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Kev F Sutherland
Born (1961-10-18) 18 October 1961 (age 60)
Aberdeen, Scotland
Mediumtelevision, theatre, radio, comic books
Notable works and rolesThe 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

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.

His debut graphic novel Findlay Macbeth was published in 2020.[10]

Sutherland's previous comic strip work includes Star Trek[11] Ghost Rider 2099[12] and Doctor Strange for Marvel Comics,[13] UT which he also edited,[14] Goosebumps for The Funday Times, educational illustration for Scholastic and Harper Collins, Zig and Zag's Zogazine, Red Dwarf Smegazine[15] (both for Fleetway), and miscellaneous strips for Doctor Who Magazine, Oink,[16] Viz, Gas, 2000AD, Warrior, Gladiators (based on the LWT TV series), The Worm The World's Longest Comic Strip[17] 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[18][19] (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.[20] From 1993 to 1998 Kev shared a studio with Marvel & DC Comics artist Mark Buckingham .[21]

Since 2003,[22] Sutherland has presented his Comic Art Masterclasses[23][24] in schools and colleges,[25][26] and festivals[27] educating students from 7 years old to adult[28] in the art of the comic strip.[29][30][31] He appears regularly in the media as an authority on comics.[32] He has spoken about the use of comic art in education at a number of Boys Writing Conferences,[33] in 2009 helped devise a unit for a Creative & Media Diploma course,[34] in 2011 presented the first of the Stan Lee Excelsior Awards in Sheffield,[35] and in 2012 helped open the new gallery at the BRIT School in Croydon.[36]

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.[37] It continues on stage at the Leicester Square Theatre in London's West End.

From 1999 to 2004, Sutherland was the producer of the UK's Comic Festival[38] in Bristol. Beginning as Comics 99,[39][40] it included the National Comics Awards[41] which he co-founded in 1997.[42] For Comics 99 Kev produced The World's Biggest Comic[43] which featured the work of 100 of the world's leading comic artists,[44] auctioned to raise money for Comic Relief.[45]

Sutherland is also a 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[46] for telling jokes in one hour, in support of Comic Relief.

