Monday, 2 May 2016

Lancaster Comics Day Back in June

Poster art and design by Nick Miller
Lancaster Comics Day is back next month, taking place in Lancaster Library on Sunday 5th June.

Plenty of local comic creators will be on hand to talk about their work, including Marvel Comics writer Andy Diggle, author and playwright Eddie Robson - along with locally-based games publisher Ken Walton and SF and fantasy authors AS Chambers and JS Collyer.

Organised by the Friends of Lancaster Library with local comics writer and editor John Freeman (who also writes for virtual-lancaster), the event has a varied line up of guests, many of them creators known for their Doctor Who comics work such as writer and publisher Tim Quinn (whose anarchic biography is published soon by MIWK Publishing, Blackpool-based artist Adrian Salmon, writers Andy Diggle (better known for his work for Marvel and DC Comics, including Green Arrow) and Eddie Robson - and, from Birmingham, comics artist and British comics archivist Lew Stringer.

In addition to his Doctor Who humour strip for Doctor Who Magazine, Lew's credits also currently include "Pup Parade" in The Beano.

Joining them will be local comics writer Alex Paknadel, who has earned huge acclaim for his work for US publisher Boom! Studios on Arcadia; local SF and fantasy authors AS Chambers and JS Collyer; games publisher Ken Walton; and joining them on the guest list, independent comic publishers Tom Ward (co-creator of Merrick The Sensational Elephantman) and Joe Matthews (creator of Funny Monsters comic).

But that's not all, because a number of great comic talents also have tables at this small and imperfectly formed event, including Nowhere Man artist Dave Taylor. He's no doubt been tempted by the thought of Katie White's comic cake.

Also there will be Jack Knight, the owner and lead designer at Knight Time Creations and the cartoonist for the Lancaster Guardian newspaper. Along with his cartooning work, he has been recognised for his community work, which includes setting up the Independent Lancaster loyalty card scheme to support local businesses last year, inspired by a similar scheme in Liverpool. It's work that's earned him an invite to one of the Queen's birthday parties next month.

Sam Phillips is again organising a dedicated games room and Graham Pearce will be on hand to entertain kids with his popular comic workshops.

Supported by the Lakes International Comic Art Festival and sponsored by Lancaster's First Age Comics, Lancaster Comics Day is ready for its second annual event... But are you ready for Lancaster Comics Day?

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