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2000 AD Prog 2219 is out now!

2000 AD Prog 2219 is out now, with more new Judge Dredd, Durham Red, Proteus Vex, Sláine and Hershey!

BORAG THUNGG, EARTHLETS – Prog 2219 is OUT NOW!

In this lockdown era, you Terrans have become accustomed to relying more and more on home deliveries — whether it’s your groceries, entertainment, or a vital replacement spunglefloot valve, now they can all be ordered with a single click without the need to venture outside. But what if you lived in a vast metropolis like MC-1?

Who delivers a customer’s supplies then? Find out this prog in Against the Clock, a zarjaz complete Dredd thriller from the Niemand and Goddard droids! Plus we have the finale of The Brutal, and the latest instalments of Sláine, Proteus Vex and Durham Red.

They’ll be back in two weeks’ time — joined by Thistlebone: Poisoned Roots, the follow-up to last year’s acclaimed folk-horror strip by T.C. Eglington and Simon Davis — for in seven days Tharg’s nephew Joko-Jargo returns to take over the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic with another of his bumper all-ages Regened progs.

Within its forty-eight pages, alongside a new Cadet Dredd adventure and a Future Shock there’s no less than three brand-new
stories featuring debuting characters: Action Pact, Viva Forever and Mayflies. Check ‘em out, humes!

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Cover Art by Patrick Goddard / Cover Colours by Dylan Teague

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Script: Ken Niemand / Art: Patrick Goddard / Colours: Dylan Teague / Letters: Annie Parkhouse

JUDGE DREDD // AGAINST THE CLOCK

Mega-City One, 2143 AD. Home to over 160 million citizens, this urban hell is situated along the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America, with the irradiated wasteland known as the Cursed Earth to the west. Unemployment is rife, boredom universal and crime is rampant. Tensions rest on a knife-edge and only the zero-tolerance Judges can stop total anarchy. Toughest of them all is JUDGE DREDD — he is the Law!


DURHAM RED // SERVED COLD // Part Eight!

Late 22nd century. Of all the mutants that have operated as Search/Destroy agents, perhaps the most feared is vampire DURHAM RED, who requires blood to survive. Mistrusted by both the criminals she hunts and her fellow Strontium Dogs, Red has a formidable reputation that precedes her. Now, while imprisioned in the HawksCarpenter Holding Station, a team of mercenaries were sent in to extract her…


Script: Pat Mills / Art: Leonardo Manco / Letters: Annie Parkhouse

SLÁINE // DRAGONTAMER // Part Eight!

Albion. Celtic warrior SLÁINE united the tribes of the Earth Goddess Danu and became the first High King of Ireland, but is now a wanderer, seeking adventure where the Goddess directs him. Following Sláine’s slaughter of Trojans at Beal An Atha in an
ongoing battle for Albion’s freedom, Emperor Brutus sent Dragon Squadrons to dispose of him at Inniscrone, but the barbarian defeated them. Now, Sláine ventures into Brutus’s vaults…


Script: Mike Carroll / Art: Jake Lynch / Colours: Jim Boswell / Letters: Simon Bowland

PROTEUS VEX // THE SHADOW CHANCELLOR // Part Eight!

Another galaxy, the far future. The centuries-long war between the Alliance and the Obdurate people is over, a conflict brought to an end with the deaths of billions when the Alliance teleported a dying white dwarf star into the Obdurate system. Imperium agent PROTEUS VEX was charged with finding Chancellor Rho 7 Baryon, and when the flesh-pilot that controls Vex entered Baryon’s body he absorbed some of his memories…


Script: Rob Williams / Art: Simon Fraser / Letters: Simon Bowland

HERSHEY // THE BRUTAL // Part Eight!

Judge Barbara Hershey was one of Justice Department’s most respected and capable young officers before she became Chief Judge. Leading the city through numerous challenges, she only occasionally clashed with Dredd — until the ‘Small House’ affair and the revelation of Judge Smiley’s clandestine operations on her watch. Now, seriously ill from a microbial virus, she’s faked her death to deal with Smiley’s legacy…

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2000 AD Prog 2218 is out now!

