Fanart of Kano from Bad Company, made for a fellow on the 2000ad forum who helped me track down a very rare Brendan McCarthy comic. I wish I could pay for everything with art, that would be aces.
This piece was a particular pleasure to make as it celebrates one of my favouritest comics of all time, the surreal future war epic BAD COMPANY. The art on the series was by Brett Ewins, who has been on my mind a lot lately. Brett forms part of the holy trinity of GhostPockets influences, alongside McCarthy and McMahon (and not forgetting their archangel Shaky Kane). Whereas those others have had triumphant returns to the comics fold in recent times. Brett has remained curiously absent. I knew he hadn’t been well, but I didn’t realise the extent of it until I ordered The Art of Brett Ewins last September. In the early 90s Brett suffered a stress-related breakdown from overworking and was subsequently diagnosed with schizophrenia. He has been heavily medicated ever since, and besides a short graphic novel published in 2002 had all but disappeared from the comics world. The end of the book was hopeful though, stating that Brett was producing again in the form of writing, painting and even collaborating with street artists and THE MUTOID WASTE COMPANY!
Then in January this year there was an altercation with some police officers at Brett’s home, where one officer recieved minor wounds to his arm from a knife Brett was wielding. In the same scuffle Brett recieved a serious blow to the head from a police baton, whereafter his heart stopped for fifteen minutes and he was then comatose for several days. Upon waking Brett was in a very confused state, having no memory of the incident and believing it to be the year 2003 and that he was in Thailand.
It is understood that the Independant Police Complaints are investigating the actions of the police during this incident. Brett has been charged with GBH and was spirited away from the hospital to Wormwood Scrubs where he is on remand. That was on the 9th February, and seemingly he has not had access to his medication since. Now I don’t want to speculate about the case, that is not my place, but the idea of Brett suffering unduly is heart-breaking. But what can we do? Well one possible avenue is suggested in this blogpost, I’m not sure how much help it can actually be to pester this guy but I messaged him anyway. It seems the very least I could do after gleaning years of pleasure from Brett’s work. Here’s hoping to a speedy and happy resolution to all this.