The new release is inspired by a classic “Judge Dredd” story, and has been lovingly produced by Vice Press co-founder Matt Ferguson and features 2000AD‘s lawman of the future.
“Block War” by Matt Ferguson – which I think you’ll agree, looks stunning in both variants – will debut at the Vice Press booth at the Manchester Film and Comic Con this coming weekend, 21st – 22nd May 2016.
It will be released online at 6.00pm BST on Wednesday the 25th May exclusively at www.Vice-Press.com.
“One of my favourite old school Judge Dredd stories has always been ‘Block Mania’,” says Matt.
“It’s a story that really shows the day to day workings of a street level Judge and that was my jumping off point for this print.
“I wanted something graphic and exciting so I limited myself to just two colours and went from there,” he continues. “It’s always cool to see Dredd on his Lawmaster and I thought why not have him jumping off an overpass to get down to some rioting citizens, as soon as I thought of that element the rest of the print fell in to place pretty quickly.”
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.