2000 AD Prog 2218 is out now, with more new Judge Dredd, Durham Red, Proteus Vex, Sláine and Hershey!

BORAG THUNGG, EARTHLETS – Prog 2218 is OUT NOW!

It’s time once again, Terrans, to have your frontal lobes blasted with pure excitement as this week’s issue of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic drops into your reality.

Alongside the latest instalments of Durham Red, Proteus Vex, Sláine and the penultimate chapter of Hershey: The Brutal, there’s another complete case for Judge Dredd, this time from Rob Williams and Simon Coleby.

You’ll also find within Toby Willsmer’s winning entry in the Robo-Hunter Art Stars competition — if you fancy trying your
hand at having a pin-up published in this Mighty Organ (and receive a lovely bunch of groats for it, to boot), then head over to 2000AD.com where you’ll find all the entry details.

Next subject is the ABC Warriors — we’re looking for bold and exciting interpretations of these classic characters so go wild, proto-pencilbots!

Meanwhile, we’re just two weeks away from the first of 2021’s Regened issues. Regular Squaxx will know the drill by now, but for the uninitiated, Tharg’s nephew Joko-Jargo takes control of four progs a year, collating a batch of all-ages stories in bumper 48-page specials. Steel your circuits for Prog 2220!

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Cover Art by Simon Fraser

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Script: Rob Williams / Art: Simon Coleby / Colours: Len O’Grady / Letters: Annie Parkhouse

JUDGE DREDD // HEALTH & HAPPINESS

Mega-City One, 2143 AD. Home to over 160 million citizens, this urban hell is situated along the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America, with the irradiated wasteland known as the Cursed Earth to the west. Unemployment is rife, boredom universal and crime is rampant. Tensions rest on a knife-edge and only the zero-tolerance Judges can stop total anarchy. Toughest of them all is JUDGE DREDD — he is the Law!


DURHAM RED // SERVED COLD // Part Seven!

Late 22nd century. Of all the mutants that have operated as Search/Destroy agents, perhaps the most feared is vampire DURHAM RED, who requires blood to survive. Mistrusted by both the criminals she hunts and her fellow Strontium Dogs, Red has a formidable reputation that precedes her. Now, she’s trapped in the Hawks-Carpenter Holding Station and Stillwater’s extraction team are closing in on her…


Script: Pat Mills / Art: Leonardo Manco / Letters: Annie Parkhouse

SLÁINE // DRAGONTAMER // Part Seven!

Albion. Celtic warrior SLÁINE united the tribes of the Earth Goddess Danu and became the first High King of Ireland, but is now a wanderer, seeking adventure where the Goddess directs him. Following Sláine’s slaughter of Trojans at Beal An Atha in an
ongoing battle for Albion’s freedom, Emperor Brutus sent Dragon Squadrons to dispose of him at Inniscrone, but the barbarian defeated them. Now a Drune Lord aids Brutus…


Script: Mike Carroll / Art: Jake Lynch / Colours: Jim Boswell / Letters: Simon Bowland

PROTEUS VEX // THE SHADOW CHANCELLOR // Part Seven!

Another galaxy, the far future. The centuries-long war between the Alliance and the Obdurate people is over, a conflict brought to an end with the deaths of billions when the Alliance teleported a dying white dwarf star into the Obdurate system. Imperium agent PROTEUS VEX was charged with finding Chancellor Rho 7 Baryon, and when the flesh-pilot that controls Vex entered Baryon’s body he absorbed some of his memories…


Script: Rob Williams / Art: Simon Fraser / Letters: Simon Bowland

HERSHEY // THE BRUTAL // Part Seven!

