I am Avatarist/Ben Hooley,
Illustrator and Wage Slave.
I designed too many characters for this spectacular, but I believe that including so many individuals within one piece, was a reaction to the thriving community I had discovered here.
For me, the opportunity to execute this piece of work has had manifold repercussions. I shall use the image itself in various ways; but primarily as a ‘swatch-pad’ of characters to use in the comic I want to develop.
Some of the cast:
Bernard Mernardson ~ The Hero of the piece
Andy Staxis ~ The aging Greek Don of Brighton surrounded by his most trusted bodyguards. The previous November, his fleet of JCBs and Limousines speeded the Revolution. With his backing, the Twilight Scooter Angels continue to perpetrate their aged and wizzened-vigilante brand of justice apon the parts of the City which still belong to the state.
Sgt. Reed of the East Sussex Police Corps. unwittingly confronts Ed Blunt, Head of the Farmers Union, and Brenda Blue, Commander of the covert revolutionary Blue Rinse Brigade.
The place is Brighton, the time?.. not too far into the future and the revolution… ahem… oh yes the REVOLUTION is in progress. Two thirds of Britain; as well as many parts of the rest of the world, are attempting to throw off the shackles of the tiny proportion of humankind which holds the rest (of us?) in economic bondage (DAMN THEM!)…
This scene, and the majority of the storyline, is set in the part of Brighton still run by the ‘state’ - who have been reduced in stature, to the gang of armed uniformed thugs that they - but for the apathy of the working class in real life, currently are.
Specific to England, the two thirds of the country currently revolting, are split into two definitive camps:
One half of the revolutionaries are adamant that the process of the REVOLUTION should be broadcast internationally; in order to further the cause of emancipation… the other half are staunch believers that the REVOLUTION should in no way be televised. The policers of the third of Brighton still under state control; are determined to quell any demonstrations of freedom, any inspirational acts of resistance, and any gatherings of a subversive nature.
Hence, the attempt by the ‘law-enforcers’ in the picture, to break up the scene, and move the people on, in their usual heavy-handed manner.
This ‘REVOLUTIONARY’ idea is the sole copywright of myself, and any people who are sharp enough to nick it, develop it and publish it before I manage to, will be subject to the full wrath of Capialist law… as it stands today.
So much for the background. The actual plotline of the comic is about an aging skater who’s wife is sinking into dementia.
I hope you all like the piece - I am very grateful to have been able to participate and see some amazing work, and grateful to the ‘Drawn’ blog for pointing me in the direction of this challenge on the day it began!
My Spectacular Challenge Thread
27th November 2005