Captain Fishbeard by Tom Sparke

First Collected Volume of Webcomic ‘Captain Fishbeard’ released this week

This week brings the release of Captain Fishbeard – Volume One, the culmination of the first 26 comics, published on WebToons and via CaptainFishbeard.com by cartoonist, Tom Sparke.

Captain Fishbeard features the adventures of the ocean’s silliest fish-man and his weekly oddness is posted every Wednesday.

The first episode of "Captain Fishbeard" by Tom Sparke
The first episode of “Captain Fishbeard” by Tom Sparke

Cambridge-based Tom, who reveals in one of his Fishbeard strips that he began developing the character some years ago, started posting the weekly comics in April of this year and has gained a loyal following of ‘Beardos’, the self-chosen name for Fishbeard fans.

Other regular characters in the comics are ‘Fleur’ (a mermaid), ‘Herman’ (a Merman) and ‘Pinchy’ (a light-fingered crab!).

Panels from a recent episode of "Captain Fishbeard" by Tom Sparke
Panels from a recent episode of “Captain Fishbeard” by Tom Sparke

An illustrator and cartoonist, Tom specialises in fun, anarchic cartoons and has tried his hand at books, magazines, puzzles, cards, t-shirts, cushions, TV props, maps and says he’ll try pretty much anything else!

Captain Fishbeard – Volume One will be available online from Tom’s web site and in person at Nottingham Comic Con this weekend, on 20th October and at MCM London next week (26th – 28th October 2018)

Additional Fishbeard merchandise including tattoos and stickers will also be available!

Web Links

Captain Fishbeard - Volume One• Buy the collection at www.tomsparke.com/captain-fishbeard

• Web: www.CaptainFishbeard.com 

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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