(With thanks to Adam Thewlis and the team at the Italian ‘All Star’ blog): Here’s a fun item for the weekend. There’s a long tradition of artists featuring friends in comic strips as an in joke: Bryan Talbot, for example, regularly featured his friends from the Preston SF Club in The Adventures of Luther Arkwright and I know I made a one frame appearance in Death’s Head II, drawn by Liam Sharp, as an AIM lab tech.
Here’s a recent find, from DC Comics All Star Superman Issue 10 where, thanks to artist Frank Quitely, nestling on Page 14 are a group of Scottish comics talents. (For once, Grant Morrison hasn’t written himself into a comic as he did most famously with Animal Man #25).
Gazing up at a mashed up Forth Bridge are, we’re told, members or people connected with Frank’s Glasgow Studio, some of them instrumental in the Bad Press publishing house that produces adult comic Wasted. From left to right in the panel above we have 1) Mal Young and his son, Angus; 2) David Boyd; 3) artist Dom Regan and his son Vincent; 4) Rob Miller (one of the contributors to the now-defunct comic zine Khaki Shorts); and
5) Jamie Grant.
Also in the frame, but not pictured above, are David Peter Kerr and Paul McCann.
Anyone else know of similar panels in recent British comics? (Alan Davis fun inclusions of Dan Dare and other heroes in his strips doesn’t count!).
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.