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Comic Book Adventures in Time and Space

Saturday, October 18th, 9am-5pm

A one day comic convention @the Lass O’Gowrie, Manchester

About the Event (updated 30.09.08)

Arranged by the Lass O’Gowrie,
“Vworp Vworp! Comic Book Adventures in Time and Space” will explore the highs, lows, challenges and pitfalls of creating comics based on BBC’s Doctor Who and other popular television and movie characters.

Staged as part of the Manchester Literature Festival, this intimate "mini-con" will be staged over a day and feature formal panels and a signing/ merchandising area where the artists can make their work available to attendees.

The Guests


Writer, actor and comedian John Cooper will be our guest MC for the day. In terms of guests, the following comic creators have agreed to appear, subject to work commitments.

Dez Skinn (founding Editor of Doctor Who Weekly. Considered the UK’s equivalent of Stan Lee)

Jon Doyle(two-time Bafta winning Animation Producer/ Director/Artist, and founder of Firestep, the studio behind Doctor Who’s animated adventures Scream of the Shalka, the Invasionand The Infinite Quest)


Paul Cornell (writer; Doctor Who – TV show/comics, Wisdom, Benny Summerfield)

Gary Russell (Writer/editor; Script Editor – Doctor Who, Torchwood, Sarah Jane Adventures; former editor – Doctor Who Magazine and writer of IDW’s new Doctor Who US comic mini-series)

Scott Gray (Writer and Editor: Doctor Who 1991-date – by far the strip’s most prolific writer, Razor Magazine, Time Space Visualiser and Timestreams, Marvel Comics – The Fin Fang Four)

Martin Geraghty (Artist – Doctor Who 1993-date, including almost the entire 8th Doctor run)

Adrian Salmon(artist; Doctor Who, the Cybermen, Power Rangers, 2000AD – whose work is currently on display in the Snug of the Lass)


D’Israeli (Artist; Judge Dredd, Batman, Leviathan, 2000AD, Roy of the Rovers, Sandman, Torchwood)

Ian Edginton (writer; 2000AD, Marvel, DC Comics, Doctor Who, Planet of the Apes, Predator, Aliens, Torchwood)


Lee Sullivan (artist; Doctor Who, Thunderbirds, Transformers, Robocop)

John Freeman (writer/editor; Doctor Who, Planet of the Apes, Star Wars, Simpsons, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Xena)

John Ainsworth (writer/producer; producer of the 2000 AD series of audio dramas released by Big Finish Productions. John has written numerous articles, reviews and interviews for various SF magazines and wrote the definitive history of Doctor Who in comics for Doctor Who – Classic Comics)

Tony Lee (Writer: Doctor Who Magazine, Doctor Who: The Forgotten (IDW), Spider-Man, 2000AD, Judge Dredd, Starship Troopers, X-Men, Wallace & Gromit.)

Proposed Programme

staring at 9:30am and running until 5:15pm (doors @ 9:00am), panels we intend to run at this stage include;

9:30-10.15am "What’s that coming over the hill?"(considering how at times the Daleks and other villains often take centre stage – featuring the back-up strips, TV21 Daleks and Doctor Who Magazine’s (DWM) "the Cybermen" as the main case study)


Lead interviewer: Gareth Kavanagh

Panelists: Ade Salmon, John Ainsworth, Dez Skinn

10.30-11.30am – Animating the Doctor(considering the unique challenges of realizing new and missing Doctor Who as modern animated adventures).


Lead interviewer: John Cooper

Panelists: Jon Doyle, Gary Russell, Paul Cornell

11:45–12:45pm“Editor at large”(setting the brief and fighting the corner of the strip against the bean counters, whilst pushing it into braver territories)


Lead interviewer: Gareth Kavanagh

Panelists: Dez Skinn, John Freeman, Gary Russell

12:00-1:00pm – Artist Market and “Sketch-off”in the Snug

12:45-1pm –Charity Auction, in support of MIND

1:15-2:15pm"What do you do when the show runs out?"(exploring the unique challenges and opportunities of dealing with a dead, or ‘dormant’ franchise and how fans can fill the void) – using the Doctor Who Magazine strip "Emperor of the Daleks", launched during the TV hiatus as the central "case study")


Lead interviewer: Leon Hewitt

Panelists: Lee Sullivan, Paul Cornell, John Freeman

2:30-3:30pm"What do you do when it returns?”(considering the unique challenges of creating 8 years of strip from a 60 minute TV portrayal right through to the new order of the mainstream post-2005 BBC series)


Lead interviewer: Leon Hewitt

Panelists: Scott Gray, Martin Geraghty, Ade Salmon, Ian Edginton


3:40-4:15pm“the Yanks are coming…” (considering how the US dominance of the comic scene has begun to change how we deal with classic British franchises, focusing on IDW’s new Doctor Who title – the first ever dedicated Who comic aimed at the US market)


Lead interviewer: Christian Cawley

Panelists: Gary Russell, Tony Lee

4:20-5:00pm“Torchwood Calling(discussing their work on the fledgling in the nest, Torchwood Magazine’s new comic strip)


Lead interviewer: John Cooper

Panelists: Ian Edginton, D’Israeli
5pm – Event Close

Pub to reopen to public at 5:20pm, event to continue in function room upstairs with after show stand-up provided by Charlie Ross, hot from his 4 star rated sell out Edinburgh Festival Show! Please note, additional charges are likely to apply for Charlie’s show.

The Venue

The event is being staged at
the Lass O’Gowrie (www.thelass.co.uk) – one of Manchester’s most celebrated pubs. Famous for real ale and our fantastic homemade pies, the bar and kitchen will be open throughout the event.


The event will use spaces throughout the whole pub, utilising the stage and saloon as "main hall" and the Snug and our proposed upstairs function room (which will be online by then) as breakout/signing spaces.


A merchandising area will also be made available, subject to agreement with a suitable retailer.

Contact details for the pub are as follows;

The Lass O’Gowrie
36 Charles Street
M1 7DB
T/F: 0161 273 6932
E: info@thelass.co.uk
W: www.thelass.co.uk


The main event organizer is Gareth Kavanagh who can be contacted at garethkavanagh@hotmail.com or at the Lass, Monday-Friday on 0161 2736932.

Press Contact for the event is provided by Brian Gorman, who can be contacted via email at brianinchester@yahoo.co.uk

When is it?

Saturday, October 18th – 9-5pm

What will it cost?

A ticket price of £9.00 (Adult) and £6.50 (concessions/U16) is proposed, with a total of 80 tickets made available. Please note; booking fees apply.


Any additional funds raised once guest and associated costs have been covered will be donated to the mental health charity MIND, together with the proceeds of the charity auction.

Where can I get tickets?

All tickets are available by phone on 0870 428 0785 or online

More details on the event and festival can be found at the festival homepage


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