‘They came look­ing for us’

Jock ex­plains how an ‘f*** off’ led to his first job in the comics in­dus­try

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Glenn Fabry’s blunt, but ap­prov­ing cri­tique (see p.41) was a break­through mo­ment. Steve MacManus, an ed­i­tor at 2000 AD, heard about what hap­pened and of­fered Jock a com­mis­sion in the 1995 sum­mer spe­cial.

It wasn’t un­til five years later that he had reg­u­lar work for 2000 AD. But that first job was a break­through mo­ment: “My­self and Dom Rear­don weren’t par­tic­u­larly good,” Jock says. “But Steve was try­ing to en­cour­age us. He heard about that meet­ing and there­fore came look­ing for us, rather than the other way round. So it was an awe­some mo­ment.”

Jock went on to big things at 2000 AD, and won the best new­comer award at the Na­tional Comics Award in 2001. He worked with writer Andy Dig­gle on Lenny Zero, a pair­ing which led to his big break in the US. To­gether they pub­lished The Losers with DC Comics. The rest is his­tory. And it all started from that most un­con­ven­tional of port­fo­lio re­views. Now Jock sits on the other side of the sign­ing desk…

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