Here’s another round up of quick news items we’ve found on our travels of social media and other sources…
• A Fundraising Art Auction for the Brighton Open Air Theatre includes some terrific artwork by the likes of Clint Langley, David Lloyd – including page from his early Doctor Who strips – and Chris Riddell. Hosted by TV Auctioneer Addison Gelpey (of Storage: Flog The Lot and Bargain Hunt fame), the auction will take place on Saturday 28th February 28th 2015 at Circus Street Market, Circus Street, Brighton, BN2 9QF.
An exhibition of the artworks on offer will open at 5.00pm, with the auction itslef starting at 8.00pm. Details and catalogue at: http://bidforboat.weebly.com
• Taling of auctions, Forbidden Planet International drew our attention to the Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival charity comic art auction, featuring works from the likes of Babs Tarr, Emily Carroll, Cliff Chiang, Boulet and more going under the hammer. The artists involved all kindly donated their sketches to Thought Bubble to auction to raise money for Barnado’s, so it’s a chance to get some top comic art and support a much-needed charity at the same time. The sale runs on eBay until Thursday 5th February 2015; full information here on the Thought Bubble site here.
• Walk the Walk is a graphic novel created to educate young people about the consequences of sectarianism has been launched by the Scottish Book Trust, written by Gowan Calder and illustrated by Jill Calder. 3000 print copies of the book, which features input from literacy learners and support workers who have often had first-hand experience of sectarianism have been distributed (and you can download an e-copy free here), as part of the Scottish Government’s £9m drive to tackle the root causes of the issue.
Marc Lambert, Director of Scottish Book Trust, said: “Recent research shows that 587 charges with a religious aggravation were reported in Scotland in 2013-14, emphasising the need for innovative solutions to tackle the blight of sectarianism.”
• The Beano‘s Dennis the Menace and The Bash Street Kids are spearheading the 2015 Active Kids Campaign from Sainsbury’s designed to encourage children to ditch junk food for healthy treats and take regular exercise. Sainsbury’s hopes to promote healthy cooking and fun ways to keep fit, representing a culture change for the children of Bash Street.
• Tickets for Preston Comic Con (Saturday 1st August 2015, Preston Guild Hall ) will be going on sale from the 1st February. The organisers will post how to order on the event’s Facebook page soon – and we will soon be able to offer a buying point within Preston itself. Tickets cost £12 (Early Birds, limited numbers available), £8 Adults, £4 children (children under four free). Guests announced so far include Doctor Who actress Sarah Louise Maddison and artists Cosmic Ginge and Dave Taylor.
• Jeremy Banx, creator of strips such as “Burp”, “Mr. Bignose” and “Hector Vector and his Talking T-Shirt” for Oink! and cartoonist for the Financial Times and other publications has unleashed Frankenthing on an unsuspecting world – a new comedy horror e-book available for the Kindle (and the Kindle app) for just £1.99. “It’s a great read and Banx’s artistic skills are better than ever,” enthuses Lew Stringer. “A must for fans of his work and for anyone interested in a good fun story with an edge to the humour”. Buy Frankenthing here on amazon.co.uk
• Birmingham Comic Festival (18th April 2015, Edgbaston Cricket Ground) has also been busy announcing more guests. It’s a terrific line up that includes Britissh guests such as Commando cover artist (and much more besides) Ian Kennedy and Commando, Charlotte Corday and Dan Dare artist Keith Page who rarely attend comic events, so well worth considering. The line up includes writer and publisher Jim Alexander; Fables artist Mark Buckingham; writer Michael Carroll; cartoonist Hunt Emerson; Captain America writer Jonathan Maberry; artist, editor and writer Laura Howell; artist Lucio Parillo; writer, artist and British comics expert Lew Stringer; and many more.
The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.
John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.
He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.
Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.