Miwk Publishing have announced the forthcoming publication of Argh!, the autobiography of comics writer and editor Tim Quinn in May, alongside Drawing Breath, the autobiography of cartoonist Dicky Howett, who worked with Tim on various strips for over 20 years.
Tim is one of our guests at this year’s Lancaster Comics Day in Lancaster Library on Sunday 5th June.
Tim’s work will be known to comic readers everywhere, especially fans of Doctor Who where his strip (in collaboration with artist Dicky Howett) Doctor Who? featured in Doctor Who Magazine for over a decade.
But he and Dicky Howett didn’t just contribute to Doctor Who Magazine, they also provided comic strips for a number of Marvel, DC Thomson and Fleetway comics, developing a unique and edgy style as they went on, often upsetting editors along the way with with their refusal to allow good taste to get in the way of a good joke.
Before and after this decade-long partnership, Tim has had a colourful life starting out early as a clown and going on to be a stage manager, editor, publisher, manager, director and producer as well as helping to launch Marvel in the UK during the 1980s.
Dicky worked at the BBC and Lime Grove in various roles as well as being a freelance cartoonist for numerous daily newspapers and periodicals before his time working with Tim. He continued with cartooning for as long as he could, but with the industry changing and the need for spot cartoons diminishing he began a new career and company.
Golden Age Television specialises in leasing antique film and video camera and studio equipment to modern film and television productions ranging from Hollywood productions such as Steven Spielberg’s Munich, to television productions including Call the Midiwfe, The Hour, Inside No.9 and returning to his Doctor Who roots with An Adventure in Space and Time for the series’ 50th Anniversary in 2013.
Tim’s memoir is described as a cautionary tale of dealing with corporate mentality in a creative industry, facing opposition from marketing departments, editors and bosses generally. “We need to be careful here…” being a phrase often repeated.
“My life-story will amaze, shock, delight, horrify, and take you to the heights of passion if used at the right angle,” jokes Tim. “Do I tell all? Absolutely! Should some people be ducking for cover? Pointless, as I incinerate them in the book. Will we be sued? More than likely.
“But is it Fun? Course it is. Chock full of guest stars galore from the world of comic books, theatre, television, music, and publishing!”
• Tim’s book Argh! is fully illustrated and comes with a free copy of Drawing Breath by Dicky Howett. Pre-orders will be signed by the authors. More details over at Miwk Publishing: www.miwkpublishing.com/store
• Check out Tim’s official web site: www.mightyquinnmanagement.com