Delving into British comics history…

Cartoonist Lew Stringer has just added a cracking tribute to Express Weekly to his increasingly wonderful British comics blog (I just wonder where he’s finding time to do some cartooning!) This near-forgotten title included contributions from Ron Embleton and Mike Noble and also featured Danger Man stories – something Ian Wheeler and I will be offering further information on in an upcoming issue of Comics International.

Talking of comics history, Mike Gent has just written a fab article on the humour comic Cor!! for downthetubes – check it out via this link.

Meanwhile, my secret comics project is taking shape nicely here in Lancaster. Lots of meetings which have involved trekking to both ends of the country to meet various publishers. More when I can tell you…

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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