Carlos Ezquerra is a comic artists most famous for being one of the co-creators of Judge Dredd. Carlos lived under the fascist state of General Franco, and this influenced his design work on Judge Dredd with that eagle on his shoulder sort of giving the influence away.
Early designs for Dredd are somehow more menacing.
Why more menacing? Because look at the Spanish police who were out in force in Catalonia for their independence referendum last Sunday.
You don’t have to take a position on independence to have looked at the images on violence being enacted by the Spanish state on Sunday and be horrified that in a major European country in 2017, the police are breaking people’s fingers and denying people a voice.
I’m still not inclined to take a position on Catalonian independence, but I’m now more inclined to support it, which isn’t a unique position after the weekend’s events but the one thing I think any decent person can agree on is the level of bravery, dignity and astonishing ingenuity from the people of Catalonia. Pro and anti independence supporters have now taken to the streets to demand action and I hope the situation is resolved peacefully.
The Catalonians though have given us an example of how to behave in the face of brutality and for that I, and we all, should pay homage to them.