Comics Day Guest 2016: Comics Writer and Editor Tim Quinn

Tim Quinn (right) with comic artist Dave Windett at Lancaster Comics Day 2015. Photo: John Freeman
Tim Quinn (right) with comic artist Dave Windett at Lancaster Comics Day 2015. Photo: John Freeman

Tim Quinn was born in Liverpool in 1953, the very same year “Beryl the Peril” first appeared in The Topper. Coincidence? We think not! Educated by Irish Christian Brothers whose prospectus boasted, “We will instil a fear of God into your child”, it was little wonder Tim chose a life in entertainment.

Starting his career as a Ringboy/clown at Blackpool Tower Circus, he then leapt back in time to work on BBC TV’s The Good Old Days music hall series where he started writing scripts for top comedians. It was a small jump into the world of comic books where he spent many happy years as scriptwriter, illustrator and editor on such noted titles as The Beano, The Dandy, Sparky, The Topper, Buster, Whoopee!, Bunty, Jackie, Doctor Who Magazine (working with cartoonist Dicky Howett), and Whizzer & Chips before heading Stateside to work for the mighty Marvel Comics Group on the world famous Spider-Man, X-Men and the Incredible Hulk.

Tim has also worked as a writer for the Guardian newspaper, editor for America’s oldest publication The Saturday Evening Post and producer for LWT’s The South Bank Show (amongst others producing a show on the history of Marvel Comics!).

Today he’s a presenter for Bay TV LIverpool, tours the UK discussing the humour and nostalgia of comics, runs a management company for recording artists, conducts workshops on cartooning and media and dreams of the day he will be bitten by a radioactive flea so that he can finally take over the universe.

His memoir of his life, Argh!, will be published in May 2016 by MIWK Publishing, simultaneously with Drawing Breath by Dicky Howett.

• Check out Tim’s official web site: www.mightyquinnmanagement.com

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