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I remember that a year or two ago, Chris Weston playing a little game with his Twitter followers: casting an imaginary Carry On X-Men film. If memory serves, I may even have contributed to it myself; I think I might have been the first to suggest Bernard Bresslaw as Colossus. And that was the end of that, we thought — until he updated his blog with this image.
Surely he’s not been working on this all that time? Weston is something of a movie poster nut, regularly uploading fine examples from his collection, and I’m also enough of an illustration nerd to realize he’s copping the style used by the great Renato Fratini on several U.K. Carry On movie posters.
Weston posted this next image to his Facebook page a few days ago: a tribute to Brian Bolland’s work on the classic Dredd storyline The Dark Judges. There’s plenty of his other seminal influence, Don Lawrence, in that image, too. And the composition even reminds me a little of Rembrandt, only with added ultra-violence. I once touched The Night Watchmen in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum. They probably should have thrown me out for such a terrible breach in art gallery etiquette, but I don’t think anyone else noticed.
2000AD is never far from Weston’s mind, which is why he also recently posted this Rogue Trooper painting, done for his own amusement, also on his Facebook page.
More art after the break, including work by Frank Quitely, Edmund Bagwell, James Harvey and many more.
Did you see this Frank Quitely cover for Django Unchained #4 in DC’s March 2013 solicitations? It’s such a great showcase of everything Vince does so well — the textures are amazing: the leather of the main figure’s gloves and holster, the wisps of mane clutched in his left hand, the scars on his back, the globules of blood in the background, the pencil cross-hatching in the portrait of Kerry Washington’s impressively monikered Broomhilda Von Shaft. Basically, it’s my favorite cover Quitely’s done for Vertigo since the days of Bite Club.
I’m still plugging away at trying to make Edmund Bagwell a comics superstar; the guy’s work is amazing. He’s taking over as artist on Rob William’s The Ten-Seconders strip for 2000AD. This is a typically cynical, gloomy, take on superhero tropes from the Grand Old Anthology, and a strip that hasn’t been particularly well-served by its artists in the past, Ben Oliver’s tenure excepted. It looks like Bag-E has came onboard to give it some much-needed story-telling clarity. Maybe now we’ll be able to tell who’s doing what, and why.
I’ve been looking forward to James Harvey’s book Zygote since seeing this trailer for it in January. Harvey recently moved at allay fears that he’d shelved the project over at his Tumblr with this image. I’d make a guess that one issue delaying this book is the fact that his style has taken leaps and bounds in the last year, which may have led to the need to redraw the earliest sequences, if just for consistency. Again, it’s only a matter of time until Harvey is a superstar in his chosen field.
I love PJ Holden. The guy used to sell me comics in John McCrea’s shop when we were both teenagers. He’s co-host of the greatest, filthiest, podcast comics has ever had. Recently he’s been proselytizing Manga Studio’s latest iteration as a genuine Photoshop killer for comics artists. I like everything about this digital painting he’s done of Judge Dredd, except for one quibble – where exactly does Joe have room for his brain in that helmet?
Warwick Johnson-Cadwell continues to offer the greatest Christmas gift of them all for any comic art fan, bargain commissions. Here’s an utterly charming Iron Giant.
Jason Latour’s M.O.O.D.O.K. is both mad and cute. While visiting his blog, check out the commissions he did while over in England at Leed’s Thought Bubble convention: lovely stuff.
I’m sure you’re all keeping a close on the great team sketch blog Ashcan Allstars. I loved Nathan Fox’s recent contribution to their current theme, Women Of Disney. My niece must never see this image, she loved that movie.
I enjoyed Yıldıray Çınar’s cover recreation of John Buscema’s Silver Surfer #4. By the time the Turkish artist had finished with the source material, it looked more like a tribute to Bill Sienkiewicz.
Andrew Robinson has drawn this cover for an upcoming issue of Geek Magazine. I was a great admirer of his Starman covers from back in the day, and I like the unapologetic old school-feel of this image.