Monday, 8 December 2008
Saturday, 22 November 2008
Dan Abnett and Richard Elson have created something remarkable in this strip.
I can’t think of another strip and character that has arrived in the prog in the fully formed way Gene the Hackman did and immediately find a place in the hearts of the readership since the debut of Nicolai Dante all those years ago.
In his introduction to this collection, Abnett is rather self-effacing when describing how the strip came about.
“I have no memory of the spark. All I can recall is that one minute I had nothing and the next- pop!- there was Kingdom...”
is how he recounts. Me, I’d like to think a bit more work than that went into it! Because if not, then it’s really not fair that a concept as damned near perfect as this one just popped into his head!
And what of the stories then?
They are, for my money, pretty much the best things Abnett has written for 2000AD so far- and I’m a Sin/Dex fan. There is a lot to love in the writing. The apparent ease with which he drives the narrative forward, the slow unfolding of the secrets in both tales and the gorgeous language of the Pack (“Your mouth is full of wrong”) are all pitch perfect.
All these though, would be nothing if the leading man weren’t up to snuff. But fear not- we’ve got Gene the Hackman. Who’d have thought that a genetically altered giant dog killing machine could be so likeable?
Gene really is one of those characters. Like Dredd, Alpha or Nemesis- he’s one of those guys you could see in no other place than the pages of 2000AD.
So, how have we got this far in the review without mentioning the art?
Richard Elson, eh? He’s a bit good. Now, I may be a little bit biased here, because when I lift my head from this keyboard, the original art for the cover of this book is hanging on the wall in front of me- but it wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t good. Well, actually, it isn’t good- it is great. In this strip, I think, Elson has finally found something that absolutely gels with his art style.
There’s also a lovely bonus section at the back with some of Elson’s character designs and page layouts- more of this sort of thing, please!
The colours too (by an uncredited Steve Roberts in Book 1) are just wonderful.
We here at Zarjaz bloody love Kingdom and cannot recommend this collection enough.
Thanks to 2000adreview and LewStringer for the links to the images.
Tuesday, 18 November 2008
Friday, 14 November 2008
Friday, 17 October 2008
One of the new things we've arranged for in Dogbreath is to get Butch reviewing books. Some of you may well be aware of Butch only as the barman of the Kennel, the doghouse bar, but Butch is also a talented writer in his own right, as you will soon see from his reviews.
Thanks to NIGEL DOBBYN for the wonderful pin-up of Johnny & co.
Monday, 6 October 2008
Friday, 3 October 2008
Wednesday, 1 October 2008
This issue sees the second episode of Alec Robertson & Bruce McLarens 'Shadow of the Mutant'. Originally this was to feature both the second and third chapters of the tale- which was why I wanted it for the cover, but unfortunately that wasn't to be. However- this episode really opens the tale up and sets the tone for the explosive finale next issue.
You might think we'd have learned from last issue wouldn't you? 'Sun & Moon: Hunters of Bounty' are back, and this time they aren't on their own when they tackle King Everywhere by the Emperor and James Feist.
Monday, 29 September 2008
Friday, 26 September 2008
Thursday, 25 September 2008
Wednesday, 24 September 2008
In the opening strip for this issue, Johnny Alpha is on the trail of a most unusual pair- even for him. With an opening page by PJ Holden, the strip is brought to you by Eric Moore and Lyndon Webb.
In 'Another Silly Love song' by Kevin McHugh and Steven Beckett, we get to hear an unlikely story of when Durham Red first appeared.
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
Dogbreath 19 featuring a cover by Dogbreath favourite Bruce McLaren.
Do you really need me to tell you that this cover is by the mighty Richard Elson? You better not...
More previews to follow over the next few days.
Friday, 19 September 2008
Friday, 12 September 2008
Monday, 8 September 2008
Friday, 5 September 2008
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
Just as issue 19 is beginning to take shape, Dogbreath 15 (our first issue) has sold out. After a heated discussion it has been decided that we will not be printng anymore, so if you needed this issue to complete your collection- too late! Thanks too all who contributed, and also to those who bought copies.
Thursday, 14 August 2008
"Amanda Kear, known as Dr Bob has been producing DogBreath for years. This A4 fanzine about the 2000AD character Johnny Alpha of Strontium Dog notoriety was mostly made up of articles, interviews, reviews, discussions and fan fiction. It was some body of work and each issue was just brimful of reading. Then it changed. Dr. Bob had done a lot and after fourteen issues it was time for a change. The guys at Futurequake, a UK Comic got involved and Dog Breath has had a serious makeover. Now in A5 format with colour covers and a healthy helping of Comic fan Fiction, its developed into a new beast. I picked up the latest few issues, which still have stories, articles and interviews, but the quality of comics is also quite impressive. One would think it's quite a specific market, but DogBreath has quite a following and for fans of 2000 AD, it's well worth a look."
"Zarjaz is a 2000AD comic fanzine. They are quite proud of their pedigree and have permission from Rebellion to produce stories based on 2000AD characters and do so with much skill and style. Issue five is just out and it's got a superb V.C.'s wrap-around cover. Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper, The V.C.'s and Strontium Dog all get an outing in this action packed 'zine. I especially liked the Rogue Trooper Story, gritty like they should be while the Judge Dredd story was quite fun in a ludicrous way. This is the benefit of the 'zine, they have room to manoeuvre and are not restricted as a professional comic might be."
Nice reviews, and hopefully they will like the next issues as well.
Thursday, 17 July 2008
He's very kindly sent through these images that may well appear at some point in the issue.
Wednesday, 16 July 2008
These are the top five entries in MCN's Yamaha Livery Design competition, handpicked from hundreds by our judging panel which included Troy Corser and Noriyuki Haga.
Now it is down to you to choose the overall winner of the competition. The winner will have their design painted on both Corser's and Haga's Yamaha R1 race bikes for the Donington Park WSB round on September 5-9.
One of these five finalists is Jim Grey, a Zarjaz contributor! Good luck James!
Monday, 23 June 2008
Thursday, 12 June 2008
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Thursday, 29 May 2008
A panel from IN THE ZONE by Sprout and Bolt-01.
A rare venture into ZARJAZ for Johhny Alpha in the second part of WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY by Dan Whiston and Bryan Coyle
And an action panel from THE V.C.'s by Richmond clements and Bolt-01
Tuesday, 27 May 2008
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Can I state for the record that not for one minute did I ever think that a comic I drew for would be available in a 'proper' comic shop. Well done to all involved with the titles, and here's hoping that they come back and ask for more!