About

I am a comic book illustrator, having worked for over 15 years for DC Vertigo, the alternative Imprint from DC Comics, as well as for many other publishers of comics, graphic novels and magazines.

To find out more about my work and career drawing comics, check out this link to a recent interview with Paul Gravett at his web-site which covers most of the projects I’ve drawn over the last 20 years.

© Warren Pleece 2008

20 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Warren, Good to see you the other day! Was good to see your work. Just read Montague terrace on the activate site, which is great!…not sure where to reach you except here, let me have those contacts when you can,
    Kind regards,
    Indra

  2. Dear Warren,

    Would you be interested in providing some introductory material to a relatively new horror graphics novel publisher? What I’m asking is for you to consider sampling some artwork for Insomnia Publications, with a view to providing a foreword. Details can be found on their website, or accessed through me at my email address (supplied).

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regard,

    Steve Deighan.

  3. Hi Warren

    I’ve just stumbled across your site after reading a blog entry about Dan Clowes and Chris Ware’s visit to Brighton – I had no idea you were a comic illustrator! Your work looks great by the way, I look forward to reading some very soon.

    Did you enjoy the talk? I thought it was fascinating – I’ve been reading Clowes for 10 years or so, and his work is always so original. I’m not too familiar with Chris Ware’s work, but will be giving him another read in the near future. How about you – any recommendations/favourite artists?

    See you at the next parents evening :)

    best wishes,
    Dave Woozley

    • Cheers Dave,

      it was a really good night in the presence of two comic masters. Do check out Chris Ware’s stuff; I think he’s nothing short of a genius.

      I’ve been ‘in the biz’ for over 20 years or so and started off doing my own material, so I’ve always respected and admired artists/ authors that could maintain their own vision away from the mainstream. My last two books, Life Sucks, written by Jessica Abel and Gabe Soria (First Second Books) and Incognegro, written by Mat Johnson (DC Vertigo) came out a couple of years ago and I’m currently working on a graphic novel version of my webseries Montague Terrace with my brother Gary, published by Jonathan Cape next year. An anthology of our early stuff comes out later this year from Escape books.

      Thanks once again for the boys’ musical encouragement at school.

      All the best,

      Warren

  4. Hi Warren

    I’ve been a big fan of your stuff since the Velocity days, even though I never managed to track down a copy of issue one. Is that what’s going to be in the Escape anthology (plus your stories from Crisis)?

    I’m only just getting back into comics after a while away, so I’m thrilled to see that you and Gary have been doing stuff together. I’m looking forward to visiting the Hypercomics exhibition

    Take care
    Tom

    • Thanks Tom,
      The Escape compilation will feature most of the Velocity stuff as well as material me and Gary worked on for Crisis, Revolver and other UK mags of the 80s and early 90s. We’re currently working on a graphic novel version of Montague Terrace, the Act-i-vate web comic series which also featured in my Digital Media Arts MA show at the University of Brighton and is now running at The Pump House Gallery’s Hypercomics Exhibition; but you probably know all that already.
      Cheers for getting in touch,
      Warren

  5. I thought I already asked this, but can’t find it.
    First, I love your work.
    It’s been awhile, so I don’t remember is the fictional fictional hero, Kinetic, was ever actually show. I’m trying to find a scan to make a paper model.
    Tyler

    • Tyler,
      I believe the fictional Kinetic character appeared once or twice on the cover of Tom’s comics, but you’d have to trawl through the episodes to find him. Sorry I can’t be more specific, but maybe try the first episode and the 6th or 7th?
      Good luck,
      Warren

  6. Hi Warren, it was a real pleasure to have you come and give a talk today at Southampton Solent. I really enjoyed looking at the visual banquet of artwork that you provided for us, it was very inspiring to me as i aim to become a graphic novelist.
    You might remember me; i was the one who asked you if working with your brother lead to put in hidden jokes or references.
    I was really hoping to have a chat with you after your talk was finished but the illustrators got booted out early.
    I was going to ask you if it would be possible for me to send you a postcard of my work?
    Let me explain; the 3rd year illustrators are given a project to design a postcard advertising themselves and show cases their skills, we then send these postcards off to publishers and other arty contacts in the hope for possible employment after the course is done.
    I would really love to send one of my post cards to you as your style and techniques feel like the direction my art is heading in.
    I think that your work showcases and highlights all the reasons why i chose to become an illustrator. The combination of film noir style meeting fantasy subject matter on paper sounds more like a dream than a job.
    Whether or not anything comes out of this i would still be honoured to send you one, that’s if i could have an address to post it to. Many thanks for your time.

    yours sincerely
    Anthony Siddall

    p.s I absolutely agree with you…a matter of life or death is a jewel of cinematography!
    (sorry, i did not spell check the last post)

    • Thanks Anthony, and sorry we didn’t get a chance to properly speak. By all means send me a card; I’ll post my details onto you via your email.

      Cheers,

      Warren

  7. Hello Warren,
    Let me start by saying how much I LOVE Kinetic and absolutely fell in love with the characters, story and of course the artwork! Tom, the protagonist, reminds me of myself in certain ways and the piece as a whole I found to be very inspirational and moving.
    I have an up and coming film production company and we are currently brainstorming ideas for our next project. We really think Kinetic would make perfect fit and we know we an do it justice! Whether it be a web series, feature film or something completely different, we are not sure yet, but are extremely excited.
    Do you know who (if not you) we should get in contact with to discuss the rights and our vision and all the other details with?
    Thank You!
    -Stephen Wu

    • Thanks Stephen,

      Your best bet is to contact either Kelley Puckett or Allan Heinberg who own the copyright through DC or contact DC directly.

      All the best,

      Warren

    • Great to meet you and Will too and glad you liked the talk. Malta was a blast. Sure we’ll meet up again soon.
      Cheers,
      Warren

  8. Brighton is very much in need of a Pleece/Shan book signing, (got anyone in the pipeline?) i am loving your work with Shan. Keep up the great work. So unique and so Pleece that theres no doubt about it, when i see your work i know its yours. :P All Best Zak

    • Thanks Zak, I know Darren’s going to be in Brighton for the Festival this May, but I’m not sure if Simon & Shuster were thinking of any joint signings.
      Cheers,
      Warren

  9. Hey warren I’m loving your work in Zom-b and I’m now doing for my graphics and illustrations course a new book cover and possible illustrations in the book like you’ve done and just wanted to know, what process do you go through to decide what scene in the book to do an illustration for and why you chose the style you did, Thanks

    Zack Cuffin

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