Commando and British Comics Swap-Meet - September 2019

Commando and British Comics Swap-Meet announces special guests

Commando and British Comics Swap-Meet - September 2019The next Commando and British Comics Swap-Meet is just six weeks away, taking place in Watford, Hertfordshire, on Saturday 28th September 2019. The event will see thousands of Commando comics assembled under one roof – and some special appearances by some British comic creators, including former 2000AD artist Mike Dorey, writer Alan Hebden and, hopefully, former Tharg Steve MacManus.

Back by popular demand, this is the fifth Swap-Meet, and a fantastic time is always had by all. Following on from previous swap-meets, and the increase in demand, as well as Commando comics, British weeklies will be on sale, including Action, Starblazer, Air-Ace/ Battle/ War Picture Library, Whizzer and Chips, Warlord, Victor and 2000AD.

Commando and British Comics Swap-MeetCommando and British Comics Swap-MeetExpect British comics galore at the upcoming Commando and British Comics Swap-Meet

Expect British comics galore at the upcoming Commando and British Comics Swap-Meet

This is not a Comic-Con: don’t expect to find lycra-clad Spider-Men or pictures made out of beads… just comics, annuals and comic-readers, plus appearances by artists Martin Baines and Mike Dorey, writer Alan Hebden and, to be confirmed, former Tharg and writer, Steve MacManus.

Martin Baines
Martin Baines

Martin Baines is a comics, storyboard and concept artist whose credits include strips for DC Thomson’s sadly short-lived Thunderbirds are Go title and is the regular colourist on the “Garth” strip for the Daily Mirror, who has worked extensively in the field of storyboards for advertising agencies, for clients such as Hitachi, AA, Visa and Nescafe. His work also includes book covers and illustrating the life story of famous footballers for Match of the Day weekly, Wallace & Gromit comic, Commando, the Beano and illustrations in People’s Friend.

Mike Dorey
Mike Dorey

Mike Dorey, who now works on TV and film storyboards, worked on most of the British boys comics of the 1970s to early 90s. He had lengthy runs on many classic characters including the defining style on “Computer Warrior” for Eagle.

In the early years of 2000AD, he illustrated “Ro-Busters”, “ABC Warriors”, “Invasion”, “MACH 1”, “Mach Zero”, “Rogue Trooper” and “Tharg’s Future Shocks”, among many others. He was also the artist on “Victor Drago” in Tornado and “Hellman” in Action (and then Battle-Action). “Future Ball “was drawn in the final years of Roy of the Rovers.

For Victor and Warlord, he drew “Sergeant Rayker”, “Iron Annie”, “Wolverine”, “Cassidy”, “Howzatt”, Tough of the Track”, “Morgyn the Mighty”, “Head Hunter of the Galaxy” and “Cadman”; and, for Eagle, “Comrade Bronski” and Manta Force”.

Alan HebdenAlan Hebden has created a wide variety of classic comic characters, including Major Eazy and El Mestizo for Battle along with artist Carlos Ezquerra. He is also the co-creator of Fighting Mann and Wardog for Battle with artist Cam Kennedy, and Meltdown Man for 2000AD.

His extensive writing credits include”Mind Wars” for Starlord, “Return Of the Mean Team” for 2000AD and “The Tower King” for Eagle. He’s also written a variety of “Future Shocks” and much, much more.

The real world of a former Tharg, by Allan Holloway, art by Ed Doyle
The real world of a former Tharg, by Allan Holloway, art by Ed Doyle

Former Tharg Steve MacManus is currently at work on a companion title to his thoroughly enjoyable book, The Mighty One: My Life In the Nerve Centre, a novel is called The SheerGlam Conspiracy.

Set in London 1973, for forty years, rival publishers Goodenough Publications and Tartan Editions have been the beating heart of British comics. But pulses are raised and blood begins to boil when a sudden death by defenestration sparks a bitter circulation war, with each proprietor plotting the downfall of the other, igniting a sequence of events that lead inexorably to a murderous and blazing climax!

“They are collectors too,” says co-organiser Bruce Scott. “So if you fancy meeting all of the collectors and our guests, grab a brew and a butty, sit and ‘chew the fat’ as well as few comics to ponder over, then get yourselves down to Watford, you won’t be disappointed.”

• Commando and British Comics Swap-Meet, 10.00 – 5.00pm, Saturday 28th September 2019 79th Bushey & Oxhey Scout Group Headquarters, Park Avenue, Bushey, Watford, WD23 2BA | Tables: £7.50 for the day (all table proceeds will be donated to the Scout group, which has allowed the venue to be held in their headquarters) | Entry:- £1.00 Adults / Children Free | Facebook Event Page

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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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