The latest issue of the “Half Decent Football Magazine” When Saturday Comes includes a feature on how artists turn their hands to football featuring Road to Perdition and Doctor Who artist Richard Piers Rayner and Marvel artist Will Sliney.
Born in Middlesbrough, Richard, who I commissioned to draw Doctor Who and covers for Marvel UK back in the 1990s and whose work for DC Comics includes Swamp Thing and Hellblazer, found international success as the artist on The Road to Perdition, which was turned into a Hollywood blockbuster by Sam Mendes starring Tom Hanks and Paul Newman and is the artist in residence at Middlesbrough Football Club. (He’s also been involved in other local Middlesbrough projects, contributing illustrations to a new book on the city’s iconic transporter bridge).
The paperback version of Richard’s Middlesbrough FC The Unseen History, released in 2008, is just out in time for Christmas.”If it does well, I’m hoping for a Part Two commission that would feature the more traditional comic book style pieces,” Richard tells us. “Here’s hoping!”
Marvel Comics artist and writer Will Sliney’s work first came to light for the majority of Evertonians when, after an invitation on Twitter from the club, he produced a set of stunning drawings for the Junior Blues 2013/14 Premier League home match programme versus Norwich City. The illustrations, featuring various Everton players and manager Roberto Martinez, became something of a Twitter sensation and propelled Will into the consciousness of the Twitter ‘Everton family.’
The article’s writer, Stephen Jewell, says he hopes it will appeal to both comics and football fans.
The issues covers a wide range of football news and looks back on many memorable moments in football and offers its usual blend of features and opinions on the Beautiful Game.
• Follow Richard Piers Rayner on Twitter @RPiersRayner
• For more of Will Sliney’s amazing work, including his Fearless Defenders collaboration with Cullen Bunn, Will’s recent work on Spider-Man check out the Will Sliney blog or follow him on Twitter @willsliney
• Feature writer Stephen Jewell is on Twitter @stephenjewell
• If you’re a Middlesbrough fan then copies of Middlesbrough FC: The Unseen History, illustrated by Richard, published back in 2008, is available in a new paperback edition now – and hardback copies are still available
Far from the standard football information guide, far from stale facts and tired anecdotes, Richard Piers-Raynor created a selection of witty and charming illustrations that capture all those events that have defined the club but escaped the gaze of the camera. Drawing in black-and-white and in colour, this varied book celebrates the past and champions the present day. As much a wonderful introduction for the budding fan as a fascinating memorandum for the seasoned devotee, this unique title is a true treat that is not to be missed. It presents a fascinating insight into the hidden workings and forgotten incidents of a leading football club.