Saturday, 12 December 2015

The Really Heavy Greatcoat Review of the Year 2015

The Really Heavy Greatcoat by Virtual-lancaster's John Freeman and Lancaster-based artist Nick Miller was published fairly regularly for about 20 years in alternative Lancaster print titles such as On The Beat and Off the Beat and online on

The strip's last regular appearance in print was in the now defunct Comics International, but Nick has recently published a number of RHG-inspired strips on the web platform Tapastic alongside his The Worry Man pocket cartoon. Sadly, both Skid Avenue and The RHG are on hiatus, as is Worry Man - he's a busy man doing stuff that pays (but always open to approaches for work).

John Freeman also works on comics by day - audio comics available on the ROK Comics app for iPad and iPhone and The Beatles Story - and reports on them in his spare time on

When last seen in a regular strip, Kevin, the current owner of the Greatcoat - a talking garment with transcendentally dimensional pockets - was a student. He was clearly not postgraduate material so Nick and I reckon he's in a bedsit in Skerton, Lancaster somewhere, eking out a life on benefits...

If anyone ever offered to pay us to write it, it might still be running today - but Nick still creates an annual Review of the Year, bless him!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

• John Freeman's comic web site is at
• More by Nick Miller at:

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