The first Brighton Illustration Fair – for illustrators from Brighton and beyond – takes place at the end of this month (30th – 31st May 2015). The event, which features guests including comic artists Boo Cook, Jack Teagle, Donya Todd and Chris Weston and many others, along with a massive list of exhibitors, will be showcasing the medium across a plethora of forms from comics, prints, small press, zines, t-shirts, animation, Iive art and more.
The work of a small team with a love of seeing things being created, they’ll also be pulling together a selected array of screening and talks.
The aim of BIF is to bring an annual event to Brighton that encompasses local, national and international talent.
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.