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Brian Bolland was born in Butterwick, a small farm community near Boston, England, in 1951. Growing up an only child on a farm, Brian had a lot of free time on his hands, so he taught himself how to draw. He started art school in 1969, but learning how to draw comics also became a “self-taught thing.” He claimed that, “During my five years in three art schools I never learnt a single thing about comics from any of my tutors.” While at school, Bolland self-published a couple of fanzines and his work was published in a few British underground magazines. To this day, his affection for small independent comics endures. He still occasionally releases stories in his Actress and the Bishop and Mr. Mamoulian series. Mr. Mamoulian, who is Brian's alter-ego, appeared in many of the issues of Negative Burn during the 90's.

Bolland and Moore circa 1980

Perhaps best known for the Batman story, The Killing Joke (which he recently re-colored), his credit list is long and impressive. He also wrote a short story for the Killing Joke special edition. He first was noticed by fans, with much acclaim, for his work on Judge Dredd in the early 80's, followed by Camelot 3000 (which was recently re-issued in a hardback edition). These books are among the few in which Brian did the interior art.

His covers on DC books such as Animal Man, Robin, The Invisibles, and Wonder Woman have won him numerous awards. He has also illustrated the covers for Vertigo's Jack of Fables, DC's The Last Days of Animal Man and Will Eisner's The Spirit.

Recently, he has done the variant covers for DC's Zatanna series and is currently the cover artist for Dial H.

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