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Britain’s second city set to go comics crazy in June as Birmingham Comics Festival returns for third year 

The Birmingham Comics Festival will be celebrating its third consecutive year of activity across the second city this June, with a weekend-long convention the culmination of a month of planned events. A city-wide series of comics-related events, large and small, will again take place from fun days out for kids to academic lectures, exhibitions and film shows alongside its popular ... Read More »

Sneak Peek: Doctor Who – The Ninth Doctor #10

Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #10 - Cover B

DOCTOR WHO: NINTH DOCTOR #10 Writer: Cavan Scott Artist: Adriana Melo Publisher: Titan Comics FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: 1st March 2017 in all good comic shops and various digital platforms The Ninth Doctor, Rose, and Jack head to Brazil on the next stop of their transtemporal mystery tour. The Iara have long been thought a Brazilian ... Read More »

Nick Abadzis talks Doctor Who for latest Panel to Panel podcast

Episode 72 of of Jeremy Bement‘s Doctor Who: Panel to Panel is up and features an interview with writer-artist Nick Abadzis. Nick, whose many credits also include Laika and Cora’s Breakfast, has been writing the adventures of the Tenth Doctor since his first appearance in Doctor Who Magazine and now he joins Jeremy for an in-depth conversation about his career, Doctor ... Read More »

Hidden Nazis, Deadly Secrets Uncovered – in the new Commando comics

Commando 4997 – Hidden Nazis

Here’s the latest intel on the new DC Thomson Commando releases (Issues 4995 – 4998), on sale now in all good newsagents and available on various digital platforms… Commando 4995 – The Village Story: Ferg Handley Art: Vicente Alcazar Cover: Janek Matysiak By spring, 1945, the Reich’s forces were in full retreat and Allied troops were pushing into Germany. So ... Read More »

Beyond 2000AD Celebration Signings Continue This Weekend across the UK

2000AD 40th Anniversary Special

2000AD continues to celebrate its 40th anniversary this weekend with a number of special signings by some of its top talents this weekend in Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester – and these are just the first of many through the year. All this helps to mark the title’s official birthday, and with artists like Steve Yeowell on the bill they promise to be ... Read More »

Photo Review: The BEYOND 2000AD Exhibition at London’s Orbital Comics

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  London’s Orbital Comics – the UK’s one and only Eisner Award-winning comic shop – is currently hosting what sounds like it could be an extremely dull and pretentious look at 2000AD. “Beyond 2000AD – The Broader Cultural Impact of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic” certainly sounds like the theme of a comics dissertation, after all. But fear not! Twee this ... Read More »

Comics’ Sweeping Graphic Novel Prince Valiant Turns 80

A panel from an episode of Prince Valiant published 2nd February 1964

While we’ve been celebrating the 40th anniversary of British comic 2000AD a lot in recent days, another comic – well, comic strip – marked its 80th anniversary earlier this month and we couldn’t let it pass by given the lasting impact and influence it had on many comic creators. “Prince Valiant” made his debut on 13th February 1937 and here, author and ... Read More »

Happy Birthday, 2000AD (your “Official” birthday, that is)

An early dummy cover for "AD2000", cover artist unknown

Happy Birthday 2000AD! The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic is celebrating its 40th birthday today with the release of the 2000AD 40th Anniversary Special and 2000AD Prog 2019 in newsagents, comic shops and various digital platforms. More information below! Technically, it’s actually “Happy Birthday Judge Dredd“, who appeared in Prog Two, which was on sale today 40 years ago. 22nd February 1977 was the “off sale ... Read More »

Drawing The Line: 100 Comic Artists unite to Change the World

Image by Roger Langridge

More than 100 comics artists and illustrators from around the world have launched Draw the Line – a lively, visual guide to positive political action that anyone can take. A reaction to dramatic social, environmental and political changes in the United States, Europe and across the world, the Draw the Line project offers more than 100 comics illustrating different ways that ... Read More »

Jack Fallows stunning “Cryptogram” available to pre-order

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Comic creator Jack Fallows, whose work we’ve praised before here on downthetubes, has announced you can now pre-order what I can only describe as amazing-looking Cryptogram 0.1 Spring 2017 (March) | The Woods.  “Cryptogram Puzzle Post is a monthly bundle of interlinking puzzles, codes, ciphers, riddles, spells and illusions inspired by witchcraft and alchemy,” he explains, “designed to create a mysterious ... Read More »

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