B7 Comics “Hancock – The Lad Himself” launched at London’s Museum of Comedy – Video

B7 Comics limited first edition of Hancock – The Lad Himself got a special launch at London’s Museum of Comedy last night, attended by the graphic novel’s creators, writer Stephen Walsh and artist Keith Page, alongside celebrities such as comedian Jon Culshaw, and actors John Altman and Kevin McNally.

B7 Media’s Helen Quigley, preceded on stage by a brief appearance by Andrew Mark Sewell, launched the new graphic novel from B7 Comics, a subsidiary of B7 Media, followed on stage by writer Stephen Walsh.

Keith Page and Stephen Walsh. Photo: Clare Harrison Page
B7 Media’s Helen Quigley on stage

Hancock – The Lad Himself is the story of Tony Hancock’s life, told as a graphic novel – not without a few interjections about the way it’s told from the legendary talented but troubled comedian himself, star of both radio, TV and comics, too, in the 1950s and 60s.

This all-new telling, available now in a limited first edition of just 750 copies, is written by Stephen Walsh, with art by Keith Page, lettered by Robin Jones designed by Robert Hammond, edited by John Freeman, published by B7 Media.

Hancock - The Lad Himself by Stephen Walsh and Keith Page - Cover
Hancock – The Lad Himself editor John Freeman. Photo: Andrew Mark Sewell

It was an absolute pleasure to be there. Thank you to everyone who made this book, and this event, possible. I’m very proud of being part of this project. Naturally, I’m biased, but the final book looks absolutely brilliant, not just in terms of the story, in no small part down to the superb design work of Robert Hammond, who went above and beyond more than once in his commitment to this project.

My thanks to everyone involved in Hancock – The Lad Himself. I hope you will give it a try.

Stephen and Keith are now completing a new, 200-page graphic novel focusing on the friendship of Hammer Films stars Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, described, if memory serves from last night, as “a quirky road movie”… as ever, I’m intrigued!

You can read an exclusive book preview here on downthetubes

Buy the limited first hardback edition of Hancock – The Lad Himself here

Watch: “Hancock: The Lad Himself” at the Museum of Comedy – Part One – B7 Media’s Helen Quigley

Watch “Hancock: The Lad Himself” at the Museum of Comedy – Part Two – Author Stephen Walsh

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