Johnston at the 2012 New York Comic Con.
|Born||25 August 1972
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
Stormbreaker: The Graphic Novel
Alan Moore's The Courtyard
Three Days in Europe
|Awards||"Best Horror" American Independent Publishing Award|
Antony Johnston (born 25 August 1972) is a British writer. He is known for the post apocalyptic comic series Wasteland, his graphic novel adaptations of Anthony Horowitz' Alex Rider novels, and his work with Alan Moore.
Despite an early interest in comics and role-playing games, Johnston started his career as a graphic designer. He began his writing career with work for role-playing magazines before the Mark Salisbury-edited Writers on Comic Scriptwriting (Titan Books, 1999) rekindled his interest in comics. Drawing on his design skills, he now designs many of his own comics and graphic novels. In May 2001, Johnston was one of the three founding editors of NinthArt.com, an attempt at taking a literary and critical approach to the comics medium designed to act as a journal and aimed at "the discerning reader." Between 2001 and 2004, he contributed a mostly-monthly Editorial entitled "Cassandra Complex," and for five years formed one-third of the infrequent "Triple A" discussions, including the last (on 19 June 2006).
His fiction debut, Frightening Curves, was an illustrated horror novel with artwork by Aman Chaudhary, published by now-defunct Cyberosia Publishing in 2001. The book won the Best Horror Award in the 2002 IPPY awards at Book Expo America. Johnston would also produce a graphic novel – Rosemary's Backpack – and a contribution to the first PopImage anthology for Cyberosia in 2002.
Oni and Avatar
In 2002, he began his association with Oni Press by writing the five-issue miniseires Three Days in Europe (with art by Mike Hawthorne). Described by the publisher as a romantic comedy, Johnston revealed the origins of the series as being borne out of his "want[ing] to avoid being branded as a one-trick pony." Initially, Johnston (who had been writing for comics journalism website NinthArt.com) produced a proposal for Oni Editor-in-Chief Jamie S. Rich, and with editor Jamie Lucas Jones transformed it into a title to be called Emily Spook. While this, and Johnston's 150 West, a "crime/horror serial for the Warren Ellis-edited anthology Night Radio," were in the works, Johnston wrote the "completely different" series Three Days in Europe.
After this initial mini-series, Johnston penned a number of graphic novels for Oni Press – Spooked (with Ross Campbell), Julius (with Brett Weldele) and Closer (with Mike Norton) released between February and May 2004; The Long Haul (with Eduardo Barreto) and F-Stop (with Matthew Loux) released in February and April 2005.
In 2005, Johnston became the first – and thus far only – other writer to pen a story for Greg Rucka's award-winning espionage comic series Queen & Country, writing the three-issue Queen & Country: Declassified miniseries with artist Christopher Mitten. A year later, Johnston and Mitten launched Wasteland (2006), an ongoing post-apocalyptic series, again for Oni Press.
Meanwhile, Johnston began an association with Avatar Press adapting work by Alan Moore. Announced in September 2002, Moore's Lovecraft tale The Courtyard was 'sequentially adapted' for comics by Johnston, described then as "one of the industry's rising stars." Praised by writer Warren Ellis, after collaborating with Moore personally on The Courtyard (initially intended to be published as part of Moore's Yuggoth Cultures, but ultimately published independently) Johnston went on to adapt a number of Moore's prose writings for Avatar Press. These included:
- Another Suburban Romance (adapted from Moore's performance work),
- "Me and Dorothy Parker" (adapted from a song in Alan Moore's Songbook, and published in Yuggoth Cultures and Other Growths #3)
- Hypothetical Lizard (adapted from Moore's novella, originally printed in the shared-world anthology Liavek: Wizard's Row (Ace, 1987))
- Light of Thy Countenance
In addition, Yuggoth Creatures and the four-issue Nightjar (with input from Bryan Talbot) were inspired by Moore's earlier Cthulhu mythos works, but largely written by Johnston alone. Johnston's script for The Courtyard saw print in 2004 alongside the original short story which inspired the comics adaptation.
Johnston has also worked on non-Moore titles, including the adult story "Spellbound" for Vivid Girls (with Juan Jose Ryp) starring Vivid Entertainment stars Jenna Jameson and Tawny Roberts, and the final Avatar release tying into the 2003 remake of cult horror film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Fearbook No. 1 (with Daniel HDR), released in 2006.
2006 also saw the release of Stormbreaker: The Graphic Novel, the first of Johnston's adaptations of Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider series for Walker Books. In 2007 Del Rey Manga announced Johnston as the writer of a Marvel Comics-licensed original English-language manga version of Wolverine, due for publication in 2009.
Most recently, Johnston began writing the comic book prequel to the Electronic Arts videogame Dead Space, illustrated by Ben Templesmith and published through Image Comics, for whom he had previously written a number of short stories. Shortly after, he was also announced as the game's scriptwriter. Johnston stated that Alien, Die Hard, and X-Files were influences of both his Dead Space scripts and novels. He also continued working on titles at Marvel, writing Daredevil with Andy Diggle, a one-shot Daredevil: Cage Match and Shadowland: Blood on the Streets a tie-in to a major Daredevil storyline.
