Thursday, 13 October 2011

The Best British Comic Convention ever...the first trip I'd like to do in my time machine if I had one!!

Years ago one of the greatest joys of attending a comics convention was the official programme for which many artists would donate a page of artwork. 'Comics 101', held in March 1976, was one of the earliest such events and though I wasn't able to attend in person I did manage to acquire the booklet produced for it. To be honest I'd forgotten all about it but having just accidentally stumbled across it again I thought it'd be interesting to post some of the contributions here - especially as a worrying number of the artists represented are no longer with us.

Thanks to Phil Rushton for the pictures and info on this amazing event..

What is so great about these pictures is some of these artists were in there 80's and things like Casey's Court and Laurel and Hardy seems like such a long time ago..But here they are alive and well in 1976. Its fun seeing the same style they would use for that era..
If anyone actually went to the event it would be fun to hear more...please email me and I'll do a blog post on your experience..I may look green when you tell me;)

More p[ictures and info at the link...comicsuk forum..


Anonymous said...

Brilliant post, this brings back some memories for me, one of my first annuals was a Monster Fun annual!

George Shiers said...

Do you know if Mike Lacey is still with us? How could I contact him?

Peter Gray said...

I'm sure Mike is still alive...though I don't know where he is..

Mike is one of the best...great covers he did for Fleetway..

John M. Gilheany said...

Wow! What a great find - thanks for sharing the fun of that lost event!

It's a shame that some of those brilliant 70s Fleetway's cartoonists were never celebrated with a panel at the later UKCAC gatherings.

I met Dicky Howett and recall Ed McHenry at a humour panel discussion and that's about it, unless anyone else may have had better luck.

Raven said...

This programme establishes beyond doubt what a golden age that was for UK humour comic artists!