David Bishop (writer)

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David Bishop
Born New Zealand
OccupationEditor, comic book writer, novelist
Nationality New Zealander
Genre Comic book, science fiction

David James Bishop (born 27 September 1966) is a New Zealand comic book editor and writer of comics, novels and screenplays. In 1990s he ran the UK comics titles Judge Dredd Megazine (1991–2002) [1] [2] and 2000 AD (1995–2000). [3]

New Zealand Country in Oceania

New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island, and the South Island —and around 600 smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal, and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.

Judge Dredd: The Megazine is a monthly British comic magazine, launched in October 1990. It is a sister publication to 2000 AD. Its name is a play on words, formed from "magazine" and Dredd's locale Mega-City One.

<i>2000 AD</i> (comics) comics magazine from Britain

2000 AD is a weekly British science fiction-oriented comic magazine. As a comics anthology it serialises stories in each issue and was first published by IPC Magazines in 1977, the first issue dated 26 February. IPC then shifted the title to its Fleetway comics subsidiary, which was sold to Robert Maxwell in 1987 and then to Egmont UK in 1991. Fleetway continued to produce the title until 2000, when it was bought by Rebellion Developments.


He has since become a prolific author and received his first drama scriptwriting credit when BBC Radio 4 broadcast his radio play Island Blue: Ronald in June 2006. In 2007, he won the PAGE International Screenwriting Award in the short film category for his script Danny's Toys, [4] and was a finalist in the 2009 PAGE Awards with his script The Woman Who Screamed Butterflies. [5]

BBC Radio 4 British domestic radio station, owned and operated by the BBC

BBC Radio 4 is a radio station owned and operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that broadcasts a wide variety of spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. It replaced the BBC Home Service in 1967. The station controller is Gwyneth Williams, and the station is part of BBC Radio and the BBC Radio department. The station is broadcast from the BBC's headquarters at Broadcasting House, London. On 21 January 2019 Williams announced she was quitting the role. There are no details of when or who will be her replacement.

Radio drama dramatized, purely acoustic performance

Radio drama is a dramatised, purely acoustic performance. With no visual component, radio drama depends on dialogue, music and sound effects to help the listener imagine the characters and story: "It is auditory in the physical dimension but equally powerful as a visual force in the psychological dimension." Radio drama includes plays specifically written for radio, docudrama, dramatized works of fiction, as well as plays originally written for the theatre, including musical theatre and opera.


Bishop was sub-editor of the Judge Dredd Megazine and of Crisis , [6] before becoming the editor of the Megazine from 1991 to 2002. He became the editor of 2000 AD just before Christmas 1995, staying four and a half years before resigning to become a freelance writer in the summer of 2000.

<i>Crisis</i> (Fleetway) British comic

Crisis was a British comic book magazine published from 1988 to 1991 as an experiment by Fleetway to see if intelligent, mature, politically and socially-aware comics were saleable in the United Kingdom. The comic was initially published fortnightly, and was one of the most visible components of the late-1980s British comics boom, along with Deadline, Revolver, and Toxic!.

Freelance, freelancer, and freelance worker, are terms commonly used for a person who is self-employed and is not necessarily committed to a particular employer long-term. Freelance workers are sometimes represented by a company or a temporary agency that resells freelance labor to clients; others work independently or use professional associations or websites to get work.

Bishop was responsible for discovering many new British talents, including:

Andy Diggle British writer

Andy Diggle is a British comic book writer and former editor of 2000 AD. He is best known for his work on The Losers, Swamp Thing, Hellblazer, Adam Strange and Silent Dragon at DC Comics and for his run on Thunderbolts and Daredevil after his move to Marvel.

Robbie Morrison is a British comics writer most known for his work in the weekly UK title 2000 AD, and as the co-creator of popular character and series Nikolai Dante, serialised for 15 years until 2012.

Siku is the pseudonym of British/Nigerian artist and writer Ajibayo Akinsiku, best known for his work in 2000 AD.

He also, with collaborator Roger Langridge, contributed the insane asylum-set strip The Straitjacket Fits .

Roger Langridge Comic writer

Roger Langridge is a New Zealand comics writer/artist/letterer, currently living in Britain.

Since leaving 2000 AD in the year 2000, Bishop has enjoyed a successful career as a freelance writer, working on novels of Doctor Who , [12] Judge Dredd, Heroes [13] and Nikolai Dante , as well as comic strip adventures of The Phantom . [14] His Doctor Who novel Who Killed Kennedy , a journalist's point-of-view on the early Third Doctor stories, is highly popular with fans.[ citation needed ]

<i>Doctor Who</i> British science fiction TV series

Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC since 1963. The programme depicts the adventures of a Time Lord called "the Doctor", an extraterrestrial being, to all appearances human, from the planet Gallifrey. The Doctor explores the universe in a time-travelling space ship called the TARDIS. Its exterior appears as a blue British police box, which was a common sight in Britain in 1963 when the series first aired. Accompanied by a number of companions, the Doctor combats a variety of foes while working to save civilisations and help people in need.

