Those Dearly Departed...
24 March 2010
By: D.B. Ketting
A highly talented but underrated artist is no longer with us. John Hicklenton passed away, and the world is without yet another scintillating talent. Hicklenton was a British graphic artist who illustrated interpretations of famous characters like Judge Dredd, from the cult British comic 2000 AD, and Nemesis the Warlock during the eighties and nineties. His work tended to be dark, grotesque and often very scary yet with meticulous renderings and character design but there was always a hint of humor.
John Hicklenton aka John Deadstock was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000 after years of suffering with aches, pains and weaknesses for which his doctor could find no direct cause. After his diagnosis he continued to draw, working on projects such as "Blood of Satanus III: The Tenth Circle," with Pat Mills for Judge Dredd Megazine and "Sand"" for Renegade Arts Entertainment as well as bringing multiple sclerosis into the public's eye in order to get better treatment and research from the medical community. He spent five years working on his award-winning documentary, Here's Johnny, about living with the condition.
After Hicklenton completing his final book, 100 Months, he travelled to Zurich, Switzerland. On March 19, 2010 at age 42 he chose to win his struggle agains multiple sclerosis as he ended his life at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland.
John Hicklenton was definitely an original talent and his originality shall be missed!
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