At the DWAS “The Capitol V” convention in April, we recorded an interview with those panjandrums of the comics world, Dez Skinn and Gareth Kavanagh, which we present in full here.

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(00:00:00) Dez Skinn is a British comic and magazine editor and author of a number of books on comics. As head of Marvel Comics’ operations in the UK in the late 1970s, Dez reformatted existing titles, launched new ones, and acquired the BBC license for “Doctor Who Weekly”. After leaving Marvel UK, Dez founded and edited “Warrior”, which featured key works by Alan Moore. Called by some the “British Stan Lee”, Dez is one of British comics’ most influential figures (it says here). Dez’s website can be found here.

(00:00:00) Gareth Kavanagh is of course one of the legendary (i.e. we’re not entirely convinced that he actually exists but the stories about him are legion) eminences grises behind the “Vworp Vworp” fanzine and the Cutaway Comics imprint.

“Vworp Vworp” is a fanzine celebrating Doctor Who in comic strip form, as well as Doctor Who artwork in general and the history of “Doctor Who Magazine”.

Cutaway Comics is a new British imprint of comics and graphic novels drawn from the darker recesses of a dangerous, unpredictable cutaway universe. From the creators of Vworp Vworp! Magazine, they star some of the most enigmatic characters to have graced our screens. Beginning with a four-issue limited series written by Eric Saward (Doctor Who) and featuring the mercenary Lytton (as portrayed by Gangster’s Maurice Colbourne), Cutaway Comics is also bringing you art from the UK’s hottest artists including Barry Renshaw (Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog). Cutaway Comics is inspired by the so-called ‘backup’ strips of Doctor Who Weekly, which delved deeper into the characters and cultures of the Doctor Who universe away from the Doctor. Stay tuned for some exciting and unprecedented explorations of the worlds of Doctor Who and beyond.

(00:21:00) The Seacon article in The Guardian which Dez refers to here can be seen on our Tumblr page here.

(00:38:15) Garth” was a comic strip in the British newspaper Daily Mirror that ran from 24 July 1943 – 22 March 1997. It belonged to the action-adventure genre and followed the exploits of the title character, an immensely strong hero who battled various villains throughout the world and in different eras. It was widely syndicated in English-speaking countries. 1960s Australian fast bowler Garth McKenzie was nicknamed after its hero.

(00:38:15) “George and Lynne”, the liberated couple created by writer Conrad Frost, first appeared in the British newspaper The Sun in 1976 and their adventures continued to appear until 2010.

(00:50:40) The “Guy Fawkes” pub in York can be seen on our Tumblr page here.

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