Judge Barbara Hershey was one of Justice Department’s most respected and capable young officers before she became Chief Judge. Leading the city through numerous challenges, she only occasionally clashed with Dredd — until the ‘Small House’ affair and the revelation of Judge Smiley’s clandestine operations on her watch. Now, seriously ill from a microbial virus, she’s faked her death to deal with Smiley’s legacy…

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2000 AD Prog 2217 is out now!

2000 AD Prog 2217 is out now, with more new Judge Dredd, Durham Red, Proteus Vex, Sláine and Hershey!

BORAG THUNGG, EARTHLETS – Prog 2217 is OUT NOW!

Welcome, Squaxx, to your latest salvo of circuit-shattering excitement, courtesy of our crack squad of creator droids, beavering away under the toughest of social-distancing restrictions.

Script and art-bots have been programmed to stay well out of each other’s way (always a good idea, even when there’s not a pandemic on), and Mek-Quake has been fitted with an extra-long electro-lash to ensure punishments can continue to be delivered safely and responsibly.

Tharg is, after all, an employer that cares for his minions — unless, of course, they fail me, in which case we are reliably informed he will CRUSH THEM! CRUSH THEM UNTIL THEIR DIODES SQUEAK!

If that still doesn’t satiate your hunger for sci-fi excitement, make sure you don’t miss this month’s Judge Dredd Megazine, which features a complete Dredd thriller from Ken Niemand and Patrick Goddard alongside the latest chapters of Megatropolis, Dreadnoughts, The Returners and Deliverance.

Anyway, all these precautions are undertaken so you humes can enjoy your weekly prog, and as ever we have another zarjaz issue for you, with scrotnig instalments of Hershey, Proteus Vex, Durham Red and Sláine joined by a rather saucy complete case for Judge Dredd from Ken Niemand and Dan Cornwell.

Remember, if the lockdown is interfering with your 2000 AD experience, do the smart thing and take out a subscription — you’ll
find all the info at shop.2000AD.com!

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Cover Art by Dan Cornwell

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Script: Ken Niemand / Art: Dan Cornwell / Colours: Jim Boswell / Letters: Annie Parkhouse

JUDGE DREDD // NAKED CITY

Mega-City One, 2143 AD. Home to over 160 million citizens, this urban hell is situated along the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America, with the irradiated wasteland known as the Cursed Earth to the west. Unemployment is rife, boredom universal and crime is rampant. Tensions rest on a knife-edge and only the zero-tolerance Judges can stop total anarchy. Toughest of them all is JUDGE DREDD — he is the Law!


Script: Alec Worley / Art: Ben Willsher / Letters: Jim Campbell

DURHAM RED // SERVED COLD // Part Six!

Late 22nd century. Of all the mutants that have operated as Search/Destroy agents, perhaps the most feared is vampire DURHAM RED, who requires blood to survive. Mistrusted by both the criminals she hunts and her fellow Strontium Dogs, Red has a formidable reputation that precedes her. Now, she’s trapped in the Hawks-Carpenter Holding Station and Stillwater’s extraction team are closing in on her…


Script: Pat Mills / Art: Leonardo Manco / Letters: Annie Parkhouse

SLÁINE // DRAGONTAMER // Part Six!

Albion. Celtic warrior SLÁINE united the tribes of the Earth Goddess Danu and became the first High King of Ireland, but is now a wanderer, seeking adventure where the Goddess directs him. Following Sláine’s slaughter of Trojans at Beal An Atha in an
ongoing battle for Albion’s freedom, Emperor Brutus sent Dragon Squadrons to dispose of him at Inniscrone, but the barbarian defeated them. Now his fight continues…


Script: Mike Carroll / Art: Jake Lynch / Colours: Jim Boswell / Letters: Simon Bowland

PROTEUS VEX // THE SHADOW CHANCELLOR // Part Six!

Another galaxy, the far future. The centuries-long war between the Alliance and the Obdurate people is over, a conflict brought to an end with the deaths of billions when the Alliance teleported a dying white dwarf star into the Obdurate system. Imperium agent PROTEUS VEX was charged with finding Chancellor Rho 7 Baryon, and when the flesh-pilot that controls Vex entered Baryon’s body he absorbed some of his memories…


Script: Rob Williams / Art: Simon Fraser / Letters: Simon Bowland

HERSHEY // THE BRUTAL // Part Six!