- "Sunday Mourning" (short story, with Mike Norton, in 9-11, 2002)
- Rosemary's Backpack (with Drew Gilbert, 112-page graphic novel, Cyberosia Publishing, 2002, ISBN 0-9709474-7-X)
- Three Days in Europe (with Mike Hawthorne, 5-issue mini-series, Oni Press, 2002–2003, tpb, 152 pages, 2003, ISBN 1-929998-72-4)
- Alan Moore's The Courtyard (adapted from work by Alan Moore, with art by Jacen Burrows, 2-issue mini-series, Avatar Press, March 2003, tpb, 2004)
- Another Suburban Romance (adapted from work by Alan Moore, with art by Juan Jose Ryp, Avatar Press, April 2003)
- Alan Moore's Yuggoth Cultures and Other Growths #3: "Me and Dorothy Parker" (adapted from song by Alan Moore, with art by Marat Mychaels, Avatar Press, 2003, tpb, Yuggoth Cultures, 2006, paperback, ISBN 1-59291-026-2, hardback, ISBN 1-59291-027-0)
- Spooked (with Ross Campbell, 168-page graphic novel, Oni Press, February 2004, ISBN 1-929998-79-1)
- Julius (with Brett Weldele, 168-page graphic novel, Oni Press, March 2004, ISBN 1-929998-80-5)
- Closer (with Mike Norton, 152-page graphic novel, Oni Press, May 2004, ISBN 1-929998-81-3)
- "Sweeps Week" (short story, with Mike Norton, in Noble Causes: Extended Family No. 2, Image Comics, 2004)
- Alan Moore's The Courtyard Companion (reprints Johnston's script for Alan Moore's The Courtyard with annotations by NG Christakos, Moore's original short story, new pinups/art by Jacen Burrows, and a new essay by Johnston, Avatar Press, 2004)
- Alan Moore's Hypothetical Lizard (adapted from work by Alan Moore, with art by Lorenzo Lorente, 4-issue mini-series, Avatar Press, 2004–2005, tpb, 2007)
- Yuggoth Creatures (with Jacen Burrows, Sebastian Fiumara, Andres Guinaldo, Matthew T. Martin, Juan Jose Ryp, Dheeraj Verma and Mike Wolfer, one-shot, Avatar Press, 2004)
- Nightjar (with pencils by Max Fiumara and inks by Sebastian Fiumara, 4-issue mini-series, Avatar Press, 2004–2005)
- "Spellbound" (short story, with Juan Jose Ryp, in Vivid Girls Volume 1, Avatar Press, 2005, ISBN 1-59291-022-X)
- The Long Haul (with Eduardo Barreto, 176-page graphc novel, Oni Press, February 2005, ISBN 1-932664-05-X)
- F-Stop (with Matthew Loux, 164-page graphic novel, Oni Press, April 2005, ISBN 1-932664-09-2)
- "Hype" (short story, with Mike Hawthorne, in Four Letter Worlds, Image Comics, 2005)
- Queen & Country Declassified (with Christopher Mitten, 3-issue mini-series, Oni Press, 2005)
- Texas Chainsaw Massacre Fearbook No. 1 (with Daniel HDR, Avatar Press, 2006)
- Wasteland (with Christopher Mitten, ongoing series, Oni Press, 2006–present) collected as:
- Alex Rider (with Kanako Damerum and Yuzuru Takasaki):
- "Best Side Out" (short story, with Noel Tuazon, in Postcards: True Stories That Never Happened, Villard Books, 2007)
- "Supergiant Blues" (short story, with Luis Sopelana, in 24Seven Volume 2, Image Comics, 2007)
- Texas Strangers (with co-author Dan Evans III and art by Mario Boon, Image Comics, 2007)
- Dead Space (with Ben Templesmith, Image Comics, March–August 2008, hardback, December 2008, ISBN 1-60706-033-7)
- Wolverine: Prodigal Son (with Wilson Tortosa, 177-page graphic novel, Del Rey, April 2009, ISBN 0-345-50516-6)
- Light of Thy Countenance (adaptation of poem by Moore, with art by Felipe Massafera, 48-page graphic novella, Avatar Press, paperback, January 2009, ISBN 1-59291-062-9, hardcover, June 2009, ISBN 1-59291-063-7)
- Dead Space: Extraction (with Ben Templesmith, one-shot, Image Comics, September 2009)
- Daredevil #505–510, 512 (with co-author Andy Diggle and art by Marco Checchetto, ongoing series, Marvel Comics, April–November 2010, February 2011)
- Daredevil: Cage Fight (with Sean Chen, one-shot, Marvel Comics, July 2010)
- Shadowland: Blood on the Streets (with Wellington Alves, 4-issue mini-series, Marvel Comics, October 2010 – January 2011)
- Dead Space: Salvage (with Christopher Shy, 104-page graphic novel, IDW Publishing, November 2010, ISBN 1-60010-815-6)
- Shadowland: After the Fall (with Marco Checchetto/Roberto De La Torre, one-shot, Marvel Comics, February 2011)
- Spider-Island: Deadly Hands of Kung Fu (with pencils by Sebastian Fiumara, 3-issue mini-series, Marvel Comics, October–December 2011)
- Fashion Beast, a 2012 adaptation of an Alan Moore screenplay written with Malcolm McLaren
