THIS YEAR THE Birmingham Comics Festival invites you to join in a series of anniversary celebrations and meet some of the amazingly talented and ground breaking comic book creators responsible for such works, alongside those who keep their original creative spirit alive and in print to this day.
35 years ago V for Vendetta debuted within the pages of Warrior magazine. This dystopian tale of a Guy Fawkes masked anarchist thwarting the will of a fascist government captured the zeitgeist of the times; seeping into the consciousness of popular culture and remaining so to this day. Subsequently collected as a graphic novel V for Vendetta also became a major Hollywood movie.
The Birmingham Comics Festival is delighted that its co-creator and artist David Lloyd will be attending the festival’s convention over the weekend of 24 – 25th June this year!
David Lloyd established his career illustrating traditional British annuals in the late 70s, contributing to House of Hammer, TV Comic and assorted Marvel UK comics such as Dr Who and The Hulk – wherein he co-created V’s partial inspiration Night Raven, a definitive collection of which has been published for the very first time this year.
While scholarly respectful of the traditional comic strip medium’s strengths, Lloyd’s published work is evidence that he continuously stretches himself to be creatively expressive and inventive with each new venture. That his sombre use of light and dark to magnificent chiaroscuro effect has long since made him a master of its application should by now be frankly superfluous, but then there are new comic fans born every day.
30 year ago DC Comics would revise their traditional horror anthologies with the release of the experimental prestige format series Wasteland and David Lloyd was among its original core group of artists. His work has graced several horror, dark fantasy and science fiction comic book series during his career, notably Aliens, Hellblazer, The Territory and Taboo. He has been involved in psychic thriller like Espers and rebooted classic spy adventurers such as James Bond; he is also the creator of the acclaimed crime thriller graphic novel Kickback, while Dark Matter collects his short stories and has been published internationally, as are many of his major works.
5 years ago, David Lloyd chose a new role. This time, the former Chairman of the Society of Strip Illustration, revered comic book artist and sometime writer became a publisher, establishing Aces Weekly – An anthology for the modern world, available exclusively as a digital sequential experience. Featuring many established international creators it has become a multi-award winning venture in but a short time.
You can meet with and celebrate David Lloyd’s many successes at The Birmingham Comics Festival this June – Second city, first choice, don’t take substitutes!
To visit David Lloyd’s website click here.
To visit and subscribe to Aces Weekly click here.
THE BIRMINGHAM COMICS Festival is tickled pink that one of the great cartoonists of our time, Hunt Emerson, has played such a large part in helping making the festival such a success since it began in 2015 and is looking forward to celebrating some extra special events with him this year.
2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the publication of the You Are Maggie Thatcher – A Dole Playing Game written by Pat Mills, and illustrated by Emerson; an innovative satire on the politics of the times that resonates to this day. It is also 30 years ago since his first solo collection of work Calculus Cat – Death To Television, with subsequent expanded editions still published by Knockabout. It is also amazingly 15 years since he began working for The Beano… Showing time really does fly when you’re having fun!
From his early days on the British underground comix scene where the whirling dervish anthropomorphic humour of his artwork can only be likened to a be-bopping busy bumblebee, to today where his work is affirmed in its clarity as panel sequences dance with the reassured rhythm; he is a master of irresistibly amusing work.
Hunt Emerson’s work has been published in some 30 comic books and albums, and translated into at least 10 languages worldwide. From The Big Book of Everything through to Firkin the Cat, onto his evergreen adaptations such as The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Lady’s Chatterley’s Lover, and a recent digital collection of his complete works, each are evidence of his talent and that his work continues to hold universal appeal.
Aside from those anniversary celebrations mentioned we look forward to reveal more events that will involve Hunt Emerson over the course of this year’s festival
To visit Hunt Emerson’s website click here.
THE BIRMINGHAM COMICS Festival will be celebrating the galaxy’s greatest comic 2000AD’s 40th anniversary in some pretty out-of-this-world ways this June, but for down-to-earth charm they rarely come finer than Eisner Award-nominated writer Ian Edginton.
Eginton has written such iconic 2000AD characters as Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper but increasingly it’s his own creations, many collected in book form; from The Red Seas epic and American Gothic saga to Leviathan and Stickleback that comic fans get so excited about. Now, publisher Rebellion have also taken over the rights to his and D’Israeli’s H.G. Wells’ inspired books (Scarlet Traces, War of the Worlds and The Great Game) with more in the series planned for the future.
