Art of John Higgins book released to coincide with major exhibition in Liverpool of his work

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A new book containing some of the best work of Liverpool-born comic artist John Higgins will be launched at the opening of his forthcoming exhibition at the Victoria Gallery & Museum.

Beyond Watchmen & Judge Dredd brings together for the first time John Higgins’ art work for some of the most iconic comic books including Watchmen, Judge Dredd, Hellblazer, Before Watchmen and his creator-owned project, Razorjack.

Alongside never before seen preliminary drawings of now iconic characters, the book also includes insights into the career of the comic book artist.

Anthony Cond, Managing Director of Liverpool University Press, who are publishing the book, said: “Beyond Watchmen and Judge Dredd is not only an essential book for all enthusiasts but also gives an intriguing insight into what it takes to land a contract with DC Comics.”

Beyond Watchmen & Judge Dredd, with a foreword from Dave Gibbons, is available to buy for £20 at the Liverpool University Press website and can also be ordered through all good book shops and online stores, including Amazon.

John will be signing copies of his book at the official opening of the exhibition on Friday 10th March at the Victoria Gallery & Museum.

The first retrospective of the work of John Higgins opens at the University’s Victoria Gallery & Museum on Friday, 10 March 2016.

The exhibition will feature John’s original art displayed alongside examples of the work of the artists and science fiction classics that inspired him. The exhibition runs until February 2018


The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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