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Photo of David Shenton: Those Foolish things exhibition at Space Station Sixty Five / Various comics by Sina Sparrow

Photo of David Shenton: Those Foolish things exhibition at Space Station Sixty Five / Various comics by Sina Sparrow

Small press gay comics and zines: Continuing a month of shows about gay and lesbian comics, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonists David Shenton and Sina Sparrow about their work. Shenton discusses his plans for new cartoon work and his current exhibition ‘Those Foolish Things’, on display at Space Station Sixty-Five gallery in Kennington, South London; and Sparrow talks about his zine Art Fag and contributing to the forthcoming anthology QU33R.

The interview was originally broadcast 15th July 2013 on Resonance 104.4 FM (London).

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• David Shenton’s website
• Sina Sparrow’s website

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David Shenton Exhibition: These Foolish Things

Until 27th July 2013, a href=”” target=”_blank”>Space Station 65 Gallery, Building One, 373 Kennington Road, London SE11 4PS
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Shenton’s cartoons are often camp but they’re not just camp, and they’re not that awful apolitical offensive camp, but a light, knowing, meaningful camp; their first task is to entertain and to make the audience laugh – and often they do much more because the liberation politics that informs his work means that with the laugh there is an acerbic point – a wry observation on how we live or a satirical comment about society and a wider political context, contained in the lives and musings of plausible and likeable characters. Or sometimes it’s just a silly joke.

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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. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek 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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