This year has seen an explosion of podcasts and YouTube channels delivering some great interviews with comic creators, and online broadcaster AirTV International has joined the throng, offering a chat with British comic veterans Tim Quinn and Lew Stringer.
Tim chats with cartoonist Lew, best known for his work on BEANO and, more recently, Doctor Who Magazine, as well as being creator of “Combat Colin, about his diverse career. Along the way they both discuss early influences, the continuing appeal of comics, the challenge of reaching young audiences and much more – delivering a wide ranging and thoroughly enjoyable comics chat.
If you have a spare hour of your time, then check out the interview here on AirTV.
Lew Stringer works as a professional humour comics artist and writer and has been freelancing full time since 1984, creating many characters such as Tom Thug, Pete and his Pimple, Combat Colin and many more. He’s freelanced for IPC, Marvel Comics, Egmont, Panini, DC Thomson, and many others, covering the comics field from originated characters to licensed properties, pre-school to adult on comics and his recent work includes his creator-owned character “Sgt. SHOUTY of The Moon Force” for The77, “The Daft Dimension” for Doctor Who Magazine, and “Ellis the Escaping Elephant” for BEANO. Past credits also include “Team Toxic” for Egmont’s TOXIC Magazine, “Rasher”, “Doctor Flu”, “Lord Snooty” and ‘Ivy the Terrible’ for The Beano and “Felix and His Amazing Underpants’, ‘Pathetic Sharks’ and ‘Suicidal Syd’ for adult comic VIZ.
Born in Liverpool in 1953, Tim Quinn’s career began at 16 as a clown at Blackpool Tower Circus. He worked as a TV scriptwriter for a time (on the BBC’s The Good Old Days) before breaking into comics. He worked for both DC Thomson and IPC at various times as a writer, editor and artist on titles that included Beano, Bunty, The Dandy, Jackie, Sparky, Topper, Buster, Whoopee! and Whizzer and Chips.
Also an editor at Marvel UK during his long and wonderfully varied career, as well as editing titles such as The Exploits of Spider-Man and co-creating the long-running “Doctor Who?” strip for Doctor Who Magazine, Tim and artist Dicky Howett were responsible for the various humour strips based on Earth 33 1/3 which ran in several Marvel UK’s titles in the early 1980s. He’s also worked for Marvel in the United States, working directly with the legendary Stan Lee, and has worked for several newspapers – and continues developing and publishing comics-related projects such as The 4400 to this day.
He’s recently conducted a number of interviews for AirTV, including one with playwright Willie Russell,
Television Companies including Mediterranean International Television S. L. and Heaven Sent Productions Ltd and now, AirTV International, have been broadcasting “Wholesome Family Friendly” programming for 30 years. They see their mission within the television world that reflects a philosophy of wholesome broadcasting, TV without the need of a “Watershed” – a family-based ethos with which the BBC led and dominated the world with in the 1950’s and which AirTV says are finding that the majority of our Nation and nations all over the world still adheres and aspires to.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. 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 “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.