Liam Sharp

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Liam Sharp
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Liam Sharp
Born Liam Roger Sharp
(1968-05-02) 2 May 1968 (age 49)
Derby
Nationality British
Area(s) Artist, writer, publisher
Pseudonym(s) Liam Roger McCormack-Sharp
Ralph Raims (anagram)
Roger M. Cormack
Notable works
Death's Head II
Event Horizon
Testament
Awards Apple's best of 2012 apps, Madefire, Hidden Gems.
http://www.liam-sharp.com/, http://www.madefire.com/

Liam Roger Sharp (born 2 May 1968) is a British comic book artist, writer, publisher, and co-founder/CCO of Madefire Inc.

Early life[edit]

Liam Sharp was born in Derby at St. Mary's Hospital to parents Roger and Linda Sharp. He has a younger sister, Kerry, and younger brother, Rien. He went to School at Brackensdale Junior then infants school, before moving to Allestree Lawn Junior school because of his parents' work. At the suggestion of his teachers he was advised to meet with the Gifted Children's Society, who in turn advised St. Andrew's Prep School in Meads, Eastbourne, to take Sharp on and establish their first Art Scholarship. He then went on to win the first Art Scholarship to Eastbourne College, where he stayed until his A Levels. At 17 Sharp met Don Lawrence via a mutual friend, and opted against going to university to become Don's apprentice.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Sharp made his debut in the 1980s for the famous science-fiction magazine 2000 AD after a year's apprenticeship with the legendary Don Lawrence, artist on the seminal Dutch comic Storm. His works included many Judge Dredd stories, the origin of Finn, ABC Warriors series and one of Tharg's Future Shocks. Sharp's fame increased markedly when he moved to Marvel UK, for which he drew the famous mini-series Death's Head II.[1] Thereafter he began working mainly in the United States on books as diverse as X-Men, Hulk, Spider-Man, Venom, Man-Thing (for Marvel Comics), Superman, Batman for DC Comics, and Spawn: The Dark Ages for Todd McFarlane.

Sharp has also worked on more mature themed books for Verotik, doing GOTH, Jaguar God and Frank Frazetta's "The Death Dealer". He briefly worked on a strip originated by Stan Winston called 'Realm of the Claw'. Later he co-created the Wildstorm series The Possessed with writer Geoff Johns,[2] and a strip for Heavy Metal magazine, entitled "A-crazy-A" featuring Playboy model Tiffany Taylor – for which he provided the art and script. Likewise for a short story in Vampirella magazine called "Winter Rose".

In 2004 Sharp set up his own publishing company, Mam Tor Publishing, with wife Christina McCormack to publish the artbook Sharpenings: the Art of Liam Sharp.[3]

After the early success with this, Sharp saw a hole in the comic book market for alternative independent comics, and together with his wife Christina, designer Tom Muller and friend John Bamber set out to expand the company to start publishing more work. This saw the launch of the critically acclaimed and award -winning[4] anthology, Mam Tor: Event Horizon. Event Horizon features art by Glenn Fabry, Brian Holguin, Ashley Wood, Simon Bisley, Alan Grant, Steve Niles, Emma Simcock-Tooth, Ali Powers, Kev Crossley, Lee Carter and Dave Kendall.[3]

Sharp went on to illustrate the controversial and critically well-received DC Vertigo comic Testament written by Douglas Rushkoff,[5][6] and the Countdown-related title, Lord Havok and The Extremists with writer Frank Tieri.[7] He is now providing the art for the Wildstorm title based on the video game Gears of War.[8][9]

Mam Tor and the advertising agency Mother produced a free sixteen page comic given away with Time Out for which Sharp was the art director, as well as providing the art for a story in the first two issues as well as the cover for the first issue.[10][11]

In September 2008 he signed an exclusive deal with DC.[12]

Sharp wrote the 2011 novel God Killers.[13]

Sharp is involved with a UK Midland-based art movement Beardism, certain elements of which are similar to Dadaism. The practitioners are required to wear beards, though this can be interpreted as symbolic. A recent exhibition was held in the Crompton Arms, a Derby public house and alternative art gallery, featuring the work of Sharp, Ali Pow3rs, Adam Dutton and Chris Tree.

