To mark Remembrance 100, and to help build public awareness of the fantastic work and sacrifices of those serving in the Armed Forces over the last century, BFBS launched a global search to find the most inspirational person in UK military history, and immortalise their story in an exclusive comic book.
BFBS invited people to share their stories of past or present British military figures who have inspired them, and the competition was judged by an expert panel.
There were some hugely inspirational entries of real-life superheroes, but one story shone out above all the rest. It was put forward by Phillip Livingstone and is about his father, William, who served bravely in the Second World War.
This is his story.......
FERG HANDLEY After studying comics writing at the Cartoon Art Trust in London, Ferg broke into the industry writing scripts for publishers DC Thomson’s long running war digest Commando, and has since become one of their most prolific scripters with more than 250 issues under his belt. He has also written numerous scripts for Panini’s Marvel UK line, including the titles Marvel Heroes and Spectacular Spider-Man.
MIKE COLLINS is best known these days as a storyboard artist for TV shows (Doctor Who, Sherlock, Nightfall, Good Omens, A Discovery of Witches, His Dark Materials) he has a thirty year track record as a comic artist and writer including an adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol which is used in schools as a complementary text.
He has worked on all the major characters of Marvel and DC including Spider-Man, the X-Men, Superman, Batman & Wonder Woman.
For Norway he illustrates a series of graphic novels about Varg Veum, Gunnar Staalesen’s iconic private eye.
Most recently, with Kris and Ian, he has drawn Chris Baker and Matt Fitch’s critically acclaimed Apollo graphic novel about the first Moon landing.
KRIS CARTER is a colourist and illustrator based in South Wales, UK.
He has provided colours for Transformers and Doctor Who, and also for TMNT, Torchwood, Wynona Earp, and various other titles. He illustrated the award-winning “Caring For My Family With Cancer” for Velindre Cancer Centre. Kris is also the co-founder of small-press publisher Attic Studios – http://www.atticstudios.website.
IAN SHARMAN is a writer, inker and letterer and also Editor in Chief of Markosia as well as running Orang Utan Comics, a UK based collectives of comic book creators.
SHORTHAND LAYOUT by James Knapman