David Baillie leaps out of bed every morning burning with the fire of youthful enthusiasm.
He is a writer and artist whose work regularly appears in legendary British comics 2000AD and Judge Dredd Megazine as well as Vertigo and Heavy Metal in the US. He's also written and drawn for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Penguins of Madagascar, MEGA!, Horrible Histories, Comics International and Zombies and Robots. His stories have been translated into almost a dozen languages.
His screenwriting has been nominated for a BAFTA/Rocliffe Award and shortlisted for the hotly-contested Red Planet Prize and the BBC Scotland Writes Drama Competition and he recently worked with the prestigious Ragdoll Productions on numerous television projects.
Megadeth and Chopper
This spring sees the release of two new books featuring my work - and they're available for pre-order right now!
Megadeth: Death by Design features two stories by me - In My Darkest Hour with stupendous art by longtime collaborator Conor Boyle, and Dystopia with the wildly talented Simeon Aston. This will be a highly sought-after item on Megadeth's upcoming international greatest hits tour and also available for pre-order from Amazon.
Wandering Soul, The Megazine hit of last summer is being collected in Chopper: Wandering Spirit this June. The best place to find this blistering collection (which also includes other Brendan McCarthy collaborations with stellar talent such as Al Ewing and Rob Williams!) is your local comics shop, but if you just can't wait - then Amazon have your back.
And you should still be able to find the Judge Dredd: Mega Collection featuring a couple of my freaky Black Museum stories at either your local newsagent or comic shop.
The Vertigo series Red Thorn was announced at San Diego ComicCon.
A dark fantasy set in modern day Glasgow, it twists Scottish mythology and tortures an intriguing cast of characters - including fan-favourite Thorn, an ancient pagan Demi-God recently freed from his bone prison beneath the cobbled streets of Scotland into a world he neither recognises nor likes.
Drawn by one of the best new comic artists in the western world, Meghan Hetrick, with colours from Nick Filardi and Steve Oliff and lettering by industry legend Todd Klein, every issue and collection of Red Thorn is wrapped in a Choong Yong cover to die for.
Red Thorn is collected in two gorgeous paperback editions, Glasgow Kiss and Mad Gods and Scotsmen and is available in all good comic and bookshops right now.
"Vivid 21st century pop occultism, redolent and ripe with the romance and horror of prime Vertigo."
"Equal parts folklore, horror and post-millennial noir. The Mona Lisa of the Vertigo renaissance - assuming the Mona Lisa bites, curses, screws around and has a Scottish accent."
"A brilliant example of a talented creative team working with a synchronicity that you wouldn't normally expect from the debut issue in a series"
"The pacing remains immaculate here, with all of the separate storyline threads being given ample time to breathe, and the overall effect being a truly engaging world that you can't help but want to immerse yourself in."
Big Comic Page
"This book is amazing. The plot is definitely something that draws you in from the start... and I'm a huge fan of Meghan Hetrick's work. If you're a fan of mythology (even if it isn't Scottish mythology) and gutsy, gorgeous main characters who are about to wind up way over their heads in the consequences from bad decisions, consider checking out Red Thorn!"
Word of the Nerd
What people are saying...
Ever changing, always trying something new and different. A great artist making great stories.
Richard Bruton - Forbidden Planet Blog
There are some huge talents out there. I love what David Baillie is doing, for example.
A talented storyteller capable of creating convincing and well-realised worlds.
TRS2 - The Review Site
A talent to watch for the future.
Baillie's storytelling ability never misses.
One of my favourite cartoonists
Ed Kaye - Hypergeek
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