2000AD. The most zarjazz weekly comic in the solar system. Home to such greats as Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog, Durham Red, Rogue Trooper and many, many more. Jumping point for some of the most notable British comics creators. It’s rare to see any collected exhibitions of artwork outside of the big conventions, so I was incredibly lucky to see a collection of art and assorted creations featuring 2000AD’s toughest judge in Scunthorpe today.
Held at the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in Scunthorpe, the Judge Dredd exhibition features an impressively expansive gallery of original artwork taken from the pages of 2000AD and Judge Dredd the Megazine from Dredd’s inception in the 1970s and right up to the modern day. The has been primarily sourced from collectors and artists themselves, and boasts impressive works from the likes of Carlos Ezquerra, Brian Bolland, Ron Smith and Chris Weston, as well as many other creators. Split into two section, part one features artwork from creators, whilst part two features work from established fans who are illustrators, photographers, painters, film-makers and prop-sculptors who have grown up with the character and made it theirs. There is also a prop costume from the incredible fan-made short film Judge Minty (The full film is on YouTube, and more information about the film can be found on the official site) and a series of props that made by Planet Replica. The exhibition will be at 20-21 Creative Arts Centre from 12th October until 7thDecember 2013.
My Dad and I, both huge 2000AD fans, went to this event today and had an amazing time. While we missed the introductory event a few days ago, the exhibition was great fun to look around. 20-21 Visual Arts centre was a great, albeit unexpected place to hold the event (I would expect something like this to invade a gallery in London, not Scunthorpe!) the venue was certainly ample for it. The exhibition took up two corridors in the converted church, and showcased beautifully framed pieces on either wall, and was easy to navigate.
The selection of work was absolutely staggering, and my Dad and I had to take multiple looks to admire everything! I loved being able to see Brian Bolland’s artwork up close, and see some original artwork straight from 2000AD. The pin-ups and covers were great as well, and they combined some amazing styles and art. The second half of the exhibition which contained fan-made work was just as fun to admire! The props from Planet Replica were absolutely spectacular and looked absolutely spot-on. The Judge Minty film trailer provided an explosive back-up soundtrack while we were viewing, and despite being a low-budget, fan-made film it looked incredible, and gave a great taster for what was coming.
My Dad and I had an absolutely great time, and I was able to get some fantastic pictures of the exhibitions on show. My complete album is on Facebook, and can be viewed here. In the meantime, here are a few of my favourites!