Every week, 2000 AD brings you the galaxy’s greatest artwork and 2000 AD Covers Uncovered takes you behind-the-scenes with the headline artists responsible for our top cover art – join bloggers Richard Bruton and Pete Wells as they uncover the greatest covers from 2000 AD!

Borag Thungg and Happy New Year Earthlets, are we all ready to plunge into another year – after all, it’s got to get better some time right? But no matter what the world throws at us for 2022, we’ll be here giving you the very best covers in the Galaxy with 2000 AD Covers Uncovered!

This week, it’s the return of art droid extraordinaire, Patrick Goddard, and colour droid Dylan Teague, whose art graces both the cover and inside 2000 AD Prog 2264 – out everywhere you can get your hands on the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic, including the 2000 AD web shop, from 12 January!

Surprise! Bloody Manta Tanks, always appearing when you least expect them!
Art by Patrick Goddard, colours by Dylan Teague

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Patrick’s giving us the cover to go along with his Judge Dredd strip, Working Girl, where poor old jobbing skysurfer Mona Plankhurst finds herself on a job that’s put her on the wrong side of the law. It’s full of thrills and skysurfing action, with Patrick delivering epic MC-1 scenes from the skies as Mona does her best to escape the law on her tail. Plus, trouble with babysitters and the classic line from writer Kenneth Niemand – ‘Uh, currently? Lodged tight inside Dave Cameron…’

To find out just what gets lodged inside Dave and why, you’re going to have to pick up the Prog. But right now, it’s over to Patrick for the making of another of his Ghafflebette covers… and it all starts with a quick brief from Tharg and with Patrick grabbing a bit of photo reference for that bloody great Manta Tank on Mona’s tail.

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PATRICK GODDARD: As usual, it was all fairly straightforward, the brief was to have Mona being chased through the city by the Manta Tank just like in the episode.

I drew up 6 ideas for Matt and number 2 was picked the winner!

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I changed the angle of the tank to make it that it wasn’t so in line with the city in the sketch, to try and give it a bit more movement.

I drew a fairly detailed A4 prelim to help with scale and then blew it up on my photocopier to A3 and light boxed it onto the artboard.

From the inks it went onto Dylan to work his colour magic once again and it was all done!

And here’s both the pencils and inks for the cover…

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So many thanks to Patrick there for sending along the images. He always manages to make it all sound so simple, but we all know there’s a hell of a lot of hard work goes into making a cover look that great.

You can see Patrick’s art on the cover and inside 2000 AD Prog 2264, out on 12 January!

Patrick was also kind enough to send along his finished page one of this second episode of Judge Dredd: Working Girl for our delight…