In advance of his appearance with artust Jim Murray tomorow (Saturday 24th) at Edinburgh BookFest’s Stripped weekend, for the latest Panel Border podcast Alex Fitch talks to Robbie Morrison about his career in comics so far, from his 15 year tenure as the writer of Nikolai Dante in 2000AD, working with artists such as Simon Fraser and John Burns, to his new graphic novel DrownTown, published by Jonathan Cape.
Robbie is most famous for his work on Judge Dredd and co-creating the magnificent 27th century swashbuckler Nikolai Dante . Drowntown is set in a future London ravaged by climate change, a stylish thriller introducing Leo Noiret, an unconventional hero set to make a splash in the London underworld.
Robbie’s joined in this event by Jim Murray, the illustrator of Drowntown. Murray’s brilliant and distinctive artwork ranges from Judge Dredd and Batman comics to character designs for Virgin Studios, set designs for live shows of the rock band The Prodigy and fantasy playing cards for Wizards of the Coast. He is currently character designer for Valve Studios in Seattle.
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.