Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Programme of events for Lancaster Comics Day

I blummin' love comics conventions and always appreciate being invited to them. Let's face it, if it hadn't been for people organizing comics events (going back to Phil Clarke and Steve Moore organizing the first con in 1968) there wouldn't even be a comics community in the UK. It's great to meet the readers, see old friends in the industry, and make new contacts. This year I'm doing a mammoth 12 events and the seventh will be Lancaster Comics Day on Sunday 5th June. 

Organizer John Freeman has unveiled the day's programme of events and it promises to be an interesting show. Here we go...

Sunday 5th June 2016

Panels Programme

12:00 PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE: A Barrel of Laughs? Humour Comics with Tim Quinn, Lew Stringer, Joe Matthews, chaired by John Freeman
An affectionate look at British humour comics past and present, from The Beano and The Dandy to VIZ. Inevitably, we’ll be asking where next for humour comics and comics in general- expect some dangerous optimism!
13:30 Superheroes and the Unexpected with Andy Diggle, Alex Paknadel  Sean Phillips and Tom Ward, chaired by John Freeman
Discussing ‘adventure’ comics – from superheroes to thrillers. What’s the current state of play – are we well beyond the dominance of superheroes on the comic shop shelf or do they still command? With DC Rebirth in full swing this June, what’s the prognosis – and how important is the growing self publishing movement utilising new ways of creating comics through Kickstarter and other means?
14:30 Worlds Beyond: SF, Fantasy and Games with authors AS Chambers, J.S. Collyer, Eddie Robson and Ken Walton, chaired by AS Chambers
Local Lancaster author AS Chambers leads a panel discussing the state of SF and Fantasy, joined by SF author JS Collyer and games designer Ken Walton. What’s happening in the worlds of Publishing and self publishing? Which authors are shaking up the industry? Find out what these local creators have been working on on!
15:30 Celebrating Doctor Who Magazine with Adrian Salmon, Lew Stringer and Tim Quinn and John Freeman
With Doctor Who Magazine reaching its landmark 500th issue this year we look back – and forwards – to Doctor Who in print with contributors past and present to the much-loved title.

In the Main Library

Expect comic creators, publishers, comics for sale, comic cake (thanks to Katie White) and a lot  more – and the team from theLakes International Comic Art Festival on hand to reveal the latest news about our their event in October in Kendal (14th – 16th October 2016)

For Kids

Preston-based comics artist and publisher Graham Pearce will be back to run his popular workshops for kids, and we’ll also be offering some comic hero-inspired face painting!

Games Galore!

Don’t miss our dedicated gaming room run by Sam Phillips of House Lancaster Gaming Group!
Lancaster Comics Day – Small and imperfectly formed!
For more info on the event, visit the website:

Monday, 23 May 2016

Manchester pix

Best cosplay of the weekend in my opinion. 
Here's a few photos from the Manchester Film and Comic Con that took place over the weekend at Event City. My thanks to Cassandra Conroy and the team for the organization and their hospitality and to everyone who stopped by my table. It was also good to catch up with fellow comics folk Lee Sullivan, Dave Windett and his brother Paul, John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra, El Torres, Bambos Georgiou, Gary Whiltlock, John Royale, John Jackson, and Dan Whitehead and his family. 

The next comics event I'm attending is Lancaster Comics Day on Sunday 5th June. More info here:

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Brick-Manchester this weekend!

This weekend I'll be at the Manchester Film and Comic Con with copies of Brickman Begins, Brickman Returns and, my latest offering, a new Combat Colin mini-print.

The print is postcard-size and features a new illustration of Combat Colin and Semi-Automatic Steve done exclusively for this item. They'll also be available to buy from my online shop at a later date but for now the only place to get them will be from me at a convention. Other prints will follow soon! 

See you in Manchester on Saturday/Sunday:


Next week will see the publication of Doctor Who Magazine No.500. A fantastic bumper issue full of special items. I have a full page Daft Dimension strip in there and there's some brilliant stuff from other comics creators too. More info on this next week!


After Manchester, my next convention will be Lancaster Comics Day on Sunday June 5th! More details soon!

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

This week's Pup preview

It seems the Pup Parade strips are being published a little out of sequence, so the one I previewed the other day has yet to appear. No matter though, as there's no continuity between them. Here's a panel from the strip that I'm told actually appears in today's Beano. I haven't had chance to buy it yet. Too busy drawing a Pup Parade for a future issue! 

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Pup Parade preview: Bin Gone!

Here's a preview of an upcoming Pup Parade page that hopefully will be in this week's Beano (on May 18th). The Pup's famous dustbin is missing! What happens next? Find out by buying The Beano

Saturday, 14 May 2016


Photo © Paul Trimble.
Here's a great photo of our arrival in Belfast last week before boarding the bus behind us for the journey to Enniskillen for the Comic Fest. 
Left to right:
Jenika Ioffreda, Matt Brooker (AKA D'Israeli), Hunt Emerson, Steve Yeowell, Pete Doherty, Phil Winslade, Lew Stringer, Laura Howell, Alan Grant, Clint Langley, Sue Grant. 

A good time was had by all! Thanks again to the mighty Paul Trimble and his team for making us so welcome. 

Friday, 13 May 2016

Comics and music this July

Nice to see this ad in the current issue of SFX magazine for the Shrewsbury International Comic Art Festival. An interesting line up of guests from the comics industry plus some pop stars from the hit parade. (Showing my age there.) 

It takes place from Friday 15th July to Sunday 17th July. For more details and tickets, visit the website: