By Gum! Dan Dare

By Gum! It’s Dan Dare (and Flamer Spry) at Woking’s Lightbox

By Gum! Dan Dare

As part of The Story of British Comics So Far exhibition at The Lightbox in Woking, Surrey, Peter Hampson, son of Dan Dare co-creator Frank Hampson, will be talking with Paul Gravett on Saturday 8th October 2016, straight after a day-long “Comiket” event produced in association with Comica.London.

I’ll be in conversation with Paul Gravett in an event entitled By Gum – Dan Dare,” Peter tells us. “This is a fundraising event and all the proceeds will be for the benefit of the gallery.”

The event follows the daytime independent comics market ‘Comiket’, and offers the chance to celebrate the visionary genius of Frank Hampson, creator of Eagle’s ‘Pilot of the Future’ Dan Dare, with his son Peter Hampson, the inspiration for the character Flamer Spry. Secrets of Frank Hampson’s life and work will be revealed, from his intensive studio process using costumes and props to his later struggles and international acclaim.

Dan Dare Audio Adventures - Marooned on Mercury Poster by Brian Williamson
Dan Dare Audio Adventures – Marooned on Mercury Poster by Brian Williamson

The talk comes at an exciting time for Dan Dare, with new audio adventures produced by B7 Media inspired by the character set to debut from Big Finish in December.

What are your favourite comics? Do you know how they are made? And where they came from? In “The Story of British Comics So Far” interactive exhibition, join The Lightbox’s comic characters on an interactive journey through the past, present and future of this ever-changing medium of sequential art. Travel back to 3,000 year-old hieroglyphics, Britain’s pioneer William Hogarth and our first comic magazine in 1825. Enjoy The Beano, Eagle and 2000AD and explore today’s manga, graphic novels and digital comics. Step inside artists’ studios, marvel at their original artwork and have a bash at making comics yourself. Something for Menaces and Minxes of all ages!

• ‘The Story of British Comics So Far’ will be open from 5.00pm – 6.00pm after the ‘Comica Comiket: Independent Comics Market’ finishes at 5.00pm. The talk will run from 6.00pm – approximately 7.00pm.Tickets for By Gum – Dan Dare cost £12 (including one free glass of wine or juice). Advanced booking required

The Story of British Comics So Far runs until 31st December 2016 | £5 Annual Pass | Under 18s Free

• Read our review of The Story of British Comics So Far

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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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