Beano artist Laura Howell joins ICE 2018 line up in Birmingham this September

Laura Howell

Laura Howell

Long time Beano artist Laura Howell has joined the guest list for ICE Birmingham in September, joining other Beano legends at the special celebratory retrospective panel for the long-running weekly British humour comic at the expo.

Laura Howell likes drawing and writing comics that make people laugh. In 2006, she became the first female artist to draw for the Beano, which she still contributes to every week. She has also worked on VIZ, The DFC, MAD magazine and popular media titles such as Angry Birds and Cartoon Network’s Regular Show and Uncle Grandpa.

Art by Laura Howell

Her first Regular Show graphic novel, Wrasslesplosion, was published by BOOM Studios in 2017 and her second, The Meatening, is out in this year.

Art by Laura Howell

The Bizarre Adventures Of Gilbert & Sullivan - Final

Her own extremely silly comic strip The Bizarre Adventures of Gilbert & Sullivan is also available in book form from Soaring Penguin Press.

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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. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek 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.

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