I make comics. I read comics. I write about comics.
My own comics work has appeared in Adventures in Comics, Artificial Womb, The Awesome Comic, BAM!, Belt Sander, Big Brown Eyes, A Bit of Undigested Potato, Copy This!, Crap Your Pants, Dead Singers Society, Dirty Rotten Comics, Eric, Funtime, Guardian #opencomics, Jack Sprat, Love Bites!, Reworking Walter Scott, Shiot Crock, Small Pets, Sneaky Business, Star Jaws, Swift at 350, Time & Space, Tin Roof Collective Selected Works, Treehouse, The UK Web and Mini Comix Anthology, Wilma, and at the 40075km website.
I’ve written for The Comics Grid, The Comics Journal, Down the Tubes,
Graphixia, The International Journal of Comic Art, Nude, Reference
Reviews, Spaceship Away, Starscape and Stripped.
I'm doing a webcomic called 'Bell Time' for Redbird Review. Have a look here: http://redbirdreview.com/bell-time-web-comic/
I'm also doing a webcomic called 'Dundee Shmundee!' for the Dundee Comics Creative Space website. Have a look at that here: https://dundeecomicscreativespace.com/tag/david-robertson/
There is a behind the scenes process blog for a comic I did as part of the Comics MLitt course. Have a look here.
Through Fred Egg Comics, I self-publish my comics Berserkotron, Dump, Zero Sum Bubblegum, and Wow! Retracted.
Latest news is posted at my BLOG: http://fredeggcomics.blogspot.co.uk/
I'm on FACEBOOK:https://www.facebook.com/david.robertson.18488169
And on TWITTER: @fredeggcomics
Buy comics at the SHOP: http://fredeggcomics.bigcartel.com/
Have a listen to comics podcasts I appear on here.
What they’ve been saying about Fred Egg Comics:
Wow! Retracted is another pretty fantastic bunch of stories from David, and if you’ve somehow gotten this far in life without seeing his work this is a solid chunk of comics to start with.
Kevin Bramer, Optical Sloth
The stories are dry, funny and, what makes it really compelling, is how recognisable the characters are, something that's often missing from comic books. David's energy and world view shines through each story helping to make this a refreshing read.
Eileen Budd, Redbird Review
What's clear is that this is a long game for him, as he's
interested in experimenting, getting better in public and simply getting work
out there. ‘Dump’ is still his most promising work, as it matches that flatness
of tone with strange goings-on to create a deadpan atmosphere.
Rob Clough, High-Low
Many of the strips depict what are little more than incidents, thoughts or ideas put down on paper. Many of these are poignant or moving. All were, at the very least, interesting. A whole backstory can be inferred from a very few words and some simple images. David understands story-telling and communication. He presents you with incidents and the story or idea is contained within.
I really enjoyed them.
Peter Duncan, Splank!
Get yourself wowed with Wow! Retracted. There are just so many different types of stories gathered together here it’s almost impossible to mention them all! In addition to the variety of topics covered, the art styles also cover a tremendous breadth! Everything from cartoony to realism can be found in these pages. There’s even a page where photos are incorporated into the story! Color is also injected in various spots throughout the anthology giving it an even more dynamic look!
Warren "Wee" Elliott, Almost Normal Comics
If you like your mind stretched with some often absurdist form-defying comics, check out Wow! Retracted, with plenty of head-scratching, brain-teasing strips from writer-artist David Robertson.
John Freeman, Down the Tubes
Is Wow! Retracted worth buying? If you want to buy and read small press books and see what new creators are up to then -yes.
Terry Hooper-Scharf, Comic Bits Online
Robertson’s unique way of thinking makes each story interesting. There’s something of Harvey Pekar in the straightforward and commonplace nature of many of the events, and the art is simple yet effective which perfectly matches the tone.
Milo McLaughlin, Gaseous Brain
When I first saw Robertson’s Dump I didn’t know what to expect, what with its Monster Truck cover and all. It came all the way from Scotland and it was pretty damn awesome!
We start off nicely with “Things to Do at 3 O'Clock in the Morning,” with some funny and creepy results. In “What a Difference A Day Makes” Robertson presents a powerful yet simple autobio piece with surprising frankness and a hint of melancholy. There is also a cool “30 Days of Comics” section that mixes the autobio equally with the absurd. Dump: The Difficult Turd Album is wonderfully printed, a good 80 plus pages of comics that will generally leave you satisfied.
Jason Marcy, Trouble with Comics
We get in these pages something that is simultaneously extravagantly ambitious and yet utterly down-to-earth. Jaunty and engaging in tone, it leaves the reader feeling fully invested in Robertson’s love of the form – an almost infectious enthusiasm.
Andy Oliver, Broken Frontier
... a collection of the different comics that the author's composed, plus some collaborations. These comics are black and white and they're straightforward and clear in terms of both image and flow.
Anne Persand, Xerography Debt
Robertson's key strengths: the juxtaposition between the often mundane nature of daily life and the absurdities that can be found within.
Robertson's art is not flashy but is simple and effective, a good fit for the everyday situations depicted in his work.
Gary Smith, The Big Glasgow Comic Page
If I saw this in a store or at a con I would not have any clear idea what the thing was by looking at the cover. Some people might think ‘what the heck is that?’ and pick it up out of curiosity. Others might think ‘what the heck is that?’ and pass it by. I hope they pick it up. It is an enjoyable read.
Shannon Smith, Poopsheet Foundation
One final thing I wanna mention - something rarely found in comics but so great and welcome when an artist takes the time to do it - is at the end of this issue is a ten-page section of sketches, doodles, scribbles, and the background story of how Berserkotron came to be. Great stuff!
I liked David Robertson's story about Crohn's Disease, with the ironic subtext that many Crohn's suffer no longer crap their pants because they must use a colostomy bag.
Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter
There is something for everybody in Wow! Retracted, but for me every story has its own worth – the laugh out loud moments and the reality check moments is a really smart blend of themes to pull off and I can see me re-reading this again soon. Another Fred Egg success and I look forward to the next book too.
Wow! Retracted, Zero Sum Bubblegum, and Dump covers by David Robertson.
Treehouse #12 cover by Craig Murray White.