Legendary comics creator Dez Skinn, founding editor of what is now Doctor Who Magazine, is the latest big name to join the guest list for Vworp Vworp: Comic Book Adventures in Time and Space which takes place in one of Manchester’s most popular pubs on Saturday 18th October.
Working for Marvel UK in the 1970s, Dez was the founding editor of Starburst magazine, Doctor Who Weekly, and the classic Warrior comic book (which helped to launch the careers of some of the UK’s finest writers and artists).
Joining Dez will be artist Martin Geraghty and writer Scott Gray, regular contributors to the Doctor Who Magazine comic strip for over 15 years.
One of Manchester’s most popular and iconic pubs, The Lass O’Gowrie on Charles Street, (just off Oxford Road, and opposite BBCTV), will stage this day-long event celebrating the world of popular Sci-Fi heroes in the comic books.
Taking the form of a mini convention, a variety of star guests will explore the challenges involved in creating comic books based on popular characters in tv and films.
Held as part of The Manchester Literature Festival, there will be Question and Answer panels, autograph signings, and a series of powerpoint-based artist showcases promising an entertaining and informative day for all ages. There will also be merchandise on sale, and a chance to meet some of the comics industry’s biggest names.
Guest MC for the day will be Manchester-based actor and comedian John Cooper.
Doctor Who will be well represented, with the likes of artists Adrian Salmon (whose work is currently on display in The Lass O’Gowrie’s ‘Snug’), D’Israeli and Lee Sullivan and writers Ian Edginton (2000AD, Marvel, DC Comics, etc), John Freeman (Doctor Who Magazine, Spaceship Away), John Ainsworth and Tony Lee (Doctor Who, Starship Troopers, etc).
The Time Lord’s fans will also be able to chat to one of the series’ most popular television writers, Paul Cornell and the man behind Doctor Who’s animated adventures, Jon Doyle (the winner of two BAFTA awards).
And last, but not least, Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood script editor Gary Russell will also be in attendance.
An auction of original scripts, autographed books, (and a few surprise items) will be held to raise money for MIND (the mental health charity).
Once the pub reopens to the general public, the event will continue upstairs with after show stand-up provided by Charlie Ross, hot from his 4 star rated sell out Edinburgh Festival Show! Please note, additional charges are likely to apply for Charlie’s show.
• Ticket prices are £9.00 for adults, and £6.50 (Concessions/Under 16s), with a total of 80 tickets available. Tickets are available by phone on 0870 428 0785 or online at www.quaytickets.com/WhatsOn/EventDetail.aspx?EventId=2274
• For more details, please contact: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7DB
T/F: 0161 273 6932 E: infoATthelass.co.uk
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.
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