Earlier this month, as part of the free online event #LICAFLIVE, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival ran a “Pass the Panel” project, challenging 16 artists to create a 16-page story with the loosest of storylines, directed by Luke and Joe McGarry.
The result of this unique Comics Jam – Sheep Trek: Sheep Space Nine – is now available to read for free on both the LICAF web site, available as a PDF, and to read online on the LICAF Tapas Channel, alongside Godzilla’s Lockdown Diary and more.
Sheep Trek reveals the speed, style and sheer imagination of the incredibly talented creators took part, who are, in order of appearance, Luke McGarry, Duncan Fegredo, Steven Appleby, Rick Stromoski, Steve McGarry, Craig Gleason, Johnny Sampson, Tom Richmond, Lucie Lomová, Charlie Adlard, Bill Morrison, Sean Phillips, Michael Lark, Francis Desharnais, Jibé and Alex A.
The Pass the Panel project was co-ordinated and edited by Joe McGarry, with music for the accompanying “Walkthrough Video” by Pop Noir and with help from Thomas-Louis Côté and Richard Foster. The digital edition was designed and edited by John Freeman.
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All art and story featured in Sheep Trek © respective artists and writers.
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.