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2000 AD Prog Slog

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

John Hicklenton

According to several news sites including Forbidden Planet, artist John Hicklenton has passed away. As you may know, especially if you watched the award winning documentary about him Here’s Johnny, he had lived with MS for many years.

John Hicklenton came to the notice of 2000 AD readers as the new artist on Nemesis the Warlock during the late eighties. His work was striking, challenging and subversive. As you will see if you look back over The Slog covering that period, I had difficulty adjusting to his style initially. However, his comic strip work improved at a rate that matched my adjustment so that by the end of the eighties he had become one my favourite artists of the expanding 2000 AD line. His Judge Dredd work for The Megazine during the early nineties was both fresh and expressive.

I don’t think I encounter anymore of his artwork for The Slog project. I did, however, see a strip he drew for The Megazine a couple of years ago. I was impressed at how intricate and yet undeniably John Hicklenton it was. He seemed to be an artist who never stopped improving which is amazing given how most comic artists tend to settle into a grove after a while and his illness.

My thoughts are with his family and friends.

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4 Comments:

  • That is a real shame. He was a brilliant artist.

    By Blogger Victor Resistor, at 3:40 pm  

  • It's very sad news.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:43 pm  

  • There's a page over at the 2000ad forum that has been forwarded to his friends and family by a friend one would assume. If you feel like leaving a message this might be a good place to do so?

    http://www.2000adonline.com/forum/index.php/topic,28044.15.html

    By Blogger Colin, at 7:14 pm  

  • Thanks Colin

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 10:00 am  

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