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Comic book artist to hold new club in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 11:42 29 February 2016 | UPDATED: 11:42 29 February 2016

Jon Haward at the latest drawing session at Coffee Heart in Lowestoft.

Jon Haward at the latest drawing session at Coffee Heart in Lowestoft.

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He doesn’t wear a cape and his name’s not quite Peter Parker, but Jon Haward has been one of the leading drawers of the world’s favourite superheroes for three decades.

Some of Lowestoft cartonnist Jon Haward's recent images.Some of Lowestoft cartonnist Jon Haward's recent images.

And now, the 50-year-old Marvel comic book artist wants to give something back to his community – by creating an art club at a café in his home town to teach budding artists the tools of the trade.

Mr Haward – who was the European Spider-Man artist for five years and has also worked for Panini comics – hopes the new comic art club at Coffee Heart, in Lowestoft, will spark people’s imaginations in what he calls “the age of the superhero”.

“I think this year you’ve got 10 superhero movies coming out, from Deadpool and Captain America to Batman vs Superman,” he said.

“I want to try and encourage people to use their imagination. Albert Einstein said, ‘without your imagination there’s nothing’ and I always thought that to be true.”

Some of Lowestoft cartonnist Jon Haward's recent images.Some of Lowestoft cartonnist Jon Haward's recent images.

Over recent months Mr Haward has regularly drawn caricatures of customers at the café, after being contacted by owner and fellow comic book fanatic Bob Cowan.

“We first got talking online and in our shop we sell a lot of Marvel and DC figures, so it just sort of seemed to be a nice tie-in when Jon approached us and suggested an artist in residence,” Mr Cowan said.

The workshops will begin on Saturday, March 5 and registration can be done through the Coffee Heart café in Lowestoft.

For Lowestoft’s super artist, the hope is to rekindle the love of superheroes and comic books, no matter the age.

Some of Lowestoft cartonnist Jon Haward's recent images.Some of Lowestoft cartonnist Jon Haward's recent images.

“I’ll be teaching them my skills and helping children and adults to improve their skills, and reach their potential,” he said.

As Spider-Man artist, Mr Haward’s comics were printed across Europe and even into Russia. He drew characters such as Ironman, X-Men, the Fantastic Four and the Hulk.

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