Random House publishes Roy Race’s biography – read his life story in his own words
Read more at The Daily Telegraph.
Coming Soon: Roy of the Rovers Postcard Box!
Celebrate 60 glorious years of Roy of the Rovers with this unique postcard box! Featuring 100 original images from the classic Roy of the Rover comic strips. From great goals to Roy’s rules and memorable front covers – collect them, frame them, send them! The perfect gift for football fans.
Pre-order yours here.
‘Great War in Comics’ Exhibition at The Lakes Comic Arts Festival
Running from 28th September – 6th December 2014 as part of The Lakes Comic Arts Festival, the ‘Great War in Comics’ exhibition will showcase the work of Joe Colquhoun, Charlie Adlard and Ivan Petrus together for the first time.
Visitors will get the chance to see the Pat Mills – Joe Colquhoun classic Charley’s War in its original and sometimes horrific glory at the beautiful Abbot Hall Gallery in Kendal, Cumbria. Described as ‘the greatest comic strip ever created’, the exhibition will mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
Graphic novel Ghosts of Passchendaele by Ivan Petrus and the haunting White Death by Charlie Adlard will also be part of the exhibition.
For more information visit: http://www.comicartfestival.com/abbot-hall-gallery/
Spotlight on: Thirteenth Floor
Originally published in SCREAM Magazine in 1984, Thirteenth Floor was set in a tower block called Maxwell Tower and controlled by a sentient computer called Max, who will do anything to protect his precious tenants.
Maxwell Tower was built without a Thirteenth Floor, but due to a fault in his engineering, Max is able to create his own Thirteenth Floor containing anything he likes – which is usually unspeakable horror!
Typically, Max would spot a burglar, villain or con-man on the viewing screens, lure them into the lift, up to the Thirteenth Floor and to their grisly doom. Notable deaths include being chased and mauled by giant rats and coming face-to-face with the grim reaper.
It was written by Ian Hollland, which is a pseudonym for prolific graphic novel-writing duo Alan Grant and John Wagner. Alan Grant is famous for writing JUDGE DREDD for the 2000 AD comic, as well as several BATMAN titles during the 80s and 90s. John Wagner created the character JUDGE DREDD and has been described as the single most influential writer in British comics. Thirteenth Floor was illustrated by José Ortiz, the Spanish comic book artist, who worked on Eagle, 2000AD and Judge Dredd during his career.
Roy of the Rovers on Radio 4
Tune into BBC Radio 4 at 8:30am this Saturday 29th March to hear an interview with our very own Roy of the Rovers! Roy (voiced by comic Alistair McGowan) will be participating in a much-anticipated Q&A which will be broadcast as part of the Radio 4 Character Invasion. Roy has maintained a radio silence (haha) since his retirement in 1993 but has returned to the spotlight for this interview with presenter Garry Richardson. Find out Roy’s views on playing for England, divorce, WAGs, vanity in football and the secrets behind his glittering career!
To listen in, visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01w9vht
Click here to find out more about the Radio 4 Character Invasion.
Spotlight on: Hookjaw
Each month we’ll be focusing on different comics from our archive, this month – it’s the epic HookJaw!
First published in Action in February 1976, HookJaw tells the tale of a heroic shark who takes it upon himself to destroy greedy and immoral humans. Written by Ken Armstrong, Pat Mills and illustrated by Ramon Sola, Felix Carrion and Eric Bradbury, it was consistently voted the most popular strip in the Action comic until it ended in November of the following year.
HookJaw was based on the hit movie Jaws, but portrayed the humans as villains and the shark as a sort-of activist who seeks bloody revenge on all those who try to exploit the precious sea. In this first issue, we meet the miscreant oil rig owner Red McNally, a greedy, murderous individual who exploits his staff and is generally a very naughty man. All manner of catastrophic events then ensue, including a hurricane, an airliner crash and of course, the bloodthirsty shark vigilante wreaking his revenge on Red & co.
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Now available: Charley’s War part 13 – 16 on the iTunes and Google Play stores.
A zeppelin raid on London has begun and the munitions factories in London’s East End are targets. Charley alerts the people of Silvertown and rushes to save his mother, who had collapsed in one of the factories. Charley also finds a French soldier who has deserted his regiment and tries to dissuade his younger brother from signing up to the forces.
In this volume, Charley has discovered that his brother-in-law, Oiley, was hiding a deserter from the French Foreign Legion called ‘Blue’. Charley agreed to hear his story before deciding if he’d help him. Blue told him about how during the Battle of Verdun he came upon a group of legionnaires about to be executed …
In March 1917, Charley Bourne finds a deserter called Blue from the French Foreign Legion hiding in his house. With the Military Police hard on his heels, Blue tells Charley about the German siege of Fort Vaux and its tragic aftermath.
Blue, a deserter from the French Foreign Legion, continues his grim story of the battle to save Verdun, where the Germans used poisoned gas against the French, and the dreaded Senegalese troops were hurled against the Germans.
Win a Battle Postcard Box!
Head over to our Twitter page today before 5pm to win a Battle postcard box! Featuring 100 images from the iconic comics, from hard-hitting covers to compelling excerpts from the celebrated comic strips – there’s an abundance of classic comic images to enjoy!
Visit our Twitter page here.
**Please note, this competition will only run on the 13th February 2014**
Classic Comics joins line-up at Lakes International Comic Art Festival
This Autumn, we’ll be joining the line-up at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal. The programme includes special Judge Dredd and 2000AD events with Carlos Ezquerra and John Wagner, a talk from the creators of Viz, Masterclasses, workshops and much more!
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is a new kind of comic art event in the UK taking over the market town of Kendal on the edge of the Lake District for a weekend – 17-19 October 2014. Celebrating all kinds of comic art with a packed programme of special events, exhibitions, a comics family zone and marketplace called the Comics Clocktower. Immerse yourself in comics, find your favourites and discover new ones…
Visit www.comicartfestival.com for more information and event tickets.