Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Nort AtmoCraft by Cam Kennedy

Campbell "Cam" Kennedy is a Scottish artist who is best known for his work on Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper and the Star Wars spin-off, Dark Empire. His work is very recognisable because of its gritty, energetic and raw look. Following work in commercial art in Glasgow, Cam went freelance and worked as an illustrator on D.C. Thomson's Commando, between 1967 and 1972, before leaving comics to become a professional fine artist. In 1978 he was lured back to comics again, beginning by drawing the Fighting Mann in Battle. As Battle started to wind down, Kennedy started to work for 2000ad. 

Cam was instrumental in the creation of several well-known stories and characters for 2000ad. These included the V.C.s, Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper. John Wagner has also written several stories about Kenny Who?, a  character based on Cam and his early problems getting work in America. 
In America, Kennedy started to work with Tom Veitch, producing the creator owned Vietnam War inspired science fiction fantasy, The Light and Darkness War. This led to the pair working on a Star Wars spin-off, Dark Empire for Dark Horse Comics. Cam has also worked on other Star Wars comics, including a few Boba Fett stories with writer John Wagner. 

Thanks very much to, Paul Glasswell for sending me this sketch. Paul also said "The Cam Kennedy one was done in the pub at Moniaive.  I just left my sketch book and pens and pencils on the table and Cam couldn’t resist. I had a huge grin on my face when I opened the book to reveal it in it’s full glory.  Let’s face it, it isn’t a sketch, it’s a piece of full comic art."

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