The Lakes International Comic Art Festival and The Mancunian Way, a small press magazine celebrating all things Manchester through Illustration, writing, design and photography, are teaming up to deliver a regular Manchester-based Burlesque Life Drawing Class.
Jacob is a creator who wrote, illustrated, printed and sold his first comic book, Roboy, at age just 11, which sold out during the first day of the 2005 Brighton Comic Convention. He’s currently involved in putting on art and music shows with Man Made and Glass Onion – as well as editing and publishing The Mancunian Way to promote and exhibit the work of young creatives in the area.
Cherie Bebe says she “was made to perform”. Born Shireen Ashton in Manchester UK, from a young age she was a self taught dancer admiring the likes of Prince, Michael Jackson, David Bowie and Madonna. As a teenager, she was a member of the renowned Oldham Theatre Workshop, then began training and acting for screen in various independent short and feature films – her credits include The Look Of Love, directed by Michael Winterbottom, Plastic, Theatre Of Fear and Portal, a web series.
She has worked with Bafta shortlisted Aneel Ahmad, award winning film-maker Miriam Kassim and is currently taking classes with Jim Cartwright.
Finding she missed the experience of performing in front of a live audience, Cherie Bebe’s debut was in 2010 and she has been performing all over the UK ever since, delivering an unforgettable performance of for her audiences.
Cherie also produces a number of burlesque shows across various venues in the North West which star herself and a lineup of distinguished burlesque and cabaret acts.
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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. 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.