Nemesis the Warlock film images uncovered

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Brighton-based 2000AD comic creator  Tony Luke – creator of a slew of amazing strips for a huge range of companies – has been digging into his archives and has started turning up some interesting stuff… including these images of a 12-minute stop-motion pilot for  “Nemesis the Warlock” made in 1987.

Tony reveals the show, based on the characters created by Pat Mills and Kevin O’Neill for 2000AD,  almost went to series. What an intriguing “Might have Been” for the day!

The models featured – Nemesis, R0-Jaws, Torquemada, Satanus and the Blitzspear – have long gone, Tony, who made stop motion films from a young age, tells us.

“They’re all long-disintegrated, I’m afraid… We couldn’t secure the finance for a full series so everything was left to rot.”

Shame! But, if anyone wants to offer Tony the money to pay for a transfer of the film then drop us a line and we’ll pass on a message!

Here’s Tony Robinson (Baldrick from Black Adder) in a clip that includes an extract of the stop-motion Nemesis The Warlock 16mm short, broadcast in 1988.

Update, 25th July 2017: Although Tony Luke found the full 16mm film for this project in 2015, and was very keen for it to get transferred to a format that would make this available to a modern audience, his illness took up all his energy and he passed away before his conversations with Rebellion about reviving this tale could reach completion. You can read his obituary here on downthetubes. Much missed.

Nemesis the Warlock © Rebellion Publishing

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

4 thoughts on “Nemesis the Warlock film images uncovered

  • April 11, 2014 at 4:30 pm
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    16mm or 35mm film? Negative stock or final print with a magnetic or optical soundtrack or just a spliced rough print with separate magstock soundtrack? Whatever, it wouldn’t be that expensive to make an HD telecine here in the UK.

  • April 12, 2014 at 7:56 am
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    I’d be surprised if this couldn’t be crowd funded pretty easily…those still shots look great.

  • April 12, 2014 at 7:03 pm
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    If this isn’t what Kickstarter was made for, I don’t know what is!!

  • May 4, 2014 at 11:13 am
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    You know that you want to and you know that we all want you to no matter how far gone! Shame it never made it to series production!

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