|A panel from the BBC’s new online Sarah Jane Adventures comic|
The BBC have published a new online Sarah Jane Adventures comic, which is being drawn by Neil Roberts, one of the artists featured in SciFi Art Now.
Sarah Jane Adventures is a spin-off series from Doctor Who, and a new season has just begun to air on the BBC in the UK.
Although published in a web-friendly ‘sliding frame’ the original art, Return of the Krulius has actually been drawn in a standard comic page format. With that in mind, we’re wondering if the BBC will eventually consider publishing a print edition of the new adventure.
Recently interviewed on this blog, Neil reveals comics have always been a source of inspiration for him – of all kinds, from Nutty, Oor Wullie, Victor to Starblazer and Eagle.
“I was really into artists like Ian Kennedy, Gerry Embleton, Mike Noble, Frank Bellamy – although I didn’t know their names at the time,” he says. “I came to 2000AD and American comics quite late, but I instantly loved Dave Gibbons and Colin Wilson’s work.
“In addition to that, I remember in one of the 1980’s Eagle annuals there was an article about how computer games were made and that switched a light on in my head. This was quite an exciting moment for me as a young child, as it was around the time Tron came out and my family had just bought a Commodore 64, so the prospect of using computers to make pictures seemed a very real and exciting idea.”
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.
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