And he does words too…

Comic Heroes - - Interview -

A fine writer in his own right, Gib­bons’s script­ing cred­its in­clude his 1990 World’s Finest Su­per­man/Bat­man team-up with Steve Rude, and the Will Simp­son-painted 1989 Rogue Trooper re­boot The War Ma­chine. But with the ex­cep­tion of his 2004 graphic novel, he has been re­luc­tant to il­lus­trate his own sto­ries. “When I first started, I thought I’d write and draw my own comics,” he re­calls. “I didn’t even sus­pect that the writer was a dif­fer­ent per­son from the artist when I was a kid. I thought I could do the whole thing, which is why I learned to let­ter as well. But I’ve ac­tu­ally found that I love to col­lab­o­rate be­cause I’m much hap­pier if I’m writ­ing for some­body to draw or if I’m draw­ing some­thing that some­one else has writ­ten.”

How­ever, af­ter ini­tially hand­ing it over to the likes of Rob­bie Mor­ri­son and Jimmy Brox­ton, Gib­bons in­tends to take charge of Treat­ment, his con­tri­bu­tion to Made­fire’s on­line comics app. “I scripted a cou­ple of sto­ries and they’ve adapted the short ori­gin story that I did for Dark Horse Pre­sents,” he says. “At the mo­ment, I’m work­ing on a movie-length ver­sion of Treat­ment, which is kind of an ori­gin that sets the whole thing up and leaves it open to spin-offs.”

More am­bi­tiously, Gib­bons is also in­tent on telling his life story. “Ev­ery­body when they get on a bit thinks, ‘What the world re­ally needs is my au­to­bi­og­ra­phy – I can show those young whip­per­snap­pers how it’s done!’” he laughs. “But I’ve been very lucky in comics and I’ve had a very in­ter­est­ing ca­reer. I’ve worked with a lot of well-known people and I’ve been in on the ground floor at a lot of im­por­tant mo­ments. I feel a bit like Woody Allen’s char­ac­ter in Zelig… or For­rest Gump.”

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