Gordon Rennie

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Gordon Rennie
Nationality Scottish
Area(s) Writer
Notable works
Judge Dredd
Caballistics, Inc.
Necronauts
Awards 2004, Diamond Comics Awards, Graphic Novel of the Year

Gordon Rennie is a comics writer, responsible for White Trash: Moronic Inferno, as well as several comic strips for 2000 AD and novels for Warhammer Fantasy.

In May 2008 he announced he was quitting comics to concentrate full-time on videogames which "are more fun, pay better and have a brighter future."[1] However, he has since written several new series for 2000 AD.

Biography[edit]

His first work was published in Blast! magazine in 1991; a metafictional Sherlock Holmes story called "Sherlock Holmes in the Curious Case of the Vanishing Villain", painted by Woodrow Phoenix. It also featured appearances by characters from other Victorian fiction including Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and characters from stories by Edgar Allan Poe.

He then showed his surprising range with the completely different White Trash in the same issue - a satirical journey through the USA, drawn by the New Zealand artist Martin Emond. Both these stories were later collected into one-shot graphic novels and published by Tundra Publishing. Two further planned collaborations with Phoenix, a one-shot graphic novel called "Orson Welles: Special Agent!" and Necronauts, later completed with Frazer Irving,were halted when Tundra Press ceased publishing in 1993.

Rennie's first major series for the 2000 AD family was Missionary Man, which began in Judge Dredd Megazine vol.2 #29 (5/93) and ran between "the Meg" and 2000 AD for 74 episodes before finishing in 2002. Other original series have included Witch World (1997) and Rain Dogs (2000). He also took over the exploits of the perennial Judge Dredd villain Mean Machine (2000–01), as well as the return of the original Rogue Trooper (2002–04).

Among his most celebrated work for 2000 AD is the miniseries Necronauts (2000–01), in which Harry Houdini, Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Fort, and (inevitably) H. P. Lovecraft team up to defeat an incomprehensibly alien menace that seeks to destroy the human race. This was quickly followed up by the ongoing series Caballistics, Inc. (41 episodes as of August 2005), a story about a recently privatized team of occult researchers, which pleased fans with its combination of pop-cultural references and labyrinthine conspiracies.

By 2004, Rennie had become the "number two" writer on the Judge Dredd strip, following up a number of subplots initiated by its principal author, John Wagner, as well as developing his own situations and guest characters, some of whom have spun off into popular stories of their own. While the lengthier, "epic" Judge Dredd adventures are typically scripted by Wagner, Rennie was awarded one in 2005. This story, "Blood Trails," ran for ten episodes beginning in 2000 AD prog 1440 (5/25/05).

His novels for Warhammer, both Fantasy and 40k, include Zavant, Ulli and Marquand, the Kal Jerico stories, Bloodquest, and Execution Hour and Shadow Point for Battlefleet Gothic.

Rennie has done a lot of work on computer games and was nominated for the 2006 BAFTA for his script on the Rogue Trooper game as well as a nomination for the 2012 Writers' Guild of Great Britain's Best Videogame Script award along with co-scriptwriters Alan Barnes and Emma Beeby.[2]

He is moving away from comics and into more video game work, in May 2008 he was quoted as saying "I got fed up with comics and quit last month to concentrate on games." Although he later said he was misquoted, and that he hasn't completely given up comics, as he would still be writing an ongoing series for 2000 AD.[3] He has a number in the works, as well as planning a novel on the Romans in Scotland.[1] He has since returned to 2000 AD to write the serials Aquila, Jaegir and Survival Geeks.

He also co-wrote The Doomsday Quatrain and sections of 1001 Nights with Emma Beeby for Big Finish Productions' Doctor Who main range of audio plays.

He is known for maintaining close links with the fan community, for example by contributing to small press comics such as Solar Wind, despite a public persona he describes as "a grumpy Scottish git".

