Here’s a quick look at a real Christmas treat for fans of classic British humour comics! Celebrating one of the finest talents in the business, The Tom Paterson Collection brings together strips from one of our greatest living comic artists, famed for his work on titles such as Buster, Whizzer and Chips, and many more.
One of the most inventive and influential cartoonists British comics has produced, Paterson stands alongside titans such as Leo Baxendale and Ken Reid in the pantheon of British cartoonists thanks to his work, for both Fleetway and DC Thomson.
The collection is out on 25th November 2021, so it’s a perfect stocking filler, featuring some of Tom’s outstanding colour and black and white strip work for IPC/Fleetway from titles like Buster, Whoopee!, Jackpot, Whizzer and Chips and Oink! amongst others.
With quotes from the man himself and some extra, added treasures, this is surely a must have for fans of British humour comics, both young and old.
Scottish artist Tom Paterson is one of the most inventive and influential cartoonists British comics have produced. Inspired by the work of George Martin, Leo Baxendale and Ken Reid, Tom became a comic artist at a young age, working for both Fleetway and DC Thomson, on classic strips as Sweeny Toddler, Calamity James, Buster, Grimly Feendish, The Numskulls, Bananaman and Dennis the Menace.
At the beginning of his career, he was ghosting artists like Baxendale, but his own style and sense of humour quickly developed and Tom’s work soon became unmistakable. His trademark stinky, striped sock often appeared in the panels of his work – a useful identifier born out of an age where publishers frowned upon artists signing their work. Along with the sock came the additional, visual comedic gags scattered throughout the strips, giving each one that instant re-readability.
This ace collection comes in a standard hardcover option, available from all good book or comic shops – or a special limited edition hardcover featuring Sweney Toddler as Judge Dredd, exclusive to the Treasury of British Comics webshop. Make your choice!
Oh, and if that isn’t enough Tom Paterson for you – don’t forget he’s also one of many great creators who have strips in the upcoming The Monster Fun Halloween Spooktacular – a Treasury of British Comics Special on sale in all good newsagents from 22nd September – and he drew the cover for it, too!
• The Treasury of British Comics – The Tom Paterson Collection will be available from all good book and comic shops | ISBN 978-1781089408 | Buy it from AmazonUK (Affiliate Link) | Buy it from the Treasury of British Comics web shop
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.