Kev F. Sutherland

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Kev F Sutherland
Born (1961-10-18) 18 October 1961 (age 52)
Aberdeen, Scotland
Medium television, theatre, radio, comic books
Nationality Scottish
Genres comedy
Notable works and roles The Sitcom Trials
The Beano
The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre

Kev F. Sutherland (born 18 October 1961) is a Scottish comedian and comic strip creator. He has drawn for a variety of publications, including The Beano. He has produced several shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, including The Sitcom Trials and The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Aberdeen and raised from age 6 in the village of Kibworth in Leicestershire. His paternal grandmother was the writer and photographer Jean Sutherland. In 1983 he graduated from Exeter College of Art and Design.


Since 2005, Sutherland has written, produced and performed as The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre,[1][2] appearing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2007, 2008, 2009,[3] 2010,[4] and 2012 [5] in theatres internationally[6] and on television.[7] His TV work includes The Sitcom Trials[8] and A-Z of Rude Health for ITV.

His comic strips appear in the UK comic The Beano,[9] chiefly comedy adventures starring The Bash Street Kids, with Dennis The Menace, Roger the Dodger and Minnie the Minx. In 2011 Kev drew Match magazine's Galaxy Wanderers strip, and Find It in Doctor Who Adventures.

Sutherland's previous comic strip work includes Star Trek[10] Ghost Rider 2099[11] and Doctor Strange for Marvel Comics,[12] UT which he also edited,[13] Goosebumps for The Funday Times, educational illustration for Scholastic and Harper Collins, Zig and Zag's Zogazine, Red Dwarf Smegazine[14] (both for Fleetway), and miscellaneous strips for Doctor Who Magazine, Oink,[15] Viz, Gas, 2000AD, Warrior, Gladiators (based on the LWT TV series), The Worm The World's Longest Comic Strip[16] and many more.

His self-published titles include The Hawk (1983), The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre comic (2008), Sinnerhound (2011), Hot Rod Cow (2011), and the local comic Captain Clevedon[17][18] (2011).

In 2007 he wrote Billy the Cat vs General Jumbo in The Beano Annual. In 2008 his Bash St Zombies original art was exhibited as part of the Comic Timing exhibition at Harrods in London.[19] From 1993-98 Kev shared a studio with Marvel & DC Comics artist Mark Buckingham .[20]

Since 2003,[21] Sutherland has presented his Comic Art Masterclasses[22][23] in schools and colleges,[24][25] and festivals[26] educating students from 7 years old to adult[27] in the art of the comic strip.[28][29][30] He appears regularly in the media as an authority on comics.[31] He has spoken about the use of comic art in education at a number of Boys Writing Conferences,[32] in 2009 helped devise a unit for a Creative & Media Diploma course,[33] in 2011 presented the first of the Stan Lee Excelsior Awards in Sheffield,[34] and in 2012 helped open the new gallery at the BRIT School in Croydon.[35]

He created The Sitcom Trials in 1999, on stage in London and Bristol, at the Edinburgh Fringe 2001, 2002 and 2004, and in Hollywood in 2005.[36] It continues on stage at the Leicester Square Theatre in London's West End.

From 1999-2004, Sutherland was the producer of the UK's Comic Festival[37] in Bristol. Beginning as Comics 99,[38][39] it included the National Comics Awards[40] which he co-founded in 1997.[41] For Comics 99 Kev produced The World's Biggest Comic[42] which featured the work of 100 of the world's leading comic artists,[43] auctioned to raise money for Comic Relief.[44]

Sutherland is also a stand up comedian and caricaturist. From 1994 to 2004, Sutherland was a regular compere at Bristol's Comedy Box where he developed the audience interactive game show Win Some Beer. In 2009 he made an attempt at the Guinness World Record[45] for telling jokes in one hour, in support of Comic Relief.

Selected TV[edit]

Selected comics[edit]

  • Oink[15] - first published work 1988
  • The Beano - Parents Evening in Beano Annual 2007; Pluggy Love & Billy The Cat vs General Jumbo in Beano Annual 2008; Roger The Dodger's Reservoir Dodge in Beano Annual 2009. Notable stories in the weekly Beano include Ickle Bitty Werewolf on Bash Street (3320 - 3322), School's Out (3316 - 3319), The Night Before Christmas (3310), Invasion Of The Beano Snatchers (3421 - 3424), At Her Majesty's Pleasure (3335), The Ofsted Inspector (3366 - 3369), Scary Story (3353 - 3356) and The Bash Street Zombies (3410 - 3412)
  • The World's Biggest Comic - charity production for Comic Relief & Comics 99[46]
  • Red Dwarf Smegazine
  • Doctor Who Magazine
  • Viz - wrote & drew Tarquin Hoylet, He Has To Go To The Toilet
  • 2000AD - very early (still at school) work on Captain Klep, 1981
  • Goosebumps wrote strip adaptation in Funday Times
  • Dr Strange, Star Trek, Werewolf By Night (Marvel)
  • UT
  • Gas (comic) - Tales Of Nambygate, Phallas The Soap Opera[47]
  • Toxic - Hot Rod Cow (a character which has been referenced in Kev F's Beano strips)


