Carlos Ezquerra Passes Away

I was all ready to post a note of how disappointing Heroes in Crisis #1 was, when instead I came across some really sad news: Carlos Ezquerra, co-creator of Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog amongst others, has passed away, aged 70.

He was long one of my favourite artists; as a kid reading 2000AD, there were a handful of artists whose work I could identify just by looking at a single panel – Ezquerra, Dave Gibbons and Ian Gibson spring to mind – and he was always top of my list.

Regular readers may remember my mate Spike bumping into Ezquerra and other 2000AD luminaries last year, and thanks to Spike, I’m lucky to have a signed, original sketch by Ezquerra which is framed and on my wall. While I haven’t read 2000AD regularly for years, I still pick up the collections of Strontium Dog stories, most of which have been illustrated by Ezquerra; they’re definitely not going to be the same again.

I’ve seen the image below being used on a couple of news articles about his death – two of his biggest and best creations together, which kinda fits.

RIP Carlos.

Never Rub Another Man’s Rhubarb

There I was yesterday, catching up on the blogs I follow, when I saw this post over at Dale’s blog. Long time readers might recognise Dale as being the most prolific commenter here, and also supplied the script for Boy Wonders Part 2. He has a good thing going with skits using action figures but the latest one I linked to . . . * sigh * . . . he’s using a Lego character, and I had to respond . . .

Power Girl’s right – Hal is an idiot.

Hope you like it, Dale!

Who Indeed?

Remember a couple of weeks ago when I mentioned my mate Spike getting Carlos Ezquerra to do a sketch of Johnny Alpha for me? That popped into my head a couple of days ago when I was looking through some old 2000AD collections and found this in Judgement Day:

Not Garth Ennis’s best work, but at least we got a Johnny Alpha / Judge Dredd team up out of it.

A Strontium Dog In London

Last weekend, I had a phone call from my mate Spike. He was in London on a training course with work and his employer had put him up in a hotel.

It just happened to be the same hotel that 2000AD were using to host their 40th anniversary bash on the same weekend and, as none of his coworkers were particularly interested, he had to share the news with someone, hence the phone call to me.

Later in the evening, he mailed me this picture:


That’s Gordon Rennie, Dave Gibbons in the middle and while I sort of recognised the guy on the right, I had to get Spike to confirm who it was. When he told me it was Carlos Ezquerra, whose artwork I adore, I had to ask Spike a favour – if he had the chance, and if Ezquerra was up for it, to get a sketch of Johnny Alpha for me. If Ezquerra was charging, I’d pay anything.

Long story short, Spike hung out with various artists and writers over the weekend (when he wasn’t on his training course) but didn’t see Ezquerra again. Having finished his course on the Sunday, Spike returned to the hotel, left his bags at reception and did one final sweep of the meeting rooms but pretty much everyone had gone.

He headed back to reception to get his bags . . . only to find Ezquerra waiting for a taxi. Being the absolute diamond he is, Spike asked him if he’d do a sketch for me. I can only guess Ezquerra is just so used to drawing Judge Dredd that he grabbed some hotel stationery and started this:



before Spike stopped him and said “Actually, Gary’s a big fan of Johnny Alpha.”

Taking another page, Ezquerra started again and, just a few minutes later, Spike had the following which he later mailed to me and is currently sitting on my desk:


How cool is that?!

Huge thanks to Carlos Ezquerra for doing that, and even bigger thanks to Spike for getting it for me. I owe you some serious beer, my friend.