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In Praise Of: Commando artists Ian Kennedy and Carlos Pino

The full cover of Ian Kennedy's cover for Commando 1425, complete with Commando "dagger"

An Appreciation by former Commando editor Calum Laird There’s nothing like an anniversary – say, Commando’s 5000th issue, for example – to start your mind scrolling back through the years to days gone by. Nothing, except perhaps the combination of an anniversary, a couple of pints of Mòr and lunch in The Phoenix (103 Nethergate, Dundee) with an ex-colleague. So, a couple ... Read More »

Gary Erskine’s Granite City Comic-Con Poster Revealed

Just released is this terrific poster for  Granite City Comic-Con (20th – 21st May 2017, Aberdeen) by Gary Erskine, coloured by Yel Zamor. The first Granite City Comic-Con was held in May 2015, and its success ensured the event – which raised over £3000 for local charity CLAN Cancer Support – instantly became a staple in the North East Scotland ... Read More »

“Foyles x ELCAF” launched to create new Creative Spaces for Art and Comics across the UK

ELCAF 2017 Banner

ELCAF 2017 has announced a brand new partnership with Foyles to support, celebrate and create new spaces for creativity across the UK. Foyles x ELCAF is a new collaboration, which sees the UK’s largest independent bookshop teaming up with the East London Comics & Arts Festival to celebrate some of the best creative talent in the UK. This year, Foyles will open ... Read More »

Art of John Higgins book released to coincide with major exhibition in Liverpool of his work

The Art of John Higgins - Cover

A new book containing some of the best work of Liverpool-born comic artist John Higgins will be launched at the opening of his forthcoming exhibition at the Victoria Gallery & Museum. Beyond Watchmen & Judge Dredd brings together for the first time John Higgins’ art work for some of the most iconic comic books including Watchmen, Judge Dredd, Hellblazer, Before Watchmen and ... Read More »

Rodolphe Töpffer’s classic guide to the medium, “How to Create Graphic Novels”, re-published by Lakes International Comic Art Festival

How to Create Graphic Novels by Rodolphe Töpffer - Sample Art

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival  has announced the publication of a special edition of How to Create Graphic Novels by Rodolphe Töpffer. First published in 1845, it was the first ever book on creating graphic novels, which has been translated, edited, and introduced by John McShane and designed by Festival patron Sean Phillips. Along with the recently-announced The Spirit of Eisner newspaper, this book is ... Read More »

Commando: Still Fully Loaded After 5000 Issues

Commando Logo SNIP

In 2011 DC Thomson’s war digest title Commando celebrated its 50th anniversary, a remarkable achievement only surpassed on the newsstands at the time by The Dandy and The Beano. While other titles were being cancelled or their publication schedules scaled back, in 2012 DC Thomson actually increased the number of Commando issues with, for the first time, over 100 issues ... Read More »

Joe Sacco returns to London for inaugural “Queen Mary Conversation in Law and the Humanities”

An incredible crowd scene from Joe Sacco's Safe Area Gorazde

Renowned comics journalist and graphic novelist Joe Sacco is back in the UK later this month, to present the inaugural Queen Mary Conversation in Law and the Humanities on Tuesday 21st March 2017 at Queen Mary, part of the prestigious University of London. This event is free but prior booking is required. Joe Sacco is a Maltese-American cartoonist and journalist. ... Read More »

New Thrill: 2000AD Prog 2021, Out Today, “Kingdom” and “The Order” collections out this week

2000AD 2021 SNIP

The latest issue of 2000AD – Prog 2021 is on sale today. Here’s a quick taster. Boo Cook’s work on the latest “Judge Dredd” is positively a delight and joy to behold! Judge Dredd: Thick Skin by TC Eglington (Writer) Boo Cook (Artist) Annie Parkhouse (Letterer) A pair of Tri-D celebrities have suffered complete body liquification live on air, and Dredd is tracing ... Read More »

When David Hockney drew for Eagle (sort of!)

David Hockney, one of the most popular and influential British artists of the twentieth century has returned to Tate Britain in London for his most comprehensive exhibition so far, running until May 2017 – but it doesn’t include his entry for an Eagle comic competition in 1952. This exhibition gathers together an extensive selection of David Hockney’s most famous works celebrating ... Read More »

Awesome Comics Podcast Episode 88: Arthurian Legend in the Indies! (with artist Nick Brokenshire)

Episode 88 of the Awesome Comics Podcast hosted by Dan Butcher, Vince Hunt and Tony Esmond is now available! Featuring artist Nick Brokenshire and tons of hilarious comics talk… Nick is a cartoonist and illustrator from Scotland, who now lives in the north of England with his wife. He’s the artist for Monkeybrain and IDW’s Amelia Cole series and is currently ... Read More »

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