Simon Fraser
Fraser at the 2011 New York Comic Con
NationalityBritish
Area(s)Artist
Notable works
Nikolai Dante
http://www.simonfraser.net/

Simon Fraser is a British comics artist and writer best known for his work on Nikolai Dante, a series he created with writer Robbie Morrison in 2000 AD, and Tales of the Night Watchman for So What? Press.

Career

Fraser's early work includes Lux and Alby Sign on and Save the Universe, a 1993–1994 collaboration with novelist Martin Millar co-published by Acme Press and Dark Horse Comics. Despite having little interest in football, he worked on Roy of the Rovers, including drawing the character's final appearance in 1995. This led to David Bishop's commissioning him to work on Shimura in the Judge Dredd Megazine, where he first collaborated with Robbie Morrison.

The pair then created Nikolai Dante, a swashbuckling adventure story set amid dynastic intrigue in a future Russia, which debuted in 2000 AD in 1997. Fraser was the main artist on the strip, occasionally rotating with other artists, until 2002; the primary artist since then has been John M. Burns, although Fraser returned to the character in 2006 for the storyline "Sword of the Tsar". Also for 2000 AD, Fraser has drawn a number of Judge Dredd stories.

Returning to the Judge Dredd Megazine in 2003, he collaborated with writer Rob Williams on Family, a black and white series about a crime family with superhuman powers, which has recently been published as a collected edition. In 2005 he drew a four-part adaptation of Richard Matheson's Hell House, scripted by Ian Edginton and published by IDW Publishing.

Fraser produced art on The Adventures of Nikolai Dante for 2000 AD, and the self-penned Lilly MacKenzie and the Mines of Charybdis which was published online, a page per week (every Friday) as part of the online comics collective Act-i-vate.[1]

In 2015, he started drawing covers for the horror comic, Tales of the Night Watchman, published by So What? Press. In 2018, he drew the sequential art for "The Ghost Train", about the elevated train involved in the infamous Malbone Street Wreck returning to terrorize the city on the centenary of the accident, which kicked off Tales of the Night Watchman's run as a newspaper strip in Brooklyn, New York's Park Slope Reader.[2][3][4][5] The story debuted in the paper's Spring 2018 edition, number 64. The strips were colored by Gary Caldwell, Simon Fraser's frequent collaborator. They began working on "The Ghost Train" as soon as they wrapped up their collaboration on Mark Millar's Kingsman (franchise) comic book sequel, "The Red Circle", for Image Comics.[6][7][8]

Accolades

In 2018, Fraser received a Ringo Award nomination for best cover artist for his work on Tales of the Night Watchman, Kingsman, and The Consultant.[9][10]

Bibliography

Nikolai Dante on the cover of 2000 AD, drawn by Simon Fraser. Copyright Rebellion A/S 2005.
Nikolai Dante on the cover of 2000 AD, drawn by Simon Fraser. Copyright Rebellion A/S 2005.
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Notes

  1. ^ Simon Frazer: Moving to the Web Archived 2007-02-19 at the Wayback Machine, Newsarama, February 12, 2007
  2. ^ English, Paul (3 July 2018). "Tales of the Night Watchman: The Ghost Train, pt 1". Park Slope Reader. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  3. ^ English, Paul (26 July 2018). "Tales of the Night Watchman: The Ghost Train, pt 2". Park Slope Reader. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  4. ^ English, Paul (24 October 2018). "Tales of the Night Watchman: The Ghost Train, pt 3". Park Slope Reader. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  5. ^ English, Paul (12 February 2019). "Tales of the Night Watchman: The Ghost Train, pt 4". Park Slope Reader. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  6. ^ Fabbri, Megan (2 April 2018). ""So What? Press" is serving up exciting things this April!". Comics Beat. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  7. ^ Fabbri, Megan (24 July 2018). "All Aboard! Tales of the Night Watchman "The Ghost Train part 2" is now published!". Comics Beat. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  8. ^ Fabbri, Megan (9 November 2018). "The Ghost Train is leaving the station… next stop, Comic Arts Brooklyn and 2019!". Comics Beat. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  9. ^ Newsarama staff (25 June 2018). "2018 RINGO AWARDS Nominees". Newsarama. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  10. ^ Newsarama staff (1 October 2018). "2018 RINGO AWARDS Winners (Full List)". Newsarama. Retrieved 1 December 2018.

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