IO9.com have exclusively revealed our next screen print release in our ongoing 2000 AD line, and in terms of Judge Dredd artists, it doesn't get much bigger!
Vice Press were extremely honoured to work with Judge Dredd co-creator Carlos Ezquerra to create this stunning, newly commissioned Judge Dredd screen print featuring Dredd battling in the Apocalypse War.
This is the first time Carlos Ezquerra has released work as a screen print and to say we are excited is a true understatement!
About Carlos Ezquerra:
Born in Zaragoza, Spain, Carlos Ezquerra started his career in comics drawing romantic and adventure strips for Scottish publishers D. C. Thomson.
In 1974 his talent was recognised by London publisher IPC, who induced him to desert to the enemy to work on a new war comic, Battle Picture Weekly, where he designed and drew hard-hitting strips like Rat Pack, Major Eazy and El Mestizo.
Carlos then moved on to the future - to a new comic called 2000AD, for which he and writer John Wagner created the multi-award-winning Judge Dredd.
Another Wagner-Ezquerra creation, the perennially popular Strontium Dog, soon joined Dredd on the 2000AD roster. Others followed, including Fiends of the Eastern Front, Al’s Baby, and adaptations of Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat novels.
Ezquerra has also collaborated numerous times with writer Garth Ennis. His credits include Bloody Mary, Adventures in the Rifle Brigade and two Preacher specials (The Good Old Boys and The Saint of Killers miniseries) for DC Comics, as well as Just a Pilgrim for Black Bull Entertainment and War Stories for Dynamite
He is currently drawing Strontium Dog and about to start a new War Stories series with Garth Ennis.
In July 2015 at San Diego Comic Con International, Carlos was awarded the “Inkpot Award for Achievement in Comics Arts”
When John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra created Judge Dredd, they created a character whose costume and look embodied everything that he stood for. An iconic character easily recognisible from silhouette alone,” said Vice in a press release. “Carlos Ezquerra is simply one of the greatest comic book artists in history and we grew up loving the characters that he created and drew. To work with Carlos Ezquerra was a dream come true. It was an honor and privilege to work with such a legend of the industry and we are extremely pleased with this piece.
2000AD, Judge Dredd; Rebellion A/S; ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Vice Press, under license from Rebellion, are extremely proud to announce the first of our ongoing 2000 AD screen-printed series of art; "Urban Sprawl" by Raid 71, featuring Mega City Lawman, Judge Dredd!
For this release we chose to work with British artist Chris Thornley, aka Raid 71 as we have long been fans of Raid’s work. We are extremely pleased with the thought and care he has put into this truly unique Judge Dredd screen print. Raid has also captured a number of clever Easter Eggs, which are hidden throughout the art.
"Urban Sprawl" by Raid 71 will be available on Thursday the 2nd of July at 6pm BST in our store in a regular edition of 100 priced at £30 and a variant edition of 50 priced at £40. Each print is 18"x24", is numbered and will come with a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.
"Urban Sprawl" Regular
"Urban Sprawl" Variant
Below are the full details of the release:
Artist: Raid 71
Title: "Urban Sprawl"
Size: 18 inches x 24 inches
Regular: Edition of 100, £30, 5 colours, 100# Pop-Tone Banana Split Paper
Variant: Edition of 50, £40, 5 colours (including metallic), 100# Construction Grout Grey Paper
"Urban Sprawl" will be available on Thursday the 2nd of July at 6pm BST at www.Vice-Press.com. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get the jump on the drop.