<i>Nikolai Dante</i>

Nikolai Dante was a comic book series published in the weekly British science fiction anthology 2000 AD from March 1997 through July 2012.

<i>The Phantom</i> comic strip

The Phantom is an American adventure comic strip, first published by Lee Falk in February 1936. The main character, the Phantom, is a fictional costumed crime-fighter who operates from the fictional African country of Bangalla. The character has been adapted for television, film and video games.

Despite his successes as a comics editor and as a writer of prose, Bishop scripted many extremely unpopular comic strips in 2000 AD and the Megazine, including the comics adaptation of A Life Less Ordinary , with art by Steve Yeowell. The Spacegirls , a badly executed parody of the Spice Girls, is on the list of 2000 AD's 20 Worst Strips as chosen by fan rating on the official website. [15] His most recent effort — a Fiends of the Eastern Front series for the Megazine — has proven much more popular with readers.[ citation needed ]

Away from British comics, his work on The Phantom has won awards for the "Best Phantom story of the year" for Egmont on several occasions. Bishop introduced several new important characters to the Phantom mythos, such as the pirate queen Kate Sommerset, which grew so popular with readers that Bishop was able to make her the main character of five stories.

In 2006, Bishop also signed on to participate in the writing of stories for American publisher Moonstone Books' two collections of Phantom short stories, called Phantom Prose Anthologies.

Bishop's history of 2000 AD, in a series of articles under the banner name of Thrill Power Overload , is the most comprehensive currently available.[ citation needed ] A revised, expanded and updated book version was published in the summer of 2007 to coincide with the 30th anniversary of 2000 AD. After that sold out, a paperback edition was issued in February 2009. An expanded edition with new material by Karl Stock was released in 2017. [16]

In 2008, he appeared on 23 May edition of the BBC One quiz show The Weakest Link , [17] beating eight other contestants to win more than £1500 in prize money.

In 2010, Bishop received his first TV drama credit on the BBC medical drama series Doctors , writing an episode called A Pill For Every Ill, broadcast on 10 February. [18]




Audio dramas



  1. Barber, Nicholas (15 July 1995). "I was a teenage Dredd head". The Independent.
  2. Jarman, Colin M.; Acton, Peter (1 January 1995). Judge Dredd: The Mega-history. Lennard. ISBN   9781852911287.
  3. Sims, Chris. "The Best Stories From 2000 Issues Of '2000 AD', By The Editors". Comics Alliance.
  4. "2007 Screenplay Contest Winners | PAGE International Screenwriting Awards: Screenplay Contests". pageawards.com. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  5. "2009 Finalists | PAGE International Screenwriting Awards: Screenplay Contests". pageawards.com. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  6. Crisis #54, editorial, January 1991
  7. "Winning And Losing: An interview with Andy Diggle". www.ninthart.org. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  8. Molcher, Michael (2 December 2015). 2000 AD: The Creator Interviews - Volume 05. 2000 AD Books. ISBN   9781849979870.
  9. "Flashback February: Frank Quitely Part Two - TRIPWIRE". TRIPWIRE. 20 February 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  10. Molcher, Michael (18 November 2015). 2000 AD: The Creator Interviews - Volume 03. 2000 AD Books. ISBN   9781849979856.
  11. "Robbie Morrison And Jim Murray, Stripped". Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News. 29 August 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  12. "Writing a Tie-In Novel". International Association of Media Tie-In Writers. 23 June 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  13. Desk, TV News. "Official Tie-In Book Series Released for NBC's HEROES REBORN" . Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  14. "Best of the Year: David Bishop's picks - Forbidden Planet Blog". Forbidden Planet Blog. 21 December 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  15. 2000AD Online - thrill zone
  16. Miller, Andy (25 March 2017). "A genial green guide to 2000 AD". The Spectator.
  17. Robinson, Anne; Briggs, Jon; Bishop, David (23 May 2008), Episode dated 23 May 2008 , retrieved 8 April 2017
  18. "David Bishop". IMDb. Retrieved 8 April 2017.

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Preceded by
Steve MacManus
Judge Dredd Megazine editor
Succeeded by
John Tomlinson
Preceded by
John Tomlinson
2000 AD editor
Succeeded by
Andy Diggle
Preceded by
John Tomlinson
Judge Dredd Megazine editor
Succeeded by
Andy Diggle
Preceded by
Andy Diggle
Judge Dredd Megazine editor
Succeeded by
Alan Barnes