Mary Talbot is an internationally acclaimed scholar of gender, language and power who now writes graphic novels. Her first, Dotter of her Father's Eyes (with Bryan Talbot), won the Costa Biography Award in 2013. Her second, Sally Heathcote, Suffragette (with Kate Charlesworth and Bryan Talbot), came out in May 2014. The Spanish edition has received Best International Graphic Novel Awards from Gremio de Libreros de Madrid and Splash Segunt Cómic. Her third, The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia (with Bryan Talbot) appeared in May 2016.
She has also collaborated with Kate Charlesworth on a chapter for the dystopian SF graphic novel IDP: 2043, with Alwyn Talbot on a short strip for Cross: A Political Satire Anthology and with Kate and Bryan again for an upcoming Amnesty International anthology.
Mary is a founder patron of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.
Winner of many comic awards, including an Eisner award, Le Prix SNCF and several Eagles, Bryan Talbot has been working in the medium for over thirty years. He’s produced underground and alternative comics, notably Brainstorm!, science fiction and superhero stories such as Judge Dredd, Nemesis the Warlock, Teknophage, The Nazz and Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight.
He’s worked on DC Vertigo titles including Hellblazer, Sandman, The Dreamingand Fables and has written and drawn the graphic novels for which he is best known, including the first British graphic novel, The Adventures of Luther Arkwright, its sequel, Heart of Empire, The Tale of One Bad Rat, Alice in Sunderland, Cherubs! (with Mark Stafford) and Metronome. He is published in over twenty countries, is a frequent guest at international comic festivals, and has been was awarded with an honorary Doctorate in Arts and an honorary Doctorate in Letters.
His recent books are the Grandville series of anthropomorphic steampunk thrillers featuring Detective Inspector LeBrock of Scotland Yard, a two-fisted badger with the deductive abilities of Sherlock Holmes. Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes, the graphic novel he produced with his wife Dr Mary M Talbot, was the winner of the 2013 Costa Biography Award.
PM Press is a US based publisher of radical and stimulating fiction and non-fiction books to educate, entertain and inspire!
Recent releases include: Kobane Calling: a short graphic novel telling the story of cartoon artist Zerocalcare’s trip to Bakur during the battle for Kobane in Rojava, and the updated editions of Donald Rooum's Wildcat comic series.
Emma Reynolds is a freelance
character designer, illustrator and designer for animation based in Manchester, UK.
Lee Robinson is a professional illustrator and comic book artist from the North East of England. His work includes Dreamworks Animation Kung Fu Panda comic, and the exciting Spynosaur book series. He has also worked with over 2,000 young people in schools and libraries, teaching literacy and creativity, through the medium of comics.
Martin Rowson is an multi award-winning political cartoonist, writer, illustrator and graphic novelist. Over the past 30 years his work has appeared regularly in The Guardian, the Daily Mirror, The Times, The Independent, The Spectator, The Morning Star and most other publications you can think of apart from The Sun (they never asked).
His books include graphic novel adaptations of T S Eliot’s The Waste Land, Laurance Sterne’s The Life & Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman and Gulliver’s Travels, as well as a memori, Stuff, which was long-listed for the 2007 Samuel Johnson Prize.
He was also Ken Livingstone’s Cartoonist Laureate for London (in exchange for 1 pint of beer per annum, still 6 years in arrears) and is currently a vice-president of the Zoological Society of London as well as being chair of the British Cartoonists’ Association. He’s currently working on all sorts of stuff.
Jordan Smith (DARKVIEW) has worked as an graphic artist & photographer for international bands & models professionally most of his adult life & has been an avid comic enthusiast since his childhood. A big break was Alliance Atlantis/LEXXZONE commissioned him for art & logos for the cult TV show THE LEXX.
Other work includes art & photography portraitures for the likes of actors Richard O' Brien, Angela Bettis & writer Joanne Harris. In 2003 Bryan Talbot after seeing his portfolio commissioned him along with Dark Horse Comics to create the cover & several pages in Alice in Sunderland.
From then on he's worked on art & logos for CHERUBS. Colour flats for DC Comics Superman. Created video trailers for David Lloyds ACESWEEKLY and Bryan Talbots GRANDVILLE work as well as colouring for his series of graphic novel books GRANDVILLE, with book 5 now in full colour work production for next 2018. He also teaches and lectures creative art mediums at Schools and Universities on fantasy art techniques from time to time.
Suzy Varty is a comic artist, first published in 1975 and part of the underground comix movement. She produced the first British women's comic Heroine in 1978, going on to have work published in Virago and Penguin books, Wimmin's Comix and Kitchen Sink Books in the USA, BBC and Thames TV publications, Knockabout and Fanny Comics UK and Blank Slate Books' acclaimed Nelson among others.
Suzy directed an International Comic Art Festival as part of the Arts Council's Year of Visual Art in the North East in 1996 and has delivered many artist's residencies and literacy workshops using the comic medium. She also devised and ran Cartoon Courses for Newcastle University and HMP Frankland as well as inventing a comic on a billboard for Tyne and Wear Development Corporation.
Andy is a Scottish illustrator, cartoonist and arts
educator living in North East England. His comics have appeared in HIVE, ink+PAPER, NOBROW, Paper Science and Solipsistic Pop, and he is a regular contributor to Moose Kid Comics. To date he has
co-edited two volumes of BOO! The Horror Comic For Kids (with a new one on the way), which was shortlisted for a British Comic Award in 2014.
John Wagner has written many US comic favourites, but it is for his work for the
long-running British sci-fantasy comic 2000AD that he is best known, having co-created future lawman Judge Dredd as well as a host of other memorable characters including Strontium Dog, RoboHunter
and Button Man. In 2005 his Paradox Press graphic novel 'A History of Violence' was made into a major film.
Stacey was a podcaster for years, with a focus on indie comics as well as her absolute fav 2000AD. She has blogged for SFX magazine and written for Comic Heroes and their short lived digital magazine Comic Review. She was one of the first judges for The British Comic awards and a member of their committee for several years. She geet likes comics.
Amongst various things, Terry Wiley's
responsible for the "Sleaze Castle" 500-page mega-collection of the space adventures of Panda
and Jo (which isn't very sleazy at all, actually), and the "Verity Fair" colour
comic comedy drama about semi-famous advert actress Verity and her quest
for a good night's sleep! Also - lots of odd little bits and collaboration comics with the local ACE comics studio - see next door!
Wendy is a bunny obsessed