Canny Comics Goings on in Newcastle this Saturday!

This Saturday (18th March 2017) will see Newcastle City Library taken over by comics for Canny Comic Con, a free event which includes an appearance by 2000AD artist Nigel Dobbyn and Marvel artist Gary Erskine – and a host of independent comic creators.

Running from 10.30am to 3.30pm, the event will offer a hall jam-packed with some of the most interesting comics creators from around the region and beyond, including web comics creators CharlyVonKarma (Sultans) and K. Ben Clarke (Man-Children);   Analogue Press; Tom Boyle (Rocket Wizard); Manchua Cha; Brittany Coxon (Making and That); Cuttlefish (Out of Time); Jack Fallows (Axolotl); Luke James Halsall (The Bullpen); Ingi Jensson, a sequential storyteller and Concept Art lecturer at Teesside University; Tara McInerney (Friendfiction); Mama Lips; Gemma Moody (Skyline City Heroes); the Paper Jam Collective; Faye Stacey (Eye Spy! Murder); Paul Thompson (Tales of the Hollow Earth); Andrew Waugh (co-editor, BOO!); Terry Wiley (Sleaze Castle, VerityFair); and Letty Wilson (Cosmic).

The day’s programme includes an-depth Star Wars character design workshop with Nigel Dobbyn; talks from Applied Comics Etc and Black Lodge Press; an anthology editors’ panel discussion; and “Drop-By Drawing” all day.

One intriguing highlight has to be ‘Just A Comics Minute‘ (lovingly reinterpreting a certain classic Radio 4 panel show by adding a comics theme).

• For more about Canny Comic Con visit the event’s official blog | Follow Canny Comic Con on Twitter @CannyComicCon

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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