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Lost Fleet – Corsair by Jack Campbell #2 – Covers Spotlight!

Lost Fleet #2 Cover B by David Demaret

June sees the release of The Lost Fleet: Corsair #1 – a new comic series by Jack Campbell, based on his best-selling series of military science-fiction novels which I’m editing for Titan Comics – but the covers for #2 are already out in the wild, over on the Diamond PREVIEWS web site. In #2, Destina Aragon leads the Tigres on a mission ... Read More »

Spectrum is Indestructible: a new Captain Scarlet book will include comic strip guides

Captain Scarlet Comics Montage

Regular readers of downthetubes will recall we reported in 2016 that Chinbeard Books is to publish an unofficial guide to Gerry Anderson’s Captain Scarlet later this year, marking the character’s 50th anniversary since his debut on ITV. Spectrum is Indestructible is the work of journalist, critic and writer Fred McNamara, and will feature a cover by Adrian Salmon. Although an unofficial ... Read More »

Aliens, Daleks and Paul Cornell, Oh My!

Saucer State #1 -SNIP

Out next month from IDW is Saucer State, written by Paul Cornell (who I recently worked with on Doctor Who: Heralds of Destruction) with art by Ryan Kelly (Lucifer) – and there’s a new Doctor Who comic collection out too, coincidentally featuring another strip I also worked on with him! Saucer State is the sequel to and the conclusion of ... Read More »

Bryan Talbot payes tribute to Leo Baxendale in final Grandville tale

Grandville Force Majeure - P24 Panel Leo

Artist Bryan Talbot has sent us this panel from his final Grandville story – a homage to the late Leo Baxendale, scripted five years ago, penciled and inked about 15 months ago and coloured in January. “I’m going to dedicate the book to his memory,” Bryan tells us. The book will be launched in October at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Grandville: Force ... Read More »

New Doctor Who Adventures Out Now – We’ll Shout that ’til we’re Horse!

Doctor Who Adventures Issue 23 - Killer App Strip

Doctor Who Adventures Issue 23 is in sale now from Panini, and I’m delighted to report that the Doctor is still battling aliens accompanied by an alien talking horse. (Not that it wouldn’t be great to have new companion Bill in the strip – she gets an introductory UNIT “Alien Archive” feature this issue – but a talking horse is ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Leo Baxendale

A montage of Leo Baxendale's work, including part of his self portrait

Just days after posting an “In Praise of… Leo Baxendale” feature, focusing on his later, creator-owned material, we’re sorry to report his passing. I know this is a loss is going to hit a lot of my friends hard, especially those who know or worked with him, such as Tony Bennett at Knockabout, or Joe Gordon at Forbidden Planet International, with whom he ... Read More »

DC announces Teen Titans live action show for new streaming service

The cover of Teen Titans Volume 6 #5. Art by Chris Burnham

Warner Bros. has revealed plans to bring a new live action Teen Titans series, titled Titans, to its upcoming DC branded streaming service which will debut in 2018. Deadline Hollywood reports the new series is the being helmed by Greg Berlanti (described as “the king of the CW DC universe”), Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter and Warner Bros TV. Titans, ... Read More »

Splank! a New Comic, in the works

Some characters created for Peter Duncan by ace comics artist Duncan Scott, whose credits include The Dandy and more

Comics fan Peter Duncan began his British comics-oriented blog Splank! just over a year ago, on 1st April 2016,  starting with a post about Splank!, a totally imaginary Irish version of Pow!, one of a trio of unique and, by fans of a certain age, very fondly remembered comics of the 1960s. We covered this spoof here on downthetubes, but ... Read More »

Can Your Hear Me, Mother? I’m on the Radio This Week

Thanks to David Chandler, you’ll hear me plugging Lancaster Comics Day (and the Lakes International Comic Art Festival) on this week’s “Friday Night Three” show airing on Beyond Radio (7 – 9.00pm, 103.5FM across Lancaster and Morecambe and also online). It turns out David apparently in part owes living in Lancaster down to an editorial decision made by me about ... Read More »

BOOM! Studios announces War for the Planet of the Apes mini-series

War for the Planet of the Apes #1

BOOM! Studios and 20th Century Fox Consumer Products have announced a comic miniseries that serves as a prequel to the upcoming film War for the Planet of the Apes, which hits UK cinemas on 14th July 2017. The four-issue miniseries is written by David F. Walker (Power Man and Iron Fist, Occupy Avengers) and illustrated by Jonas Sharf, who I ... Read More »

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