The annual list was published this weekend and saw just three authors – crime writer Susan Hill, poet Jean Binta Breeze and Grant, who is perhaps best known today for his work for the US market such as The Invisibles, New X-Men, Doom Patrol. His recent work includes DC Comics Action Comics and the newly-relaunched Batman Incorporated.
Needless to say, some in the comics community have expressed surprise at the news, given the nature of much of his work.
“Little surprising perhaps that a man so rooted in anti-establishment ideas, and writer of some controversial comics would be honoured this way, and would accept the honour,” says Joe Gordon over at the Forbidden Planet International blog of the 52-year-old Scottish writer. “But what the hell. Congratulations Grant.”
Indeed. One of three authors to get an honour? That’s impressive in itself, surely.
An MBE is the lowest rank in the Order of the British Empire, established in 1917, the youngest of the British Empire’s chivalry orders. It’s handed out to people who in one field or another have provided a service to the UK.
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.