Brett Ewins, one of 2000AD’s most respected Judge Dredd and Bad Company artists was arrested this weekend. The Ealing Gazette reports;
“Police were called to Cowper Road after receiving calls about a man who had been shouting through the night. Officers arrived to find Mr Ewins holding a knife before they were attacked. During the ensuing struggle, one of the officers received minor stab wounds and the 56-year-old sustained a head injury. Both were taken to hospital.”
While the officer was released, Ewins remained in a serious condition. Steve Pound, MP for Ealing North, was reported as saying
“he has known Mr Ewins for the last 25 years. He said: “My first reaction was immense sympathy for the police officers involved. No-one wants to have to deal with a man wielding a knife, especially on a Saturday morning.” Mr Pound said Mr Ewins, who had lived in the area for some time, was an ‘artistic genius’ but had experienced mental health problems in the past and had become more withdrawn. He added: “We are immensely proud of the work that Brett had done as a resident of Hanwell, but we could have done more to hold him close and help him with his problems.”
As well as working for 2000AD, Ewins also was one of the founders of the incredibly influential Deadline magazine. He suffered a breakdown in 1991 due to overwork, an experience he channeled into his comic book story Machine.