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“Rourke of the Radlands” return via 100% Biodegradable shapes up

100% Biodegradable 16 - Cover SNIP

Back in the early 1990s, myself and now Wonder Woman artist Liam Sharp co-created “Rourke of the Radlands“, who has only, to date, appeared in Marvel UK’s STRIP anthology (Issue Four). As I previously mentioned here, the response to the strip was positive and editor Dan Abnett got Liam and I working on a mini-series idea, one that went through ... Read More »

Tributes to comics artist John Watkiss, who has died, from fellow creators and fans

A beautiful John Watkiss painting done as part of a pitch for a series of Sandman movies, in about 2005, posted in an online tribute to John by author Neil Gaiman

I’m sorry to report the passing of the hugely/talented British film and comics artist John Watkiss, whose most recent comics work was Surgeon X from Image. He was 55. A very private man, he had been ill for some time. Regular readers will have already read our tribute to his work in the  fields of both art and comics, posted ... Read More »

Another rare “Banned” Action offered for sale, start your bids at £2500

Action Issue 37

There’s another chance for someone with deep pockets to get their hands of a copy of the rare “banned” issue of controversial 1970s comic Action (Issue 37). The starting price this time around, through eBay once more, is £2,500 and it can be found here. Previously offered issues of this rare comic sold for £4110.75 and £2555   Here’s the description of ... Read More »

Simon Spurrier “Power of the Dark Crystal” signing at Forbidden Planet London next month

The Power of the Dark Crystal #1

Simon Spurrier will be signing The Power of the Dark Crystal #1, at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Wednesday 15th February 6 – 7.00pm. Archaia, the award-winning imprint of publisher BOOM! Studios, and The Jim Henson Company, announced The Power of the Dark Crystal, comic last year after plans for a film sequel foundered. Based on the screenplay by David Odell, Annette Odell, and Craig Pearce that was written ... Read More »

The Gang’s All Here (well, almost): 2000AD’s 40th birthday – full line-up and schedule announced

2000AD Prog 2014

The full guest list and schedule for next month’s 2000AD 40 Years of Thrill-Power Festival has been announced – featuring a huge range of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic’s contributors. While not every creator involved in creating the 2000AD legend will be heading to Hammersmith, there is certainly a sizeable proportion -and other anniversary event are being planned, so if some aren’t ... Read More »

Declassified: James Bond – Hammerhead #4 (Sneak Peek)

James Bond - Hammerhead #4 - Page 5 SNIP

In the latest Issue of James Bond: Hammerhead from Dynamite Entertainment, Bond finds himself at the mercy of Malfakhar, a Yemeni smuggler and black marketeer. But both men are mere pawns in a far greater game, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. As the Hammerhead weapon is deployed and the true identity of the criminal mastermind ... Read More »

downthetubes Discoveries: Turkish comics culture, thanks to comic hero Tarkan

Istanbul Comics & Arts Festival

Almost every downthetubes visitor is a comic reader, but up until I came across an item on the Facebook Mighty World of British Comics group, to my shame, I had no idea comics reading once as popular in Turkey as I already knew it was in countries such as France, Italy, the US, UK, Japan, India or China (to name but a few). Posted to ... Read More »

Groovy, Baby! Doctor Who Magazine Goes Retro with free Dalek-infested classic comic giveaway

A panel from *Sub Zero, featuring the Third Doctor and the Daleks, originally presented in 1972 in Countdown comic

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 508, out now from all good UK newsagents, has a grab bag of treats on offer for fans of 1970s Doctor Who – and great comics. Not only does it include a terrific free gift – a re-presentation supplement of “*Sub Zero“, a cracking Dalek story first published in Countdown and TV Action back in 1972, written by Dennis ... Read More »

In Review: Map of Days by Robert Hunter

Map of Days - 2017 Edition Cover

By Robert Frank Hunter Published by NoBrow Press Hardback – 56 Full Colour Story Pages – RRP £12.99 The Story: Richard can’t stop thinking about the clock. He lies in bed each night, listening to its tick-tocking to the pendulum’s heavy swing. Why does his grandfather open its dark doors in secret and walk into the darkness beyond!? One night, ... Read More »

US politicians up to unsavoury antics? Are these rumours the work of British ex-secret agents – or comic book writers?

Control - Graphic Novel Cover

For those of you possibly reeling at the sometimes bizarre twists and turns of the current US political scene, perhaps wondering what is real and what is true, we can’t not mention the upcoming release from Dynamite Entertainment of the collected Control  –  a comic about US politicians being blackmailed over secretly-filmed sex parties. Out in March, is this much-praised thriller ... Read More »

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