Roy of the Rovers artist David Sque visits Lancaster for rare UK appearance this weekend

David Sque
David Sque

This weekend David Sque, former Roy of the Rovers artist and illustrator of Rise of the Invincibles graphic novel, arrives in Lancaster from his home in Spain for two events.

On Saturday 10th June, he’ll be at Waterstones, King Street, Lancaster, signing from 1.00pm.

Both he and Invincibles author and publisher Michael Barett will be signing copies of the book – the tale of the early days of Preston North End – and answering any questions you may have.

Then on Sunday (11th June), he’ll be at Lancaster Comics Day in Lancaster Library, which starts at 11.00am and runs until 5.00pm.

Invincible Books will have a stall selling at the event than they’ll be signing both their book and art prints. Both Michael and David will also be on a panel talking and answering questions about British football comics alongside Tiger, Roy of the Rovers and Eagle editor Barrie Tomlinson and artist Richard Piers Rayner.

Roy of the Rovers by David Sque

Preston North End – The Rise Of The Invincibles - Cover

This is the third Lancaster Comics Day, offering a full list of comic-inspired events at the Lancaster Library, in part honouring comic football hero Roy of the Rovers, who has delighted generations of fans since his first appearance way back in 1954!

Organised by the Friends of Lancaster Library, guests include Tiger and Roy of the Rovers editor Barrie Tomlinson, who persuaded Morecambe and Wise and Prince Phillip to write for the comic; artist David Sque; Doctor Who artist Richard Piers Rayner; comic artist and publisher Tim Perkins (Doctor Who, Transformers and Worlds End); publisher Michael Barrett; Nick Brokenshire (acclaimed artist on the US comic Amelia Cole and Once and Future Queen); author AS Chambers (creator of the Lancaster-based series Sam Spallucci); comics writer and publisher Tom Ward (Merrick -The Sensational Elephantman) and comics writer and editor John Freeman (Doctor Who, The Real Ghostbusters, currently editor of Lost Fleet – Corsair).

Panels include a look back at football comics and New Eagle; a celebration of the the life and work of Jack Kirby (co-creator of the Fantastic Four and much more); self publishing dos and don’ts; and a look at Doctor Who comics past and present!

Plus! Plenty of comics for sale, events for kids with comic artists Marc Jackson and Jack Knight, a sneak peek at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in October, comic cake, independent comic creators show off their work, face painting and more!

• Lancaster Comics Day 11.00am – 5.00pm Lancaster Library, Market Square, Lancaster £5 full price, £2 concessions. Ticket price includes admission to all panels (first come, first seated). Monies raised help support buying equipment for Lancaster Library. Full details: www.lancastercomicsday.uk

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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