My Life In Comics

Au­thor of doc­tor who: the eighth doc­tor

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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!

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