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First details of “Comic Book Hero: Working with Britain’s Picture Strip Legends” released

Comic Book Hero: Working with Britain's Picture Strip Legends

The first details of former Tiger and Roy of the Rovers editor Barrie Tomlinson‘s next book on British comics, Comic Book Hero: Working with Britain’s Picture Strip Legends, have been released. The book, published byPitch Publishing Ltd, goes on sale in September and looks to be a great follow up to his other recent work, Real Roy of the Rovers Stuff. In ... Read More »

Can Your Hear Me, Mother? I’m on the Radio This Week

Thanks to David Chandler, you’ll hear me plugging Lancaster Comics Day (and the Lakes International Comic Art Festival) on this week’s “Friday Night Three” show airing on Beyond Radio (7 – 9.00pm, 103.5FM across Lancaster and Morecambe and also online). It turns out David apparently in part owes living in Lancaster down to an editorial decision made by me about ... Read More »

Lancaster Comics Day 2017: Full Line Up Announced (it will be more than a Roy of the Rovers moment!)

Lancaster Comics Day 2017 Poster SNIP

This year’s Lancaster Comics Day will be bringing some “Roy of the Rovers” moments to Lancaster in June, when special comic guests artist David Sque and writer and editor Barrie Tomlinson recall their time working on Britain’s best-loved and most iconic comic football hero. Both creators have rarely appeared at comics events, so the Friends of Lancaster Library have achieved ... Read More »

Roy of the Rovers editor and “Scorer” writer Barrie Tomlinson confirmed for Lancaster Comics Day 2017

Arsenal striker Malcolm Macdonald, Roy and Barrie Tomlinson

Roy of the Rovers and Tiger editor Barrie Tomlinson has been announced as a guest of Lancaster Comics Day 2017 (Sunday 11th June) – making a very rare appearance at a comics event. “It’s real Roy of the Rovers stuff!” has been a cry of football commentators for decades – and the enduring success of England’s best-known fictional footballer owes much ... Read More »

Creating Comics: a 2000AD Podcast with comics editor and writer Barrie Tomlinson

2000AD Podcast: Barrie Tomlinson SNIP

“It’s real Roy of the Rovers stuff!” has been a cry of football commentators for decades – and the latest episode of the award-winning 2000AD podcast features an interview with author, comics editor and writer Barrie Tomlinson, the man who helped make Roy Race of Melchester Rovers a British institution. With the IPC Youth Group titles now part of the archive ... Read More »

In Memoriam: “Billy’s Boots” and “Jet-Ace Logan” Comic Artist John Gillatt

A page of "Billy's Boots" by John Gillatt from Lion and Tiger, 28th September 1985.

Former Fleetway editor Barrie Tomlinson pays tribute to John Gillatt, the artist best known for his work on strips such as “Billy’s Boots”, “Black Archer” and “Jet-Ace Logan” (for Comet and Tiger), who we have just learned died in November… I was devastated to hear that my old friend John Gillatt had passed away in November, at the age of ... Read More »

Step aside WWE, here’s Johnny (Cougar, that is)! But could this comics hero make a comeback today?

Johnny Cougar's Wrestling Monthly - All

Long before WWE in its present form and ITV’s Gladiators there was a wrestling star that outfought all his opponents – Johnny Cougar, a Canadian Seminole mat fighter, co-star of the long-running weekly comic Tiger alongside the likes of “Roy of the Rovers”, “Skid Solo” and “Martin’s Marvellous Mini”. But did you know that. briefly, he had his own comic? downthetubes ... Read More »

Roy of the Rovers: A Collector’s Guide

The recent release of longtime comics editor and writer Barrie Tomlinson‘s book Real Roy of the Rovers Stuff (Barrie himself talks about that project here, and Ian Wheeler’s review is here) made us wonder what other Roy of the Rovers books are out there for the collector. 2000AD publisher Rebellion has hinted they have major plans for Roy, the football ace ... Read More »

In Review: It’s Ghastly, the untimely demise of “Scream!” (Not for the nervous…)

It's Ghastly! - Cover

Greetings mortals! Don’t expect an objective review of It’s Ghastly, the new Comic Archive from Hibernia Comics (their third), because I’ve been waiting for this publication for over 30 years. I was absolutely the right age to be into Fleetway Editions short-lived weekly horror comic, Scream!, when it first came out and I devoured each issue with eager anticipation. When it ceased ... Read More »

Scream! in the spotlight: a wonderfully ghastly new Comic Archive from Hibernia Comics!

Ghastly McNasty SNIP

We’ll be running a fuller review of this cracking new title from Hibernia Comics soon, but I couldn’t not give an early plug to their latest brilliant ‘Comic Archive’, It’s Ghastly, the untimely demise of Scream!, on sale now. The third in the ‘Comic Archive’ series takes a detailed look at the dark underside of British comics – and we’re not ... Read More »

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