Comic Book Artist Frank Quitely Makes Horror Animation Debut


Frank Quitely is one of the comic book industries most talented artists. He is known for his work with writer Grant Morrison on All-Star Superman, New X-Men and We3. He has also collaborated with Mark Millar on Jupiter’s Legacy and has recently finished the five issued volume two. While Frank is known for his art, he has done a fair amount of writing, whether in indie comics or films over the past few years.

Nothing To Declare will be Frank Quitely‘s first written animated horror short.

The film is directed by multi-BAFTA-nominated animator Will Adams and produced by Mal Young, with artwork by Fraser McLean and Tom Bryant.

Nothing To Declare is based on a short story by Frank Quitely in which a well-meaning 19-year-old returns home at Christmas from backpacking in South America, only to discover he has unintentionally triggered a catastrophic chain of events.  The team expect the film to appeal to comic book readers, as well as fans of animation and horror.


Frank Quitely had this to say about the film:

I’ve always loved the horror genre. I had written a bunch of short stories, and this one, I felt, particularly lent itself to animation. This is the first time I’ve written a story and handed it over to other artists to work on. It’s my first venture in film, and the team I’m working with are exceptionally talented and have created a brilliantly crafted animation. I’m really excited at the prospect of seeing it finished.”

Director, Will Adams had this to say:

“This will be the first home-grown short I’ve directed since 2009, so it’s a rare treat to work on a project where we have real creative freedom. Having been a fan of Frank Quitely’s work since I read his comics at school, it’s been brilliant having the opportunity to collaborate so closely with him.”


The film is a co-production between Scottish animation studios Once Were Farmers and Interface Pattern, marking the first collaboration between the multi-award-winning studios. It is enhanced by an original score by John Cummings, formerly of the band Mogwai, who left the band on amicable terms in 2015 to pursue other musical avenues.

The team are currently running a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise funds needed to complete the film. The campaign launched on Halloween and has raised 31% of its goal within the first few days. The campaign will end on December 10th 2016.

This is a rare opportunity for comic book and animation fans to own original artwork by Frank Quitely and Fraser McLean, including unseen sketches from Quitely’s sketchbook, unique, signed frames from the film, and your own portrait as a Nothing To Declare character drawn by Fraser McLean.

I am a huge fan of Frank Quitely‘s work. It’s nice to see him do something a little different than normal. I love the fact you can own movies frames, and the film itself via streaming.

If you want this project to come to life like I do and want, more details check out the Indiegogo campaign here

Check out Interference Pattern the animation studio behind Nothing To Declare  at 



  1. Brilliant article, thank you – could you update Interface Pattern with Interference Pattern please & our website Thanks so much! Up at 31% now on the crowdfunding page, thanks for your support


  2. concreteshawzee says:

    Not a problem. You’re welcome!


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