Simon Bisley is a legendary artist best known for his work on ABC Warriors, Lobo, Sláine and Judge Dredd/Batman. His style, reliant on paints, acrylics, inks and multiple-mediums, is strongly influenced by Frank Frazetta, Bill Sienkiewicz, Gustav Klimt and Richard Corben. The winner of both an Eagle and Eisner award his work has inspired various forms in media, including the Beast in the 2006 Doctor Who episode “The Satan Pit” and Simon Pegg’s character Tim Bisley on Channel 4s sitcom ‘Spaced’.
Andy Diggle: Writer
Currently writing stories for Dr Who, Thief of Thieves and a new supernatural comic Uncanny. Andy has recently worked on Superman and launched his own thriller called Snapshot with artist Jock. He has also been nominated for the prestigious Eisner Award for co-creating the New York Times best-selling action thriller The Losers, which was turned into a film.
Melinda Gebbie: Artist & Writer
An American comics artist and writer, probably best known for Lost Girls, the three-volume graphic novel she produced in collaboration with writer (and now husband) Alan Moore, published by Top Shelf. Worked on many cutting edge titles including Wimmens Comix.
Mike Conroy: Editor, Writer and Publisher
Best known for co-creating the Eagle Awards in 1976, with Richard Burton. In the mid-1990s Conroy concentrated on his freelance writing, ultimately replacing Phil Hall as news editor of the trade magazine Comics International. Mike also writes for Panini, Eaglemoss, and SFX among others, primarily in his role as a comics historian. For Chrysalis/Collins & Brown, he has written two books on comics, 500 Comicbook Action Heroes (2002) and its companion 500 Comicbook Villains (2004). Mike is now the publisher and editor on Multiverse magazine.
Calum G Laird: Editor & Writer
Landed his first job as a trainee on Jackie Magazine. After 18 months there he moved to Commando comic which became his home from home. Despite several “postings” to teenage magazines, women’s magazines, a motorcycle title and one of the commercial departments, Calum returned to Commando in 2007 after three years on The Dandy. He was in the fortunate position of taking over from the man who had mentored him in my early days and was delighted to take over as Editor of Commando.
Gordon Rennie: Writer
A constant in the halls of 2000AD, having worked on many stories for Judge Dredd, best known for White Trash, Missionary Man and working with writing partner Emma Beeby on Dr Who.
Emma Beeby: Writer
Judge Dredds first female writer, Emma also co-writes Suicide Watch, a new story about the veteran comic hard man, with Gordon Rennie and Dr Who.
The amazing Frank Quitely is returning to GCC because the fans asked. The artist behind many fan favourites including X-Men, All Star Superman and Flex Mentallo, plus his new work written by Mark Miller ‘Jupiters Legacy’ and coloured by fellow GCC guest Peter Doherty.
We’ve also just released the new poster art for GCC 13, the ‘reading couple’ was created by Jason Mathis and will feature across all of GCC promo material.
Peter Doherty: Artist & Colourist
Peter Doherty began drawing comics professionally in 1990 with the John Wagner written series “Young Death, Boyhood of a Superfiend” that ran in the first twelve issues of the Judge Dredd megazine. He’s drawn lots of Judge Dredd stories, a Grendel series, quite a few earlier issues of the Vertigo series ” The Dreaming” and lots of other bits for comics, books and films. Latterly he’s moved into colouring other people’s work as well, initially on the first series of Grant Morrison and Cameron Stewart’s “Seaguy“, and even more substantially, Geof Darrow’s “Shaolin Cowboy“. Recently he’s been responsible for the “reimagining” of the colour for the collection of the classic until-now-uncollected Grant Morrison/Frank Quitely classic, “Flex Mentallo”.
He’s currently colouring the Mark Millar/Frank Quitely epic, “Jupiter’s Legacy”. He’ll also be reteaming with Frank on the Grant Morrison written DC project, “Pax Americana” and with Geof Darrow on the return of “The Shaolin Cowboy” later in 2013.
Ferg Handley: Writer
Ferg’s first published work appeared in Commando #3102 ‘Lucky Lenny’ in 1997, since then he has scripted over 250 issues of the book! Ferg has also scripted ‘Winker Watson’ for the Dandy, Football PSM, and Marvel UK Spectacular Spiderman, Marvel Rampage and Marvel Heroes comic books. Ferg has also scripted the Panini GI Joe British comic book.
George Low: Editor
A veteran of DC Thompson, George joined the company from school in 1963 and has worked on the Commando title ever since, taking over as Editor of Commando in 1989. George also worked on other British classics of the day, Adventure, Wizard, Rover and Star.
Barry Kitson: Artist
Barry Kitson’s first professional work was Spider-Man for Marvel UK. Recognition wasn’t long in coming and was achieved whilst working for 2000AD with his detailed work on Judge Anderson (written by Alan Grant). His first work for DC Comics was a Batgirl special, Barry then proceeded to draw countless DC titles including JLA: Year One, Azrael, Adventures of Superman, Teen Titans, Batman: Legend of the Dark Knight, Batman: Shadow of the Bat, Empire, Batman/Punisher and Legion of Superheroes amongst others. Since 2007 Barry has worked extensively with Marvel Comics on titles as diverse as Wolverine, Fantastic Four, Amazing Spider-Man, The Order, the Mighty Thor, Iron Man and the Incredible Hulks.
Alan Grant: Writer
Starting as an editor for DC Thompson it wasn’t long before he made the jump to Science Fiction at the bequest of John Wagner, the two teamed up in Starlord, co-creating Strontium Dog which was to merge with its sister comic 2000AD. In the 1990’s one character more than any other would raise his profile sky high, taking a supporting character (created by Keith Giffen) from Omega Man, Grant coupled with rising star Simon Bisley brought Lobo in the form of a 4 issues mini series to DC, the character would prove incredibly popular. Other successes include ‘Bogie Man’ , ‘L.E.G.I.O.N.’, ‘The Demon’ and Batman were just some of the other titles produced in a quite prolific decade. Alan has also written 2 comic based novels ‘The Stone King’ (2001) featuring Batman and the Justice League and ‘Last sons’ featuring Superman, Martian Manhunter and Lobo.