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Beano blasts out of 2016 with final fun-packed issue 

Beano 3865 - Cover

Yes, we know you had your special Christmas Issue, and even a Christmas Special – but Beano fans will be delighted there’s a new issue out now, on sale in all good British newsagents, supermarkets and digitally. In Beano 3865, wrapped in a cover by Nigel Parkinson, it’s time for everyone to resolve to behave better next year, do their ... Read More »

Lest We Forget: Comic Creators We Lost in 2016

Darwyn Cooke

While there’s been much to celebrate in 2016 when it comes to our industry, we couldn’t let the year pass without noting some of those involved now sadly no longer with us, including one of our very own contributors. So raise a glass or two (alcoholic or otherwise) to these fine folk we lost this year… January 2016 Shirley Bellwood British ... Read More »

In Review: The Can Opener’s Daughter by Rob Davis

The Can Opener's Daughter Art by Rob Davis

By Rob Davis Published by SelfMadeHero Reviewed by Stephen L. Holland of Page 45 The Book: In the British Comic Award-winning The Motherless Oven, Scarper Lee asked: “Who the hell is Vera Pike?” Now, we get a chance to find out. Vera lives in the cruel world of Grave Acre. Her mother is the Weather Clock, the megalomaniacal Prime Minister of ... Read More »

Flying Phantoms and Nazis on the Run! Latest Commando Comics on Sale Now

Commando - 4982 – Everything Under Control

Here’s the intel on the latest issues of DC Thomson’s war comic Commando (Issues 4979 – 4982), on sale now in all good newsagents across the UK and also available on various digital platforms. Commando 4979 – Sucker Punch Story: George Low Art: Vila Cover: Ian Kennedy Captured by the SS for desertion and sentenced to firing squad by his ... Read More »

Creating Comics: How British actor Sydney Greenstreet inspired the look of the Kingpin – and Jabba the Hutt

The Kingpin's first appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #50

Did you know British actor Sydney Greenstreet was the inspiration for not one but two comic villains – including the Marvel villain Kingpin, first brought to life on the page by John Romita Sr.? Some of our readers did I expect, but a social media post by comic book historian Alex Grand on Comic Book Historians sent me scurrying downthetubes of ... Read More »

In Review: Wired Volume One

Wired Cover Volume One

The Book: WIRED is a noir science fiction piece with elements of horror, that is loosely based in Scotland. Set in a world where things ‘are’ usually what they appear to be, two detectives, Briggs and Smith, investigate a case that leads them to a West Lothian industrial estate.  Needless to say, they are pulled into a world of subterfuge and ... Read More »

Frank Quitely: The Art of Comics exhibition heads to Glasgow

Frank Quitely: The Art of Comics

Heading to the Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow in April is Frank Quitely: The Art of Comics, running 1st April to 1st October 2017. The exhibition at Kelvingrove will be the largest collection of his work every displayed, offering the opportunity to get up close and personal with the painstaking detail in every iconic frame. There will also be original artwork from ... Read More »

In Review: Staring From The Hill by Norbert Rybarczyk

Staring From The Hill - Sample Art

Created by Norbert Rybarczyk Titles and Tattoo designs by Artur Kepinski English translation by Martin Dqbrowski Full colour hardback with 44 pages of story and published by Centrala Books ‘”here’s a place that’s not a place. Beyond time and beyond space. Old Gogs called it The Cathead’s Hill. But old gods are no more.” The Story: The people of The ... Read More »

So, Where else have I seen a disembodied Brain with Evil Eyes?

Gor, the evil brain from The Brain from the Planet Arous

Watching (and enjoying) a certain TV Christmas special this weekend sent me scurrying to the web to explore other appearances of disembodied brains. Full heads in jars are pretty common of course, most notably those seen in Mike Baron and Steve Rude‘s wonderful space opera comic, Nexus. The animated show Futurama has had a lot of fun with this concept, ... Read More »

In Review: The Dan Dare Audio Adventures – Marooned on Mercury

Dan Dare: The Audio Adventures Episode 3 - Marooned on Mercury by Marc Platt

A B7 Production in association with Big Finish Distributed by Big Finish Directed By: Andrew Mark Sewell • Listen to the trailer Main Cast: Ed Stoppard (Dan Dare), Geoff McGivern (Digby), Heida Reed (Professor Peabody), Michael Cochrane (Sir Hubert Guest), Raad Rawi (The Mekon) Associate Producer Fiona McAlpine Development Producer Patrick Chapman Series Script Editor Colin Brake Executive Producer Simon Moorhead Producer/Director ... Read More »

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