I hadn’t always wanted to be an artist. At one stage I wanted to be a writer of Science Fiction novels, but soon found out for that you needed to know punctuation and how to spell, neither being my strong points even now 40 years later since my first foray into the world of SF (comics) with the cover to 2000AD #43 1977.
SF was a passion, and still is. Seeing different artists’ visions or reading stories of strange worlds and future imaginings of human or alien societies… all of this still inspires me and drives me on to create the dark and twisted things that populate my worlds. (See Razorjack).
“As an artist, colourist, writer and editor – and sometimes publisher – John Higgins is regarded by his peers and his fans as a consummate professional, an entertaining raconteur and very much one of the Good Guys. But his work sometimes reveal that he has a dark side, too: “People pay me to imagine their worst nightmares.”
“… its one of the best artist art book/portfolios I have ever seen – A beautiful book, really well presented, great design, very informative and most importantly very accessible.”
Avram Buchanan, Creative Communications Director
The 2017 retrospective exhibition at the Victoria Gallery & Museum gave me the opportunity to write this autobiographical art book, initiated by my first curator Matthew Clough with an introduction to Anthony Cond at LUP, Liverpool University’s publishing arm.
This autobiographical “how too” book traces how my career unfolded (mainly stumbling from job to commission to job) as well as my personal quest for the perfect combination of words and pictures.
If you want to be a comics professional or just want to read comics, this book is for you.
Learn how to write a professional comic script and produce a page of print ready art, find out how much it costs to publish a comic-book and how much money you can get paid to do so.
From my forty-years of experience as a professional comics creator learn the history of comics and story telling, discover all the different methods of producing art from traditional to digital, with step by step guides.
In my career, I has created my own fantastical worlds, and brought to life the worlds of many others. Worked on the world’s most iconic and beloved comic-book characters, from Batman to Judge Dredd, from The Transformers to the most successful graphic novel of all time, Watchmen.