Judge Minty is a 27 minute short film based on a minor character from the 2000AD strip, Judge Dredd.
“How do you plead?”
One of 30-ish portraits for my new show which opens tonight at 7pm at Mondo Gallery in Austin, TX.
Judicial Departments From Other Mega-Cities
East Meets West-II.West
- Brit-Cit-Probably MC-1’s closest ally,Brit-Cit Justice Dept. is ran from the central hub of the New Old Bailey,who answer to the higher political power of the Star Chamber.It’s best known officer is Detective Judge Armitage(see also Atlantis,(Progs485-88,30Aug-20Sep’86),Judgement Day,Doomsday).Art:Sean Phillips
- Cal-Hab-Mostly independent for nearly a century,Cal-Hab,much of it a radiated wasteland(the Cal-Hab Wastes)is still governed by Brit-Cit.It’s most well-known Judge is Ed MacBrayne(Cal-Hab Justice).Art:John Ridgway
- Ciudad Baranquila-Judge Dredd has travelled to this corrupt,dangerous corner of the South-Am states on the former sites of Montevideo and Buenos Aires,more often known as Banana City,usually pursuing fugitives-former Judge Barry Kurten and mass-murderer,P.J Maybe(see Banana City,Progs623-25,22Apr-6May’89 and Bring Me The Heart Of PJ Maybe,Prog1211,20Sep’00).Art:Will Simpson
- Emerald Isle-Operating out of Murphyville Justice Central,the attitude to crime is a lot more laid back here,Judges acting more like a traditional Police force(see Emerald Isle,Progs727-32,20Apr-25May’91,Innocents Abroad,Progs804-07,10-31Oct’92 and Judgement Day).Art:Steve Dillon
- Pan-Andean Conurb-When Judge Dredd visits this area of former Peru and Bolivia,he finds the local Law enforcement lazy and incompetent(see Sugar Beat,Progs873-88,4Feb-11Mar’93).Art:Ron Smith
- Texas-City-The closest neighbour to MC-1 but not always seeing eye to eye,having fought for independence from the other two North American Mega-Cities.They wear stetsons to emphasise their difference(see Judge Child,Missionary Man).Art:Yan Shimony
- Vatican-City-Much larger than it’s present State but no less full of intrigue.Dredd has fallen afoul of their Judge-Inquisitor force and had several run-ins with one of their freelance operatives,Devlin Waugh(see Crusade,Progs928-37,24Feb-28Apr’95,Swimming In Blood,Red Tide).Art:Mick Austin
Happy St.George’s Day To All In England!
“Saint” Joseph of Dredd supplies a fitting tribute on this cover(Prog1671 ,10Feb’10)by veteran UK artist,Cliff Robinson
Preparing to head to Chicago for @c2e2!
Classic Moments Of Thrill-Power™:The Death Of Chief-Judge MacGruder.
The alarmingly unhinged behaviour of former Chief-Judge Hilda Margaret MacGruder has seen her pushed from the halls of power in Mega-City One and is living out her days in an euthanasia centre,awaiting death.
Judge Dredd decides this once great leader deserves better,and in an increasingly frequent display of humanity,takes the confused but still sprightly MacGruder on one last,dangerous mission to the Cursed Earth to clear a nest of cannibals.
As Dredd suspected,MacGruder doesn’t make it but offers his former Chief-Judge a dignified end,and in a moment of clarity she thanks him before dying.
MacGruder,of course was a cypher for former British Prime Minister,Margaret Hilda Thatcher,both being the first female to hold her position and also developing senility in older age,the similarities are stark-even their names are the same,almost!
So,with the Iron Lady passing away this week,although not a huge fan,having lived through those depressing times,it feels appropriate to post this tribute to a former world-leader,whose glory days were long behind them.
Top:Explosive cover art(Prog1009,17Sep’96)from Mark Harrison.
Halo Jones - one of the best female comic book characters ever
Here we have another Dredd page. Here you can see that these backgrounds were never meant to be colored. At all.
“I’m not saying that Dredd’s gone soft… Just that this wasn’t what I’d been led to expect from him.”
2000 AD #1816
That is one mean-ass Dredd…
I’ve seen the completed artwork for the strip, Jurassic Farce, and I can honestly say it is mind-meltingly brilliant. Stewart - or Bubba Zebill as he’s being billed - just pulled out all the stops to create something beautifully intense and outright fun. It’s been an absolute blast working with him on it, and I hope it’s the first collaboration of many.
Not sure which issue of Zarjaz will host our sojourn around Mega City 1, but I suspect it’ll be out before the end of 2013. However, Stewart (or Bubba) will be returning to the mean streets of The Big Meg as the illustrator for Tin Man’s second Dredd gamebook, Judge Dredd: The Dark! And having seen his work on this Zarjaz strip, I can tell you that you’re in for a real treat with the new gamebook…
In the meantime, a whole bunch of back issues of Zarjaz - and Dogbreath - are still available from the FutureQuake Shop and their Comicsy Shop. So, if you want some supplementary Thrill Power, those are the places to find it.