Lancaster Comics Day: A Really Heavy Greatcoat Special

With Lancaster Comics Day tomorrow, what better way to celebrate than with a special Really Heavy Greatcoat special, which will also feature in a special “Jam” comic, Frankenzine, on sale on the day?

The strip sees current Greatcoat owner Kevin finally moving out of previous Greatcoat owner John’s house – has he forgotten anything important? – and some acrobatics from the Comics Day mascot, Dennis the Cat.

The Really Heavy Greatcoat, first published in 1987, created by John Freeman and Nick Miller, is Lancaster’s longest-running comic strip, and has featured in numerous local community magazines and the virtual-lancaster.net website (those strips now featuring in an archive on Tapastic), and also had a run in Comics International.

New RHG adventures from Nick are running online on Tapastic, along with a spin-off, Skid Avenue.

Lancaster Comics Day has been organised by the Friends of Lancaster Library and as well as hosting panels appearances with North West-based comic creators Andy Diggle (a writer for both Marvel and Image Comics), Doctor Who writers Eddie Robson and Tim Quinn and 2000AD and Doctor Who artists John Ridgway and Dave Taylor, offers stalls (selling books, comics and toys) and appearances by a lot more comic creators including Preston-based Graham Pearce and Dave Windett, Lancaster’s Jack KnightHarry Saxon and Paul Harrison-Davies,  plus Tom Ward and Chris Welshplus authors AS ChambersAdam Millard and Sophie Sparham. There will also be a whole day of gaming, courtesy of House Lancaster Gaming Group.

There’s more information on Lancaster Comics day here on downthetubes.

 

The Really Heavy Greatcoat - Lancaster Comics Day 2015 Special
The Really Heavy Greatcoat – Lancaster Comics Day 2015 Special

Lancaster Comics Day 2015 Poster

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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