Selected TV

Selected comics


  1. ^ "Comic socks it to Barton audience". Scunthorpe Telegraph. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2009.
  2. ^ "4 star Edinburgh Review 09". The Scotsman. Retrieved 13 August 2009.
  3. ^ "Comedy Judges 'myopic' for Pleasance picks". The Scotsman. Retrieved 28 August 2009.
  4. ^ "Comic artist turns hand to pupperty in Caernarfon". North Wales Chronicle. Archived from the original on 27 November 2010. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
  5. ^ Alison Pollard-Mansergh. "5 Star Edinburgh Review". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre coming to Ropery Hall". This Is Grimsby. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2010.
  7. ^ Lee Randall. "Edinburgh Festival Interview". The Scotsman. Retrieved 14 August 2010.
  8. ^ *"More from Sitcom Trials". bbc.co.uk – Bristol. Retrieved 5 May 2005.
  9. ^ "Seventy Years of Comical Capers". Western Daily Press. Archived from the original on 13 September 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2008.
  10. ^ "Findlay Macbeth". Amazon. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Star Trek Comic". Star Trek Comics Guide. Retrieved November 1996. ((cite web)): Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  12. ^ "Ghost Rider 2099". Collectorz.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-30. Retrieved May 1996. ((cite web)): Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  13. ^ "Marvel Comics by Kev F Sutherland". Comic Vine. Retrieved May 2007. ((cite web)): Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  14. ^ "Is Viz Still The Biz?". BBC News. 15 October 1998. Retrieved 15 October 1998. ((cite news)): Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  15. ^ "Red Dwarf Smegazine". Atomic Avenue. Retrieved 1 May 1993. ((cite web)): Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  16. ^ a b "Oink comic". Retro Dundee. Retrieved 25 February 2010.
  17. ^ "The Worm – World's Longest Comic". Mars Import. Archived from the original on 24 February 2012. Retrieved January 1999. ((cite web)): Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  18. ^ Samantha Pope. "Clevedon gets its own superhero". North Somerset Times. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  19. ^ John Freeman. "Captain Clevedon: A local comic for local people". Down The Tubes. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
  20. ^ "Comic Timing Exhibition at Harrods". London List. Retrieved 17 October 2008.
  21. ^ "Buckingham The Trend". Comics Bulletin. Archived from the original on 16 January 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2010.
  22. ^ Wanda Opalinska. "No Laughing Matter". Times Educational Supplement. Archived from the original on 10 June 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2003.
  23. ^ Emma Hardwick. "Beano comic cartoonist wows crowd in Welwyn Garden City". Welwyn and Hatfield Times. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
  24. ^ "Superheroes turn up as Kev Sutherland visits Rivermead Primary". Get Wokingham. Retrieved 6 April 2011.
  25. ^ "Marlborough Pupils Win Silver". This Is Wiltshire. Retrieved 5 July 2010.
  26. ^ "Caricatures, Comics and the Illustrator of the Beano!". Burgess Hill School For Girls. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
  27. ^ "Comic Artist Is Quick on the Draw". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
  28. ^ "CCA Comic Masterclass with Beano Cartoonist Kev F". Capital City Academy. Retrieved 17 March 2011.
  29. ^ "Beano visit for pupils". Okehampton Times. Retrieved 29 September 2010.
  30. ^ "Pupils Enjoy Comic Masterclass". Malvern Gazette. Retrieved 10 June 2010.
  31. ^ "Beano illustrator passes on tips". This Is Wiltshire. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  32. ^ "Dennis Without The Menace Bad Idea". Bristol Evening Post. Archived from the original on 19 August 2009. Retrieved 14 August 2009.
  33. ^ "Comic Book Kids". Wakefield Express. Retrieved 22 October 2010.
  34. ^ "Comic Artist, Kev Sutherland, Visits The Earls High School". The Earls High School. Archived from the original on 3 May 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  35. ^ "Legendary comic creator helps reading scheme go global". Sheffield Star. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
  36. ^ "Comic creator's workshop marks Croydon gallery opening". Croydon Guardian. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  37. ^ "Writers, are you game for a laugh?". BBC Gloucestershire. Retrieved 5 April 2002.
  38. ^ "Chimpanzees on Speed, Kev Sutherland interview". Engine Comics. Retrieved September 2004. ((cite web)): Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  39. ^ Garner, Clare (23 February 1999). "Why Batman Is Really A Turkey". The Independent. London. Retrieved 23 February 1999. ((cite news)): Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  40. ^ "UK Convention Saviour". Sequential Tart. Retrieved May 1999. ((cite web)): Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  41. ^ "National Comics Awards 2002". 2000AD. 2002. Archived from the original on 16 February 2006. Retrieved 28 October 2007.
  42. ^ Chris Wilson. "Dennis the Menace zaps Dan Dare". Sunday Telegraph London. Retrieved 16 March 1997. ((cite web)): Check date values in: |access-date= (help)[dead link]
  43. ^ "Having a beano at the comics festival". Western Daily Press. Retrieved 3 April 1999. ((cite web)): Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  44. ^ "The World's Biggest Comic". Blue Peter, BBC Television. Retrieved 1 April 1999. ((cite web)): Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  45. ^ "A giant comic strip". Bristol Evening Post. Retrieved 10 March 1999. ((cite web)): Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  46. ^ "Guinness World Record Attempt". bbc.co.uk – Bristol. 18 February 2009. Retrieved 18 February 2009.
  47. ^ "Having a laugh is taken as read". Bristol Evening Post. Retrieved 2 April 1999. ((cite web)): Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  48. ^ "Tales of Nambygate". Indy Planet. 1 November 2011. Archived from the original on 25 October 2011. Retrieved 2 November 2011.