Finally going to see Dredd next week, meanwhile check out the Dredd Motion Comic Prequel… and download the free Dredd game for your iPhone or Android from the iTunes Store or Google Play.
Simon Bisley (born March 4, 1962) is a British comics artist best known for his 1990’s work at 2000 AD on ABC Warriors and Slaine. While still a student, Bisley did a painting of a robot holding a baby that he sent to the offices of 2000 AD. The image was seen by Pat Mills and inspired him to relaunch the ABC Warriors strip, with Bisley as artist, in 1987. Following this, Bisley took over drawing of Sláine.
Bisley also painted the intercompany crossover Judge Dredd and Batman, Judgement on Gotham. Bisley has worked on Hellblazer, done pin-ups for Spider-Man, Daredevil, Hulk and Terminator, is also an occasional contributor to the comics magazine Heavy Metal and illustrated the Bible.
His style, reliant on paints, acrylics, inks and multiple-mediums, is strongly influenced by Frank Frazetta, Bill Sienkiewicz, Gustav Klimt, Salvador Dali, Egon Schiele and Richard Corben. He also took inspiration from rock album covers and graffiti as well as traditional comics art. In turn he and his work has inspired various forms in media, including the Beast in the 2006 Doctor Who episode “The Satan Pit”, and Simon Pegg’s character graphic artist Tim Bisley on the Channel 4 sitcom ‘Spaced’.
Check out his work at the comic book database and the Simon Bisley Gallery.
Late last week there was news about Dredd, the new film that seeks to bring the 2000AD comic character Judge Dredd to the screen once more. (This is apparaently more in-keeping with the comic than the 1995 Sylvester Stallone schlock-fest Judge Dredd).
Apparently, director Pete Travis had been locked out of the editing room due to creative differences that arose between he and the producers. One of those producers, Alex Garland (Author of ‘The Beach’ and scriptwriter of ’28 Days Later…’), is also the screenwriter. Garland has been overseeing the current stage of post-production and was rumored to be seeking co-director credit.
Now Garland and Travis have released a joint statement that basically says “we’re going about this in a weird way, but there’s no real issue, move on.” Read full article here.
As is often the case in a situation like this you’ve got to draw your own conclusions about that release and whether it might be truth or spin. I’m shying towards ‘spin,’ only because there aren’t any real details about how the production is using an “unorthodox collaboration.”
Regardless, the film is moving along. With Karl Urban playing the perpetually-helmeted Judge Dredd and Olivia Tirlby and Lena Headey in key roles, hopefully this will turn out a lot better than the Stallone version. We haven’t yet seen any footage but the film is scheduled for September 21, 2012.