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Doctor Who Panel to Panel Podcast – Back with More Comic Reviews

Episode 74 of Jeremy Bement's execellent Doctor Who: Panel to Panel podcast has just been posted. Read More »

Tony Esmond’s Comic Shop Survival Guide – Part Two: How To Buy A Comic

There isn’t a week that goes by that one of the downthetubes team reads a post or receives a news item about declining comic sales, some articles blaming comics piracy, others the cost of comics, the end of physical print. But what if a lot of it is just down to how off-putting the whole process of buying a comic ... Read More »

Last Chance to get your hands on some classic British comic collections from Bear Alley Books!

Bear Alley Books - Frontline and Arena Covers

Over at Bear Alley Books, publisher Steve Holland has a special offer on two of his latest books collecting two great strips from DC Thomson, featuring work by artists Ian Kennedy and Enrique Alcatena. “This will be your last chance to buy Frontline UK and Arena as our license for these titles runs out shortly and both books will be officially ... Read More »

Celebrate Red Nose Day the Mekon Way!

Make a donation to Red Nose Day via www.rednoseday.com Dan Dare Mekon art by Charlotte Corday, Dan Dare and Commando artist Keith Page. (With thanks to Richard Sheaf) Read More »

In Praise Of: Comic Artist Jack “King” Kirby

Jack Kirby Self Portrait

Had he lived, Jack “King” Kirby, born 28th August 1917, would have been 100 this year. In advance of Lancaster Comics Day 2017, where Kirby’s work will be celebrated on a special panel, British comic artist (and Comics Day guest) Tim Perkins sings the praises of this great American comic artist, whose work was instrumental in inspiring him on his ... Read More »

Leamington Comic Con on Saturday 

Leamington’s award-winning comic convention – Leam Comic Con – returns on Saturday (25th March 2017) at the Royal Spa Centre bringing big name guests, independent publishers and creators and local talent to the town. Top guests include Christian Wildgoose, artist on DC’s Batgirl, and the brilliant Improper Books series Porcelain; Daredevil and Star Wars artist Marc Laming; multi-award winning Manga ... Read More »

In Review: Cosmos & Other Stories

Cosmos & Other Stories Art by Rozi Hathaway SNIP

By Rozi Hathaway Publisher: Good Comics The Book: A collection of short stories about love and longing… if you’ve ever been in a crowd, felt the ache of absence, or looked for meaning ion the constellations, then this collection will speak to you. The Review: It’s not often that a piece of art touches you in in such a profound ... Read More »

A New Comic Con Comes To Glenrothes In June

Saturday 10 June 2017 will see the inaugural Glenrothes Comic Con launch at Rothes Halls at the western end of the Scottish town’s large Kingdom Shopping Centre. Running from 9:30am to 5:00pm the one day event is a true comics “comic con” with announced guests already including artists Mike Collins and Gary Erskine, with Gary acting as the event’s Creative ... Read More »

2000AD Prog 2023 On Sale Today – Jump on Board for All-New Thrills, Scarlet Traces and Deadworld Return!

2000AD Prog 2023 - Cover

The latest issue of 2000AD is on sale today in all good newsagents and comic shops, featuring a cover by Cliff Robinson and is a perfect jumping on point for new readers with an all-new story line up, which includes the return of the brilliant “Scarlet Traces” and “Deadworld”. The issue also features a “Future Shocks” created by last year’s Thought ... Read More »

Crowdfunding Spotlight: Jessica Martin’s Life Drawing – A Life Under Lights

Having created two comic biographical vignettes on the lives of actresses Clara Bow and Vivian Leigh, plus a full length graphic novel detailing the 1930s Hollywood life of the fictional Elsie Harris, actress, singer and comic creator Jessica Martin’s latest project is a full length graphic novel on her own life entitled Life Drawing: A Life Under Lights. Jessica describes ... Read More »

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