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Tuesday, 17 July 2012
IDW confirm creative talent on new Judge Dredd US title
After announcing their partnership with the
2000AD at WonderCon 2012 earlier this year, US publisher IDW Publishing and Rebellion have announced Edgar-nominated and Anthony Award-winning
Duane Swierczynski and Nelson Daniél, as the creative team for their brand-new Judge Dredd US comic book series.
The announcement was made to a
capacity crowd during a panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2012
celebrating Dredd’s 35th anniversary.
”I’ve loved the work both Duane and
Nelson have done for us
separately – they’ve both been responsible for some
amazingly action-packed and thrilling comics like Godzilla
and The Cape,” said IDW’s Chief Creative
Officer, Chris Ryall. “So
partnering them on Judge Dredd is only going to amp up the
“What’s more,” Ryall continued,
“while Nelson will be running point on the main story’s
art and colors, we’ll also be doing back-up stories in each
issue that are tied to the ongoing storyline and that will be
illustrated by some big-name talents as well. Folks like
Paul Gulacy, Jim Starlin, and
"Add to that covers by people like Ashley Wood,
Carlos Ezquerra, Zach Howard, Whilce Portacio, and so many
others, and there will be lots of exciting new artistic
interpretations of Dredd to come.”
2000AD’s Matt Smith echoed
Ryall’s excitement. “Ever since we
announced the deal with IDW, Dredd fans all over the world have
been eagerly awaiting news of which writer and artists will be
coming to Mega-City One.
"We're really pleased with the creative
line-up, which will bring a new dimension to Dredd for a whole new
generation. It's been great to see the reaction 2000AD and Judge
Dredd have had at SDCC 2012 – and with the new film out in
September, 2012 really is the year of Dredd."
IDW’s Judge Dredd series will see new
adventures from the legendary character originally created by
John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra
for the long-running British weekly comic. For this take on Dredd, IDW and 2000AD
wanted to put creators behind the wheel that hadn’t worked
with the character before, creating new stories that would appeal
to new Dredd fans, as well as long-time lovers of the rich world of
Mega City One.
“I discovered Judge Dredd at the tender age of 15 through a
somewhat unlikely source: a bootleg Commodore 64 game where you
move Dredd through a digital Mega-City One and pretty much shoot
everything in sight,”
Swierczynski enthused. “Jonesing for more, I realized that Dredd was a
UK import, and super-tough to find here in the US.
"Over the next
25 years, I snapped up all the Dredd stories that I could, savouring
them like exotic treats smuggled through customs. When IDW announced
an American version a while back, I was over the moon -- never even
thinking that I would be approached to write this new version.
Needless to say, this is the opportunity of lifetime, and I
couldn't be more thrilled. The 15-year-old in me may never
Daniel shared in the excitement “Judge Dredd
is one of my three favorite characters, I'm really excited.
Everything in Megacity is amazing, everything is possible, and
that's something I want to draw.”