Judge Barbara Hershey was one of Justice Department’s most respected and capable young officers before she became Chief Judge. Leading the city through numerous challenges, she only occasionally clashed with Dredd — until the ‘Small House’ affair and the revelation of Judge Smiley’s clandestine operations on her watch. Now, seriously ill from a microbial virus, she’s faked her death to deal with Smiley’s legacy…

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2000 AD Prog 2216 is out now!

2000 AD Prog 2216 is out now, with more new Judge Dredd, Durham Red, Proteus Vex, Sláine and Hershey!

BORAG THUNGG, EARTHLETS – Prog 2216 is OUT NOW!

Another week, another jaw-droppingly zarjaz issue of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic, guaranteed to energise your diodes and keep your imaginations firing during these lockdown days.

Within these scrotnig pages you’ll find the latest instalments of Sláine, Proteus Vex, Durham Red and Hershey, plus the ghafflebette climax to Dredd’s current case, Desperadlands!

If that still doesn’t satiate your hunger for sci-fi excitement, make sure you don’t miss this month’s Judge Dredd Megazine, which features a complete Dredd thriller from Ken Niemand and Patrick Goddard alongside the latest chapters of Megatropolis, Dreadnoughts, The Returners and Deliverance.

In addition to that there’s the third part of the serialised 2000 AD Encyclopedia (covering F-G), and a fascinating interview with
former IPC Youth Group head honcho John Sanders to coincide with the publication of his memoirs King’s Reach: 25 Years at the Top of Comics.

One of Tharg’s first contacts upon arriving on Earth in 1977, the Sanders humanoid was instrumental in getting 2000 AD into Terrans’ hands!

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Cover Art by William Simpson

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Script: Mike Carroll / Art: William Simpson / Letters: Annie Parkhouse

JUDGE DREDD // DESPERADLANDS // Part Four!

Mega-City One, 2142 AD. Home to over 150 million citizens, this urban hell is situated along the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America. Crime is rampant, and only the zero-tolerance Judges can stop total anarchy. Toughest of them all is JUDGE DREDD — he is the Law! Now, outside Ciudad Barranquilla, Dredd has been captured by former Judge Syan Hegedos, who plans to sell him to the highest bidder. But he’s broken free…


Script: Alec Worley / Art: Ben Willsher / Letters: Jim Campbell

DURHAM RED // SERVED COLD // Part Five!

Late 22nd century. Of all the mutants that have operated as Search/Destroy agents, perhaps the most feared is vampire DURHAM RED, who requires blood to survive. Mistrusted by both the criminals she hunts and her fellow Strontium Dogs, Red has a formidable reputation that precedes her. Now, she’s trapped in the Hawks-Carpenter Holding Station and Stillwater’s extraction team are closing in on her…


Script: Pat Mills / Art: Leonardo Manco / Letters: Annie Parkhouse

SLÁINE // DRAGONTAMER // Part Five!

Albion. Celtic warrior SLÁINE united the tribes of the Earth Goddess Danu and became the first High King of Ireland, but is now a wanderer, seeking adventure where the Goddess directs him. Following Slaine’s slaughter of Trojans at Beal An Atha in an
ongoing battle for Albion’s freedom, Emperor Brutus has sent a Dragon Squadron to track him down at Inniscrone, but the barbarian has a plan…


Script: Mike Carroll / Art: Jake Lynch / Colours: Jim Boswell / Letters: Simon Bowland

PROTEUS VEX // THE SHADOW CHANCELLOR // Part Five!

