We all know about the Royal message from the Queen on Christmas Day, but Forbidden Planet TV is bringing you comics royalty today – artist and writer Dave Gibbons, talking about his childhood memories of the Yuletide season!
In this jolly, tinsel-decorated and mulled wine-fuelled Christmas Day edition of Forbidden Planet TV, host Andrew Sumner is joined on this most festive of all days by comic book royalty, Dave Gibbons, to talk about the long tradition of Christmas comics in the UK and US – and their favourite Yuletide comic books of yesteryear.
Dave is currently working on his autobiography, and reveals how much Christmas annuals iconography has impacted his own work – and that he’s found his first-ever drawing of Superman during his researches – drawn on Boxing Day, 1957!
Dave also takes us behind the scenes of his own Christmas comics: the John Constantine story “Another Bloody Christmas” and the Batman tale “Land in the Depths.”
It’s a smashing interview, so if you’re so inclined, check out what “Christmas Dave”, has to say – and enjoy a fantastic Christmas treat from the Forbidden Planet team!
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.