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In Memoriam: Comic Artist Stephen Prestwood

Stephen Prestwood

Just over a week ago the British small press lost one of its most hardworking and consistent artists – the incredible Stephen Prestwood. I’d worked with him – watched him drawing tirelessly for years, turning in an almost endless stream of art for comics, art jams, competitions – anything. He was as relentless as he was ever-present. His art unfussy, his ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Stewart Perkins (WR Logan)

Stewart Perkins, Bristol 2004. Photo courtesy PJ Holden

Writer Richmond Clements, co-editor of FutureQuake, pays tribute to an unsung hero of British comics – and particularly 2000AD – fandom, whose death was announced at the weekend… There has been a running black joke this year about the innumerable number of good people who’ve been dying. In our nerd culture, the many fandoms have their own leaders, their own personalities. ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Darwyn Cooke

Darwyn Cooke

I was very sad to learn yesterday of the sudden passing of the extraordinary Canadian comic book writer, artist, cartoonist and animator Darwyn Cooke, whose death to cancer was announced by his family this weekend. He was just 53. This short statement, following quickly on news that Darwyn was being treated for cancer, was published on the “Almost Darwyn Cooke” blog on Saturday: ... Read More »

Remembering Gil Page: A Personal Tribute by David Hunt

Former comics editor David Hunt pays tribute to one of the great, and largely unsung force behind the success of British comics over several decades – Gil Page, who died earlier this week. I last saw my dear friend Gil Page a couple of weeks back. With Bob Paynter and Stan McDonald (giants of the industry it had been my privilege ... Read More »

In Memoriam: IPC Managing Editor Gil Page

We’re sorry to report the passing of Gil Page, an editorial stalwart of Amalgamated Press, Fleetway, IPC and latterly Egmont, as that company’s Managing Editor. He passed away peacefully in his sleep earlier in the week, aged 79. “Gil was extremely professional in everything he did, but this likeable man never forgot his roots,” former editor David Hunt, whose credits ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Illustrator and Comic Artist Shirley Bellwood

Shirley Bellwood. Photo courtesy author Max Harris

The very welcome reveal of 2000AD‘s cover of their first Misty collection – featuring art from a 1980 Misty Special – came tinged with the sad news of the passing of the much-admired artist who painted it, Shirley Bellwood, who had been ill for some time. She was 84. Rebellion’s Keith Richardson announced her passing on the Get Misty Back in ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Comics Writer Scott Goodall MBE

Comics writer Scott Goodall

We’re sorry to learn via Hibernia Comics David McDonald and former Fleetway comics editor Gil Page of the passing of British comics writer Scott Goodall, who died on 7th March 2016, aged 80. Born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1935, Scott, who grew up reading DC Thomson adventure titles such as Wizard and Hotspur, was a prolific comics writer. “I was always a dreamer, ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Gerry Dolan

A panel from Sarirway to Heaven drawn by Gerry Dolan, inked by Rex Ward, published in Doctor Who Magazine Issue 156

When artist Gerry Dolan died last November I started writing this tribute, but for various reasons it got pushed back in its publication until now, and I can only apologise to those of you who already knew of his passing and those who kindly provided information for this article, including Trevor Goring, Marise Morland-Chapman and Sydney Jordan. To be honest ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Ken Barr

Ken Barr RIP

We’re sorry to report the death of artist Kenneth (Ken) Barr, aged 83. He is perhaps best known to downthetubes readers for his Commando covers, but was an innovative artist whose covers for publishers such as Marvel and a wide variety of book publishers are highly regarded, making him one of the most beloved and collected comic artists. Ken, who had turned 83 ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Tony Dyson, R2-D2’s Original Builder

Tony Dyson walking R2-D2

We’re sorry to report the passing of Professor Tony Dyson, the British robot genius who originally built Star Wars R2-D2. A convention regular around the globe, 2015 marked his first appearance in the country he had made his own – Malta – for Malta Comic Con. It was an enormous privilege to meet him, even though I think he quickly decided most of the ... Read More »

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