Next Saturday sees the return of the British Weekly Comics Swap Meet, organised by members of the Commando and British Weekly Comics – Collectors, Buy, Sell and Swaps Page on Facebook, including Andy Yates. If you’ve not been to one of these before, the latest taking place in Bushey, Watford, don’t worry, you can buy comics, you don’t need to swap them!
This event “does what is says on the label”, notes downthetubes contributor Richard Sheaf. “This is not the place to come looking for piles of slabbed editions of Marvel or DC comics – instead the focus is squarely on British comics. The last event had thousands of issues of titles such as Commando, Starblazer, Football picture strip monthly and the like. These events really are the best place to get hold of comics like this.”
British Weekly Comics Swap Meet
10.00am – 4.00pm Saturday 25th September 2021
Bushey & Oxhey Scout Hut, Park Avenue, Bushey WD23 2BA
Event graphic by Michael Carroll
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.