28th & 29th May

Motorpoint Arena Nottingham

Lee Sullivan

Lee Sullivan

Artist

We’re happy to welcome Lee Sullivan to EM-Con 22.

Lee Sullivan trained as a wildlife and technical illustrator at Barnfield College in Luton, then spent five years as a graphic artist for British Aerospace in Stevenage, England.

He freelanced for a further five years, providing art for the advertising and magazine publishing industries; then in 1988 he started working for the comics industry. Since then, titles he has worked on include:

Transformers, Thundercats, Deathshead, Doctor Who Magazine (semi-regularly from 1988, where he became well-known for his drawings of the Daleks), RoboCop (US), Wildcards (US), William Shatner’s TekWorld (US), 2000AD (Judge Dredd; Mercy Heights; Blacklight; Futureshocks; Vector 13, Judge Dredd Megazine); the Radio Times Doctor Who strip, Marvel UK reprint covers and strips for Action Man, Transformers Armada; five years on Thunderbirds Magazine and five years on Doctor Who – Battles in Time and illustrations for Doctor Who DVD Files, both published by Fabbri and promotional art for The Minister of Chance sonic movie and Strangeness in Space audio comedy dramas.

He contributed to Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary celebrations in the form of a Second Doctor comic strip for IDW in the US; digital art for BBC’s Doctor Who Annual for both 2013 & 2014; posters for a box set of artworks for Pyramid International and an 11th Doctor comic strip for the Royal Mail’s Prestige Stamp Book. He has completed the much-loved TV21 Dalek Chronicles for Vworp Vworp Magazine issue 3 and is cover artist for both the Century 21 (Signum Books) & ‘Gerry Anderson Vintage Comic Collection’ (Eaglemoss) reprints of TV21’s 1960s Gerry Anderson comic strip stories. He began working for Titan on variant covers for their Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctor Who titles and Peter Capaldi’s first television series as The Doctor featured a vintage comic strip illustration of Lee’s – the first time this has happened in the show’s history.

He produced character and background illustrations for the BBC’s groundbreaking series of online Doctor Who webcasts: Death Comes to Time; Real Time and also Shada which was written by the late Douglas Adams. He has produced art for BBC Online’s Sherlock Holmes stories and Doctor Who website, along with work for the V&A Museum of Childhood and Yale University Alumni Magazine. He regularly produces work for educational and magazine publications and has supplied storyboard art for the BBC and development designs for animation companies. He also provided visualisations for advertising campaigns.

The Amulet of Samarkand Graphic Novel, based on the best-selling novel by Jonathan Stroud was published in 2010 by Disney/Hyperion in the US and Corgi Children’s Books in the UK.

In 2015 Lee began work on the Titan comic book mini-series

Rivers of London – Body Work – an ongoing canonical continuation of Ben Aaronovitch’s series of novels featuring

Peter Grant. Scripted by Ben and Andrew Cartmel, with

colours by Luis Guerrero and latterly Paulina Vassileva. Following the success of the first story, Lee provided art for subsequent tales Night Witch, Black Mould, Detective Stories and Water Weed and part of The Fey and the Furious. In late 2018 he left the title to work as concept designer on various TV projects. Alongside this he has drawn graphic novels Young James Bond: Silverfin; Macbeth; Phantom of the Opera and The Railway Children for the Penguin Readers series.

Lee worked with his comic book artist hero and friend Mike Noble on three projects featuring Gerry Anderson’s Zero X and Captain Scarlet. These were a career highlight for Lee, and it was a bitter-sweet privilege for him to speak at the Service of Celebration following Mike’s death in 2018.

In 2018 Lee also got to work for his long-time sax-playing hero, Roxy Music’s Andy Mackay as cover artist for the LP/CD 3Psalms and also Mackay & Manzanera’s Roxymphony DVD/CD. These were particularly exciting projects – not to mention flukey – for Lee as, following a Chance Meeting in 1983 with Mackay and subsequently being inspired to learn to play saxophone, from 2004 to 2015 Lee could be seen at venues across the UK playing saxes, wind-synth, castanets, theremin, plus occasional hollering into the microphone – not to mention providing all of the artwork and website duties for almost a decade – with a Roxy Music tribute band. He has also played with members of two of his favourite bands – The Revillos and Sparks – in the band Crash 74. Proof that if you lock yourself in a room with a musical instrument for 20 years, something interesting might happen.


Lee Sullivan will be appearing at EM-Con 2022 on Saturday & Sunday
Guest Tags: Sci-fi, Fantasy, Doctor Who