Comics Summit heads to Cheltenham in July

Comics Summit 2018 - 14th - 15th JulyThe Comics Summit, a brand-new event set up by creators, for creators has announced it will now take place across the weekend of 14 – 15th July in Cheltenham.

The creating comics event, organised by Cheltenham-based Jon Lock of Big Punch Studios, which publishes well-known independent titles Afterlife Inc., 7STRING and Extraversal, will examine the joys and pitfalls of making comics on an independent level for professionals and amateurs alike.

“I’m very happy that the Comics Summit is going ahead this July,” explains Jon. “What’s more, it’ll be free to attend.

“We have a plethora of panellists scheduled to attend from all areas of the independent comics community.

“The Summit is an opportunity for creators to come together, outside of a convention setting to share ideas, tips and tricks and to start a discussion about our community,” he explains. “We hope itwill be a chance for creators to talk in a relaxed setting and share good practice so that we can better do the things we love.”

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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. 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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