Steve and Annie Parkhouse join Carlisle’s EdenCon line-up with Gary Erskine and Mal Earl

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Comics artist and writer Steve Parkhouse and his partner, letterer Annie Parkhouse, have joined the guest list for the one day EdenCon in Carlisle on Saturday 18th April 2015.

To be held on the University of Cumbria campus, EdenCon is planned as a celebration of the best in pop culture featuring fantastic artists, writers, costumers and crafters.

Resident Alien art by Steve Parkhouse

Resident Alien art by Steve Parkhouse

Steve Parkhouse, who is is currently illustrating Resident Alien for Dark Horse, written by Peter Hogan, is an artist, writer and letterer who has worked on 2000AD, Marvel UK titles, Dark Horse and much more. He has also illustrated Sandman and co-created The Bojeffries Saga with Alan Moore and worked on many issues of the long running Doctor Who Magazine.

Annie Parkhouse is one of the biggest names in British comic lettering, with a award-winning career spanning over 30 years, working on 2000AD’s “Judge Dredd” “ABC Warriors”, Marvel UK’s Doctor Who strips, Transformers and  US titles such as Hellblazer and “American Reaper” for Judge Dredd Mgeazine.

Other guests include Gary Erskine, whose credits include 2000AD, Marvel, Dark Horse, DC, Vertigo and more and who is working on the Roller Grrrls project with Anna Malady; comics editor and writer John Freeman; and MoonSquid (of Moonsquid Illustration), a self taught Californian artist, specialising in watercolour portraiture and miscellaneous textile crafts.

Also at the event will be self taught writer and illustrator Mal Earl who was raised on, and inspired by, the staple legends of the 1970s UK comics field – Frank Bellamy, Brian Lewis, Mike Noble, Mick Mcmahon, Brian Bolland and David Lloyd. After service in the Royal Air Force, he created work for the burgeoning small press comics scene of the early 1990s, the best of which being recently reprinted in the paperback title, Bound

After a 15-year break from the field of comics and illustration, he returned in 2013 with a renewed interest in sequential graphics and the potential for utilising digital media and software. His creator owned, Bulletproof Nylon project is ongoing, a pulp-styled magazine – and a series of other pulp related tales are currently in development. Over the course of 2014 he provided record covers, illustration work for various publishers and become a regular contributor to David Lloyds digital comics anthology Aces Weekly.

The University of Cumbria Comic Book Collective will be manning a table of comic book and zine related material at the event, and will be selling Bagatelle, their in-house publication devoted to comic book tales. The magazine brings together the talents of UoC students from a variety of arts based courses, including Creative Writing, Illustration and Games Design with such professional luminaries as Steve Parkhouse. Bagatelle has been nurtured into being by Nick Dodds, senior lecturer for visual culture at the Brampton Road campus, and himself a graphic artist and seriously committed fan of the art form.

(The fifth issue of Bagatelle will be published to coincide with the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in October. For more info contact Nick at


• Admission: £5 includes entry into raffle and optional entry into gaming tournaments (Limited spaces – first come first served). Under 13’s go free but must be accompanied by an adult (please bear in mind the like any convention some visuals/costumed characters may scare younger sentients)

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