- "Panel Beating: Geek To Chic/Mule Variations/Let's Kill Comics" in POPIMAGE, Vol 1 (Cyberosia Publishing, 2002)
- "Pick Up the Phone" in Alan Moore: Portrait of an Extraordinary Gentleman (Abiogenesis, 2003)
- Frightening Curves (Cyberosia Publishing, July 2001, ISBN 0-9709474-0-2)
- (Dreams of Inan:) Stealing Life (Abaddon Books, January 2007, ISBN 1-905437-12-9)
- "Cassandra Complex Editorials" by Antony Johnston at NinthArt.com (May 2001 – April 2004) (via the Internet Archive)
- "Getting Things Written" by Antony Johnston, August 2007
- Dead Space (EA Redwood Shores, 2008)
- Dead Space: Extraction (Visceral Games, 2009)
- Dead Space Ignition (Visceral Games and Sumo Digital, Autumn 2010)
- Binary Domain (Sega, 2012)
Additionally, Johnston has been nominated for the following awards:
- 2006: Nominated (for Wasteland) for the "Best New Series" Harvey Award
- 2007: Nominated (for Wasteland) for "Favourite Black and White Comicbook – American" Eagle Award
- Official biography
- "Getting Things Written: Job Sheets," by Antony Johnston. Accessed 7 August 2008
- "What Is Ninth Art?" by Antony Johnston, Alasdair Watson and Andrew Wheeler, May 2001. Accessed (via the Internet Archive) 7 August 2008
- "Cassandra Complex Editorials" by Antony Johnston at NinthArt.com (21 May 2001 – 30 April 2004). Accessed (via the Internet Archive) 7 August 2008
- "Triple A" by the Ninth Art editorial board (Johnston, Watson & Wheeler) at NinthArt.com (11 June 2001 – 19 June 2006). Accessed (via the Internet Archive) 7 August 2008
- Winners and Finalists for the Independent Publisher Book Awards 2002, Independent Publisher
- "ANTONY JOHNSTON WRITING MASTERCLASS 26 JUNE 6.30 – 8pm," June 14, 2008. Accessed 7 August 2008
- Antony Johnston biography in Horowitz/Johnston/Kanako/Yuzuru Point Blank: The Graphic Novel (Philomel, 2007) ISBN 978-0-399-25026-2
- Suicide Girls interview, Suicide Girls, 3 February 2005
- Three's Not a Crowd: Johnston talks graphic novels at Oni in 2004, Comic Book Resources, 5 August 2003
- Johnston's Working in Alan Moore's Courtyard, Comicon Pulse, 13 November 2002
- Rob Allstetter, "Oni's THREE DAYS IN EUROPE" at Mania.com, July 26, 2002. Accessed 7 August 2008
- Antony Johnston interview, 4 Color Rebellion, 12 July 2005
- The Rising Tide: Antony Johnston talks Oni's Wasteland, Comic Book Resources, 25 April 2006
- Avatar Press Release: "Alan Moore's The Courtyard," September 24, 2002. Accessed 7 August 2008
- Avatar: Alan Moore's The Courtyard. Accessed 7 August 2008
- On Adapting Alan Moore’s Light of Thy Countenance – an exclusive interview with Antony Johnston, Hypergeek, 16 March 2009
- Embracing Lovecraftian Monsters in Johnston's "Yuggoth Creatures", Comic Book Resources, 22 April 2004
- Opening up a jar of horror: Antony Johnston talks 'Nightjar', Comic Book Resources, 14 January 2004
- "Vivid Comix: Vivid Girls Volume One – Spellbound". Accessed 7 August 2008 Archived 26 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Fearbook, Digital Retribution Comic Review
- Publisher's book page, Walker Books
- Another look at the manga-style Wolverine, X-Men, Newsarama, 22 April 2008
- LeTendre, Brian (22 September 2009). "Johnston & Templesmith Talk "Dead Space: Extraction"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
- Wizard Q&A, Wizard, 5 March 2008
- Chuck Gets Animated, Dead Space blog, 18 April 2008
- Hawk, Lucky (26 October 2012). "Antony Johnston Interview". Blankmaninc.com. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
- Manning, Shaun (18 December 2009). "Antony Johnston: A "Daredevil" in a "Cold City" "Wasteland"". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on 28 April 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
- Richards, Dave (26 March 2010). "Antony Johnston Deals with the Daredevil". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on 30 March 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
- Richards, Dave (10 May 2010). "Johnston Spills "Blood on the Streets"". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on 13 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
- Mandalay nabs Oni Press' 'Julius', Variety, 18 August 2008
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