Breaking News
Home / downthetubes News (page 702)

downthetubes News

British comic and creator news, book news, media news. If it’s news, it’s here.

When is a transit not a transit?

Transit of Venus Map - 2004

OK, here’s a question about shared experience. If you couldn’t actually look directly at the transit of Venus yesterday (unless you wanted your eyes boiled or something), is there a difference between standing out in your garden with a pair of binoculars trained on a piece of carboard and watching the six-hour “event” on TV? Is the experience anything less ... Read More »

Marvel UK Memories

Overkill Issue One

In and out from writing Beyblade and Dick Turtle for ToonTastic and editing RAF Magazine for Titan Magazines, I’ve been spending some time thinking about one past job as editor at Marvel UK (aka Marvel Comics UK) back in the 1990s. This was prompted by the launch of a small newsgroup comprising stalwarts from that time, devoted to talking British comics. I’ve ... Read More »

A Busy Week: Dick Turtle, RAF Magazine and More

RAF Magazine Issue One - Cover

It’s a weird life. This week has been a mix of hassling freelancers for copy and me being hassled for copy — one of those deadline crunch weeks. Beyblade Comic was Monday, Dick Turtle for Lucky Bag Comic was Wednesday, then there was the ever-expanding Titan website (magazines this week) to update. New Alias Magazine on sale in the US ... Read More »

Catching Up with Old Friends

Dropped in Lancaster’s John O’Gaunt on Market Street for lunch. They do something called a “late breakfast”. How late can a late breakfast be? Whatever. One of Lancaster’s few remaining decent pubs — it’s not tied to any brewery and so has a varied range of beers, whiskys etc. It’s also renowned for jazz, folk and other live music and ... Read More »

Space Dogs Exhibition in Lancaster

Space Dogs Exhibition - Lancaster 2004

There’s a bizarre exhibition at the Storey Institute Lancaster at present — giant inflatable dogs created by the Space Cadets. As you sit there these giant white amorphous blobs are suddenly pumped full of air to become giant dogs. You can hire the balloons for events and buy giant dog-shaped bean bags for £300 a pop. Strangely, Teen Titans this ... Read More »

Convention Report: Raptus, Norway, 2003

John Cooper's portrait of Johnny Red, drawn for the 2003 Raptus Festival program.

Here’s a quick report on my trip to Raptus 2003 in Bergen, Norway. This feature is an overview of the Norwegian comics scene itself rather than a report on the Festival itself which was great fun and included UK comics artists sushc as Mike Collins, Lew Stringer, Dave Windett, John Armstrong, John Cooper and Barrie Mitchell as guests. Pat Mills ... Read More »

Paramount Heads for Rama?

Rendezvous With Rama

Paramount Pictures will decide whether or not to make Morgan Freeman’s long-percolating Rendezvous With Rama, a proposed film adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s 1973 SF novel, Variety (subscription required) has reported. Freeman and producing partner Lori McCreary, through their Revelations Entertainment company, have been developing the film with director David Fincher (Alien 3). Bruce McKenna is writing the script. Paramount gets ... Read More »

Ripper still Go?

Anthony Stewart Head

Anthony Stewart Head, who plays Giles on UPN’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, told SCI FI Wire that plans are still in the works for a British spinoff series based on his character, despite reports that the show was on hold. “I had lunch with Jane Root, who’s head of BBC 2, shortly before I came out [to Los Angeles], and ... Read More »

Pantheon Books to publish “Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross”

Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross

Pantheon Books, a division of the Knopf Publishing group, is proud to announce plans to publish a coffee table book showcasing Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Justice League, and other DC Comics icons as envisioned by Alex Ross, who at 32 is one of the world’s preeminent and most influential comic-book painters. Written, designed, and art-directed by Chip Kidd, Mythology: ... Read More »

Ridley Scott Calls T.I.M.E.

Placeholder - Podcasts

Variety (subscription required) reports that film making brothers Ridley and Tony Scott, better known for directing such big-screen movies as Gladiator and Top Gun, respectively, are developing three drama projects for CBS — one of them a SF project. Under the terms of a two-year pact, the network has bought three scripts from the brothers’ company, Scott Free Productions; at ... Read More »

Optimization WordPress Plugins & Solutions by W3 EDGE