Wednesday, 4 September 2019

WEEKEND FESTIVAL UNCOVERS THE BEATLES IN COMICS


The Shrewsbury Beatles Weekend is really looking to be a fantastic event with unique events like this one!  
 
Since arriving at the Toppermost of the Poppermost, The Beatles have appeared in thousands of comic strips and gag cartoons. Beatles expert and former Marvel Comics comic book creator Tim Quinn takes a look at 100 of the best....and worst!

This is just one of the many Beatles-related events including 5 films and live music to take place during Shrewsbury Beatles Weekend 20-22 September. Tim Quinn’s talk will be at The Hive in Belmont, Shrewsbury on Sunday 22nd September at 2.30pm. Tickets cost £9 plus small booking fee via www.shrewsburybeatles.com.

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 clown at Blackpool Tower Circus he then leapt back in time to work on BBC TV’s 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, Dr Who Magazine, 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!).

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