The Cartoon Museum will re-open its doors to the public on Thursday 17th September, after nearly six months of enforced closure due to Coronavirus Pandemic restrictions.
“We’re very happy to announce we’re re-opening our doors to the public, said director Joe Sullivan in a Facebook video, thanking the comics community and others for many fund raising efforts, and its funding partners such as the National Lottery. “It’s been a long and difficult road for us the last few months, like many museums.”
Supporters have raised over £112,000 for the Cartoon Museum since a campaign began to prevent its closure as a result of its loss of income through admission fees and other revenue streams. This campaign has been boosted by further partnership support.
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.