  • "Oink comic". Retro Dundee. Retrieved February 25, 2010. 
  1. ^ "Comic socks it to Barton audience". Scunthorpe Telegraph. Retrieved February 9, 2009. 
  2. ^ "4 star Edinburgh Review 09". The Scotsman. Retrieved August 13, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Comedy Judges 'myopic' for Pleasance picks". The Scotsman. Retrieved August 28, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Comic artist turns hand to pupperty in Caernarfon". North Wales Chronicle. Retrieved September 5, 2010. 
  5. ^ Alison Pollard-Mansergh. "5 Star Edinburgh Review". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved August 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre coming to Ropery Hall". This Is Grimsby. Retrieved October 27, 2010. 
  7. ^ Lee Randall. "Edinburgh Festival Interview". The Scotsman. Retrieved August 14, 2010. 
  8. ^ *"More from Sitcom Trials". - Bristol. Retrieved May 5, 2005. 
  9. ^ "Seventy Years Of Comical Capers". Western Daily Press. Retrieved August 13, 2008. 
  10. ^ "Star Trek Comic". Star Trek Comics Guide. Retrieved November 1996. 
  11. ^ "Ghost Rider 2099". Retrieved May 1996. 
  12. ^ "Marvel Comics by Kev F Sutherland". Comic Vine. Retrieved May 2007. 
  13. ^ "Is Viz Still The Biz?". BBC News. October 15, 1998. Retrieved October 15, 1998. 
  14. ^ "Red Dwarf Smegazine". Atomic Avenue. Retrieved May 1, 1993. 
  15. ^ a b "Oink comic". Retro Dundee. Retrieved February 25, 2010. 
  16. ^ "The Worm - World's Longest Comic". Mars Import. Retrieved January 1999. 
  17. ^ Samantha Pope. "Clevedon gets its own superhero". North Somerset Times. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  18. ^ John Freeman. "Captain Clevedon: A local comic for local people". Down The Tubes. Retrieved August 18, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Comic Timing Exhibition at Harrods". London List. Retrieved October 17, 2008. 
  20. ^ "Buckingham The Trend". Comics Bulletin. Retrieved September 18, 2010. 
  21. ^ Wanda Opalinska. "No Laughing Matter". Times Educational Supplement. Retrieved December 5, 2003. 
  22. ^ Emma Hardwick. "Beano comic cartoonist wows crowd in Welwyn Garden City". Welwyn and Hatfield Times. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Superheroes turn up as Kev Sutherland visits Rivermead Primary". Get Wokingham. Retrieved April 6, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Marlborough Pupils Win Silver". This Is Wiltshire. Retrieved July 5, 2010. 
  25. ^ "Caricatures, Comics and the Illustrator of the Beano!". Burgess Hill School For Girls. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  26. ^ "Comic Artist Is Quick On The Draw". Oxford Mail. Retrieved May 3, 2011. 
  27. ^ "CCA Comic Masterclass with Beano Cartoonist Kev F". Capital City Academy. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  28. ^ "Beano visit for pupils". Okehampton Times. Retrieved September 29, 2010. 
  29. ^ "Pupils Enjoy Comic Masterclass". Malvern Gazette. Retrieved June 10, 2010. 
  30. ^ "Beano illustrator passes on tips". This Is Wiltshire. Retrieved February 10, 2010. 
  31. ^ "Dennis Without The Menace Bad Idea". Bristol Evening Post. Retrieved August 14, 2009. 
  32. ^ "Comic Book Kids". Wakefield Express. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  33. ^ "Comic Artist, Kev Sutherland, Visits The Earls High School". The Earls High School. Retrieved January 19, 2009. 
  34. ^ "Legendary comic creator helps reading scheme go global". Sheffield Star. Retrieved July 8, 2011. 
  35. ^ "Comic creator's workshop marks Croydon gallery opening". Croydon Guardian. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  36. ^ "Writers, are you game for a laugh?". BBC Gloucestershire. Retrieved April 5, 2002. 
  37. ^ "Chimpanzees On Speed, Kev Sutherland interview". Engine Comics. Retrieved September 2004. 
  38. ^ Garner, Clare (February 23, 1999). "Why Batman Is Really A Turkey". The Independent (London). Retrieved February 23, 1999. 
  39. ^ "UK Convention Saviour". Sequential Tart. Retrieved May 1999. 
  40. ^ "National Comics Awards 2002". 2000AD. 2002. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  41. ^ Chris Wilson. "Dennis the Menace zaps Dan Dare". Sunday Telegraph London. Retrieved March 16, 1997. 
  42. ^ "Having a beano at the comics festival". Western Daily Press. Retrieved April 3, 1999. 
  43. ^ "The World's Biggest Comic". Blue Peter, BBC Television. Retrieved April 1, 1999. 
  44. ^ "A giant comic strip". Bristol Evening Post. Retrieved March 10, 1999. 
  45. ^ "Guinness World Record Attempt". - Bristol. February 18, 2009. Retrieved February 18, 2009. 
  46. ^ "Having a laugh is taken as read". Bristol Evening Post. Retrieved April 2, 1999. 
  47. ^ "Tales of Nambygate". Indy Planet. November 1, 2011. Retrieved November 2, 2011. 

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