2000 AD Prog Slog

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Prog 617

If ever there is an artist born to draw for 2000 AD it’s Jamie Hewlett. This prog sees his four week run drawing Swifty’s Return, the sequel to Sooner or Later, with Pete Milligan and Tom Frame come to an end. In it, Swifty and his pal Clinton travel up and down history causing all sorts of mishaps on their way to a party being held in the nexus of time.

It’s hard to imagine in the twenty-first centaury that the artist responsible for The Gorillaz and Monkey Journey to the West once worked for the Galaxy’s greatest comic. Okay, relatively he didn’t produce much artwork for the comic preferring to concentrate on Tank Girl for Deadline instead but his contribution should be noted. To me, it seems obvious that Hewlett’s style has been very much influenced by classic art robots particularly, Brendan McCarthy and Mike McMahon. Every time I see a clip of Hewlett’s animation on TV I can’t help trying to imagine a world where these classic artists impacted the mainstream in the same way he has.

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  • I liked Hewlett's Roller-Cola girl for Virgin, waaaay back in 2000.

    By Blogger Ken Davidson, at 11:25 am  

  • Pic of roller-cola girl...


    By Blogger Ken Davidson, at 11:27 am  

  • Ken, I can't get the link to work, but I know what you mean :-)

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:04 pm  

  • Funnily enough, I recently picked up most of the issues of Shade that I've been missing for years and started reading it from the start. After 14 months of glorious McCarthy lunacy on the front covers, they replace him with Jamie Hewlett. Great stuff! The comic's bloody good too.

    I used to like how he did all the covers for the Senseless Things too. Where's there kung fu opera?

    By Blogger Peter, at 8:15 pm  

  • Shade was great up until around issue 50 then it lost its way a bit I recall.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 4:03 pm  

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