New 2000AD features debut of artist Steven Austin in Galaxy’s Greatest Comic

2000AD Prog 1982

This week’s 2000AD – Prog 1982 , available from all good newsagents, comic shops, and on various digital platforms! – sees the debut of artist Steven Austin in the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic, providing art for a “Time Twister” tale -“The Timeless Assassin” – written by Rory McConville.

2000AD Prog 1982: "The Timeless Assassin" Page 1
The opening page of “The Timeless Assassin” published in 2000AD Prog 1982. © 2000AD/Rebellion

His arrival in the long-running SF comic is much deserved, and comes after editor Tharg spotted his work in the 2000AD-inspired comic Zarjaz – proof, if any were needed, of getting your work “out there” in print (or digitally) to grab attention.

“I submitted art to 2000AD on, I think, five occasions over the past four years,” Steven tells us.

Originally from London, Steven Austin is now a Cambridge-based freelance illustrator and storyboard artist with a particular passion for fantasy, horror and comic art. An extremely versatile artist, he’s been commissioned for a variety of projects for a number of high profile clients such as Playstation, Nissan, Karrimor and Toyota, to name but a few.

His persistence, obvious talent and patience trying to break into 2000AD comes after he received regular feedback on art he pitched at Tharg (and waited anywhere between three to ten months to get it, just to give you an idea of how busy the editorial team on 2000AD are, and offered useful advice on where he needed to make improvements).

A page from ‘Cal’s Arena’, Steve's "Judge Dredd" story written by Mike Lynch for the 2000AD fanzine Zarjaz, published in 2014.
A page from ‘Cal’s Arena’, Steve’s “Judge Dredd” story written by Mike Lynch for the 2000AD fanzine Zarjaz, published in 2014.

“As a means of practicing and honing my skills I continued to work on various small press strips for The Psychedelic Journal of Time Travel, Futurequake and Zarjaz. It was my Judge Dredd strip for Zarjaz, “Cal’s Arena”, written by Mike Lynch that caught Tharg’s eye and led to my first gig.

“I’m really pleased with how ‘The Timeless Assassin’ has turned out,” Steven says, whose other recent work includes storyboards for the independent film Rebel City. “I try to push myself out of my comfort zone in some way on every strip I do, whether this be through the use of perspective or angles, anything that will keep me on my toes and facilitate some kind of improvement. This has served me well and I think helped me progress in my art relatively quickly – looking back at the stuff I initially submitted I don’t think you’d recognise it as mine.”

A "Dark Judges" illustration by Steven Austin
A “Dark Judges” illustration by Steven Austin

Steven hasn’t been letting the grass grow under his feet while waiting for 2000AD‘s call, of course.

“I’m just trying to get out there and hope to pick up more gigs with 2000AD, but I’m also working on a strip with an American writer/editor at the moment,” he reveals, “for a graphic novel we’ll be pitching to US publishers.

“I can’t say too much yet but I’ll certainly keep everyone in the loop via Facebook and Twitter as things develop.!”

We look forward to hearing more – and we’re of course delighted to see Steven’s work in 2000AD this week. Go buy it, now!

Steve Austin at work on a new project
Steve Austin at work on a new project

•  If anyone is interested in checking out more of Steven’s work they can visit his website at www.stevenaustinart.com

• Find Steven on Facebook or follow him on Twitter @ausven1

• Check out 2000AD online at www.2000adonline.com

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.

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