Work on Rebellion’s upcoming Brian Bolland Apex Edition of Judge Dredd art is almost done, with only a few weeks to go before the book is sent to the printers… but there’s still time to contribute.
Due for release in February 2022, this Apex Edition will focus on the Judge Dredd work of one of 2000AD’s greatest creators. The deluxe, over-sized facsimile edition will feature new high-resolution scans of Bolland’s original art from 2000AD, showing his delicate inking brushwork in unprecedented detail.
As we previously reported, the project is being co-edited by Masters of British Comics author and artist David Roach and Rebellion graphic novels editor Oliver Pickles, and many pages of Bolland’s 2000AD work has already been located and scanned, brought together from private collections in the US, UK, France, and beyond. But more are very welcome.
“Do you have an amazing page of Judge Dredd artwork by Brian? If you’d like to see it included in the book, please do let me know!” David Roach asked on social media earlier today.
“And if you have a shy friend who hasn’t posted their collection online, please send them my way, there are still many pages I’ve not managed to track down yet.
“The book is looking absolutely incredible, I must say,” he enthuses. “Think of it as an art gallery in print devoted to one of the greatest British comic artists…I can’t wait to actually see it all in the flesh.”
David‘a appeal has already prompted one response, from Brian Bolland himself, who revealed he still owned some Dredd pages!
Brian Bolland: The Apex Edition follows Rebellion’s successful Zenith Apex Edition, which collected Steve Yeowell’s stunning artwork from his and Grant Morrison’s superhero series.
• If you have any of the following pages, please contact Rebellion on press@2000AD.com
Here are the art pages the team previously indicated they hoped to secure for the title, if you’ve already been in touch with Rebellion, then thank you.
2000 AD Prog 110 (‘Punks Rule’) pages 5, and 6
2000 AD Prog 120 (‘Forever Crimes’) pages 1, 2, and 5
2000 AD Prog 182 (‘Block War’) pages 3, and 5
2000 AD Prog 224 (‘Judge Death Lives’) pages 1, 2, 4, 5, 6
2000 AD Prog 225 pages 1, 2, 3
2000 AD Prog 226 pages 1, 2, 3, 6
2000 AD Prog 227 pages 1, 2 and 4
2000 AD Prog 228 pages 1, 2
2000 AD Prog 244 (‘Block Mania’) pages 1, 2, 4, 5, 6
All artwork will be securely returned after being carefully scanned and appropriate credit given in the collection.
The special slipcase edition will be available to pre-order from 12pm BST on Wednesday 4th August until 12pm BST on Friday 8th October. This edition – priced at £150 – is available exclusively from the 2000AD webshop and will not be reprinted.
The standard trade edition – priced at £65 – will be available to pre-order from the 2000AD webshop from Friday 8th October. Comic book stores will be able to order the standard trade edition through the October 2021 edition of Diamond Distribution’s Previews magazine
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.