Countdown to Lawgiver MkII – Guest spotlight – Rob Williams

Rob Williams will be a Guest at Lawgiver MkII, Hilton Doubletree, Bristol, Bank Holiday Monday 25th May 2015. Tickets available from Eventbrite. This will be Rob’s first appearance at Lawgiver, the only Judge Dredd Convention going.

Tri FrankRob is one of the current stable of writers for Judge Dredd in 2000AD and the Megazine. He also writes the story Low Life which is set in Dredd’s world starring an undercover Judge, Dirty Frank, pictured here (2000AD does not have a shared universe for all of their characters). He was involved in the very successful crossover story Trifecta that ran through Judge Dredd, Low Life and The Simping Detective  – you can read my review of that story elsewhere on this blog.

I am a Panel Moderator for Lawgiver but at present don’t know the final line-ups of Panels I will be running.

This isn’t his only work for 2000AD. He also wrote The Grievous Journey of Ichabod Azrael and the Dead left in his Wake, a story of an outlaw from the Old West and his time after death. The Ten-Seconders is a rare step in to the genre of Superheroes for 2000AD.

In Judge Dredd Megazine his, admittedly superhero story Ordinary was serialised. Ordinary is a creator owned project, together with fellow 2000AD alumni D’Israeli, later published by Image.

Last year Rob had another creator owned hit with The Royals: Masters of War from Vertigo. This story was set in an alternative history where the Royal families around the world possessed super powers, while commoners had none.

You may have noticed that three of these stories are in the Superhero genre. Rob has some very interesting angles on this genre and none of these three examples are in any way similar in style or content.

Outside 2000AD and his creator owned projects his work becomes even more diverse. He has written licensed franchises such as Robocop and currently writes a Doctor Who comic with Titan.

Vertigo is a branch of DC Comics and Rob can also be found writing for the ‘big two’ Marvel and DC on titles like Ghost Rider and Martian Manhunter.

So as you can see that’s a rather impressive resume with some very diverse topics. The detail that he can pack in to a 5 page episode of 2000AD story is impressive. Writing these short episodes can be a big challenge if used to the US fortmat of 20 to 30 page issues. The reverse for Rob does not seem to cause him any problems and his US format stories are equally gripping.

I’ve briefly met Rob before at Thought Bubble where I’ve asked him to autograph my review of some of his work. I’m hoping to get a bit more detailed conversation with him in May.


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