It should come as no surprise to downthetubes readers that 2000AD artist Ian Richardson’s Kickstarter to raise funds for an art book has completely smashed its original target. But in case you missed it, there’s still time to back The Art of Ian Richardson (Volume One), right now.
Collecting over 130 pages of artwork, everything contained within this new A4, perfect bound book has never been seen in print, in any publication, ever before, a compilation of commissions, large and small, as well as personal warm-up pieces and colour pieces with the assistance of colourists.
Ian Richardson has been a professional comic book artist since 2001, with his first published work appearing in 2000AD on a “Sinister Dexter” story with Dan Abnett. Since then he has worked on an impressive plethora of titles, including Image Comics Noble Causes, Platinum’s Cowboys & Aliens, the Panini UK line of Captain America, The Falcon, Doctor Doom, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Luke Cage, and Modok – and, of course, he continues to work on “Judge Dredd” and similar titles for 2000AD to this day.
The project is the brainchild of Unlikely Heroes Studios, an independent comic book company with a team spread out all over America who create, print, and publish high-quality comics, and have run several successful crowdfunders.
This project is well worth a look, so check it out here!
• Find Ian at @ian_richardson_art on Instagram
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.