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Published on June 9th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley

Evening with Dez Skinn

Organised by the team behind last October’s brilliant Doctor Who Comics PubCon – Vworp Vworp!, the Lass O’Gowrie is proud to present an Audience with Dez Skinn on July 8th from 6:30pm, in conjunction with Quality Communications.

For those of you who don’t know, aside from being the founding father of Doctor Who Weekly, Dez Skinn is a true British comic book and magazine legend.

Headhunted away from editing the UK MAD Magazine and House of Hammer for Warner Bros, he became editorial director for the UK arm of Marvel Comics, where he reported directly to Stan Lee and launched Doctor Who Weekly and Hulk Comic, among other titles. After leaving Marvel, for his own company, Quality Communications, he founded and edited the comics anthology Warrior which went on to win 17 Eagle Awards, introduce V for Vendetta and revive Marvelman/Miracleman. He then launched the comics trade magazine Comics International, which he published and edited for the following 16 years.

Dez was undoubtedly one of the stars of our Vworp Vworp! con at the Lass back in October, and we’re genuinely chuffed to have Dez join us for a chat. Somewhere between the Jor El and Gene Hunt of comics, he’s a one off is Dez. His Tom Baker and Alan Moore tales are worth the admission money alone!

Interviewing duties will be mainly handled by Who art supremo Adrian Salmon – aided and abetted by Gareth Kavanagh, so expect plenty of time on Dez’s famed Hammer House of Horror comic from the 70′s, Doctor Who Weekly, Warrior and more.

Tickets cost a bargainous £6.00 a head, with doors open from 6:30pm with the evening likely to end by 9pm at the latest. As an added treat, Dez will be followed by a free gig from the legendary Mr. B – Gentleman Rhymer. If you’ve never heard of this colossal talent, he’s a true one off – check out his MySpace page and these links from YouTube to see where we’re coming from..

Tickets are available from the Pub in advance (just ask at the bar), or online via via www.wegottickets.com or direct from Quality Communication’s Ebay shop.

The Lass is very easy to find, right in the heart of Manchester down the side of the BBC, just off Oxford Road. Our real ale is fabulous, pies famous and art sublime (including a wealth of original comic art from Ade Salmon, Martin Geraghty, Lee Sullivan and John Ridgeway on permanent display). More information on the Lass O’Gowrie can be found, as ever at www.thelass.co.uk.

Please note; numbers are strictly limited to 30 attendees, so when we’re sold out – that’s it!

Further coverage of the event can be found at the Outpost Gallifrey Doctor Who Forum, DowntheTubes.net and Lew Stringer’s Blog.

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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