John Higgins talks comics in Liverpool

John HIggins - LIverpool May 2017
John Higgins

As part of the Open House Lightnight Liverpool evening of celebrations last week, 2000AD artist John Higgins, creator of Razorjack, gave a one and a half hour talk at his exhibition of work displayed at the Victoria Gallery & Museum.

Liverpool-born John signed copies of his new book, Beyond Watchmen & Judge Dredd, and spent the evening chatting away to everyone.

“He was really friendly and approachable, and it was a pleasure to meet him,” artist David Hathaway-Price, who runs the Classic UK Comic Fanzines online archive, tells us.

John Higgins being interviewed by Science Fiction Foundation Librarian Andy Sawyer
John Higgins being interviewed by Science Fiction Foundation Librarian Andy Sawyer

John Higgins Art Exhibition (Judge Dredd) - Liverpool 2017

John Higgins signing at Open House Lightnight Liverpool

John Higgins Art Exhibition Signed Poster - Liverpool 2017

“We weren’t able to stay until the full light show projection at midnight (an image of Judge Dredd projected onto the outside of the VG&M as part of the DROAR art installation),” he continues, “but I’ve seen video and it looked brilliant…. it was a lovely night out.”

John Higgins Art Exhibition - Liverpool 2017

John Higgins Art Exhibition - Liverpool 2017

 

John Higgins Art Exhibition - Liverpool 2017

John’s exhibition at Liverpool’s Victoria Gallery, which runs until October, offers a glimpse into his extraordinary imagination – an output which crosses the boundaries between comics, graphic novels, cinema, television, advertising and music.

John’s original art is displayed alongside examples of the work of the artists and science fiction classics that inspired him.

John Higgins Art Exhibition - Liverpool 2017

John Higgins Art Exhibition - Liverpool 2017

Beyond Watchmen & Judge Dredd contains some of John’s best work as a comic artist,  bringing together work for projects such as Watchmen, Judge Dredd, Hellblazer, Before Watchmen and Razorjack.

• John’s exhibition continues until October 2017. Details on the Victoria Gallery web site

Beyond Watchmen & Judge Dredd, with a foreword from Dave Gibbons, can be ordered through Amazon

Photos by and with thanks to David Price & Joy Barrett

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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