P. J. Holden

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P. J. Holden
Born Paul Jason Holden
(1969-12-28) 28 December 1969 (age 47)
Northern Ireland
Nationality Northern Irish
Area(s) Artist
Notable works
The 86ers
Judge Dredd

Paul Jason Holden (born 28 December 1969) is a Northern Irish comic artist based in Belfast.

He has worked for 2000 AD, Warhammer Monthly, and Judge Dredd Megazine. Among other stories for these publications, he has provided the art for Rogue Trooper, Judge Dredd and Johnny Woo.


First published by Fantagraphics in 1997 (Holy Cross #3) with Malachy Coney and provided art for a story with Mike Carey from Caliber in 1997.

Not professionally published again until 2000 AD (Judge Dredd "Sino-Cit") in 2001 - has been working professionally since. This work has included further stints on Judge Dredd and most recently becoming the main artist on The 86ers, taking over for the third instalment of the first story.

He has a long history within the British small press comics, amongst other things providing the early covers for FutureQuake, and this has continued until today with his providing forums to small press publishers on his Pencil Monkey message board. He has recently collected all his small press work into a single volume, Previously.[1]

Holden got his break into the American comic book market with the Image Comics, mini-series Fearless.[2]

Holden has also formed Infurious Comics[3] a company aiming to produce mobile comics for the iPhone and iPod Touch and he helped design the Comic Reader App to facilitate this, which the BBC highlighted as one of "four pioneering web innovations".[4] He has also provided the art for their first comic Murderdrome, written by Al Ewing.[5] Although this was banned by Apple for violent content,[6] the publicity raised the profile of Comic Reader App, which resulted in NBC licensing it for their Heroes comics.[7] This led the BBC to suggest "Mr Holden and his colleagues may have accidentally hit upon what could be the future of comic book publishing.[8]



Comics work includes:


Covers work includes:



External links[edit]


  • Interview with Richmond Clements at 2000adreview.co.uk