Works[edit]

Comics[edit]

Comics work includes:

  • Missionary Man:
    • "Salvation at the Last Chance Saloon" (with Frank Quitely, in Judge Dredd Megazine #2.29, 1993)
    • "A Town Called Intolerance" (with Frank Quitely, in Judge Dredd Megazine #2.30, 1993)
    • "Legend of the Unholy Drinker" (with Garry Marshall, in Judge Dredd Megazine #2.43, 1993)
    • "Bad Moon Rising" (with Frank Quitely, in Judge Dredd Megazine #2.50-2.55, 1994)
    • "Season of the Witch" (with Garry Marshall, in Judge Dredd Megazine #2.56-2.57, 1994)
    • "Sanctuary" (with Sean Longcroft, in Judge Dredd Megazine #2.58-2.59, 1994)
    • "The Undertaker Cometh" (with Simon Davis, in Judge Dredd Mega-Special #7, 1994)
    • "Treasure of the Sierra Murder" (with Simon Davis, in Judge Dredd Megazine #2.63-2.66, 1994)
    • "Medicine Show" (with Jon Beeston, in Judge Dredd Megazine #2.81, 1995)
    • "Nightriders" (with Jamie Grant, in Judge Dredd Megazine #2.82-2.83, 1995)
    • "Mississippi Burning" (with Simon Davis, in Judge Dredd Megazine 3.01-3.03, 1995)
    • "Crusader" (with Charles Gillespie, in Judge Dredd Megazine #3.17, 1996)
    • "The Big Sleazy" (with Simon Davis, in Judge Dredd Megazine #3.18-3.20, 1996)
    • "The Shootist" (with Christian Bravery, in Judge Dredd Megazine #3.26-3.27, 1997)
    • "Juggernaut" (with Henry Flint, in Judge Dredd Megazine #3.34, 1997)
    • "Storm Warnings" (with Trevor Hairsine, in Judge Dredd Megazine #3.38, 1998)
    • "The Promised Land" (with Trevor Hairsine, in 2000 AD #1177, 2000)
    • "Missionary Man: Prologue" (with Simon Davis, in 2000 AD #1091, 1998)
    • "Mardi Gras" (with Alex Ronald, in 2000 AD #1092-1096, 1998)
    • "Goin' South" (with Alex Ronald, in 2000 AD #1118-1123, 1998)
    • "Apocrypha" (with Henry Flint, in 2000 AD #1124, 1998)
    • "The Promised Land" (with Alex Ronald (1-3, 8-9), Trevor Hairsine (4), Colin MacNeil (5-7), Simon Davis (10-12), and Dean Ormston (13-15), in 2000 AD #1174-1188, 2000)
    • "Mark of the Beast" (with Jesus Redondo, in 2000 AD #1201-1204, 2000)
    • "Silence" (with Wayne Reynolds, in Judge Dredd Megazine #3.77, 2001)
    • "Place of the Dead" (with John Ridgway, in Judge Dredd Megazine #4.9-4.13, 2002)
  • Judge Dredd:
    • "Do the Wrong Thing" (with Paul Peart, in Judge Dredd Megazine #2.49 1994)
    • "Lethal Response" (with Mike Perkins, in Judge Dredd Yearbook 1995, 1994)
    • "Get Me to the Church on Time" (with Pete Venters, in Judge Dredd Megazine #3.01, 1995)
    • "Zero Tolerance" (with Enric Rebollo, in Judge Dredd Megazine #3.31-3.32, 1997)
    • "Rest Stop" (with Chris Weston, in 2000 AD #1194, 2000)
    • "The Big Lie" (with Steve Parkhouse, in 2000 AD #1224, 2001)
    • "Sino-Town" (with PJ Holden, in 2000 AD #1233, 2001)
    • "Asylum" (with Frazer Irving, in Judge Dredd Megazine vol. 4 #5, 2001)
    • "Married with Juves" (with Adrian Bamforth, in 2000 AD #1262, 2001)[4]
    • "Safe Hands" (with Jock, in 2000 AD #1273, 2002)
    • "A Right Royal Occasion" (with Peter Doherty, in 2000 AD #1293, 2002)
    • "Waiting" (with PJ Holden, in 2000 AD #1312, 2002)
    • "One of our simps is missing" (with Anthony Williams, in Judge Dredd Megazine #4.14, 2002)
    • "War Crimes" (with Lee Sullivan, in Judge Dredd Megazine #201, 2003)
