jontaylor-artwork:

Some work I started with the Emperor for a competition, and sadly ran out of time on. Will try to finish it at some point in the future.

The challenge for the 2000AD forum competition was to show more of Dredd’s world in the style of the Dredd film. So I went with the obvious idea - the Dark Judges. Jon did a damn fine job, as you can see from the Judge Death and Judge Fire concept work, and the finished first page. I look forward to seeing the finished 3 pages (as I was happy with the way the script came together), but real life (and paid work) beats such free work. Plus we are also working on something else, so plenty to look forward to.

Anyway you can see all the entries on the voting thread.

frazerirving:

Zombies! Yes, for a while I was very popular when it came to drawing zombies…they are pretty easy to draw I must admit, and it’s always fun making up grisly stuff, but lately I’ve swerved away from such subject matter to avoid being pigeon-holed as the Zombie Guy. This was a cover (and T-shirt) for an indy magazine called “The End Is Nigh” which focussed on a different apocalyptic scenario with each issue. This one was obviously to do with Zombies, and was a fine read indeed. I still have a T-shirt with the image on, and I had heard that some dude wanted it as a tattoo on his back…O_O

I stumbled across this while nosing through Frazer’s Tumblr archives and it was a pleasant blast from the (recent) past. I not only wrote a decent percentage of that issue of The End is Nigh (and future ones) but I have the T-shirt and I got the specific page signed too (it wasn’t the cover, one Matt “I’m nicer than I pretend to be” Timson, it was the main illustration for a text story by Richmond Clements).

Granted this isn’t quite comics-related but it had comics in it and my very first sequential story would appear in a later issue. They were all available for download from the official website but that is now down and I can’t find an archived version. Ah well, it’ll all be over at the Winter Solstice anyway ;)

frazerirving:

Zombies! Yes, for a while I was very popular when it came to drawing zombies…they are pretty easy to draw I must admit, and it’s always fun making up grisly stuff, but lately I’ve swerved away from such subject matter to avoid being pigeon-holed as the Zombie Guy. This was a cover (and T-shirt) for an indy magazine called “The End Is Nigh” which focussed on a different apocalyptic scenario with each issue. This one was obviously to do with Zombies, and was a fine read indeed. I still have a T-shirt with the image on, and I had heard that some dude wanted it as a tattoo on his back…O_O

I stumbled across this while nosing through Frazer’s Tumblr archives and it was a pleasant blast from the (recent) past. I not only wrote a decent percentage of that issue of The End is Nigh (and future ones) but I have the T-shirt and I got the specific page signed too (it wasn’t the cover, one Matt “I’m nicer than I pretend to be” Timson, it was the main illustration for a text story by Richmond Clements).

Granted this isn’t quite comics-related but it had comics in it and my very first sequential story would appear in a later issue. They were all available for download from the official website but that is now down and I can’t find an archived version. Ah well, it’ll all be over at the Winter Solstice anyway ;)

An actual panel from the story “Foxfire Over Fuschia” drawn by Chris Askham.

A teaser image from a short comic strip - fresh from the drawing board - featuring zombies and samurai. What’s not to like? The whole strip is finished with a halftone effect, and coloured with a single spot colour throughout. Something quite different for me.

I now have all the art in front of me and it looks damn fine. Now for the final finishing touches, as it is a silent story we are focusing on the sound effects and I didn’t want to try and finalise them before seeing the whole thing.

An actual panel from the story “Foxfire Over Fuschia” drawn by Chris Askham.

A teaser image from a short comic strip - fresh from the drawing board - featuring zombies and samurai. What’s not to like? The whole strip is finished with a halftone effect, and coloured with a single spot colour throughout. Something quite different for me.

I now have all the art in front of me and it looks damn fine. Now for the final finishing touches, as it is a silent story we are focusing on the sound effects and I didn’t want to try and finalise them before seeing the whole thing.

jontaylor-artwork:

The Emperor and I’s entry to the 2000AD forum May art competition, themed around the olympics.

Jon did an amazing job on this, I couldn’t be happier.

The competition thread is here if anyone wants to enter, there is still the weekend. Thanks to CrazyFoxMachine for running it.

Sorry it’s been a bit quiet here. I am working on an update post, but in the meantime some character sketches from Chris Askham. He is currently rocketing through the pages, so we are well on track for getting this done in time for the Halloween publication date.
More soon.

Sorry it’s been a bit quiet here. I am working on an update post, but in the meantime some character sketches from Chris Askham. He is currently rocketing through the pages, so we are well on track for getting this done in time for the Halloween publication date.

More soon.

