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LATEST COMIC GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT - MIKE COLLINS

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Latest Comic Guest Announcement: Mike Collins

Attending: Saturday & Sunday

Artist on the critically acclaimed graphic novel retelling of the first Moon Landing, Apollo he's best known as the penciller on the Panini Doctor Who Magazine comic strip since the TV show’s triumphant return, he had the longest uninterrupted run as artist on the strip, and pencilled the debut stories of each of the first three new Doctors, Eccleston, Tennant and Smith. He still draws the flagship strip, alternating with Martin Geraghty and John Ross. He illustrated two successful BBC original Doctor Who graphic novels, and has drawn for the US IDW Doctor Who comic book series.

He's also the creator of the the first ever Welsh language graphic novel Mabinogi, a companion piece for the Cartwyn Cymru animated film of the Celtic myths.

The adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (script Sean Michael Wilson) for Classical Comics was cited as one of the top ten graphic novels of 2010 by The Sunday Times.

Creating comics for over 30 years, starting on Spider-Man and Transformers for Marvel UK, he has worked for Marvel, DC, 2000AD and a whole host of other publishers. In that time he’s written or drawn pretty much all the major characters for each company- Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, Flash, Teen Titans, X-Men (where he introduced Gambit to the Marvel Universe), Captain Britain, Judge Dredd, Slaine, Rogue Trooper, Darkstars, Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt and  more. He currently draws a series of noir crime fiction graphic novels –Varg Veum- in Norse. He is World Famous in Norway.

Mike is committed to using comics as an educational tool, running workshops in schools and libraries throughout Wales, targeting ‘reluctant learners’ and was heavily involved in the Read A Million Words In Wales initiative.

He also provides storyboards for TV and films, including Doctor Who, Good Omens, His Dark Materials, Class, Sherlock, Knightfall, Warhammer 40K, Igam Ogam, Claude, Hana’s Helpline and Horrid Henry.

Outside of comics he has provided graphics and/or storyboards for clients as diverse as the Daily Telegraph, Coca-Cola, Hyundai, Lifebuoy and Colmans. He even illustrated a music video for Agnetta and Gary Barlow.

He garnered an improbable amount of publicity for drawing a comic based on the Royal Wedding, which -through an unlikely series of events- led him to cover the actual proceedings as a reporter for Dutch TV. No, really.

He lives in Cardiff, Wales and his studio is a short walk away from The Rift.

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