John Watkiss, Artist On Sandman, Surgeon X, Ring Of Roses, Dies Aged 55

000_fvaa01pComic book creator John Watkiss, most recently the artist on Surgeon X from Image Comics, and production art for The Walking Dead, has died, from cancer at the age of 55.

A commercial and fine artist working in advertising, storyboarding and film-making, he moved into comic books in the eighties, including an issue of Sandman, with Neil Gaiman and the influential Ring Of Roses graphic novel with Das Petrou, recently reissued.

In the nineties, he drew Conan, James Bond, Batman and Sandman Mystery Theatre and Mullkon Empire. He then moved moving back into film design working for Disney and Fox’s animation studios. He returning to comic books ten years later for Vertigo’s Only Deadman and Trigger, then found new film and TV work on the likes of Sherlock Holmes and The Walking Dead.

Last year he returned to comics for the much hyped Surgeon X by Sara Kenney, recommended by its editor and ex-Vertigo EIC Karen Berger, currently midway through publication.

The comics community has been expressing its sense of loss, and sharing their favourite examples of his work.

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