    • "Sturm und Dang" (with Carlos Ezquerra, in Judge Dredd Megazine #211-212, 2003)
    • "Holding On" (with Ian Gibson, in 2000 AD #1357, 2003)
    • "Club Sov" (with Simon Fraser, in 2000 AD #1358, 2003)
    • "Bato Loco" (with Simon Coleby, in Judge Dredd Megazine #202, 2003)
    • "Meet the Flooks" (with PJ Holden, in 2000 AD #1359, 2003)
    • "See Zammy Run" (with Inaki Miranda, in 2000 AD #1360-1361, 2003)
    • "Gulag" (with Charlie Adlard, in 2000 AD #1382-1386, 2004)
    • "Last Respects" (with John McCrea, in 2000 AD #1389, 2004)
    • "Lazarus" (with Adrian Salmon, in Judge Dredd Megazine #217, 2004)
    • "Master Moves" (with D'Israeli, in Judge Dredd Megazine #217, 2004)
    • "(This is not a) Mega-City Love Story #1: Callista" (with Ben Willsher, in 2000 AD #1423, 2004)
    • "The Magnificent Umbersons" (with PJ Holden, in Judge Dredd Megazine #235, 2005)
    • "Visiting Hour" (with Anthony Williams, in 2000 AD #1423, 2005)
    • "The Searchers" (with Carl Critchlow, in 2000 AD #1424, 2005)
    • "Missing in action" (with Ian Gibson, in 2000 AD #1429-1431, 2005)
    • "Descent" (with Boo Cook, 2000 AD #1432-1436, 2005)
    • "Radstock" (with Karl Richardson, in 2000 AD #1437-1439, 2005)
    • "Blood Trails" (with Andrew Currie, in 2000 AD #1440-1449, 2005)
    • "Matters Of Life And Death" (with Carlos Ezquerra, in 2000 AD #1452, 2005)
    • "Burned Out" (with Carl Critchlow, in 2000 AD #1461 - Judge Dredd Megazine #238, 2005)
    • "Change of Loyalties" (with Henry Flint, in 2000 AD #1466, 2005)
    • "Global Psycho" (with Ian Gibson, in 2000 AD #1468, 2005)
    • "Direct Action" (with Cam Kennedy, in 2000 AD #1477-1479, March 2006)
    • "Return to Planet Gary" (with Ian Gibson, in 2000 AD #1483, April 2006)
    • "Culling Time" (with Paul Marshall, in Judge Dredd Megazine #244, May 2006)
    • "Regime Change" (with Inaki Miranda, in Judge Dredd Megazine #246-249, June–September 2006)
    • "Fitness Test" (with Anthony Williams, in 2000 AD #1484, 2006)
    • "House of Pain" (with PJ Holden, in 2000 AD #1488-1490, 2006)
    • "Sanctuary" (with PJ Holden, in 2000 AD #1495, 2006)
    • "Judgement" (with Ian Gibson, in 2000 AD #1523-1528, 2007)
    • "Tartan Terrors" (with Jock, in 2000 AD #1540, 2007)
    • "Cit-Emp" (with Len O'Grady, in 2000 AD #1550, 2007)
    • "Trial by Dury" (with Paul Marshall, in 2000 AD #1552-1553, 2007)
    • "Test Flight" (with Colin MacNeil, in 2000 AD #1554, 2007)
    • "The Listener" (with Boo Cook, in Judge Dredd Megazine #265, 2007)
    • "The Menagerie" (with Paul Marshall, in Judge Dredd Megazine #267, 2008)
    • "Mind Games" (with Inaki Miranda, in Judge Dredd Megazine #269, 2008)
    • "Born to Zoosh" (with Nick Dyer, in 2000 AD #1634, 2009)
    • "Road Stop" (with Dave Taylor, in 2000 AD #1582-1586, 2008)
    • "It came from Bea Arthur Block" (with PJ Holden, in 2000 AD #1637-1639, 2009)
    • "Tour of Duty: Dragon's Den" (with Cliff Robinson (1-2) and PJ Holden (3-4), in 2000 AD #1668-1671, January–February 2010)
    • "The Connoisseur" (with Karl Richardson, in 2000 AD #1695-1697, July–August 2010)
    • "The Natural" (with Graeme Neil Reid, in Judge Dredd Megazine #301, September 2010)
