The Gronkinator Gets Gronked!
The once timid,metal-eating,furry little alien known as The Gronk,former medic to Strontium Dog,Johnny Alpha has a change of heartses after evil scientists set homicidal robotic versions of himself on him and his friends,in Return of The Gronk(Progs817-24,9Jan-27Feb’93).Script:Garth Ennis
Brilliant cover(Prog817,9Jan’93)and designs by former art droid,Nigel Dobbyn
Former art droid,Nigel Dobbyn’s fantastic commission piece of Judge Shadow,dark counterpart to Sonic the Hedgehog.
2000 AD Covers Uncovered takes a look at two covers for the 2000 AD fanzines Zarjaz and Dogbreath (both of which were nominated for an Eagle Award this year). First up, the cover to the next issue of Zarjaz by Alex Ronald:
Those Zarjaz boys are back and boy, are they back in style! They’ve kept to their policy of commissioning 2000AD droids to produce fantastic wraparound covers for their fine fanzines, with absolutely dazzling results. Big names cover artists of the past include Colin MacNeil, Leigh (phwooor) Gallagher, Clint Langley, PJ Holden, Richard Elson and Dave Kendall. This time we’re treated covers from the brilliant Alex Ronald and the wonderful Nigel Dobbyn.
First, let’s look at Alex’s amazing cover for Zarjaz 12. Quite simply, it’s gorgeous; if this were on a prog, it would easily bag my cover of the year (and we’ve had some stunners this year.) Done very much in the style of Alex’s Crackdown 2 comic and his brilliant Vampire Vixens of the Wehrmacht tale for Wasted, it’s a digital masterpiece.
For Nigel Dobbyn’s Dogbreath cover and more goodies, you’ll have to pop on over there.
If you look at Alex Ronald and Nigel Dobbyn’s 2000 AD credits you’ll see a long history of working on Dredd and Strontium Dog (and their spin-offs) respectively (a good slice of Nigel’s run with Feral and the Gronk having been recently collected in Judge Dredd Megazine supplements). So, even though they are no longer at the House of Tharg, they still haven’t lost their love for the characters and stories.
Dogbreath is proud to announce that Nigel Dobbyn will once again be chronicling the adventures of the Gronk! Dogbreath 24 will not only see the second part of ‘Small Universe’ but Nigel is also providing the cover for the issue as well.
Given Nigel’s recent reprints appearing from Rebellion don’t miss out on this chance to see a classice 2000 AD artist revisiting this classic serial!
Check out the Meg supplements in Judge Dredd Megazine #305 and 306 for Nigel’s earlier work on the character.
Droid Nigel Dobbyn made the character of The Gronk his own in a run of Strontium Dogs stories written by Garth Ennis (reprinted in the current Megazine and the previous one). Now he has returned to the character in the Strontium Dog fanzine Dogbreath, and he has created this scrotnig cover for the next issue:
Finished wraparound cover for Dogbreath fanzine - Dogbreath logo to be added.