The Hardest Working Man In British Comics
♦ The second Portsmouth Comic Con takes place in 10 days’ time and Tripwire is proud to be a part of it once again. Here is the latest spotlight feature looking at one of its guests, artist Gary Erskine
Erskine has worked in the comic industry for over twenty five years for MARVEL, DC Comics, Vertigo, Dark Horse Comics, IMAGE, IDW and other companies with writers Mark Millar, Warren Ellis, Garth Ennis, and Grant Morrison on books including The Unwritten, War Stories, The Massive with Brian Wood, and Grindhouse with Alex De Campi, with characters as diverse as Judge Dredd, Starman, Dan Dare and Captain America.
He has also contributed to licenses including Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Transformers and Terminator. He mentors film students on storyboarding, teaches workshops at schools and libraries and is currently writing and publishing ROLLER GRRRLS. Future work includes http://Incendiary.US and Zachariah Gunn: Dakota.
Erksine has also provided storyboards and concept design work for the games and film industry and also works commercially with clients including D’Agostini, SONY, EA Games COLORS, Team GB British Cycling, J League and the Joshua Agency. He has also contribuited a short story to the successful Metal Made Flesh series for Subversive Comics working with writer Cy Dethan called The Final Piece Of Me. Recent work includes the companion graphic novel to the Frontlines series of sci-fi novels by Marko Kloos, written by Ivan Brandon for Jet City Comics.
He drew Doctor Who in comics back in 2013 and he spoke about working on a licensed property in an interview on downthetubes: ” I have worked on a number of comic book licenses before and the likeness capture always proves a tricky area. The main area we had to concentrate on was the balance between Tom Baker’s quirky and individual appearance and the delicate beauty of Louise Jameson. Not always an easy task and there was a lot of BBC approval edits and changes over the course of producing the book. It goes with the territory of working with licenses and actor/agent approval but we were very pleased with the end result.” https://downthetubes.net/?p=80
He also hosts character Design workshops for schools and teaches storyboards for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and more recently provided workshops for the Prince’s Trust.
He discussed how he broke into comics on the Warrior Women website back in 2017:”I was working in Forbidden Planet after leaving college and had the opportunity to show my portfolio to Dan Abnett during a signing at the shop. He was editing an anthology called Strip magazine and I was offered an eight page script called X-Stacy, written by John Carnell. Another editor at Marvel UK, Steve White, saw my work and needed an artist for their new series Knights of Pendragon [an environmental super hero book] The original six issues continued to eighteen and by then I was being approached by Marvel and DC Comics in the US, and 2000AD.”
This is Erskine’s second visit to Portsmouth Comic Con as a guest. He has been an artist with a loyal following for many years and is a regular fixture at many UK comic cons.
Tickets are available now for Portsmouth Comic Con but they are selling fast. Please visit the website for details on the show and to pick up tickets
And here’s the other guest spotlights so far