Beyond Watchmen & Judge Dredd: The Art of John Higgins
Character building The veteran English artist reveals how he got to draw some of the best-known figures in comics…
The artist reveals how he got to draw some of the best-known characters in comics.
John Higgins is best known as the colourist on Watchmen. But he’s far more than that, as this 272-page softback book reveals.
This book is a companion piece to an exhibition at Liverpool’s Victoria Gallery & Museum (on show until October), and lets John tell the story of his career in his own words.
There’s a lot of text here, but it’s not just all backstory and backslapping. Instead, John’s account is full of refreshing honesty, including a lot of useful, practical information for aspiring artists, such as how page rates are broken down and the benefits of working in book publishing versus comic publishing. He also reveals some neat tricks of the trade.
As you’d expect, carefully curated examples of John’s excellent artwork bring everything to life. And with fascinating anecdotes from across a 30-odd year career, and a foreword from his Watchmen collaborator Dave Gibbons, it all adds up to a fascinating account from a great graphic artist.
John worked with Alan Moore and Brian Bolland as the colourist on The Killing Joke.