With Steve Marchant curating the exibition, I took a look at what the Future shock exibition offered in terms of content (of course) As well as a insiders perspective to the type of content that was displayed into the museum itself.
As the title suggests, the works focuses on the Sci-Fi Genre of comics, displaying works from the likes of Dave Gibbons (Green Lantern and watchmen), Brian Bollard, Carlos Ezquerra (Judge Dredd). I can list everyone there, but it would honestly take up the entire blog post!
The aspect i wad drawn towards was indeed the earlier depictions of Dredd, illustrated by Ezquerra himself back in 97 for Dredd’s 1st appearance “2000 AD”. I wanted to snap some quick pics, but I’ve chosen to respect the copyright rules for this one (and just this once), besides, security was tight!
Ezquerra was (and still is) a Grandmaster at visualising futuristic western dystopia as seen in the many Dredd comics he help create. The atmosphere being kept as sharp as the deep jet black that was not only used for the type, but also for Dredd’s character. Most notably, his suit. Nothing seems out of place as far as the illustration goes. For a comic book, it does seem a bit too artsy, to say the least. That’s not a bad thing in the slightest.
In the movies however, the grittiness of the situation is captured by how dark and eyre everything is. Just shows you how ‘clean cut’ Ezquerra art style is.
Get it? Clean Cut. Because Judge Dredd has alot of violence and gore….?
In the illustrations, every aspect of Dredd’s character is messaged to the viewer in a clean way, from his badge, to his Lawgiver Mk.II, showcasing Dredd in all his originality.
With people who are not familiar with these type of characters,this exibition showcases the ‘bronze age’ of the characters that are presented to readers for the first time.
Any who, although the exibition was quite small, it was well crafted. Work and concepts for Tharg, the Mighty (who can kick Thor’s at anytime of day) and the likes of Nicolai Dante were also present along with many other ‘bronze age’ Comic book icons.
The exibition serves as a reminder to the great relics of the past, while also reintroducing itself to younger audiences, so they to can have a taste, or rather a read, of the past.