Comic creators, a bar – and a Music Festival in Liverpool? Sounds like a great combination!

Craft Comic Festival 2017

Ace Liverpool-based comic creators Tom Ward (writer and creator of MERRICK: The Sensational Elephant Man, co-creator of Doc Dino) and Chris Welsh (creator of Wart and the horror anthology The Grime) are running a little tester comic event out of a bar at the end of this month, in conjunction with a local music festival.

The free Craft Comic Festival is part of the weekend’s Smithdown Festival festivities on Saturday 29th April, and the Craft Taproom are hosting a bunch of local comic creators through the day, with the bands starting shortly after.

If you’re in Liverpool on the day, why not pop along and meet and chat with and support local writers and artists. Enjoy some nice coffee, cakes, craft beers and peruse some classic back issues!

Guests include Leah Moore and John Reppion, the husband and wife writing team who have been scripting comics together since 2003. The duo have written for the likes of 2000AD, Channel 4 Education, Dark Horse, DC Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, Electricomics, IDW, and Self Made Hero; Joe Glass, the creator and writer of The Pride and also a co-writer on Stiffs and writer for Bleeding Cool and an advocate for LGBTQ representation in media; Jimmy Furlong, creator of Kickstarter-success Sh*t Flingers, a series about a crusading band of soldiers turned into primates; Dave McCluskey, the Liverpool-based creator of zombie horror comic series The Few, plus a whole host of other titles; Ste Matthews, creator of Jurassic Mark, winner of ‘Best Pun Title of 2016’ award, probably; and Rozi Hathaway, a comic creator, illustrator and zine maker, currently based in Manchester. Winner of the Broken Frontier Breakout Talent Award 2016, Rozi has self-published comics The Red Road, Njálla, Ø and Sneaky Business, and her recent book Cosmos & Other Stories is out now from Good Comics.

Indie publishers at the event are Madius Comics, also known as Mike Sambrook, Rob Jones, Nick Gonzo and Brad Holman are a group of critically acclaimed comic creators from the UK who in two short years have taken the independent scene by storm. With titles such as Papercuts & Inkstains, Griff Gristle, Horrere, 50 Signal and Funk Soul Samurai already under their belts and a whole host of new titles in the works, you won’t want to miss this great chance to get your hands on some signed exclusive goodies and have a chat with the guys themselves.

Frisson Comics, the duo of Katie Whittle and Tom Smith have had a number of successful Kickstarters recently for their haunting and beautiful comics work. Also based in Liverpool, this is a great chance to check out some local work!

Plus, look out for Comic Youth, who deliver comic and zine-creation workshops and guided comic reading sessions to young people in Liverpool and Knowsley.

• For more information check out the event’s Facebook page here. The event page for the evening’s musical line-up can be found here

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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