FRANK QUITELY

Renowned as one of Bri­tain’s great­est comic-book artists, Joel Mead­ows talks to the Scot about his lat­est work

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Frank Quitely is one of the most highly re­garded Bri­tish comics artists of the past 30 years. Start­ing his ca­reer on Scot­tish in­die comic Elec­tric Soup, Quitely (real name Vin­cent Deighan) soon moved onto the Judge Dredd

Megazine on strips like Shimura and Mis­sion­ary Man. He then be­gan a col­lab­o­ra­tion with fel­low Scot­tish su­per­star Grant Mor­ri­son on ti­tles like We3 for Ver­tigo and the ac­claimed All-Star Su­per­man for DC. He worked with Mor­ri­son again on X-Men for Marvel and over the past few years, he has col­lab­o­rated reg­u­larly with fel­low Scot­tish writer Mark Mil­lar on

Jupiter’s Legacy for Im­age Comics. 2017 is a sig­nif­i­cant year for the artist as a ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion of his work has just opened at the Kelv­in­grove Gallery in Glas­gow, Frank Quitely: The Art Of Comics.

Comic He­roes caught up with him to find out about look­ing back at a 30-year ca­reer, work­ing with Grant Mor­ri­son and Mark Mil­lar, why the con­clu­sion of Jupiter’s Legacy is a lit­tle late and more…

So you are fin­ish­ing off the lat­est is­sue of Jupiter’s Legacy, with Mark Mil­lar. But it is quite late, so what’s caused you to go off sched­ule?

It’s mon­strously late. I think it’s more than a year late. It’s partly be­cause I think Mark had hoped that if we started pub­lish­ing when I was more than halfway through it we would be on sched­ule. But var­i­ous things have hap­pened in be­tween. One of them was I got a slight re­cur­rence of my back in­juries. An­other was that I tore a lig­a­ment off my thumb when I was paint­balling. I had to get an op­er­a­tion to get it screwed back onto the bone. That slowed me down a wee bit. A lot of it was just the sheer num­ber of hos­pi­tal ap­point­ments and pre-op stuff. And then an­other thing was the ex­hi­bi­tion at Kelv­in­grove.

What was the ge­n­e­sis of the ex­hi­bi­tion at Kelv­in­grove?

The con­ver­sa­tion started two and a half years ago. What hap­pened was that a cou­ple of peo­ple high up in Glas­gow mu­se­ums saw the BBC doc­u­men­tary What Do Artists Do All Day? So they had a meet­ing and asked if any­body knows any­thing about comics. So the guy who even­tu­ally cu­rated the show, Martin Craig, said, “Not only do I know a bit about comics, but I know that guy as well”.

We were think­ing we could do some­thing that went from grass roots right up to Mark [Mil­lar] and Grant [Mor­ri­son] for in­stance. We’d prob­a­bly get Wag­ner and Grant in­volved in terms of the 2000AD story too. We thought about hav­ing Ed­die Camp­bell in­volved as that’s some­thing that’s very dif­fer­ent to what most of the rest of us are do­ing. In terms of the timescale and

Be­low: Quitely is best known for his col­lab­o­ra­tive work on the sto­ries of muchloved char­ac­ters from Su­per­man and Bat­man to the X-Men

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