In 1986 Games Workshop released Blood Bowl, the game of fantasy football. This board game pitted teams of Orcs, Elves, Dwarfs and Chaos warriors against each other in an ultra violent version of American football. The game was designed by Jervis Johnson and featured art by 2000AD’s Brett Ewins. Being a big fan of Games Workshop products, I bought my copy on the day of release from my local hobby shop and have remained a fan ever since!
The game had it’s 5th edition launched last year and also has app and pc versions available to play. Now Titan Comics have released Blood Bowl – More Gut’s, More Glory, a 4 issue comic series written by Black Library author Nick Kyme and illustrated by DC comics artist Jack Jadson.
When I found out the comic was being worked on I had a crazy idea. What if I pitched a funny back up strip to be included in the back of the comic? And what if I kept my own humour comic style of art and writing? Would a Blood Bowl / Beano style mash up work?
TOUCHDOWN! I’m pleased to say both Titan Comics and Games Workshop thought it would work and so I was thrilled to be invited to create a strip for the Blood Bowl comic as long as it featured Goblins and Snotlings! Perfect!
Gitruk’s Dirty Tactiks was pitched as the back up and now appears for the first time in issue 2 of Blood Bowl from Titan Comics and is due to feature in the remainder of the series. The stories follow the season of the useless, cheating Goblin coach of the Moshington Greenskinz, Gitruk. It’s all a bit silly and a stupid amount of fun to work on.
Here is some of the art from the pitch and some works in progress.
If you’re a Blood Bowl fan do pick up a copy of the comic from your local comic shop and it’s also available digitally on ComiXology.