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“Marionette Unit” Script Book Released

Regular downthetubes readers will recall The Marionette Unit, a creepy, scratch the back of your eyeballs work of gothic steampunk-driven horror we reviewed positively last year. Well, now the team behind the book –  filmmakers Azhur Saleem and James Boyle – have released The Marionette Unit: Script Book – a 160-page exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the project. It includes the full script ... Read More »

2017 Brussels Comic Strip Festival celebrates 60 years of Gaston LaGaffe (that’s “Gomer Goof” to his English fans)

This year’s Comic Strip Festival in Brussels will celebrate the 60th anniversary of famous Belgian comic character Gaston Lagaffe, organisers have announced. The gag-a-day comic strip was created in 1957 by the Belgian cartoonist André Franquin in the Franco-Belgian comics magazine Spirou. Taking place on 1-3rd September 2017, Brussels eighth Comic Strip Festival moves to the Palais des Beaux-Arts / ... Read More »

Canny Comics Goings on in Newcastle this Saturday!

This Saturday (18th March 2017) will see Newcastle City Library taken over by comics for Canny Comic Con, a free event which includes an appearance by 2000AD artist Nigel Dobbyn and Marvel artist Gary Erskine – and a host of independent comic creators. Running from 10.30am to 3.30pm, the event will offer a hall jam-packed with some of the most interesting comics creators ... Read More »

New Thrills! 2000AD Prog 2022 On Sale Today!

2000AD Prog 2022

The latest issue of 2000AD is on sale today in all good newsagents and comic shops, featuring a cover by Ben Willsher and: Judge Dredd: The Grundy Bunch by Arthur Wyatt (Writer) Tom Foster (Artist) Annie Parkhouse (Letterer) Mega-City One, 2139 AD. Home to over 72 million citizens, this urban hell is situated along the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America, ... Read More »

In Review: Football Earth – The Wild Side by Steve English

Football Earth - The Wild Side - Zebras

By Steve English Hardcover: 160 pages Publisher: Summersdale Out: Now The Book: In 2009 scientists discovered dolphins playing football with jellyfish off the coast of Wales. Some believe they have been playing this game for hundreds, if not thousands of years. And it’s not only dolphins that are football fans, but the entire animal kingdom! The Wild Side showcases the ... Read More »

Call for Graphic Submissions Special Collection: Graphic Science

Comics Grid - Graphic Science

Comics have been well received in the science community and by publishers as a form of science communication. Recent publications demonstrate that comics have the potential of becoming academic outputs in their own right. (In October 2017, for example, Myriad Editions will launch Graphic Science by Darryl Cunningham at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival). Various webcomics as well as the ... Read More »

New Comics added to SEQUENTIAL app, including “Meanwhile”, “Love and Rockets”

Some great graphic novels have recently been added to the SEQUENTIAL digital comic app, including the brilliant Love and Rockets by Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez and the recently-revamped Meanwhile… anthology published by Soaring Penguin. The new additions reads like a bucket list of some of the best comics published in the past 30 years. They certainly back up the stated aim of the ... Read More »

Enniskillen Comic Fest becomes official 2000AD 40th anniversary celebration!

Enniskillen Comic Fest 2017

The 2000AD team may still recovering from the madness that was their 40th anniversary bash (a mere month ago, reviewed here) but time waits for no man. So while they might still be a little shell shocked from that brilliant event, the Rebellion team are now ramping up for Enniskillen Comic Fest on 5th and 6th May – which will be an official ... Read More »

New Vworp! Vworp! a delight, features first ever Alan Moore interview about his Doctor Who comics

Vworp Vworp! Volume 3 Cover A

The amazing Vworp Vworp! Volume 3 zine – dedicated as ever to all things Doctor Who comics and related titles – may have been a long time coming, but it was well worth the wait, leading with Alan Moore‘s first-ever interview about his work on the Doctor Who comic strips, a terrific free Dalek CD gift, variant covers and more. Running to a ... Read More »

Lightning Strike Comics announces new Phantom comic, Scarlet Sapphire

The Phantom - Scarlet Sapphire art by Stephen Mooney

Dublin-based independent comics publisher Lightning Strike Comics has announced the creative team behind their new Phantom comic, Scarlet Sapphire, and has released a smashing piece of preview art by Stephen Mooney, who is also writing the book. The new title follows the company’s publication of a special 60th anniversary Phantom tribute last year, working in partnership with the character’s US owners, ... Read More »

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