We Do Love to be Beside the Seaside: First Blackpool Comic Con on Saturday

Blackpool Comic Con's comics guests - Ande Parks, Tim Quinn, Lee Townsend, John Royle, Lee Bradley, Tim Quinn, Dave Windett and Nick Brokenshire.
Blackpool Comic Con’s comics guests – Ande Parks, Tim Quinn, Lee Townsend, John Royle, Lee Bradley, Tim Quinn, Dave Windett and Nick Brokenshire.

A quick reminder that Blackpool Comic Con takes place this Saturday 12th September 2015, at the northern seaside town’s world famous Winter Gardens. The event is heavy on media guests, including Doctor Who‘s Jenna Coleman (who was born in Blackpool), Game of ThronesRichard Madden, Star Wars Julian Glover and Thunderbirds/Gerry Anderson voice artists such as Shane Rimmer and David Graham (who has reprised his role as Parker for the new Thunderbirds Are Go).

The world of comics is represented largely by talent based in the North West: Marvel Comics, newspaper strip and Sparky writer Tim Quinn (now carving a career as a TV presenter and promoter of the excellent Mona Lisa Twins, who are supporting Steve Harley on his current tour); and ace artists Lee Townsend, John Royle, Lee Bradley, Dave Windett and Nick Brokenshire.

From the US, the event has brought in Green Arrow artist Ande Parks, who has also written Zorro and Lone Ranger for Dynamite Entertainment.

• The Blackpool Comic Con web site is at: www.blackpoolcomiccon.com or you can buy tickets direct from Ticketline

• Follow Blackpool Comic Con on Twitter @thecomicconco and Facebook

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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