2000AD Britain – It’s Really Happening

Gleneagles 2005 - Clown Army by SMSResponding to an appeal for comic images of Britain inspired in part by news of the establishment of a Ministry of Justice, straight from the pages of 2000AD, the ever brilliant SMS sent me this image, hot on the heels of Nick Miller’s ‘Judge John Reid’ below.

“It was done under the influence of being at Gleneagles in ’05 when the Chinook’s landed in the cornfield to debouch the hordes of riot cops who swarmed down to attack the (Totally Amazing) ‘Clown Army‘, and thinking ‘Fuck me! This is sheer Judge Dredd!’,” says SMS. “I felt that, compared to this, ‘SF images’ were empty, mundane and silly, so had to paint it.”


• More about the Clown Army (as well as their web site link, above), can be found on Wikipedia

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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