Friday 9 April 2010

New Futurequake Press Covers have arrived!

A new batch of titles have been unleashed from the guys at Futurequake Press! The 2000AD-based fanzines once again boast a dazzling array of small press and mainstream comic talent including strips from familiar names such as Nick Dyer, Richmond Clements, Bolt-01, Kev Levell, Mike Caroll, Gibson Quarter, Jim Campbell and many more.

As ever, the editorial team chose to go all out and get some big names to produce the eyecatching covers. This gives the already professional looking comics an added touch of class. Above, we see the cover for Zarjaz by 2000AD droid Nigel Dobbyn. Nigel, worked on several strips in 2000AD such as Red Razors and Trash and is probably best remembered for his fantastic work on Strontium Dogs.

Dobbyn says "These are the original pencils for the Zarjaz cover, based on a photo of my dad. The background was added afterwards when Dave (Bolt-01) said it needed to be a wraparound cover. The background was drawn from scratch digitally. Once the pencils are done, I ink everything in Illustrator and colour in Photoshop."

So, if we track down Dobbyn Sr. we'll get to see what Dredd looks like under his helmet! Thanks to Nigel for taking the time to send the rough and the comment, you can see more of his fantastic, and very diverse work on his website here, his blog here and his deviant art page here.

Next, the startling cover of Dogbreath, the Strontium Dog themed fanzine by friend of the blog Neil Roberts. On his blog, Neil says "This was a pure painting job in Photoshop, using a bit of reference to get the pose correct. I was going for a Frazetta/Starblazer feel - sort of late 70's/ 80's vibe. Ace!"

I was lucky enough to meet Mr Roberts recently and he did me this wonderful Dredd sketch below. I asked him to do a Dredd Version of his Jonny Alpha cover of Prog 1656 and this is what he came up with - wow! Loving the Ezquerra bumps!

Finally onto this scrotnig Future Quake cover by rising star Gibson Quarter.
GQ did a great making of the cover here. which has saved me a job, so thanks to him! Gibson is doing some excellent work, working with giants such as Alan Grant in Wasted magazine and I reckon it's just a matter of time before we deservedly see him in the prog. Check out his great blog here.

Thanks to Bolt-01 for sending the images and the rest of his team for making such a superb bunch of comics. Keep on doing such a cracking job fellas! You can support the future talent of 2000AD by buying their products here...