the first time i met frank quitely (vincent deighan) at the club, as with many of the members, i had no idea of his talents. i remember sitting down with him, probably drunk, introducing myself and asking if he went to art college. as i recall, he said he had started at glasgow school of art, but given up half way through. i did my mother on him: ‘you can always go back, you know, get your degree … important to see things through to the finish, etc.’ frank quietly sat there, agreed, and said nothing to expose my ignorance. someone later filled me in. so there you go. don’t listen to those well-meaning fools who say you must go to college or whatever. some people are bigger than college.
i insulted him, but still he shared his gum that night when he gave me a lift back to my glasgow flat.
drawing: I asked vincent to draw the most complicated things we as cartoonists have been asked to draw, to deadline - like an invading army and the eiffel tower. can’t remember what the other images represent but it does make for a pretty cool page in my autograph book.
i still have vincent’s amazing poster of batman: scottish connection (written by alan grant)
(flex mentallo, the authority, all-star superman, batman and robin, new x-men, We3, batman: scottish connection)
I was in the Hope Street Studios the other day with my brother and got to meet Vincent Deighan aka Frank Quitely, he’s a very nice man. We talked about fights at school, and how he has not seen Empire Strikes back and Return of the Jedi. Apparently I met him before at a comic book shop in Edinburgh almost 20 years ago. Small world.