Another galaxy, the far future. The centuries-long war between the Alliance and the Obdurate people is over, a conflict brought to an end with the deaths of billions when the Alliance teleported a dying white dwarf star into the Obdurate system. Imperium agent PROTEUS VEX was charged with finding Chancellor Rho 7 Baryon, and when the flesh-pilot that controls Vex entered Baryon’s body he absorbed some of his memories…


Script: Rob Williams / Art: Simon Fraser / Letters: Simon Bowland

HERSHEY // THE BRUTAL // Part Five!

Judge Barbara Hershey was one of Justice Department’s most respected and capable young officers before she became Chief Judge. Leading the city through numerous challenges, she only occasionally clashed with Dredd — until the ‘Small House’ affair and the revelation of Judge Smiley’s clandestine operations on her watch. Now, seriously ill from a microbial virus, she’s faked her death to deal with Smiley’s legacy…

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OUT NOW: Judge Dredd: The Small House

“One of the best runs ever. This is special.” – Mark Millar

“The character, and the strip,  at its very best” – Hollywood Reporter

“One of the pivotal moments of Judge Dredd history” – Multiversity Comics

The paperback collection of Judge Dredd: The Small House, the critically-acclaimed and fan-lauded story by Rob Williams (Suicide Squad) and Henry Flint (Fear Itself) with colurs by Chris Blythe & Gary Caldwell and letters by Annie Parkhouse, is out now!

Everything is at stake and no-one is safe in the critically-acclaimed storyline from Rob Williams and Henry Flint, Judge Dredd and his team of hand-picked allies finally takes on the nefarious Judge Smiley, Mega-City One s behind-the-scenes manipulator but who will be left standing at the end? And with tensions with Chief Judge Hershey at breaking point, has Dredd finally met his match?

Rightfully lauded as a modern classic, The Small House brings together the creative team behind Judge Dredd: Titan for a showdown for the ages!

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Pre-order now – Judge Dredd: The Small House

“One of the best runs ever. This is special.” – Mark Millar

“The character, and the strip,  at its very best” – Hollywood Reporter

“One of the pivotal moments of Judge Dredd history” – Multiversity Comics

The paperback collection of Judge Dredd: The Small House, the critically-acclaimed and fan-lauded story by Rob Williams (Suicide Squad) and Henry Flint (Fear Itself) with colurs by Chris Blythe & Gary Caldwell and letters by Annie Parkhouse, is now available to pre-order!

Everything is at stake and no-one is safe in the critically-acclaimed storyline from Rob Williams and Henry Flint, Judge Dredd and his team of hand-picked allies finally takes on the nefarious Judge Smiley, Mega-City One s behind-the-scenes manipulator but who will be left standing at the end? And with tensions with Chief Judge Hershey at breaking point, has Dredd finally met his match?

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OUT NOW: Judge Dredd: Ghost Town digest

The latest digest edition of classic Judge Dredd stories is out now!

Presented in a handy pocket size edition (15.2 x 22.9 cm, 6″ x 9″), Judge Dredd: Ghost Town brings together five stories celebrating the best of modern Judge Dredd classics in the aftermath of Mega-City One’s darkest hour.

After the destruction wrought by the Chaos Bug with most of the city in ruins, a decimated Justice Department is struggling to cope. With disease, corruption, and looting rife, there are some that seek to take advantage of the city’s condition, including dangerous psychic, Algol Rey. 

Judge Dredd and Psi-Judge Anderson have survived, but after all the violence and horror, can they bring order back to a damaged city? Their limits as Judges are put to the test! 

Written by comics legends and Judge Dredd co-creators John Wagner and Alan Grant along with modern masters Rob Williams (Suicide Squad) and Ian Edginton (Brass Sun)! Part of the new 2000 AD Digest line – bringing classic storylines to a brand new audience, for a low price.

Illustrated by Vertigo and Image comics master R.M. Guerra (Scalped), Simon Coleby (The Royals), Dave Taylor (Doctor Who) and Michael Dowling (Unfollow).

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The 2000 AD Thrill-Cast: Judge Dredd Under Siege with Mark Russell

With IDW’s latest incarnation of Judge Dredd returning on 23 May, the official 2000 AD podcast talks to series writer Mark Russell about his first case for the lawman of the future.

