The Art of Bryan Hitch

Saturday, 15 October, 2022 - 13:00
British comic artist and writer Bryan Hitch began his career in the United Kingdom for Marvel UK in mid 1987, shortly after his 17th birthday, working on titles such as ‘Action Force’ and ‘Death's Head’.

Artwork by Bryan Hitch

Artwork by Bryan Hitch

Artwork by Bryan Hitch

Artwork by Bryan Hitch

Saturday 15 October
1.00 - 2.00pm
Old Laundry Theatre

He went on to gain prominence on American titles such as ‘Wildstorm's Stormwatch’ and ‘The Authority’, DC Comics' ‘JLA’, and Marvel Comics' ‘The Ultimates’.

Bryan does not consider himself an artist or comic artist, but a storyteller, explaining that illustration, for him, is simply a medium to tell a story.

Bryan’s artwork and designs have appeared in direct-to-video animated films, television, and major feature films, such as the 2009 film ‘Star Trek’, for which he has been praised by director J. J. Abrams.

His many credits outside of comics include cover art for magazines such as Empire, as a character design artist for the ‘Ultimate Avengers’ and ‘Ultimate Avengers 2’ animated films, and the video game ‘Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction’.

In the 2000s, he was hired by the BBC as the concept artist for the 2005 relaunch of Doctor Who’, having particular input into the design of the TARDIS interior set.

Other comics work includes the Image Comics series ‘America's Got Powers’, with writer Jonathan Ross, and six issues of the ten-issue mini-series, ‘Age of Ultron’.

His creator-owned series, ‘Real Heroes’, which he wrote and illustrated, made its debut in 2014, a story he describes as "the cast of Avengers does Galaxy Quest."

In 2015, Hitch returned DC to write and draw ‘Justice League of America’, and he and artist Tony Daniel collaborated on a new Justice League series in 2016, as part of the DC Rebirth relaunch.

Recent comic work includes ‘Venom’ for Marvel, a new creator-owned character, Redcoat, and, for 2022, ‘Superman’ Black Label for DC, working with Mark Waid, inked by Kevin Nowlan – and more…..

This is a rare appearance by Bryan at a comics event and he will be drawing live for the first time ever so don’t miss this opportunity to explore and celebrate his extraordinary contribution to comic art. 

Presented by Alex Fitch.