The Daft Judge Returns*
Yep my upcoming Dirty Frank story for Zarjaz, the 2000 AD fanzine:

Coming soon to Zarjaz, and just in time- Dirty Frank’s Holy Wrong. Join  The Emperor and Bruno Stahl as they show us a glimpse of just how wrong  some things can be. Available in Zarjaz 14, on sale from November. 

Special thanks to Bruno for going the extra mile and producing this image purely for promotion purposes (and because I thought it’d be funny) and to the FQP editors for letting me run even if I’ve had to sign a waiver exempting them from all blame.
* Returns in time to kill a certain comic creator

The Daft Judge Returns*

Yep my upcoming Dirty Frank story for Zarjaz, the 2000 AD fanzine:

Coming soon to Zarjaz, and just in time- Dirty Frank’s Holy Wrong. Join The Emperor and Bruno Stahl as they show us a glimpse of just how wrong some things can be. Available in Zarjaz 14, on sale from November. 

Special thanks to Bruno for going the extra mile and producing this image purely for promotion purposes (and because I thought it’d be funny) and to the FQP editors for letting me run even if I’ve had to sign a waiver exempting them from all blame.

* Returns in time to kill a certain comic creator

Well, pickle my eggs, if this isn’t a glowing review of Vampire Vixens from the Horror Cult Films site and I’m also glad they spotted some of the subtext as it isn’t all about scantily-clad dead women:

Not alienating the female species, this comic empowers women with the  Vampire Vixens in question being powerful, strong women. When the comic  landed in my lap I squealed with utter delight. I am a huge fan of Ilsa  She Wolf of the SS and this comic seemed to capture the same black  humour that was so successful in the Ilsa film franchise.

One of the things that annoys me about mixed sex duos is that the male is almost always an off-the-wall character, while the female half has a stick up her butt - across the series he is usually more knowledgeable about the fictional universe they inhabit and introduces her to it, helps her come out of her shell and enjoy life more, while she has to partially tame him and keep him focused on solving the problem at hand (examples include: Moonlighting, The X-Files, Warehouse 13, Fringe and many others I’m sure). You can almost hear the generic trailer voiceover: “he is a rule-bending Secret Service agent, she is his by-the-book partner” - that is a reworking of the Warehouse 13 character précis but you don’t have to change much to make it fit a dozen series.
What I’m trying to do here (and elsewhere, as it is theme I return to a number of times) is stand relationship on its head using Nazisploitation because, as the reviewer, notes there are strong and dominant female characters in the genre like Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS, which tends to subvert the more common genre trope of the damsel in distress that you see in Nazisploitation and other “women in prison" stories, whilst still being an exploitation film (see also the Japanese "pinky violence" films like Lady Snowblood, Female Yakuza Tale and Sex & Fury, which I’m drawing on for a totally different story). So this, gives us the chance to have a strong female lead character and, as you’ll see when we get the chance to tell future stories, we’ll also try and drain some of the venom that could involuntarily come from drawing inspiration from the Ilsa character (being based some of the truly appalling female war criminals like Ilse Koch) by showing that our lead is herself a victim of the Nazis. On the other hand the Vicar counterpoints the Vixen in the duo by being less knowledgeable then her and having a caber rammed up his jacksie especially when it comes to the supernatural (and quite possibly the sexual), also for reasons that we will reveal later.
Now I might not be able to properly pull this off, either through a lack of ability or the sundry compromises you have to make (often with yourself - I don’t want it to be so “on the nose” that it spoils what is a comedy, action-adventure story) between the idea and the page, but I am heartened to see that even at this early stage, only 8 pages in, some of that is getting through, both through the writing and the art.
Anyway, enough of this musing. Onwards:

Reading the comic was a blast, a naughty flashback to the camp Carry On  films and exploitation era of the 70s, full of innuendo and black humour  which we seem to be lacking these days. It’s Uncle Rotter-esque  mischief mixed with dark humour, mythology and non-politically correct  attitude is just the sort of thing many people in today’s society long  for. With it’s inspiring, enjoyable story and bold, vibrant artwork,  it’s not surprising that the strip won an award for Best Art at the  Scottish Independent Comic Book Awards in June earlier this year.

They also touch on the future:

To date, only two episodes of Vampires Vixens of the Wehrmacht have been  published with the first selling out. They were featured in an  anthology magazine called Wasted which has since closed down, but there  are talks to unleash the Vixens in a dedicated mag of their own. I for  one would be quite excited to see such a publication with this comic  being the freshest and down right coolest thing I have seen in a long  time.

