Big Issue celebrates the life of “Tiger who came to Tea” author Judith Kerr

The Big Issue 1257

On sale this week from their street vendors is The Big Issue 1257, which  cover features one of the most iconic images in children’s literature: art from Tiger who came to Tea by author Judith Kerr.

Inside, you can read a Letter To My Younger Self by the 93-year-old writer and illustrator, who has lived an incredible life; a Jewish refugee who lived through the Blitz and went on to create some of our best-loved stories.

The Big Issue also interview Betty Boothroyd, the first female Speaker in the House of Commons, who casts her eye over the state we’re in now. Another woman who has lived, it feels, several lives.

The Big Issue 1256 features eight pages of comics
The Big Issue 1256 features eight pages of comics

If you’re not a regular reader of The Big Issue, you may also want to grab a copy of last week’s issue from their online store, which features eight pages of comics.

The Big Issue is a magazine sold by homeless and long-term unemployed people. Vendors buy copies for £1.25 and sell for £2.50. They are working, not begging.

Since The Big Issue was launched in 1991 the title has helped thousands of vulnerable people take control of their lives. They currently work with around 2000 individuals across the UK offering them the opportunity to earn a legitimate income; to “help them to help themselves’.

• The Big Issue 1257 is currently available from street vendors across the UK. Issue 1256 is available from the magazine’s online store

With thanks to Smuzz

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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