Aces Weekly artist Mal Earl to host Digital Art event in Cumbria

Art by Mal Earl
© Mal Earl

Top artist and Aces Weekly artist Mal Earl is making a special appearance in his home county of Cumbria later this week, to talk about digital art and his many projects, ad a guest of the Egremont-based Florence Art Group.

Over the last five years Mal has written and illustrated almost 100 pages of comic strip story for David Lloyd’s online anthology Aces Weekly. He has created artwork for record, magazine and book covers on both sides of the Atlantic, and is currently working on a graphic novel with Black Grape front man Kermit Leveridge, which will be launched at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in October in Kendal.

His artistic process includes both traditional pencil work, and finishes produced solely on Apple iPad.

Art by Mal Earl
© Mal Earl

The event will be an informal, informative session focussing on the growing opportunities offered to artists by the ever growing digital landscape.

If you’re based near or live in Egremont, then the Florence Art Group meet every Thursday evening from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and welcomes artists of all disciplines and abilities. Take along your own work and share ideas and tips with others or just have a quiet place to get on with your latest project.

The cost per week is £5 which covers room hire and goes towards paying for regular one-off artist workshops. New members are always welcome (first two regular sessions are just £2.50).

• Florence Art Group: Digital Art with Mal Earl 6.30pm to 8.30pm Thursday 9 March 2017, Florence Arts Centre, Florence Mine, Egremont, Cumbria, CA22 2NR Tel: 01946 824946 Box Offcice: Cost: £5 Web:

• Mal Earl is online at

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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