Andi Watson


Andi Watson

Infobox Comics creator



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birthname = Andrew Watson
birthdate = 1969
location = Kippax, West Yorkshire, England
deathdate =
deathplace =
nationality = British
area = Writer, Artist
alias =
notable works = "Breakfast After Noon"
"Slow News Day"
"Love Fights"
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
"Namor"
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Andrew "Andi" Watson (1969 - ) is a British cartoonist and illustrator best known for the graphic novels "Breakfast After Noon", "Slow News Day" and his series "Love Fights", published by Oni Press and Slave Labor Graphics.

Watson has also worked for more mainstream American comic publishers with some work at DC Comics, a twelve-issue limited series at Marvel Comics, with the majority at Dark Horse Comics, moving recently to Image Comics.

Biography

Andi Watson was born in the Wakefield Infirmary and raised in Kippax, West Yorkshire by working class parents. He studied foundation art at Dewsbury college followed by a graphic design / illustration course at Liverpool Polytechnic (now Liverpool John Moores University). He currently lives in Stoke-on-Trent.

Early works

For his final degree show Watson produced the small press comic "Samurai Jam" along with t-shirts and bubble-gum cards. The comic was rooted in skateboarding and punk rock culture and artistically influenced by Japanese Manga, specifically "Akira", and the American alternative comic "Love and Rockets". Three issues were produced by 1993, photocopied with covers spray-painted with a stencil, which generated some interest within the British small press comics scene.

Watson approached various American publishers and was taken on by Dan Vado of Slave Labor Graphics in 1993 who published four issues of "Samurai Jam". These were not a success, due in part to the wildly different art styles Watson employed with each issue, but Vado kept the door open and Watson returned in 1995 with "Skeleton Key", a monthly 16-page comic that ran for 30 issues and cemented his reputation.

After "Skeleton Key" Watson moved to Oni Press with "Geisha", a graphic novel about a robot girl artist. Rather than approach the issue of her being a robot Watson used the story to examine the ideas of fake and real. The book was an artistic bridge for Watson between the manga-inspired "Skeleton Key" and his current, more European, style.

Later works

The "Geisha" one-shot comic marked a dramatic shift in Watson's style, bringing in stylistic influences from European creators such as François Avril and Dupuy and Berberian, but retaining the slow pacing of long-form Manga. This came to fruition with "Breakfast After Noon", a "slice of life" story set in the industrial city of Stoke-on-Trent in Britain. This was followed by the novella "Dumped", a love story produced in association with the BIG festival in Turin.

Watson returned to Slave Labor in 2002 with "Slow News Day", a graphic novel set around a small town British newspaper which dealt with English attitudes to Americans and the theme of big versus small audience. He followed that with a one-shot featuring the fox spirit Kitsune from his earlier series "Skeleton Key", this time in a tale set in medieval Japan, scripted by Woodrow Phoenix.

His current work is the romantic comedy series "Love Fights" published by Oni along with "Paris", a limited series for Slave Labor scripted by Watson with art by Simon Gane. Recent solo work, like "Glister" [ [http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=114044 Andi Watson on Glister] , Newsarama, May 25, 2007] and "Princess At Midnight", has been published at Image Comics.

Work for hire

Andi Watson has worked as the writer on a variety of licensed properties, most significantly a 2 year run on the first "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" comics from Dark Horse Comics and Marvel Comics' "Namor".