Such themes are but a single string to his creative bow, having written gamely for Marvel Comics’ X-Men spin-off X-Force and Blade: The Vampire Hunter, alongside such superhero sagas as Stormwatch for WildStorm, Witchblade for Top Cow, and the likes of Batman for DC Comics.
He established his career writing hit comic book series based on popular film and TV franchises like Aliens, Terminator, Xena: Warrior Princess and Planet of the Apes for Dark Horse Comics, Star Trek for Marvel, Touchwood for Titan, and more recently Steed & Mrs Peel for BOOM! Studios. Not that he has shied away from creator-owned series, with works published by DC’s Vertigo imprint, Archaia Studios Press, Radical Comics and others.
Currently busy on a novel due for publication, alongside more work for Rebellion and assorted international publishers, fans will have many a question to ask one of their favourite writers this June during The Birmingham Comics Festival.
RENOWNED FOR HIS extensive run on the hit action-adventures series DC Comic Robin, Marvel’s The Avengers, Rogue Trooper for 2000AD, and a powerful graphic novel adaptation of Dracula for Classical Comics, Staz Johnson will be at this year’s Birmingham Comics Festival!
Ever since his early work on Transformers for Marvel UK, Staz Johnson’s artwork has been packed with kinetic energy, adept in its characterisation of body language and facial expressions, and never better than when allowed full-rein to explore the action-adventure mode.
This has lead to him being called upon to draw such iconic characters as Batman in Detective Comics, Catwoman and Batman/Aliens II; Wolverine, The New X-Men, Spider-Man and Thor over at Marvel, Heroes based on the popular TV series and himself appearing as resident on-screen artist for the Channel 4 TV series Zero to Hero. More recently he worked for a number of diverse publishers, illustrating the King’s Road series for Dark Horse in America, Vikings for Titan and Dr. Who for Panini in the UK.
For more information on Staz Johnson click here.
FROM WONDER WOMAN to Ant-Man, through to his most recent work on Lawless: Welcome To Bedrock, collecting the popular Judge Dredd Megazine series, the devil may be in the detail but let’s not under forget the sequential storytelling skills of Phil Winslade who will be attending this year’s Birmingham Comics Festival events.
Be it the future worlds of Heavy Metal and 2000AD, the excitement of Daredevil and Spider-Man swinging across skyscrapers or Batman emerging from the shadows, Winslade encapsulates city life in all its naked rawness just as he portrays humanity’s ugliness and beauty in equal measures: from celebrating morality’s optimism in classically heroic proportions on books such as The Flash and Aquaman through to reinterpreting such richly diverse characters as Jonah Hex and Howard The Duck for a modern readership.
Responsible for portraying positive female role models in the modern comics medium, co-developing and creating the likes of Wonder Woman: Amazonia, Goddess, Nevada, and Lawless for assorted publishers internationally, the worthiness of such ventures aside the actual work itself is well appraised, the results of which have resulted in Phil Winslade being nominated for several awards.
ACE CARTOONIST LEW Stringer, famed for his work in The Beano, Viz, Buster and Oink! will be at The Birmingham Comics Festival this June.
A master of the pun, his sense of timing allows comedic scenarios to be played out to their fullest; ensuring much slapstick cartooning alongside and a keen wit for sight-gags aplenty along the way, Lew Stringer continues to be among the nation’s finest comic strip humorists.
Not only has he contributed to some of Great Britain’s bestselling comics, magazines and the odd newspaper in his professional writing and drawing career, his sense of humour travels well abroad, with his own characters like Brickman and the Suburban Satanists syndicated in comics over in the USA and Scandinavia.
In keeping with the festival’s anniversary celebrations it was 30 years ago that Lew Stringer created one of his classic characters when Combat Colin began appearing in Marvel Uk comics, then 5 years ago be brought Colin back to appear online at Ace Weekly, ten years ago that he started working for The Beano and 20 years ago that he broke in the international market when Suburban Satanists first appeared in Norway’s Geek comic.
Past achievements aside, British kids continue to delight in his work on a regularly basis when they pick up their copies of Toxic, Dr Who Magazine and The Beano at newsagents and supermarkets up and down the country!
To visit Lew Stringer’s website click here.