Friday, 8 September 2017

THE V.C.'s RAID ON CALIBAN

Script: Matt Sharp. Art & Lettering: David Broughton.
Commissioned by Bolt 01 on: 17/03/16  Artwork Started: 22/08/16
Finished on: 10/09/16  Published on: 01/11/16























Above: I post my art about Star ship Troopers, Sgt Jupe, Dwarf & Smith in Hyper space!
The above sentence should be sung to  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFnM8jNfAew

Introduction:
Dave Evan's editor of the 2000AD fanzine Zarjaz contacted me on 16/03/16 with a script by Matt Sharp featuring one of my all time favourite 2000AD future war stories 'The V.C.'s. Originally commissioned by 2000AD editor Steve McManus and created by Gerry Finley-Day & Mike McMahon. As a big fan or the original series accepting the script was a no-brainer.

The Script:
DB: Here is a word from the prolific and very knowledgeable regarding all things 2000AD, script witer Matt Sharp.

BACKGROUND

MS: Whilst he was working on the artwork for ABC Warriors: The Final Battle (which appeared in the Zarjaz Summer Special 2016 – buy it today!) ace artist David Broughton mentioned that he’d always wanted to draw a script for the epic space opera story, The VCs, which appeared in 2000 AD from prog 140 – 175, way back in 1979, which involved ‘zero gravity combat and a space battle’.

I quickly formulated an idea of the crew of the VCs’ ship joining in with a commando raid on a Geek base somewhere near Uranus (the only planet in the Solar System that isn’t actually mentioned during the original run of the VCs), formulating an idea of Smith being thrilled to be ‘volunteered’ to join with a squad of ‘Rat Pack from Battle’ style misfits from an Earth colony on the moon of Miranda to take out a gravity generator station of one of Uranus’ moons, only to discover he’s only along to act as a rearguard and sentry. The commandoes would succeed in their mission, but none of them would get back alive, and the final scene would be Smith witnessing an epic battle scene between the Earth and Geek fleets as the VCs ship battles with a fighter group. I then set about coming up with a first draft, which was eight pages long.

However, David has also asked that I made the script ‘less complicated than the ABC Warriors one!’ which I admit had run away with me somewhat, so I thought it through again, deleting eleven speaking characters and two space fleets from the first draft. The script was now a more manageable four pages long, and can be read here http://www.futurequake.co.uk/submissions if you want to read a script rather than a comic, you weirdo.

Rereading the original progs, I found that there was quite a lot of background material featured that never made it into the story, such as the amazing looking Proto-geek that appears in Starlord’s Guide to the Galaxy, as well as a few things that are mentioned in the strip itself but are never actually used, such as the Land Torpedo. I decided to incorporate these into the script. While trying to determine what sound a Blitz Cannon made when it was fired, I realised for the first time that there were no sound effects in space in The VCs (apart from a few spaceship explosions) – which is a very nice touch, even though it took me decades to notice!

Rough Designs and Page Layouts.
As usual before starting the finished page artwork I read the script a couple of times and then go about creating rough page layouts and character designs.











































Above: On the second reading of the scripts I some times draw little thumbnail sketches next to the panel descriptions while the ideas are fresh in my head.











































Above: More thumbnail sketches.













































Above: Rough layout for page two scribbled on to Matt's Script page.













































Above: Thumbnail sketches for page four panel three & panel six.











































Above: Thumbnail sketches for various panels on page five.












































Above: Thumbnail sketches for various panels on pages five and six.












































Above: Thumbnail sketches for various panels on page six.











































Above: Rough page layout for page one.











































Above: Finished pencils for page one.












































Rough page layouts for page two.











































Above: Finished pencils for page two.












































 Above: Rough page layouts for page three.

 Above: Finished pencils for page three.












































Above: Rough page layout for page four.











































Above: Finished pencils for page four.











































Above: Finished page art for page four.























































Above: Rough page layout for page five.











































Above: Finished pencils for page five.












































Above: Rough page layouts for page six.











































Above: Finished pencils for page six.

Conclusion.
I had a great time drawing this script. Getting the chance to draw the classic V.C. troopers space suit and the Geeks really brought back happy memories of reading 2000AD in bed every Saturday morning nearly forty years ago.




Above: Advert art for The V.C.'s Raid on Caliban which was posted on the internet.

Where to buy:
The V.C.'s Raid on Caliban appears in Zarjaz #27 (see the cover pic below) which can be bought online via the Futurequake online shop here: http://www.futurequake.co.uk/zarjaz/zarjaz-27/


Below: Amazing cover art by Neil Roberts.
 





















Below: The V.C.'s collected edition cover by artist Cam Kennedy available to by as a digital comic from the 2000AD online shop here https://shop.2000ad.com/catalogue/graphic-novels/more-titles/GRN337

Thursday, 2 February 2017

DETECTIVE GALLO AND THE UNHOLY COMPANY LAUNCHING AT TRUE BELIEVERS COMIC CONVENTION ON 04/02/17.

