Budding artists should prepare to head into the dystopian futurescape of Mega-City One, the home of Judge Dredd, with the first part of 2000AD’s 40th anniversary celebrations.
Hosted by acclaimed multimedia artist, festival curator, and subculture denizen Jason Atomic, citizens will have the chance to draw life-models Manko and Carla, who will be styled to resemble the denizens of the post-apocalyptic wasteland of the Cursed Earth and futuropolis Mega-City One.
The three-hour drawing session will feature Manko and Carla in a series of dynamic poses ranging from ten to 30 minutes in length. Drawing boards and some basic materials will be provided but it is recommended artists bring their favourite tools.
This is just the first of several satellite events taking place around 2000AD’s 40th birthday in February, which include the sell-out 40 Years of Thrill-power Festival taking place on 11th February in London to mark four decades of British comics’ greatest export.
As well as the one-day convention in Hammersmith with more than one hundered creator guests from the past 40 years, 2000AD is also organising a series of events around London and across the country to celebrate this landmark.
Art Model Collective is a model-run group who organise exciting themed multi-model life drawing sessions and practice ethical profit share ethos for models.
“We’ve never done a 2000 AD-inspired ‘life drawing’ session before,” a 2000AD spokesperson told downthetubes, “and Muties & Perps promises to be a unique event to kick off our birthday celebrations.
“Having brought the comics industry so many of its top artistic talents it seemed the ideal way to mark this important occasion for 2000AD and we’re very pleased to be working with AMC.”
• Open to amateur and professional artists alike, the Muties & Perps session will take place on Sunday 5th February 2017 from 2.00 – 5.00pm at the Resistance Gallery, 265 Poyser Street, London E2 9RF. Tickets – price £15 – are available from eventbrite
The Resistance Gallery is situated opposite Museum Of Childhood (Bethnal Green station, just a few minutes walk). Poyser Street is a small alleyway just past the petrol station, in one of the railway arches, blue door marked 265
• 2000AD is online at http://2000adonline.com
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. 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 “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.