of Zilk:
Like a pair of champion athletes out-classing the opposition in a 100 metre dash while treating it as a three-legged race, Brenden McCarthy and Al Ewing have succeeded in making The Zaucer Of Zilk one of the year’s greatest comics pleasures despite hamstringing the project with thin characterisation and unfortunate plot shortcomings.
Comics Bulletin review all the FCBD offerings, including 2000AD’s and they liked it:
The British sense of humor is the greatest sense of humor in the world, sod you America, and hurray for 2000AD. YEAH. I’m putting that out there. Feel offended, you guys. The offering this year comes in the form of a mini-magazine, compiling a few of the stronger characters from the past few years and getting top-notch writers like Al Ewing and Rob Williams to write them. Both writers create the standout stories from the issue, with Williams’ Ichabod Azrael western story a particular delight. There’s not only a devilish sense of humor through all these stories — which is compounded by the adverts, which are just as much fun in some cases — but a sense of meanness you just don’t get in American comics. The writers are free to do whatever cruel things they want to their characters, and create unfair landscapes for these genre-driven pieces to inherit. It’s a great advert for 2000AD as a whole, with a new intro from original Judge Dreddcreator John Wagner and interesting stories. Also there’s a black-and-white Alan Moore story at the back, if that’s the sort of thing you like.
A reminder that today is FCBD and the 2000AD offering has a new Dredd story. Here is the breakdown from Comic Vine:
Cover: Jock (Judge Dredd - Zombo - Ichabod Azrael)
Backcover poster: Chris Weston (the cast of 2000AD)
- Judge Dredd - On the Job (all new story) (John Wagner - Rufus Dayglo)
- The Grievous Journey of Ichabod Azrael (and the Dead left in is Wake) (part 1) (reprint from 2000AD prog 1677) (Rob Williams - Dom Reardon)
- Zombo - The Day the Zombo Died (part 1) (reprint from 2000AD prog 1740) (Al Ewing - Henry Flint)
- Ro-Busters - Bax the Burner (reprint from 2000AD Annual 1982) (Alan Moore - Steve Dillon)
- Tharg’s Future Shocks - Whatever Happened to the Green Pedestrian Palm? (reprint from 2000AD annual Prog 2010) (script/art: Chris Weston)
This is Horror’s awards are open for voting and Zombo is nominated. Unfortunately, voting ends just after the stroke of midnight tonight (sorry this only just popped up on our radar), so if you want to vote, vote now.
Have yourself a Mega-City Christmas
In the iso block
Judges kicked the door in, that was quite a shock…
Have yourself a Mega-City Christmas
Doing five to ten
You won’t put real sugar in the pud again…
Here we are doing ninety days, for pulling a face at Dredd,
We would never have made a gurn, if we’d known he’d turn his head…
Thirty years, that’s what he gave to Kevin
Just for going to sleep
He was flying a plane but still it’s pretty steep…
So have yourself a Mega-City Christmas, creep.
Al Ewing has composed a little Christmas poem for us all, via Pete Wells: