Hi, I’m Al Davison a comic creator. I’ve worked extensively for DC/Vertigo on such titles as: HELLBLAZER, VERMILLION, HOUSE OF MYSTERY, CMYK, THE DREAMING & THE UNWRITTEN. I have also drawn Doctor Who comics for IDW. More recently I drew the comics adaptation of ‘Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad’ for M.R. James: Ghost Stories of an Antiquary adapted by Leah Moore and John Reppion for Self Made Hero. My latest graphic novel is Future Echoes from Liminal Comics, Written by myself and art in collaboration with Yen Quach.
I’m probably best known for my graphic memoir THE SPIRAL CAGE, which explored my experiences growing up with Spina-Bifida, a condition I was born with and wasn’t expected to survive, and living with M.E. (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
I have been trying to complete the 2nd volume: MUSCLE MEMORY, for over 10 years, but the pressure of having to take on commercial work to pay the rent, and health problems, meant that I had to put it on hold. Discovering PATREON, via a tweet by Neil Gaiman, has inspired me to have another go.
MUSCLE MEMORY: A survivors tale, is even more of a challenge than the first volume, as it not only continues to look at disability issues, but also addresses my experiences of physical child abuse at the hands of my Father. I want to make it clear that this is not a story of victimisation, but a story of survival and of winning against the odds. There will inevitably be distressing scenes throughout the series, but it is also an optimistic and often funny look at my life, because that’s how I am.
Take a look and if you like the work, please consider supporting me. My Patreon page helps pay the rent on my studio, more Patrons would allow me to buy art materials, cover costs of going to conventions, and also help support me during down times, when I’m not well enough to work. Click here to check it out. Thanks.