Dave Gibbons is the co-creator of Watchmen.
John Higgins is an acclaimed graphic artist, writer and publisher. A frequent collaborator with Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, his work includes Batman: The Killing Joke, Watchmen, Judge Dredd, Before Judge Dredd and Razorjack.
Foreword by Dave Gibbons
Once upon a time - getting started
Watchmen - colour and colouring
2000AD and Judge Dredd - anatomy of a freelancer
Teeth and claw - why monsters?
The shortest SF story - how to tell a long tale
Turmoil, toil and trouble - changing direction
Self-publishing - how to lose your house in one easy lesson
Wondering - freelancing and superheroes
Writing for comic books - script form and panel descriptions
Before and after curse - pirates, zombies and dinosaurs
Everything you wanted to know - but were afraid to ask
Materials and techniques - from pencil to digital
Postscript by Julian Ferraro
Packed with artwork, John H.'s narrative comes complete with professional tradecraft info of a high order, survival tips gained from hard-won experience and technical tips to many of his own techniques. A prolific comic illustrator in his own right, John has ranged across the genres and styles, often pushing the boundaries of taste, experimenting with pen, paint and technology.
John May, The Generalist
This book is loaded with John Higgins art. It’s rather interesting looking at his early material and seeing how much he has developed over his lifetime. A lot of the series he’s worked on is still available so makes this book a suitable taster as well for what you want to pick out. If you’re after art tips then the pointers here will serve you whether you’re amateur or pro. A worthwhile experience.
Every page is so well designed and image rich - such a lovely book to get immersed in and so informative and interesting. The references really help to contextualise the artwork and development - gives the reader a greater understanding of [John’s], work and influences - as well as being very inspirational for any budding artists. Brilliant!
Avram Buchanan, Creative Director - Limehouse Communication Agency
Size: 250 x 250 mm
200 colour illustrations
Publication: February 14, 2017