Deadline co-creator and legendary 2000AD contributor Brett Ewins has died

Brett Ewins and Jamie Hewlett  in the Deadline office in 1988. Photo © Steve Cook and used with his kind permission.

Brett Ewins and Jamie Hewlett  in the Deadline office in 1988. Photo © Steve Cook and used with his kind permission.


We are very sorry to learn of the death of artist Brett Ewins, a truly unique comic creator instrumental in helping create the legend that is 2000AD, along with many other achievements. He was just 59.

“Throughout his years of working for 2000AD, Brett was responsible for some truly unmissable art – from ‘Judge Dredd’ and ‘Anderson Psi Division’ to ‘Rogue Trooper’ and his incredible work on ‘Bad Company’ with Peter Milligan and Jim McCarthy,” noted the 2000AD editorial team in a statement via Facebook.

Bad Company © 2000AD/Rebellion

Bad Company © 2000AD/Rebellion


“He was also a hugely influential figure in British comics thanks to his founding of Deadline with Steve Dillon in 1988, something that changed the face of the industry forever.”

Along with many others, our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Brett’s family and friends at this sad time.

A longer tribute will follow in due course.

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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. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek 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.

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