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Friday, January 25, 2008

Sci-Fi Special 1984


Wasn’t it only a few entries ago that I commented on how Cliff Robinson was an art robot built to draw Judge Dredd? I understand Robinson once appeared on the ITV1 show Droids in their Eyes; “Tonight, Matthew, and for the foreseeable future, I am going to be… Brian Bolland.” To be fare, all comic artists will have been influenced by a predecessor to some degree. Look at Brian Hitch with Alan Davis or Cam Kennedy with Mike McMahon. If you’re going to be influenced by another artist then it might as well be someone as good as Bolland.

Robinson draws judges, the population and Mega City fashion perfectly, just as I had suspected he would. Where he fails is the environment. Vehicles look stiff while buildings are literally blocks with black holes for windows rather than the curved, mushroom shapes that we’ve become more used to. But I understand that I’m making a judgement on his work compared to Bolland rather than acknowledging that, as first Judge Dredd drawn strips go, he scores very highly.

I can’t be entirely sick of Future Shocks at the moment because I did enjoy A Droid in Distress written by "RCH Bonsall" and drawn by John Stokes. In it, scientists test their time machine by sending a robot back to the Middle Ages before realising that they hadn’t thought of a way to get it back. That’s scientists for you; academically great but rubbish when it comes to using common sense. The story ends with the robot wearing a hood, to conceal its metal features, and stealing from the rich to give to the poor. For some reason, I find the idea of a robot Robin Hood lumbering around the BBC’s early Saturday evening TV show, accidentally knocking trees over and delivering the same lines but in an emotionless, electronic voice very appealing.

This prog’s notable first: Glen Fabry draws a Slaine pin-up!

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4 Comments:

  • "For some reason, I find the idea of a robot Robin Hood lumbering around the BBC’s early Saturday evening TV show, accidentally knocking trees over and delivering the same lines but in an emotionless, electronic voice very appealing"

    I'll give you a good reason: It's PISH! Let's chip-in and buy a terminator. We can send it back to hunt them all down.

    By Blogger Stavros, at 6:30 pm  

  • **Robinson draws judges, the population and Mega City fashion perfectly, just as I had suspected he would. Where he fails is the environment. Vehicles look stiff while buildings are literally blocks with black holes for windows rather than the curved, mushroom shapes that we’ve become more used to.**


    Yes, the same flaw Bolland has, looks like Robinson mimicked him a little too much.

    By Blogger garageman, at 1:07 am  

  • Stavros, it's not very good is it?

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:52 pm  

  • Garageman, you might be right there.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:53 pm  

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