RIP Brett Ewins, comic artist: 1955-2015

Brett EwinsBrett Ewins, a comic artist known for his involvement with 2000 AD and Deadline, has passed away following a short illness. He was 59.

Ewins entered the comics scene by teaming up with Brendan McCarthy to create a small-press title, Sometime Stories. While this was short-lived, it helped the pair of them to get jobs at the recently-launched 2000 AD. There, Ewins worked on the strips “Futureshocks”, “Rogue Trooper” “Bad Company” and “Anderson, Psi-Divison” along with the flagship series “Judge Dredd”. Amongst the Dredd adventures illustrated by Ewins was “Haunting on Sector House 9”, a horror story penned by Paul Wagner.

In the 1980s, Ewins teamed up with Peter Milligan and Brendan McCarthy to assemble the short-lived anthology series Strange Days; here, Ewins and Milligan created the futuristic detective Johnny Nemo.

The spiritual successor to Strange Days was Deadline, a comic magazine launched by Ewins and Steve Dillon which ran from 1988 to 1995; this title introduced the world to Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin’s anti-heroine Tank Girl. Ewins also worked for the “big two” American companies, providing pencils for the Marvel title Doctor Zero and the Vertigo occult comics Swamp Thing and Hellblazer. His biggest project for DC was the post-apocalyptic Skreemer, a six-issue 1989 miniseries which he created with co-artist Dillon and writer Milligan.

In 1991 Ewins suffered from a breakdown brought on by overwork. He would later write a story based on this experience, “Machine”, which was published in the 2004 anthology The Dark Gate. According to his personal website, he was working on a sequel to this book along with new material for a Johnny Nemo anthology.