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-- What is this about? --

Why, it's for Carlos Ezquerra. The Spanish veteran 2000ad artist and co-creator of Judge Dredd & Strontium Dog. He recently went through surgery for lung cancer and is recovering - posting the status "I don't need two lungs to draw comics" and appearing on forums to assure everyone of his wellbeing. The response was enormous - and a very good man ([link]) secretly put together an enormous one-off anthology comic for artists and writers to express their admiration for Carlos' huge (AND CONSTANTLY CONTINUING) body of work. I drew this for that several months ago and as he received the comic today it's now not a secret.

-- What's this picture about? --

2000 (top left) - My first issue of 2000ad, Carlos is on Judge Dredd: Sector House and I've been doodling my own little comics for years after a torrid love affair with Marvel. That's over now - I have eyes only for the Galaxy's Greatest.

2003 (top right) - I'm re-reading the history of 2000ad - Carlos' 200 page epic Apocalypse War and lengthy runs of Strontium Dog knock me the hell out. In the background is my GCSE final piece - a giant comic war scene. I've filled two sketch books full of doodly bollocks.

2006 (bottom left ) - Carlos begins a breathtakingly extended run on Dredd's origins and I'm published for the first time in Solar Wind - working on Murray (my long-dead computer) to put together vaguely interesting looking comics.

2010 (bottom right) - Carlos resurrects Johnny Alpha (presumably whilst undergoing hefty chemo) and I sit agape - putting together this very piece.

I'm humbled and honoured to have taken part in the thing with so many other ridiculously talented people - my hat is well and truly completely doffed to the glorious Mark Howard and to Carlos himself who keeps dropping my jaw with every new panel of his I see.

Carlos Ezquerra - He is the Law!
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junoxx Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
cool
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spidermanfan2099 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
love the old wallpaper in panel 1 by the way, texturiffic!!
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spidermanfan2099 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
Fantastic job on this, and a great tribute piece :)
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Metal-Truncator Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cheers very very very very much for the fave dude :D
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spidermanfan2099 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
You can see your work moving on man, getting those textures sorted in that piece was the right move... improvement is better than sex, unless the sex has improved I guess haha :)
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Metal-Truncator Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehehe - cheers very very much dude. How's your uberpro stuff coming on (colouring I mean, not sex)?
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spidermanfan2099 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
Oh its cool< back to the occassional commissions and pages... that bigger gig was only a one off really, considering what it was (you'll find out soon enough) but I made some contacts from it which was good :D

Back to casually flinging colour around now... one 60hr session for that deadline was quite enough for now haha :D
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Metal-Truncator Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well if you're up for helping an auld buddy out I'm putting together a non-profit anthology thing next year and I need more artists. If you want to stick to colour you may - but my ratio is way off

like - 14 writers - 9 artists type thing. Need more pencil monkeys - !

The title is Dr WTF?! and the concept is alternate surrealist silly Doctors. I've got a ton of folk involved including :iconghostpockets: :icondarkjimbo: :iconmikebunt: and :iconjimoakley666: -

The whole thing is being put together next year so there's no massive rush. I'd love to have you as part of it - even if it's just doing a wee splash of colour or summat.
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spidermanfan2099 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
Hey, if its just a small thing I can squeese it in for you ;)

That sounded a bit wrong re-reading that!!! Haha.

I cant draw for shit, I just get angry and you wont like me when i'm angry (or Ang lee!) so i'm in as a colourist for you :D

See if Snareser fancies adding something< I have a feel his work would go well with a crazy feel!?
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Metal-Truncator Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well - if you know him feel free to ask him on my behalf - it'll sound better coming from you.

We've got one or two fairly pro writers so it'd be nice to have some ultra shiny in there. If only to counterbalance my own tat ;)
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purpleguitarfreak Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
n'awwww :)
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tewkes-ape Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional Photographer
Of all your artwork Mr. Watts this is now my favorite ;-)
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Metal-Truncator Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fabulous - ! Cheers for the fave dude :D
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GhostPockets Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
Don't pull that face Owen, if the wind changes it'll stay like that!
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Metal-Truncator Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
a minimalistic cartoon face? I think I'd be very happy to stay that way - ! Cheers for the fave :)
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DarkJimbo Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
Excuse me, I - I've got something in my eye... *Sniff*
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Metal-Truncator Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BEAT IT OUT. Cheers for the fave - !
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