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Love Bites by Fred Jeffries

Here’s a quick round up of short comics news items that have caught our eye on Twitter and other social media over the past few days… • The Hemel Gazette reports that veteran artist Fred Jefferies, 85, a cartoonist since 1962, has created a cartoon book 13 years after being registered blind, thanks to a special magnifying glass provided by Blind Veterans UK, Fred ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Dave Westaway – A Tribute by John Ridgway

  We’re saddened to report the passing of Eagle afficianado and comic collector and archivist Dave Westaway, a name that may only be familiar to a few reading this but whose contributions to the work of various groups, preserving and promoting British comics and characters, has been a vital part of UK fandom for many years. He was a key member ... Read More »

In Memoriam: “Minnie the Minx” artist Jim Petrie

Former Beano editor Euan Kerr and Jim Petrie , the artist who drew the Beano character Minnie the Minx for 40 years before announcing his retirement on Monday 8th January 2001. Euan seen here presenting Mr Petrie with champagne and a retirement cake that day. Image courtesy DC Thomson

    (Updated 29/8/14 to include tribute from Mike Stirling) We’re sorry to report the passing of artist Jim Petrie, an artist perhaps best known for his work on The Beano‘s “Minnie the Minx”, a strip he took over from original artist Leo Baxendale in 1961 and drew for 2000 issues before his retirement in 2001. Jim’s first “Minnie the ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Jan Shepheard, 2000AD’s first Art Editor – an “unsung heroine” of British Comics

Jan Shepheard, art editor on Valiant and 2000AD. Photo © Sue Smith, used with permission.

  We’re sorry to report the passing of Jan Shepheard, an “unsung heroine” of British comics and first Art Editor of 2000AD, who may best be remembered by our readers for her famous “Judge Dredd” logo, but who created many of the definitive logos for various strips for comics such as Valiant and others at Fleetway/IPC. David McDonald at Hibernia ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Bill Stirton

Bunty Comics from 1968

We’re sorry to report the passing of Bill Stirton, former head of the artists’ department at DC Thomson, who has died at the age of 94. As studio manager, Mr Stirton oversaw the inhouse production of artwork for a huge number of DC Thomson titles and also tutored new artists. In 1980, he was particularly impressed with the talents of ... Read More »

In Memoriam: David Torrie

The robot schoolboy Brassneck, one of the late David Torrie's favourite Dandy characters. Image © DC Thomson

We’re sorry to report the passing of former Dandy editor and writer David  Lindsay Torrie, who died at the age of  73 on 16th May. Mr Torrie from The Dandy‘s publisher, DC Thomons in 2006 after 45 years’ service with the company, which as well as highly regarded work on its papers as well as The Dandy, included editorships with ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Vanessa Morgan

The late Vanessa Morgan. Photo via Peter Hogan

We’re sorry to report the sad news today of the passing of longtime comics editor and publisher Vanessa Morgan. Writer Peter Hogan pays tribute: I have sad news to impart, of interest to pretty much the entire British comics community: last night my dear friend Vanessa Morgan passed away peacefully, after losing a long battle with cancer. She would have ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Andy Robertson, SF editor

Art by Smuzz

We’re sorry to report the passing of SF editor and fan Andy Robertson who had been involved with Interzone, serving as Assistant Editor from an early stage and contributing many reviews and interviews. Andy also published a number of stories and edited two anthologies based on the works of William Hope Hodgson and was working with my Crucible co-creator, Smuzz, on The Night Land project. With ... Read More »

“A Lovely Bloke”… Barrie Mitchell remembers Tony Harding

Tony Harding and Barrie Mitchell at London-based Link Studios, sometime in the late 1950s or early 1960s. Picture courtesy Antony Harding.

  Following up on his son’s tribute, fellow comic artist Barrie Mitchell recalls working with artist Tony Harding… I first met Tony when he walked through the door,  which he filled, at Link Studios. He was a big lad. I was into the second year of my four year apprenticeship and the studio wanted someone to replace John M. Burns, ... Read More »

“Does Your Dad Draw for Roy of the Rovers?”

Tony Harding and Barrie Mitchell at London-based Link Studios, sometime in the late 1950s or early 1960s. Picture courtesy Antony Harding.

Antony Harding pays tribute to his father, Tony Harding, artist on “Roy of the Rovers”, “Twisty”, “Look Out for Lefty” and many more classic British football strips…   During my school years, from time to time older kids would come up to me and ask me for my father’s autograph. On hearing this, my dad would make a joke of ... Read More »

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