His comics career began manning the Fast Fiction table at the bi-monthly Westminster Hall Saturday comic marts, inviting anybody to sell their homemade comics from it, with all proceeds going to the creator.
From there, he worked on pssst! magazine, then launched Escape Magazine in 1983, co-edited/ published with Peter Stanbury, showcasing the cream of the alternative cartoonists of the 1980s.
Under the Escape Publishing imprint, he co-published Violent Cases in 1987, the first collaboration between Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, three volumes of Eddie Campbell's Alec between 1984 and 1986, and London's Dark in 1988 by James Robinson and Paul Johnson.
Between 1992 and 2001 he was the director of The Cartoon Art Trust, a UK charity dedicated to preserving and promoting the best of British cartoon art and caricature.
He has curated numerous exhibitions of comic art in Britain and in Europe, and since 2003, has been the director of Comica, the London International Comics Festival.
Paul is the author of a number of books including Manga: Sixty Years of Japanese Comics (2004) and Great British Comics: Celebrating A Century Of Ripping Yarns & Wizard Wheezes (2006).
His latest books are Comics Art, first published by Tate Publishing (2013) and Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK with John Harris Dunning, published by The British Library. This accompanied the exhibition of the same name at The British Library, the largest exhibition of British comics ever held in the UK, which attracted some 60,000 visitors between May 2nd and August 19th 2014.
He is also the editor of The Mammoth Book of Best Crime Comics (2008) and 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die (2011).
He continues to write about comics for various periodicals, including The Guardian, The Times, The Comics Journal, Time Out and more.
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