How Chris Weston created his cover for this week’s 2000AD

2000AD Prog 2089 Cover

Artist Chris Weston created the cover for this week’s 2000AD, on sale now in all good newsagents and comic shops, and he kindly gave downthetubes permission to share his Work in Progress work that led to the final cover.

Featured here are his first rough to colour rough; then the black and white original art and finally, the finished cover.

2000AD Prog 2089 Cover - Chris Weston Pencil Rough2000AD Prog 2089 Cover - Chris Weston Colour Rough2000AD Prog 2089 Cover - Chris Weston Inks

2000AD Prog 2089 Cover - Chris Weston Colour

Chris got his start working with “The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire” creator, Don Lawrence, which led to a tenure on 2000AD‘s “Judge Dredd”.

First garnering attention in America, working with Mark Millar on Swamp Thing, he went on to work for various US publishers on The Invisibles, Starman, Justice Society of America, Lucifer and The Authority.

He gained a higher profile working on Grant Morrison’s The Filth, but is mainly known for his sterling retro-classic work on The Twelve, a celebrated 12 issue limited series that re-imagined Timely (Golden Age Marvel) characters in a Watchmen vein, before going on to work for Star Wars.

He recently provided variant covers for Titan Comics Dan Dare series, and also works in the film industry.

• Follow Chris Weston on Twitter @westonfront

2000AD and Judge Dredd copyright Rebellion Publishing Ltd

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as an editor, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years. His credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel UK and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines. He also edited STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics, including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare” for Tian Books. 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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