♦ Portsmouth Comic Con takes place 5-6 May 2018 and Tripwire is proud to be a part of it. Here is the fourth spotlight feature on one of its special guests, Chris Weston…
Chris Weston began his professional career assisting British comics legend Don Lawrence on The Trigan Empire but this got him noticed by 2000AD. On 2000AD, he worked on Indigo Prime, Rogue Trooper and Judge Dredd.
Weston recalls his first professional 2000AD work in an interview he did with Optimum Wound back in 2008: “My first published work was a Judge Dredd pin-up I painted as a speculative piece. This was presented to 2000ad and they bought it and ran it on the back cover. I was instantly offered a six-page Judge Dredd story, “Night at the Circus”… and did a spectacularly bad job on it. But it wasn’t enough to prevent me from getting more work, unfortunately for the readers…. and it wasn’t embarrassing enough that I needed to airbrush it out of my career-history like others have done to their 2000ad stints! You know who you are!” Chris Weston Optimum Wound interview
Weston then moved on to work for DC on books like Swamp Thing with Mark Millar and The Authority and Starman also at DC.
While he was at Vertigo, he worked on The Filth and he also drew Image’s Ministry Of Space series.
He moved to Marvel where he drew Watchmenesque superhero series The Twelfth with writer J Michael Stracynski.
He has also drawn Superman for DC, Lucifer for Vertigo and Fantastic Four: First Family for Marvel.
In recent years he has switched to working on movies and he has contributed concepts to Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Weston revealed that he has had nothing but good experiences on his movie work as he admitted in an interview he did with Smoky Man back in 2012: “It’s very hard to find anything negative to say about my film experiences: the pay is better than comics… and, on the whole, the movie people have treated me with more respect and better manners than I’ve ever received in the comic-book industry.” Smoky Man Chris Weston Interview
He has also created customised film and TV posters for things like The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and The Prisoner.
His uniquely British art style, extreme detail and clean lines mark him out as one of the finest and most distinctive comic artists of the last twenty years.
Weston is another proud addition to the show’s line-up
Tickets are available now for Portsmouth Comic Con. Please visit the website for details on the show
And here’s the other guest spotlights so far