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Bryan Talbot returns to 2000 AD
Bryan Talbot returns to 2000 AD
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"Twenty-five years after he last drew Judge Dredd!"
Twenty-five years after he last drew Judge Dredd for legendary comic book 2000 AD®, award-winning British artist Bryan Talbot is to return to Mega City One - and he's bringing the family with him!

A firm fan favourite for his work on Nemesis the Warlock, the artist has teamed up with his son, Alwyn Talbot, to draw a new Dredd story, due to hit shops in Prog 1730 on 20 April.

Talbot came to prominence thanks to his work in the British underground comics scene of the 1970s, before his heady Steampunk classic The Adventures of Luther Arkwright brought him to the attention of a wider audience. He then began work at 2000 AD and his dark, gritty work on Nemesis the Warlock: The Gothic Empire is widely considered one of the title's all-time must-reads. His graphic novels, A Tale of One Bad Rat, Alice in Sunderland and the Grandville series, have themselves become modern classics.

His return to 2000 AD, a Judge Dredd story written by Michael Carroll called Caterpillars, is a bitter-sweet tale of the harshness of life in Mega City One. Bryan has pencilled the strip, which was then inked and digitally coloured by Alwyn, who works as an illustrator and concept designer in the computer games industry.

Bryan said:
"Alwyn's incredibly talented, which is why I asked him to colour some of the pages of my last graphic novel, Grandville Mon Amour, to help me meet the deadline. When Tharg asked me if I'd be interested in illustrating Michael Carroll's Dredd script, I immediately thought of him.

"I'm currently illustrating a graphic novel, coincidentally by another member of the family, my wife Mary, and didn't have the time to ink and colour the strip myself so that suggested Alwyn turned my pencils into fully rendered artwork. I thought he did a great job. I also like Michael's script, which is basically a cool, self-contained short SF story."

Alwyn said:
"As I've been concepting for the games industry for the past 11 years it's been a long time since I've worked in comics. I had work in Negative Burn, DC Comics' "Big Books" and the miniseries Armageddon Patrol but, as I've been doing concept art for the games industry for the past 11 years, it's been a long time since I've done any comic work and I'd been wanting a chance to do more for some time.

"It was great working with Bryan. We collaborated very closely sending pages in progress back and forth. It was also a surprise and an honour to be asked to work on work on Judge Dredd, one of the most famous and iconic characters in British comics, not to mention appearing in the Galaxy's Greatest Comic!"

Matt Smith, editor of 2000 AD, said:
"It's great to see Bryan back at 2000 AD – his work in the 1980s is quite rightly considered some of the best the title has ever published.
"Caterpillars is both a fitting return and a great debut for the next generation of the Talbot family to appear in the Galaxy's Greatest Comic."

Michael Molcher

Monday 14th March 2011