COMIC STRIPPING, MAGIC LEAPS & MORE!
Ant’s journey to comic book artist is a well trodden path. He started reading comic books in the mid 1970s, devouring anything and everything that he could get his hands on in his small welsh home town.
“My gateway drug was the British humour comics that proliferated in those days but in need of a stronger fix, I soon moved onto action adventure weeklies. Which led to mainlining Marvel UK reprints and the inevitable spiral into the imported Marvel and DC monthlies”.
He loved the stories but was obsessed by the art, drawing and copying comic book characters endlessly and his career path was clear. All he did was draw and then draw some more.
Determined and persistent rather than naturally gifted, Ant didn’t let a lack of ability hold back his ambitions and as a teenager, he was getting the bus to London, armed with a portfolio of crude scribblings. In true whirlwind fashion, it only took another six years of repeatedly turning up unannounced at publishers doors, to land his first gig in the late 80’s. An editor at the Marvel UK offices offered him his first gig drawing a strip for Action Force, which is basically GI Joe with a British accent.
Once he was in the door he hauled his way up the greasy pole of comic bookery eventually drawing monthly books for Marvel and DC and over a 15 year career, drew pretty much all the characters he grew up reading, including Spider-man, The X-men, Deadpool, Iron Man, Batman. Superman and many more.
“It was an amazing ride and for the most part an absolute blast”.
Being a comic book artist though is not a life of champagne and caviar and the comics boom of the 80’s was over. It was a constant slog cranking out weekly and monthly stories, navigating the politics and always hustling for the next gig.