It’s a Roy of the Rovers Special: Lancaster Comics Day Returns on Sunday 11th June
The third Lancaster Comics Day, organised by The Friends of Lancaster Library, will take place on Sunday 11th June 2016 in Lancaster’s Main Library.
This year, the organisers have gone football crazy, not only bringing local publisherMichael Barrett, author ofPreston North End: Rise of the Invinciblesgraphic novel to the event, but artistDavid Sque, best known for his work on the iconicRoy of the Roverstoo – all the way from Spain!
Roy of the Rovers is of course one of Britain’s best-loved comic characters, first published in the weekly comic Tigerin 1954 but who eventually got his very own comic in the 1970s, edited byBarrie Tomlinson– who will also be at Lancaster Comics Day.
Barrie is eager to reveal some stories about British comics publishing for the very first time direct to fans who grew up reading the comics he edited such asTigerandEagle, and how he persuadedMorecambe and Wiseto write for comics, andPrince Phillip, too!
Joining them will beDoctor WhoandRoad to PerditionartistRichard Piers Rayner, a longtime artist in residence at Middlesbrough Football Club; publisher and comic artistTim Perkins; top artistNick Brokenshire, who’s currently blowing comic fans away withOnce and Future Queenfor Dark Horse comics; local fantasy authorA.S. Chambers, whose characters live and work in an alternate Lancaster; top indie comics creatorTom Ward, a master of crowdfunded comic publishing;BeanoandAces WeeklyartistMarc Jackson; and Lancaster Guardian cartoonistJack Knight.
The event is supported by Lancaster’s very own comic shop First Age Comicsand theLakes International Comic Art Festival, who will be taking over a whole room to bring comic fans the latest news on their major comics event spanning 13th – 15th October. (Weekend passes already on sale).
With Comic Cake and plenty of comic creators on hand selling their independently created comics, as well as lots of comics to buy (and more), there will be plenty to do and comics to discover.
“We’ve had great fun over the last two years with Lancaster Comics Day and support for the event has been amazing, from local comic creators, fans, library staff, Lancaster’s own comic shop, First Age Comics, and backing from Kendal’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival.
“Lancaster Comics Day also helped raise money for a sound systems for the Library last year and black out blinds in the first,” notes co-organiser and comics writer and editorJohn Freeman, whose many credits includeDoctor Who Magazine and who runs the British comics web sitedownthetubes.net. “This year, we hope to support the Library still further, and make a donation to St. John’s Hospice.
“The British comics creator community has been hit hard this year by cancer-related deaths, with the passing of 2000AD artist Edmund Bagwell announced just this week,” he continues. “Stuart Reynolds, of the Friends of Lancaster Library and I were only too happy to agree to support our local Hospice in appreciation of the work such services do nationwide for cancer victims and their families.”
“I’m looking forward to second helpings of Lancaster Comics Day and I hope local comic fans are, too!”
• Lancaster Comics Day takes place from 11.00am until 5.00pm on Sunday 5th June 2017 at Lancaster Main Library in Market Square, Lancaster. Tickets £5 adults, £2 concessions, which includes admission to all four comics panels, accompanied children under 13 free. Web:www.lancastercomicsday.uk
The first Lancaster Comics Day, organised by The Friends of Lancaster Library, first took place in June 2015 and proved a tremendous success, raising £800 for the Library, which will in part be used to buy black out curtains for the “Sanctuary” room. Despite a baking hot day, the 2016 event was also widely acclaimed and also helped raise money for library funds.
Past guests have included comics writer Andy Diggle, Doctor Who and Judge Dredd artist Dave Taylor, Hellblazer and Doctor Who artist John Ridgway, publisher and raconteur Tim Quinn, Doctor Who artist Adrian Salmon, and local comics writers Alex Paknadel and Eddie Robson.