    • "Persistent Vegetative State" (with Cliff Robinson, in 2000 AD #1726-1727, March 2011)
  • Mean Machine:
    • "Psycho Analysis" (with Robert McCallum, in 2000AD Sci-Fi Special 1995)
    • "Mean Streets" (with Jim Murray, in Judge Dredd Mega-Special, 1996)
    • "Close Encounters of the Mean Kind" (with Anthony Williams, in 2000AD Sci-Fi Special 1996)
    • "Born Mean" (with Kev Walker, in Judge Dredd Megazine #3.69, 2000)
    • "The Geek" (with pencils by Paul Marshall and inks by Lee Townsend, in Judge Dredd Megazine #3.69, 2000)
    • "Support Yore Local Bastich" (with Wayne Reynolds, in Judge Dredd Megazine #3.69, 2000)
    • "The Last Vidshow" (with pencils by Patrick Goddard and inks by Lee Townsend, in Judge Dredd Megazine #3.69, 2000)
    • "Butt Me Deadly" (with pencils by Patrick Goddard and inks by Lee Townsend, in Judge Dredd Megazine #3.69, 2000)
  • Harke & Burr: "Satanic Farces" (with co-writer Si Spencer and Dean Ormston, in Judge Dredd Megazine #3.04-3.07, 1995)
  • Vector 13:
    • "Case Zero: Oath of Office" (with Garry Marshall, in 2000 AD #987, 1996)
    • "Case Five: Patent Pending" (with Mike Perkins, in 2000 AD #1028, 1997)
    • "Case Six: Bodysnatchers" (with Alex Ronald, in 2000 AD #1029, 1997)
    • "Case Eight: Unhallowed Ground" (with Allan Bednar as "Neal Brand", in 2000 AD #1031, 1997)
    • "Case Zero: Shadows and Light" (with Dylan Teague, in 2000 AD #1060, 1997)
    • "Case Six: MK-Ultra" (with Alex Ronald, in 2000 AD #1067, 1997)
    • "Case Eight: Midnight Rambler" (with Paul Johnson, in 2000 AD #1069, 1997)
    • "Case Eleven: Search & Rescue" (with Cliff Robinson, in 2000 AD #1072, 1997)
    • "Case Fifteen: Time's Arrow" (with Patrick Woodrow, in 2000 AD #1076, 1998)
    • "Case Four: Einstein's Monsters" (with Cyril Julien, in 2000 AD #1081, 1998)
    • "Case Five: Seal of Solomon" (with Alex Ronald, in 2000 AD #1082, 1998)
  • Witch World:
    • "The Dark Man" (with Siku, in 2000 AD #1050-1052, July 1997)
    • "Wolfshead" (with Paul Johnson, in 2000 AD #1053-1054, July–August, 1997)
    • "The Anatomist" (with Will Simpson, in 2000 AD #1055-1058, August–September 1997)
    • "Closing Shadows" (with John Burns, in 2000 AD #1059-1061, September 1997)
  • Inferno!:[5]
    • "Bloodquest" (with Colin MacNeil, in Inferno! #2, 1997)
    • "Rites of Passage" (short story, in Inferno! #4, 1998)
    • "Trespass" (with John Hicklenton, in Inferno! #8, 1998)
    • "Unearthed Remains" (with Simon Davis and Gordon Robson, in Inferno! #9, 1998)
  • Pulp Sci-Fi:
    • "Night Shift" (with Dylan Teague, in 2000 AD #1131, 1999)
    • "Buzz Tycho's Last Stand" (with Charlie Adlard, in 2000 AD #1146, 1999)
    • "Surgical Strike" (with Trevor Hairsine, in 2000 AD #1148, 1999)
    • "Reapermen" (with Jock, in 2000 AD #1170, 1999)
    • "Chronvicts" (with Siku, in 2000 AD #1172, 1999)
  • Predator Omnibus: Volume 4 (352 pages, October 2008, ISBN 1-59307-990-7) collects:
    • "Nemesis" (with Colin MacNeil, two-issue mini-series, 1997)
    • "Captive" (with Dean Ormston, one-shot, 1998)
  • Rogue Trooper (collected in Realpolitik, 144 pages, February 2007, ISBN 1-904265-94-4):
    • "What lies beneath" (with pencils by Staz Johnson and inks by David Roach, in 2000 AD #1301-1304, 2002)
