Independent, thought-provoking comic creator David Robertson has launched a modest Kickstarter for his new work The Tay Bridge Disaster, a collection of newspaper style strips focused on the fall of the Tay Bridge in 1879 which caused the death of at least 75 people, perhaps more.
“I grew up in Dundee, and have always been fascinated by this event,” says David. “The strips cover many aspects of the story, including the build up to the bridge’s completion, including fears expressed in the media regarding its safety, and accidents during the building, the first trains to cross the bridge, and the disaster itself in December 1879.”
David, been working on this comic book for a few years and has launched his crowdfunding project now all the art is complete, The work also deals with the aftermath of the disaster, including the effect on designer Thomas Bouch, the recovery of the 224 engine, and the decision to rebuild.
David is not alone in his fascination of this tragic event, and he also covers its depiction in the arts and media; Theodor Fontane and William McGonnagall’s poems, newspaper printing’s improvements affecting illustrations of the disaster, Walter Benjamin’s radio show, C.Horne’s ballad, and Hatter’s Castle, the novel and film which both depicted the disaster. He also notes the names of the victims on current day memorials.
David Robertson is a prolific independent comic creator in the UK, publishing both anthologies featuring both his and others works, contributing to many others. Works include Bell Time (reviewed here) and more.
Recent projects include Mount a Rescue, available from Buy Small Press, which includes guest art by Clio D, Zu Dominiak, Damon Herd, Olivia Hicks, Rebecca Horner, Vedis Huldudottir, Asuna Ikeshima, Paddy Johnston, Marc KC, Tim Kelly, Francesca Mancuso, Norrie Millar, Emma Oosterhouse, Neil Paterson, Ludi Price, Mike Sedakat, Veddabredda, Pam Wye and Cherish York.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. 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 “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.