Video Nasties - Redux

One piece of advice I picked up from Kieron Gillen is that actually having a script turned into a comic by an artist is a valuable step in showing you - as a writer - what actually works and what doesn't. It's rare, though, to get a single script drawn by two entirely separate artists and see how its interpreted in two different ways, but that's what happened with an old Judge Dredd script I wrote for Zarjaz, Video Nasties.

The script was originally commissioned for the print edition of Zarjaz, with John Hutcheson providing the art. However it was also passed along to Alex Mines as a "try-out" - and his version has been serialised across the Zarjaz blog all this week.

For me, personally, it's been fascinating doing a comparison between the two versions and the original script, and I've learned a hell of a lot from the exercise.


The two images above are the same panel (page 2, panel 4, to be exact). While it's really unfair to compare the two panels out of the context of the rest of the page - and the strip as a whole, of course - they do provide a quick (and spoiler free) example of how the two artists approached the scene. On the left, we have John's more dramatic, exaggerated version, while on the right, is Alex's more restrained take.

It's also unfair to pick a favourite version, but both are now available to read, so you can make your own mind up; John's version is currently appearing in the latest issue of Zarjaz, and Alex's has now been posted in full over at the Zarjaz Blog. Lettering for both versions is provided by Bolt-01.

Zarjaz #24 - along with a whole host of back issues is available to buy now from the FutureQuake Shop, priced £3.00 (Earth Money), plus shipping.

Sneaky Peeks...

So, coming to the pages of Zarjaz and Dogbreath in 2016 are two brand new stories, written by little ol' me - and my collaborators have been posting some sneaky previews.

From Jim Lavery comes this rather tasty looking WIP image from our strip Judge Dredd: The Boys Next Door:


David Brougton has posted this wee peek at our story for Dogbreath, Strontium Dog: No Choice At All:


Both comics will be hitting the FutureQuake Web Shop in 2016, but in the meantime, lots of back issues are still available to buy right now!

FutureQuake #27 & Zarjaz #24 - Out Now!

So, the latest issues of FutureQuake and Zarjaz are out now, featuring stories written by yours truly.

First up, FutureQuake #27 features End Of The Road, with The Mighty Jim Lavery handling art duties and Editor Extraordinaire Bolt-01 on lettering.


In a bizarre post apocalyptic world, Ward and his daughter, Chris, are about to reach the end of their long journey...

This is, I think, one of those classic examples of a story not going where you think it's going to go...

I had a loose collection of ideas for End Of The Road, from the tone to the pacing and the general direction of it, but when it came time to sit down and script it, I realised most of those ideas never actually made it in. Still, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

One thing I wanted to do, though, was to try and create a genuinely different post apocalyptic world with this, something away from the usual desert-wasteland-Mad-Max thing that's so prevalent in those types of stories. I wanted to try and create a world with some texture and history that lived and breathed on the page - and thankfully, Jim Lavery was on hand to do just that.

This is latest in what's becoming a pretty extensive list of collaborations between Jim and me, and it's pretty great watching him improve and hone his craft from strip to strip. He brings so much to the table, and being able to let him loose on some weird and wonderful Sci-Fi stories is an absolute pleasure. He is, I think, going to be a name to watch out for in the very near future...

In the meantime, you can follow Jim on Twitter @JimLavery1.

Update: John Freeman of Down The Tubes fame has the first review of FutureQuake #27, and he has some very kind - if slightly spoilery - words about End Of The Road - read his review here.

Anyway, FutureQuake 27 is available now from the FutureQuake Shop, priced £4.00 (+ shipping), and features this cover from Andrew Hartmann:


Also out now is Zarjaz #24, featuring a Dredd tale, Video Nasties, from me, John Hutcheson and Bolt-01.


When a movie from Sino-Cit is outlawed in Mega City 1, copies of it begin to flood the black market. However, when people who watch it start dying under mysterious circumstances, Judge Dredd steps in to investigate...

Well, it's fair to say that this has been a long time coming...

It's pretty difficult to remember much about what went into the scripting of this one, other than I had a desire to do an old school Dredd tale, in both terms of style and tone, something that would be at home during the early-to-mid 80's period of Dredd (which I was reading a lot of at the time); John Hutcheson brings a definite John Ridgway vibe to the story with his art, which really helps sell that idea. His classic style brings a unique feel to the story, and it really does look as if it would be perfectly at home in 2000AD proper.

The original script for Video Nasties was also passed along to Alex Mines as a tryout, and his version of the story will be posted over on The Quaequam Blog soon. It's an interesting - and rare! - opportunity to see how two different artists interpret a script, and it's a great way to see what works and what doesn't in terms of the actual nuts and bolts of the scripting process. My hat's off to both John and Alex for their work on this.

Zarjaz #24 is available to buy now from the FutureQuake Shop, priced £3.00 (plus shipping), and sports this rather bright Dredd cover from art droid Mike Collins:



A whole bunch of back issues are available from the FQ shop, too, if you think you can handle the extra Thrill Power!

Zarjaz Presents... Rogue Trooper: Infested Episode 12

And with that, our strip is complete!

Thanks to Zarjaz for letting us do this under their banner, thanks to 2000AD's PR Droid for giving us a shout out in the weekly Thrill Mail and, of course, thanks to you for reading!

Remember, you can read the entire serial here, and all the previous Zarjaz Dailies, are available here. And, of course, several issues of Zarjaz and the Strontium Dog fanzine, Dogbreath, are available to buy now from the FutureQuake Shop - including the latest issues!

For those wondering, the Mega-City Lawman will return later this year...


Zarjaz Presents... Rogue Trooper: Infested Episode 11

Concludes tomorrow! Catch up on all the previous episodes here.

And remember: several issues of Zarjaz are currently available to buy from The FutureQuake Web Shop!

Zarjaz Presents... Rogue Trooper: Infested Episode 10

Continues tomorrow! Catch up on all the previous episodes here.

And remember: several issues of Zarjaz are currently available to buy from The FutureQuake Web Shop!

Zarjaz Presents... Rogue Trooper: Infested Episode 9

Continues tomorrow! Catch up on all the previous episodes here.

And remember: several issues of Zarjaz are currently available to buy from The FutureQuake Web Shop!

Zarjaz Presents... Rogue Trooper: Infested Episode 8

Continues tomorrow! Catch up on all the previous episodes here.

And remember: several issues of Zarjaz are currently available to buy from The FutureQuake Web Shop!

Zarjaz Presents... Rogue Trooper: Infested Episode 7

Continues tomorrow! Catch up on all the previous episodes here.

And remember: several issues of Zarjaz are currently available to buy from The FutureQuake Web Shop!

Zarjaz Presents... Rogue Trooper: Infested Episode 6

Continues tomorrow! Catch up on all the previous episodes here.

And remember: several issues of Zarjaz are currently available to buy from The FutureQuake Web Shop!