Leading screen printer John Patrick Reynolds and his company Comic Art added Asterix the Gaul to their licensed range earlier this year and the range is looking terrific, complementing the company’s existing range of British comics-inspired art very nicely, working closely with the character’s owers, Editions Albert Rene.
John’s cotton paper screen prints of classic British comics include “Oor Wullie”, The Beano (giving Dennis the Menace the Andy Warhol treatment), The Dandy and Victor have already become collectors’ items since their first appearance in the 1990s and received praise from the BBC, the Observer and the Daily Express, among others.
Comic Art sell their prints directly to consumers, and a network of galleries and giftshops that they have built up over a ten year period, as well as attending trade shows and Art Fairs to sell directly.
“John recognised that there was an unmarked artistic tradition in this country,” said Martin Lindsay, the licensing and rights manager at DC Thomson, back when he began his DC Thomson range in the 2000s. “We can’t take credit for this idea, but it had not been a conscious decision in the past to avoid this kind of high-end reproduction.’
Other licensees for Asterix in the UK include Plastic Head Distribution and Steiff.
• Comic Art’s Asterix screenprints can be seen at : http://thecomicartwebsite.com/product-category/asterix
• Official Asterix web site: www.asterix.com
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.