Doctor Who artist Paul Hanley delivers “Steampunk Iris” (Wildthyme, that is)

Here’s the cover for the next Iris Wildthyme collection, by the brilliant Paul Hanley

Published by Obverse Books, Iris Wildthyme is a fictional character created by writer Paul Magrs, who has appeared in short stories, novels and audio dramas from numerous publishers.

She’s best known from spin-off media based on Doctor Who, where she is sometimes depicted as a renegade Time Lady.

A stop-motion movie-maker, commercial artist, and sort-of-pro comic artist. Paul Hanley has done official work for Godzilla and Judge Dredd (for IDW Comics), Firefly (Toy Vault Inc.) and Doctor Who (Titan Comics and the game Doctor Who Legacy from Tiny Rebel Games). 

This “Steampunk Iris” isn’t his first commission in connection with the character (he’s also done art on her Big Finish releases), and we’re sure it won’t be the last!

If you’re a Doctor Who fan, check out his web site – there’s some terrific work there – including some characters longtime Doctor Who Magazine readers will recognise!

The new Iris Wildthyme collection includes stories from Paul Magrs, Christopher Bryant, Simon Brett, Paul Driscoll, Ian Charles Douglas, Matt Bright and many others.

• More about Obverse Books at

• Paul Hanley’s web page:

• Paul Magrs:

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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