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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 »

Roy of the Rovers comic artist David Sque confirmed for Lancaster Comics Day – making a rare comics convention appearance

A panel of Roy of the Rovers in action by David Sque, running onto a pass from Blackie Gray! Roy of the Rovers © Egmont UK

The Lancaster Comics Day team have announced the appearance of Roy of the Rovers comic artist David Sque at Lancaster Comics Day 2017 (Sunday 11th June), who will be at the event alongside ROTR editor Barrie Tomlinson. Both creators – like fellow guest, artist Richard Piers Rayner – have made very few appearances at comics events, so this is something of ... 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 »

Roy of the Rovers artist David Sque Sunderland AFC print released 

David Sque's Sunderland AFC print, which of course is available without watermark to fans of the club. It features Raich Carter, in a scene from a 1936 game

We recently highlighted the terrific work of Roy of the Rovers artist David Sque in our review of The Rise of the Invincibles, the graphic novel account of the early days of Preston North End. Now, David is working on a new project – Famous British Football Clubs – producing  a series of his unique comic art for a number of British football  clubs. ... 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 »

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 »

Egmont’s classic comics archive arrives at Rebellion, Roy of the Rovers collections already in the works

Egmont's comic archive arrives at Rebellion. Image: Rebellion

The surviving  bound comics volumes and comics art from the Egmont archive has arrived at new owners Rebellion‘s Oxford HQ, another step in the process of seeing some great British girls and boys comics material get back into print. 2000AD‘s owners bought Egmont’s classics comic titles first published by Fleetway Editions and characters earlier this year. The company now own ... Read More »

In Review: Real Roy of the Rovers Stuff by Barrie Tomlinson

Real Roy of the Rovers Stuff - Cover-W

By Barrie Tomlinson Publisher: Pitch Publishing Out: Now The Book: Roy Race was Melchester Rovers’ super striker, who became player-manager of the club. He is known everywhere simply as ‘Roy of the Rovers’. Real Roy of the Rovers Stuff is the inside story of his life with Melchester, told by the man who knows him better than anyone: editor Barrie ... Read More »

Roy of the Rovers mulls England manager role!

Roy of the Rovers, England Manager

Roy ‘Roy of the Rovers’ Race, the Melchester Rovers legend and icon of English football, has today announced his intention to apply for the now vacant England manager job. A towering figure in the national game renowned for fair play and a rocket of a right foot, Race is set return to football nearly twenty years after his retirement. With ... Read More »

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