A livejournal gommunity and a flickr group devoted to the late, already-much missed artist and colourist Steve Whitaker, who died last week (see related story), have now been launched.
“If you were a pal or admirer of Steve and his work, please bookmark the site and consider contributing some memories to jellytown,” says Steve’s friend and fellow artist Martin Hand who has set up the memorial, “and spread the word: all friends of ol’ Steve are welcome.
“If I’ve set it up right, then it should be totally accessible to non livejournal people.”
Martin welcomes anything devoted to or remembering Steve from users: anecdotes, drawings by Steve, drawings of Steve, photos, fanzine articles, strips etc. “Anything Steve Whitaker-related, basically.
“I was gonna say that jellytown should be a ‘one stop shop’ for all your steve witko needs but we are not alone – mighty Matt Brooker is setting up a flickr community devoted to Steve and obviously the jellytown massive hopes to have very close links with this group when it’s live.”
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.