ComicScene UK Writers 13: Tim Pilcher talks 30 years of Deadline

Tim Pilcher has worked in and around the comics industry for 30 years as a writer and editor. He started as an assistant editor at DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, working on ground-breaking titles like The Extremist; Enigma, FaceThe Mystery Play, Rogan Gosh and Kill Your Boyfriend.

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In 1992 he co-founded of the bi-lingual comics publishing house, Les Cartoonistes Dangereux, with Paul Peart, Brad Brooks, Dylan Horrocks and others. They published several critically acclaimed graphic novels in English and French, including White Death by Robbie Morrison & Charlie Adlard, The Malice Family by Fareed Choudhury, Aunt Connie and the Plague of Beards by Jonathan Edwards and the first appearance of Fred the Clown by Roger Langridge.

He has written comics for the BBC, DeAgostini, Weldon Owen and the Young Telegraph and has worked for numerous book publishers including Penguin Children’s Books and Dorling Kindersley. As a journalist he has written for Deadline, Comic World, Tripwire, Education Today, Comics Forum, Criminal Justice Matters, G-Spot Magazine and Star Trek Magazine. Pilcher became an associate editor at Comics International, the UK’s then-only comic book trade paper, alongside Dez Skinn. Pilcher has written over 16 books on comics including The Complete Cartooning Course and The Essential Guide to World Comics with Brad Brooks, and the Little Book of Vintage… series. He has also contributed to numerous other titles including, Comix: The Underground Revolution, 500 Comicbook Action Heroes, The Slings and Arrows Comic Guide (1st Edition), 500 Essential Graphic Novels and War Comics: A Graphic History. His Erotic Comics: A Graphic History Volumes 1 & 2 was a Publication of the Year finalist in the 2010 UK Erotic Awards. He is a renowned “erotic comics scholar” having contributed essays to Humanoids’ Eros Gone Wild and Fantagraphics’ The Complete Crepax Collection series. His latest book, How Comics Work, with Dave Gibbons, was released in September 2017.

He was commissioning editor of many Ilex Press titles like the Eisner Award-nominated and Harvey Award-winning God of Manga: The Art of Osamu Tezukaby Helen McCarthy, Gary Spencer Millidge’s Alan Moore: Storyteller, and The Art of Neil Gaiman by Hayley Campbell. 

He is the editor of Brighton: The Graphic Novel, and Brighton’s Graphic War (both from Queenspark Books). He has lectured around the world on comics at Trinity College, UCL, Cambridge University, Imperial War Museum, ICA, The British Library, SPX in Stockholm, New York Comic Con and Port Eliot Festival. His one-man show, Comic Book Babylon (based on his Vertigo Comics memoir) was a finalist for Best Literary Show in the 2014 Brighton Fringe Festival Awards.

He ran the Humanoids UK operations between 2013-2017, editing a wide range of creators such as Alejandro Jodorowsky, Francois Boucq, Yves Chaland, Milo Manara and Jose Ladronn. He occasionally updates his intermittent blog, Sex, Drugs and Comic Books ( and you can find him on Twitter: @Tim_Pilcher. 
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One comment

  1. Notice *I* don’t get asked to write for them. Humpf.

    Seriously, though, this is great news 😀


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