She was a girl from a well-to-do background - who happened to fall in love with her best friend at University. He also happened to be the heir to the throne! And as he gave her the attention of the world's media, she gave him the one thing he never expected a normal life. See both their stories, back to back, for the first time in comic book form. From the English writer of Flying Friar, Rich Johnston, the Scottish artist of Dan Dare, Gary Erskine and the Welsh artist on Doctor Who, Mike Collins. A Special Edition to commemorate the Royal engagement and wedding.
Initially training to be a lawyer, Mike had always wanted to tell stories in pictures. Driven by a love of comics and animation he abandoned the life of a bewigged barrister and instead has spent the last 25 years writing and drawing adventures featuring the most iconic heroes in the US, UK and Europe.
For Marvel Comics he's drawn the X-Men, Sub-Mariner and most recently contributed to a Hugo nominated Captain Britain Graphic Novel 'Vampire State'. He's drawn Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Flash amongst others, for DC Comics. For both companies, he's written and drawn graphic stories featuring the many incarnations of Star Trek. In the UK he's been the main artist on the relaunched Doctor Who franchise, recently drawing the first BBC commissioned graphic novel Only Good Dalek, working with long time Doctor Who novelist Justin Richards.
For Norway, he's the artist on the Varg Veum series of graphic novels, written by the character's creator Gunnar Staalesen.
He's also author of the first Welsh language graphic novel Y Mabinogi, itself an adaptation of an animated feature based on the Welsh myth cycle. Outside of comics, he's also written for the Star Trek book series - 'Starfleet Corps of Engineers'.
Based in Cardiff, Wales his studio is a stone's throw away from The Rift featured in the Torchwood TV series. Often, after a day spent drawing the comic book adventures of Doctor Who he finds himself walking through the filming of the actual show.
As a storyboard artist, Mike has worked on many pre-school shows, Horrid Henry; Bobinogs; Claude; Cym Teg; Fireman Sam; Grandpa In My Pocket; Hana's Helpline; Igam Ogam and more. He storyboarded the BAFTA nominated short Day On The Beach, and recently worked on storyboards for the Ultramarines CGI movie.