David Baillie is the writer of the Vertigo series Red Thorn, announced at San Diego ComicCon 2015.

A dark fantasy set in modern day Glasgow, it pillages Scottish mythology and tortures an intriguing cast of characters - one of whom, Thorn, is a recently-freed pagan Demi-God.

Red Thorn is drawn by the best new comic artist in the western world, Meghan Hetrick. Colours are by Nick Filardi and letters are provided by industry legend Todd Klein, while every month Choong Yong paints another cover to die for.

The first Red Thorn collection, Glasgow Kiss, features the first seven issues and will be available in all good bookshops early August 2016. It's in the April edition of Previews - Diamond order code APR160426, if you want to ask your favourite retailer to order you a copy.

"Vivid 21st century pop occultism, redolent and ripe with the romance and horror of prime Vertigo."

Kieron Gillen

"Equal parts folklore, horror and post-millennial noir. The Mona Lisa of the Vertigo renaissance - assuming the Mona Lisa bites, curses, screws around and has a Scottish accent."

Mike Carey

"A brilliant example of a talented creative team working with a synchronicity that you wouldn't normally expect from the debut issue in a series"

Graphic Policy

"The pacing remains immaculate here, with all of the separate storyline threads being given ample time to breathe, and the overall effect being a truly engaging world that you can't help but want to immerse yourself in."

Big Comic Page

"This book is amazing. The plot is definitely something that draws you in from the start... and I'm a huge fan of Meghan Hetrick's work. If you're a fan of mythology (even if it isn't Scottish mythology) and gutsy, gorgeous main characters who are about to wind up way over their heads in the consequences from bad decisions, consider checking out Red Thorn #1!"

Word of the Nerd

2016 Appearances

June 18 CeCAF
July 2 - 3 Glasgow Comic Con
July 15-17 Shrewsbury International
Comic Art Festival

About the Author

David Baillie leaps out of bed every morning burning with the fire of youthful enthusiasm.

He is a writer and artist whose work regularly appears in legendary British comics 2000AD and Judge Dredd Megazine as well as Vertigo in the US. He's also written and drawn for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Redeye, Comics International and Zombies and Robots. His stories have been translated into almost a dozen languages.

His screenwriting has been nominated for a BAFTA/Rocliffe Award and shortlisted for the hotly-contested Red Planet Prize and the BBC Scotland Writes Drama Competition and he recently worked with the prestigious Ragdoll Productions on a couple of television projects.

This is his website.

Bloodshot: Portal 666

David's first novel has was published by Amazon Kindle Worlds in 2014. Portal 666 stars the wildly popular Valiant comics character Bloodshot.

What people are saying...

Ever changing, always trying something new and different. A great artist making great stories.

Richard Bruton - Forbidden Planet Blog

There are some huge talents out there. I love what David Baillie is doing, for example.

Mike Carey

A talented storyteller capable of creating convincing and well-realised worlds.

TRS2 - The Review Site

A talent to watch for the future.

Baillie's storytelling ability never misses.

If I had to choose someone from the whole of the small press to back me in a fist fight, it would definitely be David Baillie.

Matthew Badham - Redeye

A sexier, even cuter version of Ben Grimm, The Thing

Andy Luke - Bugpowder

One of my favourite cartoonists

Ed Kaye - Hypergeek

For other kind words from peers, celebrities and reprobates click here.