This is an angle we are working on as I type, nothing to report yet but it is early days and we believe in the characters and the story we have to tell, so will keep plugging away until something comes together.

Well, pickle my eggs, if this isn’t a glowing review of Vampire Vixens from the Horror Cult Films site and I’m also glad they spotted some of the subtext as it isn’t all about scantily-clad dead women:

Not alienating the female species, this comic empowers women with the Vampire Vixens in question being powerful, strong women. When the comic landed in my lap I squealed with utter delight. I am a huge fan of Ilsa She Wolf of the SS and this comic seemed to capture the same black humour that was so successful in the Ilsa film franchise.

One of the things that annoys me about mixed sex duos is that the male is almost always an off-the-wall character, while the female half has a stick up her butt - across the series he is usually more knowledgeable about the fictional universe they inhabit and introduces her to it, helps her come out of her shell and enjoy life more, while she has to partially tame him and keep him focused on solving the problem at hand (examples include: Moonlighting, The X-Files, Warehouse 13, Fringe and many others I’m sure). You can almost hear the generic trailer voiceover: “he is a rule-bending Secret Service agent, she is his by-the-book partner” - that is a reworking of the Warehouse 13 character précis but you don’t have to change much to make it fit a dozen series.

What I’m trying to do here (and elsewhere, as it is theme I return to a number of times) is stand relationship on its head using Nazisploitation because, as the reviewer, notes there are strong and dominant female characters in the genre like Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS, which tends to subvert the more common genre trope of the damsel in distress that you see in Nazisploitation and other “women in prison" stories, whilst still being an exploitation film (see also the Japanese "pinky violence" films like Lady Snowblood, Female Yakuza Tale and Sex & Fury, which I’m drawing on for a totally different story). So this, gives us the chance to have a strong female lead character and, as you’ll see when we get the chance to tell future stories, we’ll also try and drain some of the venom that could involuntarily come from drawing inspiration from the Ilsa character (being based some of the truly appalling female war criminals like Ilse Koch) by showing that our lead is herself a victim of the Nazis. On the other hand the Vicar counterpoints the Vixen in the duo by being less knowledgeable then her and having a caber rammed up his jacksie especially when it comes to the supernatural (and quite possibly the sexual), also for reasons that we will reveal later.

Now I might not be able to properly pull this off, either through a lack of ability or the sundry compromises you have to make (often with yourself - I don’t want it to be so “on the nose” that it spoils what is a comedy, action-adventure story) between the idea and the page, but I am heartened to see that even at this early stage, only 8 pages in, some of that is getting through, both through the writing and the art.

Anyway, enough of this musing. Onwards:

Reading the comic was a blast, a naughty flashback to the camp Carry On films and exploitation era of the 70s, full of innuendo and black humour which we seem to be lacking these days. It’s Uncle Rotter-esque mischief mixed with dark humour, mythology and non-politically correct attitude is just the sort of thing many people in today’s society long for. With it’s inspiring, enjoyable story and bold, vibrant artwork, it’s not surprising that the strip won an award for Best Art at the Scottish Independent Comic Book Awards in June earlier this year.

They also touch on the future:

To date, only two episodes of Vampires Vixens of the Wehrmacht have been published with the first selling out. They were featured in an anthology magazine called Wasted which has since closed down, but there are talks to unleash the Vixens in a dedicated mag of their own. I for one would be quite excited to see such a publication with this comic being the freshest and down right coolest thing I have seen in a long time.

This is an angle we are working on as I type, nothing to report yet but it is early days and we believe in the characters and the story we have to tell, so will keep plugging away until something comes together.

OK here is the video mentioned in the last post, you get a brief view of Vampire Vixens at 7:35.

Blimey:

The original painted Vixens cover made a surprise appearance on BBC ArtWorks programme last month.

This is the episode, I believe, but being South of the Border I can’t see it. However, I might be able to get someone to grab the snippet. More on that when it happens.

Blimey:

The original painted Vixens cover made a surprise appearance on BBC ArtWorks programme last month.

This is the episode, I believe, but being South of the Border I can’t see it. However, I might be able to get someone to grab the snippet. More on that when it happens.

A sample of Undertow:

This issue includes the finale to the weird and wonderful Undertow, by The Emperor and daveycandlish.
The  Vatican hitman is determined to kill the goblin Messiah, and has the  mystical weapon to do so, but the Underworld aren’t finished just yet…

A sample of Undertow:

This issue includes the finale to the weird and wonderful Undertow, by The Emperor and daveycandlish.

The Vatican hitman is determined to kill the goblin Messiah, and has the mystical weapon to do so, but the Underworld aren’t finished just yet…