My entry for the November 2000AD Online competition - Otto Sump
My drawing had the honour of being selected as BRIAN BOLLAND’S DROID’S CHOICE. This is a big deal, Brian Bolland has long been my favourite comic book artist. Two of the first graphic novels I bought featured his meticulous and evocative artwork. The first was a Titan collection of Judge Death, the second was Batman The Killing Joke. Both have been read countless times and the images contained within are indelibly etched in my mind. Inseparable from the words on the page.
I thought I’d show the process behind my latest drawing.
My entry for the November 2000AD Online competition. Theme: A 2000AD minor character gets their own series.
Otto Sump made several appearances in Judge Dredd one of the most notable was when he created the ‘Ugly Clinic’ which inadvertently turned his clients into hideous monstrosities. The Ugly look soon became a fashion sensation and made Otto a fortune before Dredd created the Ugly Tax and made Otto’s services too expensive for the average citizen. The story was a damning indictment of the fashion industry and the media obsession with body image that is even more relevant today than when it was when originally published.
My entry for this months competition. The Theme: The Music and Dance of 2000AD - sound and motion are supposed to be tricky to pull off in comics art, so consider the gauntlet thrown.
My submission features Judge Death as he appears in ‘Judgement on Gotham’, the first time that Batman and Judge Dredd cross paths. Judge Death has been bought back by the Scarecrow and has to improvise with what is at hand to create his robes of office utilising a rack of ribs and chicken carcass. At the climax of the story he takes to the stage at a Rock concert causing carnage whilst singing to the tune of ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ by The Rolling Stones.
2000AD ONLINE JUNE ART COMP - THE STRIPS THAT TIME FORGOT
Whether that’s a star scan for the second series of Vanguard or a tribute to Wireheads or a re invention of Chronos Carnival many strips and characters have been lost to the Dictators of Zrag, but perhaps they deserve a second chance….
My entry based on Hewligan’s Haircut by Peter Miligan and Jamie Hewlett. “The last sane man in the asylum. The fate of the planet Earth rests on his scalp. That’s because of Hewligan’s haircut; the most elegant thatch ever created which happens to contain a magic hole.”