The Park is Zarate’s first full-length solo fiction on his beloved Hampstead Heath. On a beautiful Sunday afternoon walk, Chris is accidentally bitten by a dog, and kicks out in defence. The dog’s owner vents his anger in his widely-read blog, elaborating the story for added effect but their children don’t understand all the fuss. The Park is a measured examination of how we respond to our confused emotions.
In ILYA’s Room For Love, Pamela Green is a middle-class, middle-aged romance novelist with writer’s block and a lonely heart. ‘Cougar’ is a teenage runaway from Ireland, surviving life on London’s streets by his looks and his wits. Their lives couldn’t be more different but both seek the same thing: love. ILYA has created an ultimately life-affirming anti-romance tale that takes us from seedy Soho nightlife to the leafy suburbia of North London.
Oscar and ILYA will also be attending the Comica Comiket independent comics fair at Central St Martins College on Sat 2nd November, which runs 11.00 to 5.00pm.
• Comica: Living and Loving in London : Oscar Zarate & Ilya 6.30pm Thursday 31st October 2013, The Gallery, Foyles Bookshop, Charing Cross Rd WC2. Tickets are £6 and can be booked from WeGotTickets.
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.