My Life In Comics
Author of doctor who: the eighth doctor
Doctor Who scribe, George Mann.
THE FIRST COMIC I ever READ I grew up reading British comics such as Buster, Whizzer & Chips, The
Beano and The Dandy. I still have a great fondness for them. The first American comic book I remember buying was the 1984 adaptation of
Star Trek III: The Search For Spock. I read it until it fell apart.
THE FIRST INFLUENCE ON MY WORK I certainly feel the influence of all the Batman stuff I read as a child, and see it impacting on the tone of my own work, but the first time I sat up and realised that comics weren’t just about superheroes or TV/ movie tie-ins was probably reading Transmetropolitan. I devoured those comics, and I think it was at that point that I decided I wanted to write comics, and not just consume them.
MY FIRST PROFESSIONAL COMICS WORK The first professional scripts I wrote were for a creator-owned series based on my Newbury & Hobbes novels, but that project has turned out to have a very long gestation period, so no one’s had chance to read them yet! My first published piece was a six-page Doctor Who short for Titan’s first FCBD issue. It was a bit of a baptism of fire, trying to fit a whole Doctor Who story into just six pages!
MY FAVOURITE COMIC OF ALL TIME Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s Batman: The Long Halloween. I love everything about it, from the grand concept, to the realisation on the page. Sale’s art is phenomenal, and Loeb plots it out just like a TV season. It’s the Batman comic I always return to.
THE BEST COMIC I’VE WORKED ON The Eighth Doctor miniseries I wrote for Titan. I’m a lifelong Doctor
Who fan, and getting the chance to revisit Paul McGann’s Doctor and give him his own series, with a new companion, was a dream come true. I really wanted each issue to feel like a new “episode” of a TV series that you’ve never seen. Emma Vieceli has done such a fantastic job bringing the scripts to life, too. I think the script for issue 4 is my favourite out of all of them.
THE CHARACTER I’D MOST LIKE TO WRITE FOR Spider-Man is on my bucket list. If there’s one thing I MUST do before my career is over, it’s write for Spidey. Even if it’s only a cameo.
THE COMICS I’M CURRENTLY READING The Wicked + The Divine, The Spire, This Damned Band, The Amazing Spider-Man, Batman, Batgirl, Velvet, Phonogram, 2000 AD. In fact,
there’s so much that I’m having trouble keeping up!