Above: Cover for Detective Gallo and the Unholy Company.

Introduction.

Spain, 1949 - a nation in thrall to General Franco's fascist regime.
Where fear reigns, the agents of El Diablo – the very Devil himself
–slither forth. Who stands between us and these foul forces?
Is there a hero, noble and brave, who can keep the darkness at bay?


Well... no. Not anymore. So we'll just have to make do with a sarcastic,
middle-aged policeman instead.

Say hello to Gallo.

Written by Greg Meldrum. Artwork by David Broughton.
Launching & Available to buy from True Believers Comic Convention
http://oktruebelievers.com/
on 2nd February 2017 and-
soon after online from my shop at http://www.comicsy.co.uk/dbroughton/
 
 



Friday, 9 December 2016

STRONTIUM DOG. NO CHOICE AT ALL.

Script: Lee Robson. Art: David Broughton. Lettering: David Broughton.
Commissioned on: 20/03/15  Artwork Started: 19/11/15
Finished on: 22/12/15  Published on: July 2016.


Above: Johnny Alpha on the trail of an SD Agent gone bad.

Introduction:
Way back in July 2012 I had worked on a Judge Dredd story Entitled 'Big Jimping' written by Lee Robson for the 2000AD fanzine 'Zarjaz'. When Dave Evans the editor of 'Zarjaz and Dogbreath' sent

Friday, 18 November 2016

ABC WARRIORS. THE LAST BATTLE.


Script: Matt Sharp. Art: David Broughton. Lettering: Bolt 01.
Commissioned on: 24/02/15  Artwork Started: 19/11/15
Finished on: 22/12/15  Published on: July 2016.


Above: The Mek-Nificent Seven return to the 2000AD Fanzine 2016 Summer Special.

Introduction:
I've collaborated on various scripts for the 2000AD Fanzine Zarjaz with Matt Sharp. These include Comic Rock Silver Song, Strontium Dogs First Day and recently The V.C.'s Raid on Caliban. I had asked Matt if he would write me an ABC Warriors script and so when Dave Evans the editor of

Sunday, 4 September 2016

COMIC CONVENTION DATES 2016/2017.











































Two new convention dates!
I'll be attending Demoncon 12 http://www.demoncon.co.uk
and True Belivers http://www.oktruebelievers.com/ Comic conventions.

I hope to add more convention dates that I can attend to the list over the coming months.
My online shop is here http://www.comicsy.co.uk/dbroughton/







































Birmingham Comics Festival April 23rd.
http://www.thecomicfestival.com/

Lawgiver MKIII May 28th.
http://www.rule32promotions.co.uk/

Bristol Comic Expo August 6th.
http://www.rule32promotions.co.uk/

I hope to add more convention dates that I can attend to the list over the coming months.
My online shop is here http://www.comicsy.co.uk/dbroughton/

Sunday, 31 July 2016

SHAMAN KANE BOOK 3 REVIEW AND LAUNCH NEWS.






















One week to go until the launch of Shaman Kane Book 3 at the Bristol comic Expo on August 6th. More info on their website here! https://bicsevents.wordpress.com/

The first review of Shaman Kane Book 3 is up. Written for John Freeman's amazing comics news website 'Down the Tubes' by Antony Ez Esmond via this link http://downthetubes.net/?p=32850

Monday, 4 July 2016

AWESOME COMICS PODCAST 053 DAVID BROUGHTON SHAMAN KANE/MARTILLO.



David Broughton, the creator of the sci-fi horror adventure series Shaman Kane joins the awesome pod this week to talk about the series, his influences, the monetary side of self publishing and his experiences at shows like Lawgiver. Theres also LOTS of talk about 2000ad and its amazing fanzines, the Mighty Boosh and the anger inducing topic of people selling prints of major IP run through a photoshop filter. Plus Vince gloats over the result of a twitter poll, Dan announces some great goodies he's offering to retweeters and Tony catches up on the time he missed by talking about tons of comics!
 

Sunday, 29 May 2016

LAWGIVER MK3 CONVENTION REPORT.

Above: Myself dtanding next to the Lawmaster Bike used by Karl Urban as Judge Dredd in the 2012 film DREDD.

Introduction.

Lawgiver, the world's only convention dedicated to Dredd fans! This convention has been created by the fans, for the fans. As a big fan of Dredd and a small press self-publisher I decide to attend my second Lawgiver convention. This is how my day went...

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

THE REAL ATLANTIS.

Script: Joshua Spiller.  Artwork: David Broughton. Lettering: Bolt 01.




















Read The Real Atlantis here: Joshspillercomics.tumblr.com

Introduction: By Joshua Spiller.

The initial spur for 'The Real Atlantis' came from where it would be published: my new Tumblr blog. As I had my own platform, I figured I might as well use it for material that probably wouldn't fit