Charlie Adlard

Former British Comics Laureate and local hero, Charlie Adlard, is not only one of the most talented artists in the industry but is also, without a doubt, one of the most hard working and dedicated – and we are incredibly honoured to have him as our Comics Salopia Patron.

Charlie has been a “veteran” of the comic industry for over 25 years. He’s spent the majority of his time since 2003 working on The Walking Dead, which finished in 2019, and has received many industry awards for his work on the series culminating in winning the Sergio Aragonés International Award for Excellence in Comic Art in 2019. In his time as a cartoonist he has worked on many other projects as far reaching as Mars Attacks, the X-Files, Judge Dredd, Savage, Batman, X-Men, Superman etc and creator-owned projects closer to his heart like Astronauts In Trouble, Breath Of The Wendigo, Codeflesh, Rock Bottom, Vampire State Building, and White Death.

He was born on the 4th August 1966 right here in Shrewsbury and, having moved away to study film and video at art college, eventually moved back and still resides here today.

Before moving back to Shrewsbury, he spent a brief stint in London, finding out that the BA he’d earned at art college was pretty useless in getting a job in the film industry, and after failing to set the world alight playing the drums in a rock band, eventually settled on the “third” option, which was comics. An option, he finally realised, that should have been number one right from the beginning.

Today, Charlie is an active supporter of the comic arts, using his amazing high profile to champion the art form at every opportunity. We are incredibly lucky to have Charlie in our hometown of Shrewsbury, and of course, he is also the first artist on our 2021 Comics Trail which you can find at the Library. Make sure you check it out, and look out for upcoming panels with Charlie in our 2022 Comics Salopia festival!

You can find out more about Charlie and his amazing work through his website:


Photo taken by Mathew Johnson at The Hive, Shrewsbury.

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