Calling All Misty Fans! This Sunday is your first ever chance to meet Shirley Bellwood, the amazing illustrator of the long-running British girls’ comic Misty‘s spooky hostess at Comica Festival at the British Library Book it!
A painter, illustrator and author, Shirley began her work for British girls’ comics in the 1950s, working on titles such as Valentine, Romeo, Mirabelle and Roxy.
She’s illustrated for many publishers, including the Folio Society, and drew covers for Misty in the 1980s, a comic on which Pat Mills served as associate editor, shaping it into what could broadly be described as a girl-targeted 2000AD as a rival to DC Thomson’s Spellbound, replacing science ficton with supernatural horror.
Today, she’s well-known as a portrait painter, painting Speakers of the House of Commons Thomas George Thomas (Lord Tonypandy) and Bernard Weatherill, and having major exhibitions at the Contemporary Portrait Society and Royal Portrait Society. She also paints still life.
As an author, illustrator of children’s books and young adult books, some of her published credits include Towns and Cities (Step-By-Step Geography), Mike’s Lonely Summer: A Child’s Guide : Divorce (Lion Care) and King for Ever! (Junior African).
• Shirley joins Pat Mills and Dr Julia Round on Sunday for a Comica Conversation 3.30-4.30. Book now!
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.