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2000 AD Prog Slog

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Prog 707

As soon as it begins it seems, Hewligan’s Haircut comes to an end. Even in real time it must have felt that it was over too quickly. Eight weeks of Pete Milligan and Jamie Hewlett’s self referencing titled version of Alice in Wonderland just isn’t enough.

In it, Hewligan is a mental patient who one day wanders out of the asylum in which he lives and learns that the outside world is crazier than the one inside his head. Further still, he discovers during the course of the story that his improbable haircut, a giant quiff with a perfect circle shaped hole in the middle, is the cause of the madness.

Milligan is on form here, having fun with the words and pushing the story along at a worthy pace. Hewlett’s artwork is excellent. It’s animated, vibrant and exuberant. On one hand, his characters look cool, even aloof, but on the other vulnerable. At this time, Hewlett is known best for his black and white work but in Hewligan’s Haircut, amazingly, the fully painted pages maintain the same energy.

As far as I am concerned, Hewlett was built for 2000 AD. Prog 707 is the last one he draws for, however, after producing a relatively small amount of work there. It’s been enjoyable to encounter Hewligan’s Haircut again if only because the creator that goes on to design The Gorillaz was such a very obvious talent even back then. In fact, I find it amazing to think that he spent time in the company of likes of Tharg and Michael Fleisher: Harlem Heroes Killer at all.

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5 Comments:

  • I agree with your sentiments... Hewligan - a top thrill!

    By Blogger Kevin Levell, at 9:05 pm  

  • I'm a great fan of Peter Milligan's writing. Much of it resembles self help writing but done in a way that doesn't grate or patronise. I'm sure his stories played an important part in helping me survive adolescence. (Actually, The American comic writer Mark Evanier, who scripts Groo, among other things and has a lovely blog, www.newsfromme.com, is pretty similar in this regard)

    By Blogger Tam, at 11:13 am  

  • Kevin, I agree with you assesment of my assesment.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:37 pm  

  • Cheers for the link, Tam.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:38 pm  

  • Tam, your right about Mark Evanier. He worked for and with Jack Kirby for a long time so i'm sure he picked up some storytelling tips from the King along the way

    By Blogger Derek, at 2:12 am  

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