Brett Ewins

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Brett Ewins
Born 1955 (age 58–59)
Nationality British
Area(s) Penciller, Inker
Notable works
Bad Company
Deadline
Judge Dredd
Judge Anderson
Rogue Trooper
Notable collaborations
Peter Milligan
Jim McCarthy
Brendan McCarthy

http://www.brettewins.com

Brett Ewins is a British comic book artist best known for his work on Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper in the weekly anthology comic 2000 AD.

Biography[edit]

Ewins studied Conceptual Art at Goldsmiths College, where he met future collaborator Peter Milligan, and left in 1977. Ewins formed a long-term collaborative partnership with fellow artist Brendan McCarthy, creating the comic Sometime Stories, which faltered after the first issue leaving the second issue completed but unpublished. On the strength of Sometime Stories, Ewins soon started providing covers for 2000 AD, the first being issue #33 published in October of the same year.

Ewins and McCarthy continued working together on Future Shocks and Judge Dredd, but soon after Ewins began working solo on Rogue Trooper and later Judge Anderson. In 1985 Ewins started working on Bad Company, a sci-war epic, written by Peter Milligan with artwork by Ewins and Jim McCarthy (brother of Brendan).

Along with Steve Dillon, he started the comic magazine Deadline in 1988, which continued for another seven years. At the same time as Ewins was starting Deadline, he began working on Skreemer for American comics publisher, DC. Ewins was also still contributing art to 2000 AD at the same time. This level of work was to have a serious impact of Ewins' health.

He "suffered a serious breakdown from overwork" in 1991 and was unable to take on work that had a deadline, which led to lost commissions from DC Comics and Penguin Books.[1] His plan to recover was to create an anthology based on work from friends in the industry like Peter Milligan, Alan Grant and Alan McKenzie, as well as friends like musician Michael White. The volume was finished off with, "Machine," a story written by Brett based on his breakdown.[2] He worked on the stories from 1995 to 2003[1] and they were published in 2004 by Cyberosia Publishing.

Ewins currently paints and has had a number of exhibitions. Ewins was also an influence on street art, especially The IFC and the Mutoid Waste Company, and a Ewins-influenced exhibition was held in November 2011.[3]

In 2011, Air Pirate Press published a biographical retrospective book of Ewins' life and work, The Art of Brett Ewins (ISBN 095691490X).

In January 2012 it was reported that he had sustained head injuries during a confrontation with police, in which one policeman received stab wounds.[4] He subsequently appeared before Uxbridge Magistrates Court in February 2012 charged with causing Grievous bodily harm with intent.[5]

Bibliography[edit]

Comics work includes:

  • Judge Dredd:
    • "Bring Me The Head of Judge Dredd!" (with John Wagner, as "John Howard", and sharing art duties Brendan McCarthy, in 2000 AD #88, 1978)
    • "The DNA Man" (with John Wagner, as "John Howard", in 2000 AD #114-115, 1979)
    • "The Haunting of Sector House 9" (with John Wagner, as "T. B. Grover", in 2000 AD #359, 1984)
  • Bad Company (pencils, with Peter Milligan and inks by Jim McCarthy):
    • "Bad Company" (in 2000 AD #500-519, 1986–1987)
    • "The Bewilderness" (in 2000 AD #548-557, 1987–1988)
    • "Young Men Marching" (in 2000AD Annual 1989, 1988)
    • "The Krool Heart" (in 2000 AD #576-585, 1988)
    • "Simply" (in 2000 AD #601, 1988)
    • "Ararat" (in 2000AD Annual 1990, 1989)
    • "Kano" (in 2000 AD #828-837, 1993)
    • "Down Among the Dead Men" (in 2000AD Annual 2001, 2000)
    • "Bad Company 2002" (in 2000 AD Prog 2002 and #1273-1277, 2001–2002)

Awards[edit]

  • 1989: Won "Favourite Single or Continued Story US" Eagle Award, for Skreemer

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ewins, Brett "Introduction," The Dark Gate page 4-5
  2. ^ Ewins, Brett "Afterword," The Dark Gate page 62-63
  3. ^ Johnston, Rich (October 30, 2010). "Brett Ewins’ Urban Art Goes Inside". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ Gates, James (January 16, 2012). "Judge Dredd artist badly injured after arrest in Hanwell". Ealing Gazette. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ Gates, James (February 10, 2012). "Comic book artist in court after attacking police". Ealing Gazette. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ Skreemer trade details at DC

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