We’ve got a few returning guests who have attended NCC over the years and we’re very excited and honoured to have them back again!

Our first two returnees are the fantastic, Verity Glass and Dean Beattie!

TemplarCoverEditVerity is known for her comic covers including, Dr Who, Assassin’s Creed and Torchwood among others.

What have you been working on since you were with us in 2014?
I’m still making covers for Titan’s Assassin’s Creed, Vikings, and Torchwood serieses, as well as 12th and 9th Doctor adventures. I’ve also been illustrating a series with Big Punch quarterly, and colouring their ongoing Afterlife Inc. storyline.  I’ve had a story in the last two issues of Save Our Souls, as well, which has been a terrifying foray into writing.

Finally, I’m currently in the middle of two projects I can’t really talk about, but they involve Kibox Games and Professor Elemental and are very exciting.

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What can we expect to see from you this coming year?
I’ve been plugging away at a historical horror series with Kevin Gill (very very late of 2000AD) for the last couple of years, and we’re aiming to have the first three episodes collected by November. And I’ve been doing a month of skeleton cartoons for Inktober, so the next volume of that should be in print by the end of the year, too. Apart from that, more covers. All the time, covers, constant torrenting neverending covers, everyday I’m covering.

 
 

Dean is the creator of the comic Random Trials (now on issue 3!) and has had artwork in places such as FHM and Empire. Here’s a little snippet about Dean’s comic:
 
random-trials-3How did Random Trials come about?
I started exhibiting on the UK Comic Con scene and, after a few shows, I decided I was capable of producing more than just art prints.  Nearly everyone else seemed to have their own book – and that inspired me to get my arse in gear and get working on my own title.

Random Trials is based on the idea that there’s a pharmaceutical company that has been testing experimental drugs on the general public – without their knowledge or consent.  The first issue follows one member of the public (called Charlie Cooper) who has had a catastrophically intense reaction to one of those experimental drugs.  It’s kinda like an X-File that’s taking place on a South London council estate.

tumblr_ngw3suwMAm1qmnxcio1_500The subject matter is of great interest to me as, when I started writing the story, I was actually working for the NHS – coordinating a Research Ethics Committee.  The committee’s role was to look at proposals for medical research (including drug trials) – decide whether or not those proposals were ethically sound – and then approve or reject them.  It was engaging stuff – and gave me an insight into the area I’m now exploring with my comic.

 

Get your tickets now and make sure you pop by both Verity and Dean’s tables in October!!