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In Praise of… comic artist (and editor!) Marc Jackson (and his new humuour comic, Goof!)

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Marc Jackson is one of the busiest cartoonist’s on the British comic scene at the moment. From his strips in online comic Aces Weekly, to his own superb self-published books to his cover for Splank! Number One, his style is instantly recognisable.

Ace artist Marc Jackson is taught how to draw properly by Lancaster's budding comic creators! Photo: John Freeman
Ace artist Marc Jackson is taught how to draw properly by Lancaster’s budding comic creators at Lancaster Comics Day 2017! Photo: John Freeman

Marc is also a perfect example of how to promote comics to kids and non-readers. He runs workshops at schools, at libraries and a very successful annual mini-con, MACC-POW, in his home town of Macclesfield.

Marc’s comic Here comes Cat Stevens! was commissioned by the Lakes International Comic Art Festival last year and he received a grant from the Arts Council England to create it. (He’ll be back at LICAF in October).

I’ve just read the first on-line issue of Marc’s new comic project, Goof!, featuring Marc himself, the welcome return of Lew Stringer‘s “Derek the Troll” and the introduction of “Space Dawg” by Joe Matthews along with a rich assortment very varied and entertaining strips.

This is a great start and at only £1 per monthly issue great value. Its also an example to the comics community of what can be done.

We can probably learn a lot from Marc and the way he promotes the comics medium.

Congratulations Marc! Really enjoyed it.

Peter Duncan

Splank Issue One - CoverMARC JACKSON ONLINE

Peter Duncan is the editor of SPLANK! Issue One is available now for £7.00 (UK), postage paid, via Paypal to Splank@Boxofrainmag.co.ukYou can contact Peter at the same address and get details of the other projects he is involved with, including the Cthulhu Kids comic that he has created with Galaxafreaks writer and artist Andrew Pawley, which launches in September, at his web site www.boxofrainmag.co.uk/splank

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