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Spider-Man's Editor Comes To Town


Stories told in pictures have been around for a long time…from prehistoric cave wall drawings through the Bayeaux Tapestry. But it was those Masters of Mirth the Victorians who finally came up with the handy-dandy-sized comic book and a whole new astonishing art form was created. From the Penny Dreadful to today’s 250 penny dreadfullers, comic book scriptwriter, illustrator and editor Tim Quinn takes you on a highly nostalgic trip down memory lane to meet some of the great and not-so great comic characters of the last 150 years. Tim also takes you behind-the-scenes from his days working for The Beano, Sparky, Bunty, Playhour, Jack & Jill, Buster, The Topper, the Daily Mirror’s Jane and Garth, and America’s finest Marvel Comics to running his own comic book company alongside the elder daughter of Enid Blyton. He will guide you through the creation of a brand new comic book character and reveal to you his own secret identity as that Supreme Speedster, Jet Lagg. The audience is invited to attend wearing capes and masks.

For over 30 years Tim Quinn worked for the world’s most famous comic book companies as scriptwriter, editor and illustrator on everything from Beryl the Peril, Korky the Cat, Bunty, Desperate Dan, and the Bash Street Kids to Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk. With a lifelong love and encyclopedic knowledge of comic books he takes his audience on a hilarious and highly nostalgic trip through the last 150 years screening images of the best and the worst strip creations. Tim will also take his audience behind the editorial scenes at various comic book companies he worked for both in the UK and the US, including the mighty Marvel Comics showing just how comic book characters are created. Hear how Tim teamed up with legendary Queen guitarist Brian May to create a comic book without pictures..! See how the naughtiest comic strip ever seen was produced in the Marvel Comics basement..! Find out how the daughter of Enid Blyton teamed up with the editor of Spider-Man..! See the banned Spider-Man cover..! What happened when the Incredible Hulk met Dennis the Menace..? How Tim survived being editor of Barbie’s comic book..!

From comic books Tim Quinn became a producer with LWT’s documentary tv series The South Bank Show. One of his documentaries told the story of fifty years of Marvel Comics. Today comic books are more popular than ever before with blockbuster movies based on their characters topping ratings the world over. Tim is currently working on a new strip titled, The Exploits of Gordon Brown.

A Nostalgic & Hilarious Evening of Comic Book History
The Bacon Theatre
Thursday 24th March at 7.30 pm