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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 »

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: Real Roy of the Rovers Stuff by Barrie Tomlinson

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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 »

Barrie Tomlinson reveals “Real Roy of the Rovers Stuff”, his new book on Britain’s best-loved football comic hero

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Out on 3rd October from Pitch Publishing is Real Roy of the Rovers Stuff!: Roy’s True Story, a new book on one of British comics greatest characters, written by comics editor and writer Barrie Tomlinson, a man instrumental in the creation of many of his stories. Roy Race was Melchester Rovers’ super striker, and later manager and chairman; he is known ... Read More »

Remembering Gil Page: A Personal Tribute by David Hunt

Former comics editor David Hunt pays tribute to one of the great, and largely unsung force behind the success of British comics over several decades – Gil Page, who died earlier this week. I last saw my dear friend Gil Page a couple of weeks back. With Bob Paynter and Stan McDonald (giants of the industry it had been my privilege ... Read More »

British Comics: Charting The Reprint Rights Nightmare

An episode of Star Trek from Joe 90 Top Secret Issue 2. Art by Harry Lindfield.

The arrival of the first volume of Star Trek: The Classic UK Comics from US publisher IDW this morning (courtesy of editor Rich Handley, out 28th April), comprising the first 18 bizarre stories published in Joe 90: Top Secret and TV21 in the 1960s, loosely based on the long-running TV series (and I do mean, loosely) prompted some pondering on the perils ... Read More »

Steve McGarry: From Hollyhedge Road to Hollywood

Steve McGarry

Last week, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival announced the terrific news that top British cartoonists Steve McGarry and his son, Luke, would be at their October weekend-long event, taking in part in a host of fun events for children of all ages – as well as being an integral part of its Opening Night. Steve and Luke will conduct a ... Read More »

Top Cartoonists Steve and Luke McGarry Lined Up for October’s Lakes Comics Festival

Steve and Luke McGarry

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival has just announced the upcoming appearance of two top British, California-based comic creators at this year’s Festival, who will be bringing their unique cartooning talents to bear on a host of activities throughout the weekend. Steve McGarry – a multiple award-winning creator best known for his football illustrations and cartoons, his comic strips for a number ... Read More »

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