From discussing the parallels between today’s world and Mega-City One to crafting believable and interesting dystopias, the writer behind critically-lauded The Flintstones and Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles for DC Comics sets out how you can tell any story with Dredd’s world and why he decided to tell this one…

Issue one of IDW’s Judge Dredd: Under Siege by Mark Russell and Max Dunbar hits shelves on 23rd May!

The 2000 AD Thrill-Cast is the award-winning podcast that takes you behind-the-scenes at the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic! As well as interviewing top creators and famous fans, we bring you announcements, competitions, and much more! You can subscribe to the Thrill-Cast on iTunes or on the podcast app of your choice, or you can listen now at www.2000ADonline.com/podcast

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2000 AD Covers Uncovered – The Gawking Dead!

Wow! How’s that for a creepy cover? The master of intricate detail,  Dave Taylor, brings another insanely complicated cover, I swear Tharg has implanted him with a masochist chip! 

Current Judge Dredd tale Live Evil sees Mega-City One’s premier lawman reunited with Exorcist Judge Miryam Lamia. The troubled exorcist judge has an overactive sixth sense which allows her to see dead people, which, since the tragic events of Chaos Day, means she doesn’t get much peace. Imagine when she goes to the toilet! 

When a deep space vessel crashes in Mega-City One and the crew are all murdered, Dredd calls on the troubled judge to help him get answers, whether she wants to or not…

I asked Dave to give us the lowdown on the creation of the cover, he said “Below is the sketch for the cover I did; very fast and very small. Fast to capture as much energy as possible and small because if it works small it’ll work big. That’s a rule. Follow it or be a foolish one.” (Try telling that to my wife – Pwls) “Tharg saw it, liked it, and gave me the big thumbs up, so to speak. He knows a good thing when he sees it. I knew it was a strong idea, now I just had to do the near impossible, which is to get the published image as good as it…”

Lamia and Dredd try a bit of crowd surfing…

Dave continues “I spent an hour or so hunting for the ghost faces in reference books and the net. I had a firmish idea of what level of caricature I would use (level 4 if you’re interested), not wanting the folk to look too cartoony like I do in the story, a little. Level 4 requires you to keep most of what you see in the photo and play around a little with the features. This is fascinating isn’t it? I got the face of Dredd, or FOD as we droids call it, just as I’d hoped I would. I see his skin as cling film, vampiric; his face aged as an Egyptian mummy. It was going well.”

I’d argue the blob-like Lamia looks more like the cling film-face in this partnership… 

“Lamia was different matter. She’s a little aloof and doesn’t like sitting for long periods, but I got there eventually. I’m still not that sold truth be told.”

Typical, Lamia gets a new hair dryer just as she shaves all her off!

Dave continues “THE FUN BIT! I go in and out of the love of inking. I’m like that. Deal with it. I love another, her name is pencil. Man, she’s a hot one. I can’t put her down sometimes.”

“She’s behind you!!!” “Oooooh no she isn’t!” etc…

Dave sets the tone of the piece; “Took me a while but I eventually settled on this overall colour. Weird thing is that I usually mess about with the base colour a lot. A very lot. This one stayed as it was. You don’t know how weird that is. I do.”

“Because you know it all about that base, ’bout that base, no treble.”

“Now I start in on the “flats”. Some people live in flats, but that’s not what we’re talking about here. Or apartments. This is about laying down the basic, overall colour for each part of the figures (or whatever). Easy to fix as you go if you keep everything on separate layers (on photoshop), which brings me onto…”

Dredd has totally busted that one on the left in the cap staring at his boobs.

“My former self was telling you about the impotence of layers. While colouring Lamia I became somewhat stupid, rash almost, to the point of doing her whole figure on one single layer, probably without saving too, which is madness. Got away with it.”

It must be quite nice for Dredd not to be surrounded by people that’s HE’s killed for a change!

