Above: Kano Kill Krool!
End of September 2013, I had really enjoyed drawing Rogue Trooper 'I am but Mad North-North-West' so I decided to contact Dave Evans to see if
he had any scripts for the ABC Warriors or the VC's. Dave came back to me with a script by Shaun Avery for a Bad Company story. The commissioning email followed on 01/07/13.
I had a stack of scripts to finish drawing and therefore I couldn't start on the Bad Company story until around 16/08/13. As usual I read the script a few times and then set to work scribbling out a few rough page layouts complete with placements for the word balloons which can be seen below.
Above: Really rough (time was short) page layouts for pages 1and 2.
Above: Page layouts for pages 3 and 4.
Above: Page layouts for pages 5 and 6.
Above: Here are a few of my rough thumbnails for some of the things featured in Shauns story.
I love drawing space ships and if possible always add narcelles to them. I decided to put my 'take' on the classic 'Brendan McCarthy' Trooper helmet and Kano's gun.
Above: Finished pencils for page one. Note the design of the trooper helmet mentioned previously.
Above: Here is the classic Trooper helmet design by Brendan McCarthy. Image Copyright Rebellion.
Above: Finished pencils for page 2.
Above: Finished pencils for page 3.
Above: Finished pencils for page 4.
Above: Finished pencils for page 5.
Above: Finished pencils for page 6. Last panel has been removed to save the twist for those who have not read this story yet.
Above: I completed the finished artwork and sent it to Dave on 06/09/13 ready for publishing in Zarjaz #20 which has this awesome cover by Mick Cassidy. Find out more about the creation of the cover on his blog here.
How to buy Zarjaz #20
Should you wish to read From Mud to Murder and all the other great stories in this issue of Zarjaz then you can visit the Future Quake on-line shop to buy it here.
Steve Hargett gives Zarjaz # 20 and 'Bad Company - From Mud to Murder' a review on his blog site. Here is a link http://judgetutorsemple.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/zarjaz-20-spoiler-light-preview-pages/
Flint and Steven Ross mention 'Bad Company - From Mud to Murder' when they review both Zarjaz 20 and Dogbreath 28 here. http://ecbt2000ad.libsyn.com/ecbt2000ad-episode-170 The Review for Zarjaz starts 5 minutes or so into the podcast. Spoiler Warning: They mention the twist at the end of from Mud to Murder. For those who are easily offended there is occasionally colourful language.