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Creating Comics: British web comic “The Putto” gets print publication – in Czech!

The opening page of "Rusalka Rises" from The Sorrowful Putto of Prague project

Given the unfortunate lack of outlets when it comes to original comics on the news stand here in the UK, it’s hardly surprising to hear that many comic creators are enjoying publishing success outside this country. Creators such as Pat Mills are well-known for their work in Europe, but so are top independent talents such as writer Ian Sharman, who ... Read More »

Creating Comics: An Interview with Russell Mark Olson, creator of “Gateway City”

Gateway City - Cover

As regular downthetubes readers know, we’ve given a couple of mentions to the digital comics platform Tapastic here, highlighting some of the great strips featured. One of these is the intriguing Gateway City, a crime noir/ SF mash up by Portsmouth-based American artist Russell Mark Olson. On a trip south recently I caught up with Russell, to find out more ... Read More »

Web Comic Spotlight: Bastard Galaxia, a crazy homage to 1980s action figures

Bastard Galaxia - Page 1

Lancaster-based comic creators Steve Gregson and Matt Simmons have created a daft homage to the 1980’s action figure craze with Bastard Galaxia, centring on a maniacal bad guy that wouldn’t look out of place on Adult Swim (some of the strip definitely isn’t for the kind of young audience who might watch He-Man or Thundercats). Join the battle where ‘good’ ... Read More »

Striker’s New Motion Comics Go Live

A scene from the upcoming Striker motion comic, finds Nick still in jail

Striker is not only back in The Sun – the strip is now also appearing online via the Planet Striker YouTube channel, with three new episodes featuring Nick Jarvis release from prison – and straight into new trouble – now live. The Planet Striker team have also posted a ten minute long “catch up” episode, above, which brings readers up ... Read More »

“Martian” author Andy Weir short stories published exclusively on the books and comics app, Tapas

Principles of Uncertainty by Andy Weir

Before Andy Weir’s brilliant SF novel The Martian became a bestseller and a box-office hit, it was posted in short, free instalments to his website. His approach mirrors the serialised stories of 19th century periodicals, which popularized authors like Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Now, Weir is working with Tapas Media to create a selection of digital short stories entitled ... Read More »

Striker heads back to The Sun, new projects also in the works

Striker Pomo 2016 - Not As You Know It

Striker – one of Britain’s longest running newspaper strips, mainly published in The Sun – is on its way back at last, “and probably very soon”, according to creator Pete Nash. Subject to any last minute hiccups, the strip will return to The Sun very soon, and a new web site – planetstriker.com, not yet live – is in the ... Read More »

Don’t Miss Out on a Double Dose of David Lloyd’s Aces Weekly!

"Codename D" art for Aces Weekly Volume 23 by Dylan Teague

Not only is the terrific Week Three of the brilliant digital comic published by David Lloyd, Aces Weekly (Volume 23) on its way – out on Monday evening  for subscribers – but Volume 13 is now available through ComiXology. David’s at London Film and Comic Convention this weekend where he will be more than happy to give you the lowdown on the ... Read More »

Sneak Peek: 100% Biodegradable #13 on sale now, features work by 2000AD’s Kek-W and more

Biodegradable Issue 13 - Cover

The latest issue of digital action adventure and SF anthology 100% Biodegradable – Issue 13 – is on sale now, and features some great strips from a 2000AD droid and many other great comic creators. (I’m not counting myself as one of those “greats”, but I’m in the mix, too). Here’s a peek at some of the pages. Inside: a war ... Read More »

Europe Comics heads to San Diego Comic-Con, with top creators in tow

Top European creators Mathieu Reynés, Gabriel Hernández Walta and Roger will be appearing at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con

Europe Comics has announced it will be making its official San Diego Comic-Con debut with its very own booth (#1220), panels, live drawing events and signing sessions. Europe Comics began as an idea of Franco-Belgian comics agent Mediatoon Licensing. Three years (and a lot of work) later, it evolved into a 13-partner pan-European alliance, supported by the European Commission and held ... Read More »

VATMOSS Tax Problems will continue for indie comic creators, in or out of the EU

Death Duty art by Bill Storie, inked by Brett Burbridge

Anyone remember the VATMOSS debacle which is still costing small business time and money – including comic creators selling digital editions? The debacle that put some small electronic publishers out of business? We reported on it here last year – along with concerns that the rules would be extended to physical goods, which, thankfully, has been delayed… for now. Well, ... Read More »

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