Well, there’s no end of great comic-related news today. After months of planning behind the scenes, the launch of ‘Create the Break’ has been announced – a professional development course for emerging comic artists based in the West Midlands.
Marvel artist John McCrea will be running the course with awesome artists Laura Howelll, Dave Gibbons, Asia Alfasi, Dave Gray, Keith Burns, Jordie Bellaire, Mark Farmer, Bryan and Mary Talbot and 2000AD editor Matt Smith.
The course is fully subsidised through the Arts Council – so what on earth are you waiting for?
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.