Art: Fay Dalton

Published On May 4, 2013 | By Richard Bruton | Animation, Comics, The Weekly 2000AD

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The cover to Judge Dredd: Megazine 335 by Fay Dalton, looking so very good, very current, in that retro Mad Men way. Over on his blog Pat Mills talks about Fay Dalton and how damn good she is:

“I thought you’d like to know there’s a six page Fay Dalton Reaper strip, Buddy Holiday, in next month’s Meg (#336). It’s funny and sexy; Mad Men meets Pulp Fiction, and totally brilliant.  Do check it out.  She’s a helluva find! The back story is that Charlie Bowden at Pickled Ink held a competition to find a new comic artist and Fay was the winner  It’s totally unheard of for agents to do anything this innovative and supportive – they’re usually the reverse! Thanks, Charlie, for introducing a great new talent to British comics!”

Yep, definitely agree, here’s one of those six pages, and the internals have even more of a retro feel:

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As usual with new to me artists it’s such a joy to be able to go look at more work online. Her website has loads to see, great examples of the retro style you can see in American Reaper. Her current story isn’t the first time she’s featured in Mills’ strip, previously having contributed of advert extras, inserts into the main story:

Fay Dalton Portfolio American Reaper Spoof ads artwork

Copy of Fay Dalton Portfolio American Reaper Spoof ads artwork

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But there’s a lot more than Reaper at her website. Underneath are just a few images, and they’re all quite lovely, harking back to an older age, yet still feeling bang up to date, innocent and yet seductive…

Fay Dalton Illustration Vintage collection 2013 JPEG

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Fay Dalton fashion illustration

And finally, we’ll leave you with the prospect of a complete graphic novel, Party Girl, from Dalton, written by Jenny McDade (like Pat Mills, a veteran of the 70s UK girl comics) that dates back to 2010 and a Pickle Ink agency award to discover a new comic artist.

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About The Author

Richard Bruton
- Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he's written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard's day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children's graphic novel library in the country.

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