Stellar line-up of comic creators for this year’s Oldham Comic Con

Oldham Comic ConOldham Comic Con, taking place 12th May, is a free comics-oriented event in Oldham Library, drawing on mainly comic creator talent in the North West, including Manchester.

if you’re a 2000AD fan, there’s plenty to interest you based on the guest list, which include Judge Dredd creators Carlos Ezquerra and John Wagner, Dan Cornell,  Patrick Goddard, David Roach, Dave Taylor and many more of Tharg’s droids – alongside the likes of Neil Edwards, The Etherington Brothers, Sarah Millman, Nigel Parkinson, John Royle, Lew Stringer and many, many more, listed below.

“The focus is on reading, writing, publishing and drawing,” says organiser Dennis Whittle, “with an emphasis on comics, fantasy, SF and horror.”

Dennis, a lifelong comics fan, tells us that the library has around 3000 visits on a regular Saturday, so it could be a busy day.

The guest list of comic creators is as follows (in order supplied): Marc Ducrow , Lew Stringer
Jessica Lucas, David Roach, The Etheringhton Brothers, Steve Austin, Yasmin Sheikh, John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra, Alan Cowsill, Jay Martin, Chris Sides, Jon Laight, Grant Richards, Lyndsey Green, Jon Scrivens, Dan Whitehead, Tad Kimpton, Joe Glass, Matt Warner, Pete Mckeirmon, Patrick Goddard, Neil Edwards, Dave Taylor, Tim Perkins, Neil ‘Bhuna’ Roche, Nigel Parkinson,  Nika Nartova, Chris Imber, Sarah Millman, Dan Cornwell , Peter Doherty, John Royle, Ian Richardson
Aly Fell, Neal McClemets, Mindstrain Comics, Joe Mathews, Dan Charnley, Katie Whittle, Jenika Loffreda, Sonia Leong, David Leach, Chris J Thompson, Marc Jackson, Staz Johnson , Tazio Bettin, Dave Windettt, Antony Johnston, Rachael Smith and  Mayamada.

• For more information about this free event visit. If you’d like to book a table at the event contact Dennis via the event’s official Facebook page

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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