Saturday, 21 December 2013

Gods Own Work! Mike McMahon

Bloody hell, I've been wanting to show these for ages, but have been waiting for Owen Watts to works his magic on the colours. Since Owen has recently turned pro, obviously he has to put the paid jobs first.

Mike McMahon has probably been one of my all time top 5 comic-book artists since I can remember. Mike has worked extensively for 2000ad for over 30 year, and was one of the original artists who helped give Dredd 'his look' and his big boots! As well as illustrating Judge Dredd, he's also worked on the the ABC Warriors, The VC's and Slaine. And for me, Slaine was probably his greatest work to date.

A while ago, Mike posted some character designs that he has done for Animation City  on his website which just cried out to be inked. Ming over on the 2000ad forum was kind enough to ask Mr McMahon is I was OK to ink them. I have to admit I did have a little geekgasm when I got the OK!

He's also recently been commissioned by Steve Sterlacchin, the writer of the excellent Judge Minty fan film for a piece of artwork too. So again Mike posted the pencils on his site and I asked permission firstly from Steve and then Owen sought permission from Mike (I bottled it!) to ask if we could show our version in the internet.

It has been a real pleasure to work with a true legends pencils and I would like to thank both Mike and Steve for their permission and for Owen for taking up the colouring challenges on two of the pieces.


McMahon Warlock pencils

Inked by me, colouring by Owen Watts

McMahon future police pencils

Inked and coloured by me!
McMahon witch pencils

Inked and flat colours by me

Judge Minty commission pencils
Inks by me, colours by Owen

It's been a while... Zarjaz!!

Bloody hell, I can't believe it's been almost 2 months since my last update.

So what have I been up to? Well, as well as my monthly entries to the Stockport Comic Collective  I been asked (well offered) to draw a 6 page strip called called Tales of Mega City One - Death in Pictures for the guys over at FutureQuake Press which has been written by Shaun Avery. It should be featured in Zarjaz #20 and has an end of January deadline, so I really really need to get a move on.

I can't show anything at the moment as there's an NDA in place... proper professional or what!! All I can say it involves another unhinged female character (see Katarina Cruz - Speed Date) with a knife...again!

On with the Stockport Comic Collective pics since last time.

dialogue by Gordon Renny