    • "Weapons of War" (with Dylan Teague, in 2000 AD #1305, 2002)
    • "Overkill" (with Simon Coleby, in 2000 AD #1306-1307, 2002)
    • "Lions" (with Staz Johnson (1308) and Mike Collins (1309), in 2000 AD #1308-1309, 2002)
    • "A Visit to the Boneyard" (with pencils by Mike Collins and inks by David Roach, in 2000 AD #1310-1311, 2002)
    • "Requiem" (with Simon Coleby, in 2000 AD #1312, 2002)
    • "Angels" (with Simon Coleby, in 2000 AD Prog 2003, 2002)
    • "Dead Funny" (with Staz Johnson (1345–1347) and Mike Collins (1346–1347), in 2000 AD #1345-1347, 2003)
    • "Realpolitik" (with PJ Holden, in 2000 AD #1380-1385, 2004)
    • "Condor Six Down" (with Simon Coleby, in 2000 AD #1462-1464, 2005)
  • Past Imperfect:
    • "Infamy" (with pencils by Mike Collins and inks by Lee Townsend, in 2000 AD #1316, 2002)
    • "The Red Menace" (with pencils by Adrian Bamforth and inks by Lee Townsend, in 2000 AD #1318, 2002)[6]
  • Caballistics, Inc. (with Dom Reardon):
    • "Going Underground" (in 2000 AD #1322-1326, 2002)
    • "Moving In" (in 2000 AD #1331-1333, 2003)
    • "Breaking Out" (in 2000 AD #1337-1340, 2003)
    • "Downtime 1 - Chapter" (in 2000 AD #1363, 2002)
    • "Downtime 2 - Verse" (in 2000 AD #1364, 2002)
    • "Downtime 3 - Ness" (in 2000 AD #1365, 2003)
    • "Downtime 4 - Jonathan & Jennifer" (in 2000 AD #1366, 2003)
    • "Downtime 5 - Ravne" (in 2000 AD #1367, 2003)
    • "Downtime 6 - Kostabi" (in 2000 AD #1368, 2003)
    • "Krystalnacht" (in 2000 AD Prog 2004, 2003)
    • "Picking Up The Pieces" (in 2000 AD #1400, 2004)
    • "Creepshow" (in 2000 AD #1401-1408, 2004)
    • "Weird War Tales" (in 2000 AD Prog 2005, 2004)
    • "Northern Dark" (in 2000 AD #1443-1448, 2005)
    • "Strange Bedfellows" (in 2000 AD Prog 2006, 2005)
    • "Changelings" (in 2000 AD #1469-1474, 2006)
    • "Ashes" (in 2000 AD #1551-1558, 2007)
    • "The Nativity" (in 2000AD Prog 2008, 2007)
  • Bato Loco:
    • "True Romance" (with Simon Coleby, in Judge Dredd Megazine #208, 2003)
    • "Head Job" (with Simon Coleby, in Judge Dredd Megazine #229-230, 2005)
    • "Kiss Me Deadly" (with Andrew Currie, in Judge Dredd Megazine #290-291, 2009)
  • Cursed Earth Koburn (with Carlos Ezquerra):
    • "Kuss Hard" (in Judge Dredd Megazine #221-223, 2004)
    • "Burial Party" (in Judge Dredd Megazine #228, 2005)
    • "The Assizes" (in Judge Dredd Megazine #239, 2005)
    • "Malachi" (in Judge Dredd Megazine #240-144, 2006)
  • Johnny Woo: "A Bullet In The Head" (with PJ Holden, in Judge Dredd Megazine #231-233, 2005)
  • The 86ers:
    • "Touchdown" (with art by Karl Richardson (1-2), drawing by PJ Holden (3-6) and colours by Chris Blythe (3-6), in 2000 AD #1480-1485, 2006)
    • "Interference" (with PJ Holden, in 2000 AD #1508-1510, 2006)
    • "Walking to Eternity" (with PJ Holden, in 2000 AD Prog 2007, 2006)
  • Absalom (with Tiernan Trevallion:
    • "Noblesse Obligie" (in 2000 AD #1732-1739, May–June 2011)
    • "Sick leave" (in 2000 AD Prog 2012, December 2011)
    • "Ghosts of London" (in 2000 AD #1765-1771, January–February 2012)

Novels[edit]

Novels include:

2000 AD[edit]

Warhammer[edit]

Videogames[edit]

Awards[edit]

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