Can Your Hear Me, Mother? I’m on the Radio This Week

Lancaster Comics Day 2017 Poster SNIP

Art by Nick Miller

Thanks to David Chandler, you’ll hear me plugging Lancaster Comics Day (and the Lakes International Comic Art Festival) on this week’s “Friday Night Three” show airing on Beyond Radio (7 – 9.00pm, 103.5FM across Lancaster and Morecambe and also online).

It turns out David apparently in part owes living in Lancaster down to an editorial decision made by me about a letter published in Doctor Who Magazine over 30 years ago, when I was editor. Whether he will reveal the connection between myself, DWM and longtime friends on air remains to be heard!

For those of you outside the Lancaster and Morecambe area, the Friday Night Three show is also offered as a Podcast and you can follow them on Twitter @BeyondFriday

Organised by the Friends of Lancaster Library, Lancaster Comics Day takes place on Sunday 13th June at Lancaster Library (tickets on the door £5 adults £2 concessions which includes admission to panels). Guests are artists Richard Piers Rayner (Doctor Who, Hellblazer, Road to Perdition), David Sque (Roy of the Rovers, Preston North End – The Rise of the Invincibles), Nick Brokenshire (Amelia Cole, Once and Future Queen), Tim Perkins (Doctor Who, Worlds End), writer and publisher Tom Ward (Merrick) author and editor Barrie Tomlinson, (Tiger, Roy of the Rovers), publisher Michael Barrett, and fantasy author AS Chambers.

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival will have a major presence at the event and I’m delighted to announce that thanks to their help we’ll now be joined on the day by talented artist Marc Jackson, who will be providing workshop activities for younger comic fans.

This is the first of two audio mind probes I’m appearing on in coming days, as Ian Loxam of the official Lakes International Comic Art Festival Podcast will also be interviewing me this week, although that won’t be podcast until early June –  check out their web site or follow them on Facebook or Twitter @comicartfestpod for info.

Recently launched, they’ve already interviewed Festival patrons Sean Phillips and Emma Vieceli, and Comics Laureate and Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard. (To listen, download and subscribe on iTunes, or listen and follow on Soundcloud or subscribe to their channel on YouTube).

Lancaster Comics Day 2017 REVISED


• For those of you outside the Lancaster and Morecambe area, the Friday Night Three show is also offered as a Podcast and you can follow them on Twitter @BeyondFriday

Radio Fun - Sandy Powell

  • It was of course comedian Sandy Powell, best known for his radio work of the 1930s, who created radio’s first real catchphrase: “Can you hear me, mother?” He featured in Radio Fun in a strip drawn by George Parlett, as noted here on Lew Stringer’s Blimey! It’s Another Blog About Comics. For more about Sandy Powell himself, there’s a great page here on the Voices of Variety web site

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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