On 9 April 2011 Sharp was one of 62 comics creators who appeared at the IGN stage at the Kapow! convention in London to set two Guinness World Records, the Fastest Production of a Comic Book, and Most Contributors to a Comic Book. With Guinness officials on hand to monitor their progress, writer Mark Millar began work at 9am scripting a 20-page black and white Superior comic book, with Sharp and the other artists appearing on stage throughout the day to work on the pencils, inks, and lettering, including Dave Gibbons, Frank Quitely, John Romita Jr., Jock,[14] Doug Braithwaite, Ian Churchill, Duncan Fegredo, Simon Furman, David Lafuente, John McCrea, Sean Phillips and Liam Sharp,[15] who all drew a panel each, with regular Superior artist Leinil Yu creating the book's front cover. The book was completed in 11 hours, 19 minutes, and 38 seconds, and was published through Icon on 23 November 2011, with all royalties being donated to Yorkhill Children's Foundation.[14]

October 2011, Sharp co-founded Madefire with Ben Wolstenholme and Eugene Walden, in Berkeley, CA, and is the company's CCO. Madefire has been hailed as a revolutionary new digital reading experience, and is backed by True Ventures and associated with deviantART.

Bibliography[edit]

Comics[edit]

Role-playing games[edit]

Advertising[edit]

  • Diet Coke advert for Mother (London) Advertising Ltd. Super woman art with Duffy and two other models superimposed used on billboards in European campaign.

Project managed and contributed to design of Rubberduckzilla, plus provided ATL art for 96 sheet poster campaign for Oasis drink, cover art for comic in ad, plus art for animation in BG on TV: http://rubberduckzilla.com/

Books[edit]

Film and television[edit]

Design work for television and film include:

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Death's Head II at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe
  2. ^ Who You Gonna Call?: Liam Sharp on 'The Possessed', Comic Book Resources, 19 June 2003
  3. ^ a b Liam Sharp Launches Mam Tor & Event Horison Archived 15 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine., Newsarama, 14 December 2004
  4. ^ Sci-Fi London Award Archived 11 May 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Crossing The Pond: Liam Sharp talks "Testament," "Red Sonja" and "Event Horizon", Comic Book Resources, 7 October 2005
  6. ^ Liam Sharp on Testament Archived 15 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine., Newsarama, 3 August 2008
  7. ^ Liam Sharp & Mike Marts talk Lord Havok Archived 16 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine., Newsarama, 16 October 2007
  8. ^ Ortega & Sharp on Gears of War Comic, Newsarama, 24 July 2008
  9. ^ Sharp's Exclusive Gears of War Comic News Archived 13 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine., Comicon, 11 August 2008
  10. ^ Four Feet From a Rat Archived 18 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Mam Tor & Mother Take Time Out With 'Four Feet From a Rat' Archived 4 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine., Newsarama, 24 March 2008
  12. ^ Liam Sharp on His DC Exclusive, Newsarama, 9 September 2008
  13. ^ God Killers Archived 15 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine. at Mam Tor
  14. ^ a b "Kapow! '11: Comic History Rewritten On The IGN Stage". IGN. 14 April 2011
  15. ^ "Guinness World Records at Kapow! Comic Con" Archived 15 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. Guinness World Records. 9 April 2011
  16. ^ The Possessed trade details at DC Comics.com
  17. ^ Necromachia, Mam Tor
  18. ^ Testament: Akedah trade details at DC Comics.com
  19. ^ Testament: West of Eden trade details at DC Comics.com
  20. ^ Testament: Babel trade details at DC Comics.com
  21. ^ Testament: Exodus trade details at DC Comics.com
  22. ^ Countdown Presents: Lord Havok and The Extremists trade details at DC Comics.com
  23. ^ Four Feet From a Rat #2, Mam Tor

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Interviews[edit]

Preceded by
Gary Frank
The Incredible Hulk artist
1995
Succeeded by
Angel Medina