The team behind the Bristol comics event, Lawless, have announced the Noble Bolt-01 Award, in honour of downthetubes very own, much-missed contributor and amazing comics archivist Colin Noble and independent comics creator and publisher Dave Evans (aka Bolt-01), who we sadly lost earlier this year.
Lawless Comic Convention is a not-for-profit comic convention organised by fans and for fans. The 2022 guest list includes a slew of 2000AD creators and more, including John Wagner, John Higgins, Mick McMahon and Glenn Fabry.
As a new addition to their forthcoming event in May, and all future Lawless shows, the team are asking comic fans to nominate those they think deserve an amazing convention weekend, who might not normally be able to make it.
“Colin and Dave were huge supporters of Lawless and for varying reasons, Colin was never able to make it to the show,” notes Lawless co-ordinator Su Haddrell. “Bolt-01 worked tirelessly on our programmes each year, and it was always wonderful to see him rock up with boxes of them all and a huge smile on his face.
“In their honour, we want to share the love and give someone the opportunity to come to Lawless who might not normally be able to make it.”
If you know someone who has always wanted to go to Lawless, an event very much focused on celebrating 2000AD and British comics, but for whatever reason has never been able to make it, then now is your chance to make that happen. Lawless will cover the cost of a ticket, transport and accommodation for one nominated person to join them at the show for the weekend in May 2022.
Just email LawlessComicCon@hotmail.com with the heading “Noble Bolt Nomination” and tell the team the details of who you want to nominate, and why. A winner will be announced when tickets go on sale in January 2022, to give them plenty of time to plan ahead if necessary.
“We’re accepting nominations up until the end of the year and then the Chosen One will be selected and announced when tickets go on sale in January,” Su says.
This is a smashing idea, in memory of two wonderful creators. Get your thinking caps on!
• Lawless Comic 2022 | Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th May 2022 Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Bristol | Tickets £60 for the weekend, and if the event doesn’t sell out, then one day tickets will be available nearer the time at £30 a day | Weekend and Trader Table Tickets go on sale in January 2022
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.