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Applied Comics seeks comic writers and artists for new 

The Fisk Jubilee Singers (seen here at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893) performed at Newcastle's Tyne Concert Hall, as did many other black entertainers.

Lydia Wysocki over at Applied Comics Etc has dropped us a line appealing for comic creators to work on a great new project with a Civil Rights theme. “We’re making a comic to give children age 8-14 some context about the civil rights history of Tyneside,” she tells us. “We need six comics artist-writers. “It’s paid work with realistic deadlines, ... Read More »

Andy Capp exhibition celebrates his creator and 60 years of the Daily Mirror cartoon star

Andy Capp copyright Daily Mirror

The Daily Mirror’s Andy Capp celebrates 60 years of publication this year – and the occasion is being marked in the town his creator Reg Smythe lived and worked  with a special exhibition at the Museum of Hartlepool. ‘60 years of Andy Capp’ , which opens 3rd June 2017, will tell the story of Smythe, who was born in Hartlepool ... Read More »

Looking Back: Exploring The World of Tomorrow in DC Thomson’s “Big Five” boys comics

"Crimson Comet" - Wizard, 1946

Notoriously secretive DC Thomson still publish Beano and Commando, but their past comics included The Dandy and weekly anthology titles aimed at boys such as Hotspur and Adventure.  These specialised in sports, school and war stories, but also, occasionally, there was SF too… “SUPERSPEED EXCITEMENT WITH THE MEN OF THE PLANET PATROL…!” The dramatic cover illustration of Adventure, cover dated ... Read More »

100% Biodegradable Issue 16 is out now on ComiXology​

100% Biodegradable Issue 16 - Cover

Issue 16 of the digital anthology 100% Biodegradable, which I’m delighted to be involved with, is out now on ComiXology​. Recently awarded 8.3 out of 10 on FanboyNation​, and described as “some of the best science fiction storytelling outside of 2000AD” on Pop Culture Bandit​, the latest issue, edited by Dave Hailwood, features a whole wealth of sci-fi and fantasy ... Read More »

Locus Award Finalists 2017 include MR Carey, Paul Cornell, Jo Walton

LOCUS Magazine Logo

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced the top ten finalists in each category of the 2017 Locus Awards. They include numerous British creators such as Stephen Baxter, MR Carey, Paul Cornell, Dermot Power, Alistair Reynolds, Charles Stross and Jo Walton. Winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle, over 23rd – 25th June 2017; author Connie ... Read More »

In Review: “Something City” by Ellice Weaver

By Ellice Weaver Published by Avery Hill Out: Now The Book: Something City is an exploration of modern day living through representations of the lives of different groups of people in an imagined place. Segregated communities of young people, elders, fanatics, techies and the religious live side by side, interweaving and cohabiting in a city they build around themselves. Beautifully ... Read More »

Red Rising: Sons of Ares out now from Dynamite Entertainment

Red Rising: Sons of Ares 1 - Cover A by Toby Cypress

On sale now from Dynamite Entertainment is a great-looking title penned by British author Rik Hoskin alongside the author of the books the series is based on, Pierce Brown – Red Rising: Sons of Ares. With art by Eli Powell (Yakuza Demon Killers, The 13th Artifact) the in-continuity series is inspired by the best-selling YA series Red Rising and offers a story of love and ... Read More »

Bradford Literature Festival includes “BLF Comic Con” in events programme

Bradford Literature Festival Comic Con

This year’s Bradford Literature Festival includes the launch of a dedicated comics and manga weekend at the University of Bradford over the weekend of 1st – 2nd July. BLF Comic Con will combine the customary convention set up with unique and specially curated events, to create a comics extravaganza, exploring traditions from around the world as well as manga, graphic novels, science fiction and gaming. ... Read More »

Birmingham Comics Festival has big plans for its Comic Art Show next month

Birmingham Comics Festival - Logo

Next month sees the debut of the Birmingham Comics Festival – a series of events that take place throughout the city which includes the Birmingham Comic Art Show at Birmingham City University, a free convention-style event which will take place on 24th June 2017. “People kept referring to art show convention as the Birmingham Comics Festival,” organising team member Paul H. Birch told ... Read More »

Signature Publishing launches Transformers: Rescue Bots magazine next week

Transformers: Rescue Bots Sample 3

The official magazine for the animated TV series Transformers: Rescue Bots will launch next week in the UK (19th May 2017). Transformers: Rescue Bots is a toyline, story book series, and animated television series based on toy manufacturer Hasbro’s Transformers franchise, the successor to Transformers: Robot Heroes. Rescue Bots mainly focuses on educating children regarding hazards and safety and stars Rescue Bots ... Read More »

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