Richard Johnston is a British comics creator and columnist who is often accused of being editor-in-chief of the comics news site  .
described Johnston as having claimed to be "the oldest extant comics news reporter on the Internet." The Comics Journal His past columns include "All The Rage" (for  Silver Bullet Comic Books), and "Lying in the Gutters" (for Comic Book Resources).
Johnston grew up in
Pontefract, West Yorkshire. He subsequently moved to London. 
Johnston began writing gossip on
USENET newsgroups in 1994 as "Rich's Ramblings". He then took the column onto the burgeoning World Wide Web, with "Rich's Revelations" on the now-defunct Twist And Shout Comics website. He later started the comics gossip column "All The Rage" for  , later Silver Bullet Comic Books . Comics Bulletin 
Johnston wrote the column "Lying in the Gutters" for
, Comic Book Resources posting rumours and gossip, with a  traffic light icon imparting advisory caution as to the possible credibility of each rumour: a red light denoting the least likelihood of accuracy, a green light for the most credible reports, and a yellow light for those that fall somewhere in between.
Johnston's writing does not often impart sources. About that, Johnston said, "I often obfuscate sources to hide their identity--even deny that a story has sources on many occasions." Johnston sees himself as part of a tradition established by the "British tabloid press, one that seeks to entertain rather than inform."
On 27 March 2009, Johnston announced his launch of the website BleedingCool.com.
Bleeding Cool was nominated for the "Favourite Comics Related Website"
Eagle Award in 2010 and 2011 and won in 2012. It was named as one of  s top blogs of 2010. PC Magazine and Technorati gave it a perfect 1000 score for influence in the comics category.  Johnston was awarded the  Shel Dorf Award for Best Comics Blogger for his work on Bleeding Cool in 2012. 
Johnston has written a number of comics, mainly consisting of
one-shots and graphic novella. The first consists of parodies, such as Watchmensch and  Civil Wardrobe (alluding to Marvel's 2006 story ). Civil War The second include his original work, both  creator-owned and those based on licensed properties, like , Doctor Who: A Room With A Deja View  The Flying Friar (based on the life of Joseph of Cupertino) and  Chase Variant which started life at Mam Tor Publishing's . Event Horizon 
In 2007, he wrote the
IDW trading card set George W. Bush and the Weapons of Mass Distraction.  
He wrote and drew a number of pages for the
book and curated the Popbitch Harrods Comic Timing exhibition of original comic book artwork. 
In 2009, he had a story scheduled for the
Spearmint anthology from Image Comics with Sleaze Castle writer-artist Terry Wiley. He wrote a short story, "Rustlin Up Business," for the second volume of  Outlaw Territory, published in February 2011.
He has also written
Kate and William: A Very Public Love Story, a comic commemorating the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, published by Markosia. 
In 2012, he wrote a comic serialised in
entitled Dark Horse Presents The Many Murders of Miss Cranbourne, with art from Simon Rohrmüller. He also wrote a series of parody comics for Boom! Studios, taking on Marvel Studios films, with Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and The Avengers reinterpreted as "Iron Muslim", "Scienthorlogy," "Captain American Idol," and "The Avengefuls," respectively.
Johnston writes and draws weekly cartoons for the UK blogger
Guido Fawkes, appearing each Monday and collected at RichAndMark.com. 
Johnston wrote briefly for newspapers like
The Guardian and magazines like  . PlayStation World The now-closed publication  named him Young Writer of the Year Award in 2001. Punch Magazine 
His poster campaign for the
Churches Advertising Network in December 2006 generated coverage, including a leader in the Times Newspaper  and an appearance on BBC's  The One Show.
He was an advertising
copywriter until 2009.
Johnston contributed to the British
Channel 4 sketch show as well as for Smack the Pony BBC Radio 4's satirical sketch show and the stage/TV show Week Ending .
The Sitcom Trials
He appeared as an interviewee in
After the Chalk Dust Settled, a documentary included on the DVD release of Steven Moffat's sitcom . Chalk 
He was a zombie extra in
and a congregation member in the movie Shaun of the Dead . Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 
In 2006, he appeared as a character in the comic book
as a source of "inside joke" humour by featuring him as the victim in a murder mystery set at a comic book convention and using other notable real-world comics creators as suspects in the crime. CSI: Dying in the Gutters He also appeared as a character in the  Jodie Picoult novel, The Tenth Circle and made a more major appearance in the  novel Leverage . The Con Job 
Johnston's daughter Eve was born in March 2005.
(Twist and Shout Comics, 1995) Dirtbag 
(Twist and Shout Comics, 1997) The X-Files 
Rich Johnston's Holed Up ( Avatar Pres, 2004) 
The Flying Friar (with Thomas Paul Nachlik, Speakeasy Comics, 2005) 
Civil Wardrobe (with various artists, including Darick Robertson, Ashley Wood and Frazer Irving, Brain Scan Studios, 2006) 
(with Simon Rohrmüller, Brian Scan Studios, 2009) Watchmensch
(with Eric J., Doctor Who: A Room With A Deja View IDW, 2009) "A Trip into Space" (with Terry Wiley, in
, This Is a Souvenir: The Songs of Spearmint & Shirley Lee Image Comics, 2009)
Chase Variant (with Saverio Tenuta and Edmund Bagwell, Image Comics, February 2010, forthcoming)
Kate and William: A Very Public Love Story ( Markosia, April 2011, ISBN 1-905692-45-5) collects:
The Many Murders of Miss Cranbourne, with Simon Rohrmuller, Dark Horse Presents ( Dark Horse Comics, 2012) The Avengefuls, ( Boom! Studios, 2012)
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