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Thirty years ago this week, over the weekend of 5th/6th September 1987, a few of us appeared on a comics panel at UKCAC'87, the United Kingdom Comics Art Convention that was held annually in London. 


From left to right: moderator Theo Clarke, me (in Oink! T-shirt), Ed McHenry (swigging pop), David Leach, Davy Francis (hidden behind David Leach), Jeremy Banx. 


We were there to promote Oink! comic, which was in the middle of its two and a half year run by that stage and firing on all cylinders. It was the first time that most of us had met and I still keep in touch with David Leach to this day. A great friend. 


We shared the panel with editors/creators from Viz, (off picture here) and the theme of the panel was to try and set up some sort of rivalry but none of us were really into that. We were all on the same side; making comics we enjoyed. 


Does it seem like 30 years ago? Yes, definitely. A lot has happened in life since then and 1987 feels like a lifetime ago. They were good days; most of us were relatively new to the business and full of enthusiasm and ideas. Thankfully, Oink! happened at just the right time as an outlet for those ideas. There's been nothing quite like it since, and that's a shame. However, the enthusiasm and ideas are still there. Long live comics! 

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...And afterward Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play (or was that twenty years ago?).

Gosh, you really did look like Specky Hector in those days Lew - as opposed to the dapper Inspector Montalbano lookalike we all know and love today. :)


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...And afterward Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play (or was that twenty years ago?).

Gosh, you really did look like Specky Hector in those days Lew - as opposed to the dapper Inspector Montalbano lookalike we all know and love today. :)


Yes, I've regenerated a few times since then. :lol:

(I had to look up Inspector Montalbano to see who you meant. :lol: )


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Lew Stringer wrote:
(I had to look up Inspector Montalbano to see who you meant. :lol: )
It's always a good day, Lew, when you learn something new. :) Can't hang about, Nashville's about to start.


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