Fan-favorite artist Jock, best known for his work on Judge Dredd, Green Arrow Year One, and Wytches, will hit the road starting later this month on a five-stop tour across Great Britain to promote his new book, The Art of Jock.
Jock is an acclaimed British artist and cartoonist. In addition to his sequential work in comics, he's done dozens of comic book covers, as well as providing concept art, key art, and movie posters for films including Batman Begins, Dredd, The Thing, and X-Men: Days of Future Past.
The Art of Jock, which retails for $60, will be available tomorrow. A launch party at Forbidden Planet, complete with an exclusive Superman print available for purchase. Each signing appearance will apparently have exclusive signed bookplates, and the Eisner-nominated Big Bang Comics in Dublin will screen Dredd after the signing, then have Jock for Q&A.
You can see the full tour schedule in the attached image gallery.
The art in the book is, of course, all Jock -- but there's a foreward by Peter Berg, an afterword by Scott Snyder, and an introduction by Jim Lee. The actual text accompanying the images is written by Will Dennis.
Jock began his career at 2000 AD, working on Judge Dredd and Lenny Zero. It was on Lenny Zero that he met writer Andy Diggle, who would bring him on board to work on The Losers and Green Arrow: Year One, introducing Jock to the American comics market. Jock regularly works with the same people over and over again, notably with Scott Snyder. The pair first worked together on Batman: The Dark Mirror, and then when Snyder became the main Batman writer, Jock returned to work with him again there, as well as on their creator-owned series Wytches, which sold out of the direct market and was optioned for a film before the first issue even hit the stands. He'll work with Snyder again on All-Star Batman soon.
"I've learned to try not to think too much about style before starting on a book. You find that once you start thwart, the little nuances and differences that suit the script will come out," Jock once told ComicBook.com. "doing a lot of pages over the years means you find your own groove. It's really important to find that. It's like an optimum tempo that you can produce pages, where the pages flow well and the storytelling is clear and concise. thats the thing to aim for."
We'll be talking to him again soon -- so keep your eyes peeled for the conversation...and the promise of more Judge Dredd!