So, again with the short post, sorry about that (if anyone cares) …
A while ago, I ordered a couple of commissions from Shaky Kane (one intended as a present and the one below), and who am I not to share it with the Internet. My only request was to have the Coffin Fly and the Unforgiving Eye, then giving good old Shaky absolute freedom to do whatever he wanted. The result was impressive, fast and way better than I was expecting.
Here’s the original that’s now waiting for an appropriate frame back at home:
He even scanned and colored it because he’s that nice:
Now I spend my days thinking about ways to get some money and order more …
I loves me some Shaky, that’s impossible to deny … so the other day he re-posted a link to The Endless Coffin on Facebook, and he took a look at the work we are doing at Raygun Roads, and he mentioned how cool it would be to do an online version of Monster Truck and one thing led to the other and it’s done and it’s now online and it’s beautiful and you should take a look at it …
So, sit tight and brace yourselves while we descend into the madness that is Sir Shaky Kane’s brain. Ladies and gentlemen, with Shaky’s permission, I give you Shaky Kane’s Monstertruck, the full automatically scrolling version (it will take you about 10 minutes depending on the size of your monitor). Enjoy!!!
It was not until this morning, however, that I thought about using the same script with a story that was expressly conceived with that treatment in mind … So this morning I contacted David Hine to ask for his permission to do it and got it done.
What have we learnt from the 2000AD day? Not much, as it has been too unfocused to really extract any conclusions, but let’s try …
1) Most of the issues (checked today, so mid-80s to mid-90s) have at least one strip with really good art and only a few are absolutely unreadable.
2) Most of the artists and writers who come from the England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland have probably worked on 2000AD at some point … and a high percentage of those have done at least one terrible Judge Dredd story
Even Alan Davis drew a Judge Dredd story!
3) There is sometimes some crazy shit going on in 2000AD:
4) Shaky Kane has always been great
5) Mark Millar has always been Mark Millar
6) 2000AD has published a lot more good stuff than anybody has ever heard about, the only problem is that their trade paperback program apparently does not quite work … which is a pity, because the ones they are putting out are really worth it.
I would totally recommend Complete Alan Moore Future Shocks, The Best of Tharg’s Future Shocks (Grant Morrison, Neil Gaiman, Peter Milligan, …) and Hewligan’s Haircut (Peter Milligan & Jamie Hewlett) to start with.
The world at large now knows about Shaky Kane due to his and David Hine’s delightful Bulletproof Coffin. However, Shaky has been working on comics for two decades now, and 2000AD was there to showcase his talent since the beginning.
Starting with his droid profile:
Romance comics tribute cover:
And, of course, who could forget his Shaky’s Beyond Belief series, a sample of which follows (click on the image to get a bigger version and yes, the Nostradamus drawing is a copy of this one here, but that’s beyond the point):