With the discovery of his body in Leicester last year, interest in the often-much maligned King Richard III, the last Plantagenet king of England, is at something of a fever pitch.
The latest temporary exhibition at the Bosworth Heritage Centre in Nuneaton, Richard III: The Making of the Myth, opened to the public on 8th February and offers a stunning manga-styled re-telling of the king’s life and death, drawn by John Aggs.
John created the art for the Leicestershire County Council display and the free exhibition is expected to run until the end of December 2013.
The art is based on both fact and legend and includes Richard’s coronation and his possible connection to the princes in the tower, the art on both fact and legend.
Earlier this month, after months of speculation, Leicester University’s researchers revealed to the world that the skeletal remains discovered beneath a car park in the centre of town, at the old Greyfriars site, were “beyond reasonable doubt” those of King Richard III, last of the Plantagenets.
• The BBC have a gallery of all the images in the exhibition here.
• Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park is at Sutton Cheney, near Market Bosworth, Nuneaton Leicestershire. Web: www.bosworthbattlefield.com
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.