Philip Bond : biography
Philip J. Bond (born 1966 in Lancashire) is a British comic book artist, who first came to prominence in the late 1980s on Deadline magazine, and later through a number of collaborations with British writers for the DC Comics imprint Vertigo.
Early life, career and Deadline
Philip Bond was born in Lancashire, England in 1966, and is the Son of a Preacher Man.. Accessed June 6, 2008 His earliest comics work came out of his being "active in the British alternative comics scene from 1987," at Lambiek's Comiclopedia. Accessed June 6, 2008 and he writes on his website that, in 1988:
- "I was sat on the floor of Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin's single room flat pasting up the first issue of our self-published ATOMTAN magazine.". Accessed June 6, 2008
Atomtan, Bond's first work, was a self-published fanzine created with Tank Girl creators Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett, along with Luke Whitney and Jane Oliver. Bond's talent for comical, exaggerated anatomy and poses quickly lead to professional work, mostly for now-defunct title Deadline, on strips such as Wired World.
This in turn led to Bond's inclusion in Atomeka Press star-studded anthology A1, with Bond contributing to issues #2 (with Hewlett) and #3 (in a story written and illustrated by Bond entitled "Endless Summer").
2000 AD and Vertigo
In 1990, he illustrated (and co-created) the Garth Ennis-scripted comedy series Time Flies for the leading British science-fiction comic, 2000 AD. In 1995, Bond was involved in the hype surrounding the release of the Tank Girl movie, illustrating a number of new Tank Girl strips for various publications. With Tank Girl and American reprints of Deadline raising his US popularity, and the DC Comics imprint Vertigo actively recruiting UK talent, Bond's skills were soon at work on American comics. Bond inked a Pre-Vertigo issue of Doom Patrol before co-penciling (with Glyn Dillon and Chris Bachalo) two issues of Shade, the Changing Man and then penciling and inking an issue himself (issue #48, June 1994). In 1995, Vertigo released a number of one shot issues under the collective title "Vertigo Voices," written by Vertigo's "most outspoken writers.""Vertigo Voices" Promo Poster. Partial tagline. Bond illustrated (with additional inks by D'Israeli) Grant Morrison's offering: Kill Your Boyfriend.
Between November 1995 and January 1996, Bond inked Alan Grant's take on Tank Girl in Vertigo's Tank Girl: Apocalypse and worked on several issues of Morrison's The Invisibles in 1999/2000. Also in 2000, he illustrated Jamie Delano's Hellblazer miniseries Bad Blood, and provided covers to the Ed Brubaker and Warren Pleece series Deadenders (2000–01). He produced a handful of other miniseries' and issues of various titles during the early 00s, including one of Morrison's most recent miniseries' Vimanarama (2005). Bond says he was originally going to work on We3, but Morrison - with whom Bond has "an understanding because we both like what one another does" - "had this other idea that he thought I would be great for," leading to Bond illustrating Vimanarama, and Frank Quitely drawing We3.
Over his career Bond has also illustrated comic strips for bands including the Smashing Pumpkins and Sum 41, as well as T-shirts for bands such as Cud.. Accessed June 6, 2008
Most recently, Bond has focused his output on providing covers, rather than internal artwork. He has produced all covers (to date) for Simon Oliver and Tony Moore's The Exterminators, as well as a cover for Harvey Pekar's most recent American Splendor miniseries (all for Vertigo).
Bond has also worked at another DC Comics imprint, Wildstorm on Red Herring with David Tischman.
Around 1999/2000, Bond "got attached and then married to Shelly Roeberg, who is now Shelly Bond.". Accessed June 6, 2008 Roeberg, a key editor of DC Comics' Vertigo imprint titles, "had been coming over to the UK because she was the British liaison for Vertigo" after Karen Berger. Attending UK conventions, "when she came over in 1999 [she and Bond] really hit it off." Bond soon moved from the UK to New York City, and in 2004 the two had a son, Spencer.. Accessed June 6, 2008
He lives with his wife and son in New Jersey.. Accessed June 6, 2008
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