Pat Mills to talk Charley’s War at Birmingham Creative Networks event, strip to get “reloaded” treatment

Pat Mills - 2014

Pat Mills is to give a talk for Birmingham’s Creative Networks next week (Thursday 25th February).

Pat is a UK comic legend – described by some as the ‘Godfather of British comics’, he was an integral part of the UK comics scene in the 1970s and 1980s and was part of the creative teams that bought to life some of the most Iconic British comic book characters such as Judge Dredd, Marshall Law, Slaine and Nemesis the Warlock.

Renowned for his hard hitting action/adventure strips, most notably “Charley’s War” for Battle, he bought a dark edged anti-authoritarian realism to British comics that ranged from titles such as Action (which he created) Battle and 2000AD where his pushing of creative boundaries and social commentary caused the book to initially be banned in the UK.

Art from "Charley's War", written by Pat Mills and drawn by Joe Colquhoun
Art from “Charley’s War”, written by Pat Mills and drawn by Joe Colquhoun

Birmingham-based Creative Networks will be hosting an event where he will be talking about his comic legacy, his career and his classic strip “Charley’s War”, co-created with artist Joe Colquhoun – as well as the impact the books had on the public as well as the themes and ideas of strips that still resonate today.

While working in conjunction with BCU Pat will also be mentoring students on a new ‘reloaded’ reinterpretation of “Charley’s War” – and as part of the event we will be showcasing the collaborative work that both Pat and BCU students worked on during the weeks’ worth of filming, recording and workshops.

Creative Networks brings together all parties involved in screen and sound media in the West Midlands, promoting both successful business development and collaboration.

To join Creative Networks for this free event, please register at or email or call 0121 202 7440

• Action Reloaded: Charley’s War and the cult comic universe of Pat Mills 6.30pm until 9.00pm Thursday 25th February 2016 Lecture Theatre (C087), Curzon BuildingBirmingham City University, Curzon St, Birmingham B47XG. Including the Music and Screen Image Networks – 4.00pm until 5.30pm (More info:



6.00pm Registration in Reception Curzon Building
6:30pm Showcase of student work Lecture Theatre (C087) – Curzon Building
7.00pm Speaker (Via Skype): Pat Mills Lecture Theatre (C087) – Curzon Building
8:30pm Q & A 9pm Event ends

John Freeman

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.

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