Sleek is a young, classically trained artist who found his distinctive style by connecting street art together with pop art, creating a fresh new fusion genre – and has just released a range of limited edition Beano and Oor Wullie-inspired prints, working with Selkirk-based Covell Publishing.
The “Nothing but Trouble” collection – each Signed Giclée Limited Edition print limited to just 195 copies, priced £595 each – is inspired by Sleek’s Scottish culture and a strong connection to iconic figures, and he spent many months in the DC Thomson archives seeking the inspiration for this collection.
Produced under licence from Beano Studios and DC Thomson Media, the “Nothing But Trouble” limited edition prints come with an Oor Wullie annual signed by Sleek, but this is a limited offer for early buyers, with only 24 annuals available.
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.