British Comic Book Legend Pat Mills Delivers a Masterclass on Writing
Pat Mills needs no introduction to the comic book enthusiast, creator and first editor of 2000AD and the creator of powerful and critically acclaimed characters such as Marshal Law, Requiem Vampire Knight and Slaine. His creative portfolio is diverse featuring Science Fiction heroes, studies of evocative Celtic mythology and power satire concerning the present day. There’s a powerful stream of creativity which seems to flow from his fingers and pen like a powerful shaman of the written word. In his latest blog entries, Pat has begun to lift the lid on his creative process. These are a candid series of posts which provide an invaluable source of information for those interested in the process of writing for comic books and contain important advice for those wishing to follow in his footsteps.
These posts are the perfect accompaniment to Pat’s recent novel which lifts the lid on the creation of 2000AD and his experiences in the comic book industry. The seminal “Be Pure, Be vigilant, Behave” tells the story of how one of the most influential comics began life in a shed in Scotland in 1971, how Judge Dredd was born and gave fans an insight into the conditions of the industry through the 70’s to the present day. It was one of the most captivating reads of last year and I regularly find myself flicking though it and re-reading the humorous and sometimes shocking anecdotes of one of the finest minds in comic book history.
The blog posts feature topics regarding how to craft successful protagonists and how to project emotion into your writing to help readers empathise with the journey of your characters. Each post is peppered with a series of anecdotes and insights into how Pat has crafted successful and memorable narratives. Recently Pat has moved into the realm of independent publishing and created a series of novels which lampoon his experiences in the 70’s working in the industry. This is the Serial Killer series and originally began life as a possible sitcom for British television company Channel 4. It grew into a successful novel “Read em and Weep” and spawned a sequel “Good Night John Boy”. These new ventures by Pat Mills show that he has an incredible narrative reach, moving beyond the panels of comic strips and into the bookshelves. His unique blend of adventure and dark humour is brought to the fore and I believe these novels feature some of his best work yet.
Pat’s Master Class on Creative Writing can be found: Official Millsverse Blog
Be Pure, Be Vigilant, Behave can be found on Amazon.
The Read Em and Weep series can be found on Amazon.