Happy Birthday, Mr Freeman – Other Voices

Andrew Pixley: Doctor Who Magazine Archivist

To John
Thank you for having the faith in me to give me the biggest opportunity of my life, and years of happiness in the most wonderful, enjoyable, fascinating job. Thank you for encouraging me when I needed it, and looking after me when things went wrong. And thank you for the boundless enthusiasm you’ve put into promoting all these very wonderful things in life. Have a terrific time! With deepest gratitude.
All the best
Andrew

DWM issue 137, John’s first issue as editor.

Lee Sullivan: Artist, Radio Times and Doctor Who Magazine

Happy 50th John. It’s reassuring to know that you’re still younger than me. I intend to keep it that way for as long as possible 🙂
John and Lee Sullivan during the DWM panel at Panopticon 1988

Stephen James Walker: Writer, co-owner & co-editor Telos Publishing


Happy Birthday, John. Thanks for all those commissions you gave me, back in the day. You were a great editor to write for.
Telos partners, David J Howe and Stephen James Walker

Steve Holland: Comics historian and Bear Alley webmaster

Anniversaries are always worth celebrating, especially when it’s a biggie like the big five-oh. 2009 marks the 50th anniversary of The Three Bears, Scoop Donovan, John Steel and Rory MacDuff, amongst many others, including the ever-youthful John Freeman, who doesn’t seem to have changed much since we first met nearly twenty years ago when he was editor of Overkill at Marvel UK. Wiser, perhaps. As busy as ever, of course. But older? Maybe between scriptwriting, editorial chores and putting together downthetubes (10 years old itself) he just doesn’t have time to age. Happy birthday, John, and congratulations on your thirtieth 21st birthday in a row.

Best wishes,

Steve

Chief Bear in the Alley, Steve Holland.

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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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