Chris Weston … crimefighter?
He’s collaborated with top industry writers to lend his highly detailed art to such memorable titles as Mark Millar’s Swamp Thing run, Grant Morrison’s The Filth, Warren Ellis’s Ministry of Space, Joe Casey’s Fantastic Four: First Family, and J. Michael Straczynski’s The Twelve. But has artist Chris Weston’s greatest contribution to the fight for truth and justice just taken place in the real world — where he just may have helped the cops catch a bank robber?
According to a post on his blog, Weston was waiting in line at the bank yesterday and doing what many artists do to kill time under such circumstances — meticulously observing the guy in front of him — when that guy proceeded to approach the teller and forcibly demand cash. Weston writes:
By the time I realised what was happening he’d escaped with the loot. I gave my contact details to the bank and then ran like the wind back to my studio and set about hastlily drawing some pictures of the robber. I’d studied this guy quite intensely and could remember every detail of his likeness and clothes.
Weston then provided the sketches to the local constabulary, who reacted with near-disbelief: Apparently, the man in Weston’s drawings perfectly matched a suspect they’d already picked up.
The sketches remain in the hands of the police, and since the case is pending Weston says he can’t comment further. But he promises to scan and post the crime-busting portraits if and when he’s given permission to do so. In the meantime, read the full story here and congratulate Chris for giving the filth a hand!
(Via Tom Spurgeon)