Bibliography

*"Samurai Jam" (Slave Labor, 1993, tpb "The Complete Samurai Jam", 176 pages, 2003, ISBN 0943151740)
*"Skeleton Key" (1995):
**"Skeleton Key v1 : Beyond The Threshold" (96 pages, Slave Labor, 2000, ISBN 0943151120)
**"Skeleton Key v2 : The Celestial Calendar" (198 pages, Slave Labor, 1999, ISBN 0943151155)
**"Skeleton Key v3 : Telling Tales" (96 pages, Slave Labor, 2001, ISBN 0943151139)
**"Skeleton Key v4 : Cats and Dogs" (104 pages, Slave Labor, 2000, ISBN 0943151198)
**"Skeleton Key v5 : Roots" (104 pages, Slave Labor, 2000, ISBN 0943151260)
*"Negative Burn": "Skeleton Key: Bring on the Clouds" #44 (Caliber Comics, 1997)
*"Dark Horse Presents":
** "Skeleton Key" (in "Dark Horse Presents" #126, Dark Horse, 1997)
** "Annual 1998": "Skeleton Key: Witch" (Dark Horse, 1998)
** "Dead Love" (with pencils by David Perrin and inks by Sandu Florea, in "Dark Horse Presents" #141, Dark Horse, 1999, collected in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus" volume 4)
*"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" #1-11, 13-15, 17-19 (Dark Horse, 1998-2000) collected as:
**"Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus" volume 3 (328 pages, February 2008, ISBN 1593078854) collects previous collections:
***"Remaining Sunlight" (collects #1-3)
***"Uninvited Guests" (collects #4-7)
**"Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus" volume 4 (368 pages, May 2008, ISBN 1593079680) collects previous collections:
***"Bad Blood" (collects #9-11)
***"Crash Test Demons" (collects #13-15)
***"Pale Reflections" (collects #17-19)
*"Geisha" (Oni, 1998, tpb "The Complete Geisha", 2003, ISBN 1929998511)
*"Aliens vs Predator: Xenogenesis" (with pencils by Mel Rubi and inks by Mark Lipka and Norman Lee, 4-issue mini-series, Dark Horse, 1999)
*"Breakfast After Noon" (200 pages, Oni, 2000, ISBN 1929998147)
*"X-Men Unlimited" #30 (with Mike Lilly and Jim Mahfood, Marvel, 2000)
*"Bizarro Comics" (DC Comics, 240 pages, hardcover, 2001, ISBN 1563897792, softcover, 2003, ISBN 1563899582):
** "Wonder Girl vs Wonder Tot" (script, with art by Mark Crilley)
** "First Contact" (art, with script by Mark Crilley)
* "The One That Got Away" (in "Star Wars Tales", Dark Horse, 2001, collected in "Star Wars Tales" volume 2, May 2002, Dark Horse, ISBN 1569717575, Titan Books, ISBN 1840234423)
*"Slow News Day" (160 pages, Slave Labor, 2001, ISBN 1593620802)
*"Dumped" (56 pages, Oni, 2002, ISBN 1929998414)
*"Grendel: Red, White, & Black" #2: "Devil's Karma" (Dark Horse, 2002, tpb, 2005, ISBN 1593072015)
*"Hellboy: Weird Tales" #1: "Party Pooper" (Dark Horse, 2003, collected in "Hellboy: Weird Tales" volume 1, December 2003, ISBN 1569716226)
*"Love Fights" (2003):
**"Love Fights vol 1" (168 pages, Oni, May 2004, ISBN 1929998864)
**"Love Fights vol 2" (160 pages, Oni, January 2005, ISBN 1929998872)
*"Namor" (with co-author Bill Jemas, and pencils by Salvador Larroca and inks by Danny Miki, 12-issue series, Tsunami/Marvel, 2003)
*"Kitsune Tales" (with writer Woodrow Phoenix, 48 pages, Slave Labor, 2003, ISBN 0943151791)
*"Little Star" (176 pages, Oni, 2005, ISBN 1932664386)
*"Paris" (with art by Simon Gane, 5-issue limited series, Slave Labor, 2005-2006, tpb, 144 pages, August , 2007, ISBN 1593620810)
*"The Amazing Adventures of The Escapist" #8: "Powder Burns" (Dark Horse, 2005)
*"Put the Book Back on the Shelf: a Belle and Sebastian Anthology": "I Could Be Dreaming" (Image Comics, 2006)
*"Clubbing" (with Josh Howard, graphic novel, 176 pages, Minx, 2007, ISBN 1401203701)
*"Glister" (3-issue mini-series, Image Comics, 2007, tpb, 64 pages, October 2007, ISBN 158240884X)
*"Princess At Midnight" (64 pages, graphic novel, Image Comics, 2008, ISBN 1582409285)

Notes

References

*Gravett, Paul (2002) "Interview : Andi Watson" "The Comics Journal" 248 41-55
*gcdb|type=credit|search=Andi+Watson|title=Andi Watson
*comicbookdb|type=creator|id=2169|title=Andi Watson
* [http://www.comics-db.com/comics/search.cgi?query=Andi%20Watson&bool=and&substring=1 Andi Watson] at the Big Comic Book DataBase

External links

*official|http://www.andiwatson.biz
*myspace|andicomics|Andi Watson
* [http://www.onipress.com/display.php?type=au&id=11 Andi Watson at Oni Press]
* [http://www.slavelabor.com/prev_paris/prev_paris.html Preview of "Paris" at Slave Labor Graphics]

Interviews

* [http://www.tcj.com/248/i_watson.html Extract of Comics Journal interview from 2002]
* [http://marvel.com/catalog/?writer=Andi%20Watson Andi Watson on Marvel.com]
* [http://www.bdtheque.com/interview-andi-watson-vo-33.html An interview on bdtheque.com]


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