Rob WIlliams, Smudge, D’Israeli and Rufus Dayglo
One of my favourite characters in 2000AD is Dirty Frank. He’s an undercover judge with some serious mental health issues and an absolute bloody hoot. I fell in love with D’Israeli’s artwork a couple of years ago and really cannot get enough of it. It is jarring and somewhat unconventional and a real pleasure to behold. I love the black and white stuff and the writing in ‘Living the Low Life’ is as funny as hell. Well worth picking up.
D’Israeli actually did a drawing for me when I met him at a con a few years ago and I have been meaning to get it turned into a tattoo for a while now. Really must get that done. I should try find it…
Bryan Talbot’s quite wonderful graphic novel exploring the links between Lewis Carroll and the Sunderland area.
D’Israeli and Ian Edginton
I am a big fan of black and white comics and artwork. Now I know they may feel a little old school and on the surface may not quite pack the punch of one of your full colour efforts but I think there is an intensity about them then I feel rather appealing.
Today I am sharing ‘Stickleback’ with you. This is what Wikipedia has to say about it.
Stickleback is the eponymous title character of a steampunk comic series created by Ian Edginton and D’Israeli appearing in UK comics anthology 2000 AD. Described by his author as a “bad guy,” Stickleback is cast initially as a Moriarty-type figure, “The Pope of Crime[, who] secretly presides over the criminal fraternity of a fantastical, grotesque, Gormenghast-style old London town
Written by Ian Edginton and drawn by D’Israeli I find it compelling stuff and was lucky enough to meet both of them at a con a few years ago. Ian was so gracious with his time and willingness to discuss his work and the process whilst I had a hoot picking D’Israeli’s brain trying to understand why it was that I enjoyed black and white art so much as I don’t really get art particularly. I can’t express an appreciation for it but I do so love it. There is something about the main character, shown in the photos, that really creeps me out and I love that.
They both signed my copy of the ‘Number of the beast’ collection and I have another collection somewhere else but cannot seem to find it.
D’Israeli even drew a picture of ‘Dirty Frank’ for me which I will dig out which I intend to turn into my next tattoo. Thoroughly fabulous chaps indeed.