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.
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
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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.