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Lost Fleet – Corsair by Jack Campbell #2 – Covers Spotlight!

Lost Fleet #2 Cover B by David Demaret

June sees the release of The Lost Fleet: Corsair #1 – a new comic series by Jack Campbell, based on his best-selling series of military science-fiction novels which I’m editing for Titan Comics – but the covers for #2 are already out in the wild, over on the Diamond PREVIEWS web site. In #2, Destina Aragon leads the Tigres on a mission ... Read More »

Aliens, Daleks and Paul Cornell, Oh My!

Saucer State #1 -SNIP

Out next month from IDW is Saucer State, written by Paul Cornell (who I recently worked with on Doctor Who: Heralds of Destruction) with art by Ryan Kelly (Lucifer) – and there’s a new Doctor Who comic collection out too, coincidentally featuring another strip I also worked on with him! Saucer State is the sequel to and the conclusion of ... Read More »

Bryan Talbot payes tribute to Leo Baxendale in final Grandville tale

Grandville Force Majeure - P24 Panel Leo

Artist Bryan Talbot has sent us this panel from his final Grandville story – a homage to the late Leo Baxendale, scripted five years ago, penciled and inked about 15 months ago and coloured in January. “I’m going to dedicate the book to his memory,” Bryan tells us. The book will be launched in October at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Grandville: Force ... Read More »

New Doctor Who Adventures Out Now – We’ll Shout that ’til we’re Horse!

Doctor Who Adventures Issue 23 - Killer App Strip

Doctor Who Adventures Issue 23 is in sale now from Panini, and I’m delighted to report that the Doctor is still battling aliens accompanied by an alien talking horse. (Not that it wouldn’t be great to have new companion Bill in the strip – she gets an introductory UNIT “Alien Archive” feature this issue – but a talking horse is ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Leo Baxendale

A montage of Leo Baxendale's work, including part of his self portrait

Just days after posting an “In Praise of… Leo Baxendale” feature, focusing on his later, creator-owned material, we’re sorry to report his passing. I know this is a loss is going to hit a lot of my friends hard, especially those who know or worked with him, such as Tony Bennett at Knockabout, or Joe Gordon at Forbidden Planet International, with whom he ... Read More »

Splank! a New Comic, in the works

Some characters created for Peter Duncan by ace comics artist Duncan Scott, whose credits include The Dandy and more

Comics fan Peter Duncan began his British comics-oriented blog Splank! just over a year ago, on 1st April 2016,  starting with a post about Splank!, a totally imaginary Irish version of Pow!, one of a trio of unique and, by fans of a certain age, very fondly remembered comics of the 1960s. We covered this spoof here on downthetubes, but ... Read More »

Can Your Hear Me, Mother? I’m on the Radio This Week

Thanks to David Chandler, you’ll hear me plugging Lancaster Comics Day (and the Lakes International Comic Art Festival) on this week’s “Friday Night Three” show airing on Beyond Radio (7 – 9.00pm, 103.5FM across Lancaster and Morecambe and also online). It turns out David apparently in part owes living in Lancaster down to an editorial decision made by me about ... Read More »

Robotech #1: first interior art and story details revealed at C2E2

Robotech #1 - Sample 2 - Unlettered

Titan Comics have just revealed the first interior art and story details for Robotech #1. The influential 1980s anime classic returns on 26th July 2017 with a brand-new ongoing series packed with earth-shattering shocks and surprises. The all-new Robotech comic series returns to Macross Island, the place where it all began! Writer Brian Wood, artist Marco Turini and colourist Marco ... Read More »

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Illustrator: Sarah McIntyre on How to Beat It

Sarah McIntyre - Isolated Illustrator Face

How on earth did I miss the news that illustrator and writer Sarah McIntyre is now Writer in Residence at BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity? My belated and heartiest congratulations on this new role, which she took up in February. Sarah now has a new blog for BookTrust, which, as well as fun stuff like “How to Draw Hands” includes posts like this really ... Read More »

Supergirl actress Chyler Leigh heads to Liverpool to support FAB 4000 comics project 

The Fab 4000 logo

Up, up and away! The most wonderful synchronicity is bringing Supergirl star Chyler Leigh to Liverpool next month. The visit is in support of THE FAB 4000, a brilliant new comics project developed by comics creator Tim Quinn, artist Jorge Pacheco – and the staff and pupils of St Vincent’s School for Sensory Impairment. Last June, comedian Ken Dodd introduced comics ... Read More »

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