The latest issue of Doctor Who Adventures, Issue 18, is out now from Panini Comics, featuring a quirky cowboy yarn written by former Doctor Who TV series script editor and novelist Andrew Cartmel, drawn by Russ Leach and coloured by John Burns.
We thought you might like to see this page study by Russ, revealing how he created one page for the strip in the latest issue. You can read an interview with him here, talking about his “Doctor Who Adventures” work day, how he got into creating comics for a living and his advice for aspiring creators.
The issues offer its usual formidable mix of new Doctor Who stories – including a Paternoster Gang tale from Rik Hoskin and the daft Time Shark cartoon by Grant Perkins; plus a mix of features on the show itself, much of it tongue in cheek but great fun for younger readers. I particularly like Sontaran Strax’s alien guides!
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.