“This is the fun bit of colouring for me. The lighting. This is where you make your characters (Judge Dredd, sadly, is not MY character, but you feel me) come alive. You shape and form the figures…like…real shapes and stuff. It’s great!”

Dave needs to be careful, he’s having too much fun. The Mighty One will not stand for that… 

“Lamia’s face is cold, I’m sure of it. I’ve not actually had the opportunity to actually touch it, but it looks cold, doesn’t it. The moment I add a little feminine colour to her cheeks it all goes horribly wrong and I have to start all over again.”

That guy on Dredd’s shoulder has a splitting headache!

“Once I’ve completely redrawn from scratch the entire image and have got to where I was with the now destroyed first pathetic attempt with the colouring, I remember this time to do her tats. These are living tats. Not like you have, or your older brother. No, these are ALIVE!!”

Got herself some cryin’. talkin’, sleepin’, walkin’ living tats!

“Hey, talking of things alive, I seem to have forgotten all about our ghosts, which are dead. Remember when you, or that nasty tattooed bigger brother used to get a torch and hold it under your chin? No, nor do I.”

I hope they’ve had some breath mints…

“Finally, as a sign of respect, I add some grit to the ghosts here collected. That’s all you need to do. Goodnight, and thanks for having me over again. I like the carpet.”

Who ya gonna call?

Phew! Thanks Dave, that was amazing! The scary thing is, Dave’s interior artwork is every bit as stunning and intricate as his cover work and he still finds the time to write this for us. What a droid! 

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2000 AD Covers Uncovered – Maul Cop!

Bzzzt… Bzzzzzzt… Beep! Cough! Cough! Splutter! (Fart!) Wooooooooop! P-WELS droid is online! Battery reserves at 2%… Insert pasty immediately… 

Welcome to 2000 AD Covers Uncovered, where we take a regular look behind Tharg’s plush green curtain to marvel at the skill, ingenuity, imagination and alcohol that go into the creation of the galaxy’s most zarjaz covers! This week, art droid Nick Percival takes a break from painting Judge Dredd battling scary monsters to paint a picture of erm, Judge Dredd battling a scary monster. Tharg is too kind!

Earthlets will be aware that Dredd has been sold to slavers in the frozen Siberian Wastes, and is being forced to fish for deadly squidipedes by his evil handlers. The big bad in the story is called Maul (his parents couldn’t decide on Maurice or Paul, so they went with Maul,) a heartless, virtually indestructible villain. In the absence of any Hi-Ex, Dredd is going to have to use all his wits and ingenuity to beat him and get back to the Meg.  

Nick said “It’s always fun to pop back to Dredd and this cover was a nice little palette cleanser between finishing the ‘Dark Judges: Dominion’ series for the Megazine and starting on its sequel, ‘The Torture Garden’, out later this year…”

Ssssspeaking of whi-, ahem, sorry, speaking of which, here’s Nick’s amazing wraparound cover from Megazine 389 – sleep well everyone!

A group shot from the bar at the 2000 AD 40th Anniversary Event last year…

Nick continues “As with all covers, I got the brief from Tharg to have the villain choking Dredd and first thing to deliver is the usual very rough, wonky old sketch which was approved…”

Maul just couldn’t get the top off his Mr Dreddy Bubble Bath.

“Then moving forward to slap on some digital paints and all done and dusted. It was nice have a brief artistic moment away from the undead and Judge Death & co, but hang on….I think I can hear them calling me from the studio now….mussst leave…cannot resissst…………”

Duty and the Beast!

So there we have it, Nick’s handy guide on painting a brilliant cover. Simply do an amazing sketch, then do an incredible painting over the top of it – simple!

HUGE thanks to Nick for taking time out from his busy schedule of painting horrific, nightmare inducing images for us. He is a legend!  

Come back tomorrow when the mighty Clint Langley will show us how he created this weeks’ prog cover (plus some EXCLUSIVE images from the Mek Files!) and Phil Winslade paints an angry monkey in braces!