New Guest!

Two years in a row we’ve tried to get hold of this elusive comic creator. But due to clashing schedules or illness, it’s never happened…until NOW!

Please welcome the man who’s work is instantly recognisable, and featured in so many top industry comic publications; Lew Stringer!

Q&A

A lot of your work has been with the Beano, Dandy, Viz etc. How did you get involved with these comics?
I first worked for Viz around 1990. I’d been established in comics for several years creating strips for Marvel UK and IPC and the writer Tim Quinn and I had collaborated on a strip called ‘Wayne, Son of Jane’, – basically a comedy sequel to the Daily Mirror’s ‘Jane’. We couldn’t get publishers interested but Viz liked it so it appeared as a one off there. Then that led to Viz offering me more work, and me creating new strips and taking over strips such as Felix and his Amazing Underpants and The Pathetic Sharks after their original creator Chris Donald left the comic. I freelanced for them for about 20 years. I should submit stuff to them again really. They’re good people to work for.

As for D.C. Thomson, they kept rejecting my work for years, even though I was regularly working for Fleetway and other publishers. I think that may have been part of the problem; that they saw me as a rival artist. I didn’t land any work with them until my work in Buster ended, then Thomsons gave me a few gigs drawing strips for their ‘Fun-Size’ comics. Then the FunSize comics ended and it wasn’t until 2007 that I gained regular work on The Beano drawing a new series called ‘Super School’ about a class of superhero kids. I’ve since written and drawn lots of revived Beano strips such as Rasher, Lord Snooty, Pup Parade and Big Eggo.

The Dandy was always a favourite of mine when I was growing up, so it was a privilege to finally work for the comic when it was revamped in 2010 and be a regular on the comic for its final two years.

What have you been working on recently?
‘Keyhole Kate’ for The Dandy Annual 2020 (published next summer!). My regular strips are ‘The Daft Dimension’ in the official Doctor Who Magazine, ‘Team Toxic’ in Toxic magazine (which I’ve been working for since issue 1 way back in 2002), and ‘Hygiene High’ for Epic magazine, which is written by a young writer named Nial Murray. I also do ‘Derek the Troll’ for the online humour comic Goof! and I also self-publish comics reprinting my older strips such as Combat Colin and Brickman.

What advice would you give to others looking to get into this industry?
Don’t get too ambitious about starting off with a graphic novel or multi-part series. Do one-off mini-comics first and self-publish them so that people can discover your work. Another advantage of self-contained comics is that it allows your style to develop without chapter six looking different to chapter one for example. If you want to work for established comics, be prepared to adapt your style to suit their needs.

What are you currently working on?
The strips I mentioned earlier, plus putting together Combat Colin No.3 which I hope will be ready for Nottingham!

What will you have for us this year at NCC?
I’ll be bringing along Combat Colin Nos.1 and 2, (and hopefully issue 3), Derek the Troll, Pedantic Stan, a few mini-prints, and will of course be doing sketches on request. I’ve heard good things about Nottingham Comic Con so I’m looking forward to being there!

Visit Lew at NCC

We’re really looking forward to finally having Lew attend NCC this year. Be sure to stop by his table!

And if you haven’t already, go grab yourselves some tickets! We now have group tickets available.