John McShane is man who knows his comics, but what you may not know, is that Mark Millar (Wanted, Secret Service, Kick Ass) holds him personally responsible for getting him addicted to the medium.
Actually, as co-founder of AKA Books & Comics in Glasgow, John played a significant role in furthering the careers of not only Mark, but also the likes of Grant Morrison, Jock and Frank Quitely to name but a few.
As a publisher, his company Fat Man Press put out the famous independent title The Bogie Man. Produced by legendary creators John Wagner, Alan Grant, and Robin Smith, the comic was adapted for TV by the BBC and was itself nominated for a BAFTA Award.
Actually, John was later appointed publisher of Trident Comics and helped found the original Toxic. Among the many stories to premier within the pages of Toxic, was none other than Accident Man, which is currently being produced as a feature film starring Scott Adkins.
He is the writer of Robert Burns in Edinburgh and The Glasgow Looking-Glass, which is a reprint of the world’s first comic from 1825. This work has featured in exhibitions on the history of comics in Glasgow and Geneva (the birthplace of Rodolphe Töpffer, inventor of the graphic novel).
Additionally, John is also a committee member of the Glasgow International Film Festival (latest attendance 40,000), where he has led the Q&As for guests such as famous American magician Ricky Jay, Producer Molly Bernstein, Watchmen creator Dave Gibbons, as well as local guests Mark Millar and Frank Quitely.
We at ECC look forward to John chairing a number of our Q&A sessions once more, and hopefully get a chance to find out more about Scottish Screenwriters which he founded along with film-maker Jerry Brannigan.