Morris Heggie to celebrate The Beano at Lakes Festival

Morris Heggie. Photo courtesy Morris Heggie/ DC Thomson

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival has just announced that former Dandy editor Morris Heggie will be one of their special guests in October, as part of a free event.

He will be hosting a free event to celebrate The Beano and its 75 year history together with Beano artist Stephen White.

Morris Heggie started his long comic career with DC Thomson in 1969 the same year that man first landed on the moon.

He worked on The Beano, Sparky and Nutty comic before going on to edit The Dandy for two decades. He is a major force in the Digital Dandy, writing Desperate Dan and helping shape the look of the digital comic, as well as being involved in DC Thomson’s long term project to scan every comic they have ever published, with the aim of making them available as Print on Demand editions.

He also writes Oor Wullie and The Broons for The Sunday Post and is author of both The History of The Beano and the History of The Dandy books.

• Everyone We Know Loves The Beano will … take place at Kendal Library at 10.30am on Sunday 20th October. Places can be booked in advance by emailing comic.kendal.library@cumbria.gov.uk or calling 01539 713523. Limited places so book soon.

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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