Monday, August 25, 2008

Black and white blogs of our buddies

One of the best things about working in comics is that you get to meet, work with and generally hang about with some really talented people. Thanks to the interweb we also get to spy on people and see what they're up to so I thought I'd share a couple of artists Blogs with you - both of whom are good mates of ours.

David Hitchcock is probably best known as the man behind the Eagle Award winning indie sensation Springheeled Jack but we've also had the privilege of collaborating with him several times for the yearly Accent UK anthologies.

Dave is currently working on Gothic - a 48 page tabloid newspaper one-shot re-printing some rare and hard to find material (including some of our collaborations) as well as some brand new stories, all of it presented in beautiful sepia tone.

We always jump at the chance to work with Dave (we've already collaborated on a story for next year's Western anthology) and hope to work with him again soon.

Visit to keep up with what Mr. Hitch is up to.

Leigh Gallagher started his professional career with Vertigo's The Witching back when Leah and I were doing Wild Girl. However, Leah actually met Leigh years earlier when they studied art together in Liverpool so we've all known each other for a long, long time.

Leigh's big project for the last year or so (and for the foreseeable future) is Defoe - a seventeenth century zombie steampunk romp written by comics legend Pat Mills and published in 2000 AD.

In between rendering crazily detailed zombie smashing machinery and weapons Leigh somehow also finds time to perform art chores on the Lego Bionicle Comic.

Visit to find out what Leigh is working on at the moment.


Anonymous said...

I love Leigh Gallagher's art on Defoe. Pat Mills often has incredibly insane ideas, and sometimes artists have troubles bringing his vision to the page. Leigh seems to have it perfect though. His art is visceral and intense, and his line work is so intricate. The style reminds me of Kev O'Neill on early Nemesis the Warlock stuff. Amazing!

- Ed Kaye

John Reppion said...

You're right, Leigh's work on Defoe definitley has a Nemesis-ish feel to it but I think it's as much Bryan Tablot's run as it is Kev's. Maybe it's just that it looks "proper" 2000 AD.

Leigh G said... guys....
Thanks alot for the shout out!

Eric Orchard said...

Wow! All of these pieces are amazing, I love those rich blacks. Thanks for sharing these.

John Reppion said...

Hey Eric,

really liking the stuff on your Blog too mate. Some lovely work there!