Comic Industry Secrets Revealed in new autobiographies from Tim Quinn and Dicky Howett

Promotional Art fro Tim Quinn's Biography

Miwk Publishing have announced the forthcoming publication of Argh!, the autobiography of comics writer and editor Tim Quinn in May, alongside Drawing Breath, the autobiography of cartoonist Dicky Howett, who worked with Tim on various strips for over 20 years.

Tim’s work will be known to comic readers everywhere, especially fans of Doctor Who where his strip (in collaboration with artist Dicky Howett) “Doctor Who?” featured in Doctor Who Magazine for over a decade.

But he and Dicky Howett didn’t just contribute to Doctor Who Magazine, they also provided comic strips for a number of Marvel, DC Thomson and Fleetway comics, developing a unique and edgy style as they went on, often upsetting editors along the way with with their refusal to allow good taste to get in the way of a good joke.

Before and after this decade-long partnership, Tim has had a colourful life starting out early as a clown and going on to be a stage manager, editor, publisher, manager, director and producer as well as helping to launch Marvel in the UK during the 1980s.

Dicky worked at the BBC and Lime Grove in various roles as well as being a freelance cartoonist for numerous daily newspapers and periodicals before his time working with Tim. He continued with cartooning for as long as he could, but with the industry changing and the need for spot cartoons diminishing he began a new career and company.

Golden Age Television Recreations specialises in leasing antique film and video camera and studio equipment to modern film and television productions ranging from Hollywood productions such as Steven Spielberg’s Munichto television productions including Call the MidiwfeThe HourInside No.9 and returning to his Doctor Who roots with An Adventure in Space and Time for the series’ 50th Anniversary in 2013.

Tim’s memoir is described as a cautionary tale of dealing with corporate mentality in a creative industry, facing opposition from marketing departments, editors and bosses generally. “We need to be careful here…” being a phrase often repeated.

“My life-story will amaze, shock, delight, horrify, and take you to the heights of passion if used at the right angle,” jokes Tim. “Do I tell all? Absolutely! Should some people be ducking for cover? Pointless, as I incinerate them in the book.

“Will we be sued? More than likely.”

“But is it Fun? Of course it is. Chock full of guest stars galore from the world of comic books, theatre, television, music, and publishing!”

• Tim’s book Argh! is fully illustrated and comes with a free copy of Drawing Breath by Dicky Howett. Pre-orders will be signed by the authors. More details over at Miwk Publishing: www.miwkpublishing.com/store

• Check out Tim’s official web site: www.mightyquinnmanagement.com

• Tim is one of our guests at this year’s Lancaster Comics Day in Lancaster Library on Sunday 5th June. Lancaster Comics Day 11.00am – 6.00pm Sunday 5th June 2016, Lancaster Library, Market Square, Lancaster. Web: lancastercomicsday.uk | Facebook | Twitter @LancasterComics

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. 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 “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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