Monday, 4 February 2013

2000AD! (but mostly Dredd)

I've recently gained a bit of an obsession with the comic series 2000ad.

It's the kind of thing I have heard about here and there and had an interest in for quite some time, but never really made the effort to get involved in.

Curiosity became attention when the movie Dredd came out back in September, and did a damn fine job of incentivising me to learn more about the 2000ad universe.

I did some reading online but found that after 35 years or so of missed weekly issues, it can be a little bit tricky knowing how to get started.
I had my eyes on a few of the collections I could see on Amazon but they always seemed either a bit too pricey for me at the time or there was that one other book I was after that took priority.

All that changed just the other week when I found, hidden at the back of the top shelf in W.H.Smith, one copy of the Judge Dredd Megazine.

I picked it up and damn if I didn't get me good and hooked!
I got lucky in picking up an issue where each story is just starting rather than getting dropped in the middle of a big epic storyline and failing to comprehend what is going on.

A few days later I picked up Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files #16.

It might seem a random number to start at, but there's method behind the madness.
Volume 16 starts with issues published in 1991, the year I was born.
There's something appealing to me about catching up with the series as it existed for as long as I've been around, though of course I will go back and seek out the older classics.

I've been enjoying the series a hell of a lot.
I think I might look into some of the other characters once I've finished Dredd #16 as I don't really know much about Rogue Trooper or Strontium Dog, or any of the other characters for that matter.

Oddly enough right as I decide I want to start collecting the series 2000ad post up an art competition on twitter with a chance to win some graphic novels, so hopefully I can get lucky and get myself a nice starter pack, though I'm sure there will be some fairly tough competition and I'm rather short on time to work on Dredd fan art with all the University work that I have to get done over the next few weeks.
Still, it never hurts to try.

Here's a little work in progress of a picture I'll be sending in for the competition.
I had hoped to do it traditionally as usual, but for some reason my favourite pen keeps leaking whenever I try. (it has been misbehaving for a while now, so I've ordered a new dip pen to try out)
I feel the digital artwork may do some damage to my chances of winning, but I've been getting a string of good luck lately and I might even manage to make time for a few more drawings before the week ends and the competition is over.

Here's a few thing's I've done recently that you may not have seen, giv'um a click!