Tim Quinn: The Ups and Downs of A Comics Editor

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Tim Quinn: The Ups and Downs of A Comics Editor
Can you laugh out loud while someone drones on for hours and hours about bloomin’ comic books? If so, Bay TV Liverpool want you to be part of the audience at Liverpool’s Central Library on Saturday 30th January 2016.

You will witness the complete history of comic books, from the very first cave wall drawing up to the very latest Mary Worth! Also, former Marvel UK and Marvel Comics staffer Tim Quinn, the guy known as one half of Dicky Howett, tells his own astonishing story of what he found while working for the comic book, magazine and newspaper publishers of Great Britain and the US. 

Here at downthetubes we’ve been witness to just some of Tim’s astonishing stories of his life in comics, from his early days working as a clown in Blackpool, becoming a writer for DC Thomson’s weekly humour comic, Sparky, his battles with Marketing at Marvel UK, his work in the US for Marvel Comics and other publishers… and his valiant efforts to bring us more comics down the years – and encourage young persons to take up the challenge to create them.

We’re sure this is going to be an amazing event, but be warned! It’s not suitable for those of a nervous disposition!

Comic creator Tim Quinn in the Twice Upon A Time Christmas 2015 Special, screened by Bay TV Liverpool. Photo courtesy Tim Quinn
Comic creator Tim Quinn in the Twice Upon A Time Christmas 2015 Special, screened by Bay TV Liverpool. Photo courtesy Tim Quinn
Way below Liverpool University is the Science Fiction Archive, which includes the archive of John Wyndham's work, including original manuscripts, and hundreds of thousands of neatly filed publications from the last few centuries. Jules Verne, HG Wells, Michael Moorcock - every big name in the Science Fiction field. Pictured here are Tim Quinn  (with a copy of Doctor Who Magazine his work featured in) with curator Andy Sawyer. Photo courtesy Tim Quinn
Way below Liverpool University is the Science Fiction Archive, which includes the archive of John Wyndham’s work, including original manuscripts, and hundreds of thousands of neatly filed publications from the last few centuries. Jules Verne, HG Wells, Michael Moorcock – every big name in the Science Fiction field. Pictured here are Tim Quinn (with a copy of Doctor Who Magazine his work featured in) with curator Andy Sawyer. Photo courtesy Tim Quinn

Tim is currently presenting a number of shows for Bay TV, including Twice Upon A Time, reading stories for young and old that Jackanory fans may enjoy; and presenting numerous music and arts shows, including About Books, which has featured a special edition of the show featuring a visit the the Science Fiction Archive at the University of Liverpool. Some of the shows are being re-presented on Bay TV’s YouTube channel.

• To indicate your interest in taking part in recording, contact Bay TV Liverpool, The Television Centre, 37-43 Windsor Street, Liverpool, L8 1XE. Email: enquiries@baytvliverpool.com | Tel: 0151 559 8688 Web: www.baytvliverpool.com | Facebook | Follow them on Twitter @BayTV_Liverpool | YouTube | Instgaram

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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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