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David James Bishop (born 27 September 1966) is a New Zealand screenwriter and author. He was a UK comics editor during the 1990s, running such titles as the Judge Dredd Megazine and 2000 AD, the latter between 1996 and the summer of 2000.
He has since become a prolific author and received his first drama scriptwriting credit when BBC Radio 4 broadcast his radio play Island Blue: Ronald in June 2006. In 2007, he won the PAGE International Screenwriting Award in the short film category for his script Danny's Toys, and was a finalist in the 2009 PAGE Awards with his script The Woman Who Screamed Butterflies.
Bishop edited the Judge Dredd Megazine from 1991 to 2002. He became the editor of 2000 AD just before Christmas 1995, staying four and a half years before resigning to become a freelance writer in the summer of 2000.
Bishop was responsible for discovering many new British talents, including:
- Andy Diggle
- Robbie Morrison
- Frank Quitely
- Dean Ormston
- Chris Halls (comics pseudonym of video director Chris Cunningham)
- Simon Fraser
Since leaving 2000 AD in the year 2000, Bishop has enjoyed a successful career as a freelance writer, working on novels of Doctor Who, Judge Dredd and Nikolai Dante, as well as comic strip adventures of The Phantom. His Doctor Who novel Who Killed Kennedy, a journalist's point-of-view on the early Third Doctor stories, is highly popular with fans.
Paradoxically, despite his successes as a comics editor and as a writer of prose, Bishop scripted many extremely unpopular comic strips in 2000 AD and the Megazine, including the comics adaptation of A Life Less Ordinary, with art by Steve Yeowell. The Spacegirls, a badly executed parody of the Spice Girls, is on the list of 2000 AD's 20 Worst Strips as chosen by fan rating on the official website. His most recent effort — a Fiends of the Eastern Front series for the Megazine - has proven much more popular with readers.
Away from British comics, his work on The Phantom has won awards for the "Best Phantom story of the year" for Egmont on several occasions. Bishop is known for introducing several new important characters to the Phantom mythos, such as the pirate queen Kate Sommerset, which grew so popular with readers that Bishop was able to make her the main character of five stories.
In 2006, Bishop also signed on to participate in the writing of stories for American publisher Moonstone Books' two collections of Phantom short stories, called Phantom Prose Anthologies.
Bishop's history of 2000 AD, in a series of articles under the banner name of Thrill Power Overload, is the most comprehensive currently available. A revised, expanded and updated book version was published in the summer of 2007 to coincide with the 30th anniversary of 2000 AD. After that sold out, a paperback edition was issued in February 2009.
- The Straitjacket Fits (with Roger Langridge):
- "The Straitjacket Fits" (in Judge Dredd Megazine #1.09-1.20, 1991–1992)
- "The Final Fit" (in Judge Dredd Yearbook 1993 1992)
- Soul Sisters (with co-writer Dave Stone and artist Shaky Kane, in Judge Dredd Megazine vol.2 ##2-9 & 1993 Judge Dredd Yearbook, 1992)
- Strontium Dogs (pseudonymous rewrites, in 2000 AD ##993-999, 1996)
- B.L.A.I.R. 1: "B.L.A.I.R. 1" (with co-writer Steve MacManus and artist Simon Davis, in 2000 AD #1034, 1997)
- Dan Dare: "Dan Dare 3000AD" (with co-writer Steve MacManus and artist Kev Walker, in 2000 AD #1034, 1997)
- Flesh: "Flesh 3000AD" (with co-writer Steve MacManus and artist Carl Critchlow, in 2000 AD #1034, 1997)
- Harlem Heroes: "Hike Harlem Heroes" (with co-writer Steve MacManus and artist Jason Brashill, in 2000 AD #1034, 1997)
- Invasion: "Invasion! 3000AD" (with co-writer Steve MacManus and artist Henry Flint, in 2000 AD #1034, 1997)
- The Spacegirls (development & uncredited co-writer, with Jason Brashill, in 2000 AD ##1062-1066, 1997)
- Pulp Sci-Fi: "Water of Life" (as "James Stevens", with David Bircham, in 2000 AD #1098, 1998)
- Past Imperfect: "Nixon must die!" (as "James Stevens", with Neil Edwards, in 2000 AD #1315, 2002)
- The Phantom (Swedish Fantomen magazine #26/2001, ##15 & 22/2002, ##8, 16 & 26/2003, ##7, 12, 16, 23, 24 & 26/2004, ##1, 10, 13, 17 & 18/2005, ##8, 9, 16, 19, 20 & 25/2006, ##1, 10, 16, 20 & 26/2007, ##1, 4, 9, 13, 20 & 24/2008, ##1/2009)
- Fiends of the Eastern Front: "Stalingrad" (with Colin MacNeil, in Judge Dredd Megazine 245-252, 2006)
- Judge Dredd:
- The Savage Amusement (Virgin Books, August 1993, ISBN 0-352-32874-6)
- Cursed Earth Asylum (Virgin Books, December 1993, ISBN 0-352-32893-2)
- Silencer (Virgin Books, November 1994, ISBN 0-352-32960-2)
- Bad Moon Rising (Black Flame, June 2004, ISBN 1-84416-107-2)
- Kingdom of the Blind (Black Flame, November 2004, ISBN 1-84416-133-1)
- Doctor Who:
- Nikolai Dante:
- Fiends of the Eastern Front:
- Fiends of the Eastern Front (672 pages, February 2007, ISBN 1-84416-455-1) collects:
- Fiends of the Rising Sun (July 2007, ISBN 1-84416-494-2)
- Warhammer Fantasy:
- Sarah Jane Smith: Buried Secrets (2006, Big Finish Productions)
- Sarah Jane Smith: Snow Blind (2006, Big Finish Productions)
- Sarah Jane Smith: Fatal Consequences (2006, Big Finish Productions)
- Sarah Jane Smith: Dreamland (2006, Big Finish Productions)
- Sarah Jane Smith: Test Of Nerve (2002, Big Finish Productions)
- Doctor Who — Unbound: Full Fathom Five (2003, Big Finish Productions)
- Doctor Who - Enemy of the Daleks (2009, Big Finish Productions)
- Sapphire and Steel: All Fall Down (2005, Big Finish Productions)
- Judge Dredd — Wanted: Dredd or Alive (Big Finish Productions)
- Judge Dredd — War Crimes (Big Finish Productions)
- Judge Dredd — Death Trap! (Big Finish Productions)
- Judge Dredd — The Big Shot! (Big Finish Productions)
- Judge Dredd — Get Karter! (Big Finish Productions)
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