Writing His Own Niche
♦ Portsmouth Comic Con takes place 5-6 May 2018 and Tripwire is proud to be a part of it. Here is the sixteenth spotlight feature on one of its special guests, Rob Williams…
Welsh comic writer, Rob Williams kicked off his career writing Cla$$ War for Com.X, with artist Trevor Hairsine, Williams went on to work for 2000AD where he began his collaboration with artist Laurence Campbell, writing Judge Dredd, Low Life and Family for Rebellion.
Williams got into comics from journalism as he recalled in an interview with ScifiPulseNet back in 2014 which Downthetubes reproduced: “I was a journalist who had slipped into making corporate videos. That had me writing scripts for visuals, and I’d always been a comics fan, so I figured I’d try writing a script. That was Cla$$war #1. I had no idea what to do with it but a friend told me about a new British comics company starting up – Com.X. I gave them the script, fortunately they loved it and agreed to publish it, and when Cla$$war came out that led to work with 2000AD and it went from there. Over time my journalism work became less and my comics work increased.” downthetubes Rob Williams
In recent years, he has written DC’s Martian Manhunter, co-created Unfollow for Vertigo and is currently writing Suicide Squad, featuring Harley Quinn, for DC.
He was a reader of the 1980s Suicide Squad comic, which he revisited before he started his run on the book, he revealed to us in a chat we did with him back in 2016: “I reread the Ostrander/Mcdonnell run from the 80s, becuase that’s the core of the Suicide Squad concept and did a lot of the character dynamics very well indeed. Rebirth is really about us all going back to the core concepts of why people loved these books in the first place. But you always want to bring your own voice to anything you do. So it’s a merging of the two.” Tripwire Rob Williams Interview 2016
He felt privileged at the opportunity of working with DC’s publisher Jim Lee, who drew Suicide Squad when Williams started writing it, he mentioned in the same chat we did with him in 2016: “A thrill. I loved Jim’s X-Men run back in the day. I bought his Punisher War Journal before that. So, from a lifelong comics fan’s point of view, it’s something I’d never have believed would happen. From a professional point of view, Jim does dynamic superhero visuals better than just about anyone, and he’s very easy to work with. Hugely collaborative. And he brings with him two of the best in the business in Scott and Alex. It’s a ‘win the lottery’ comics gig.” Tripwire Rob Williams Interview 2016
He also just finished Kingsman: The Red Diamond, a six part series drawn by fellow Portsmouth guest Simon Fraser, published by Image and based on the characters created by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons.
Williams is a comic writer with a very impressive CV and he is a great addition to Portsmouth Comic Con.
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And here’s the other guest spotlights so far