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“Rourke of the Radlands” return via 100% Biodegradable shapes up

100% Biodegradable 16 - Cover SNIP

Back in the early 1990s, myself and now Wonder Woman artist Liam Sharp co-created “Rourke of the Radlands“, who has only, to date, appeared in Marvel UK’s STRIP anthology (Issue Four). As I previously mentioned here, the response to the strip was positive and editor Dan Abnett got Liam and I working on a mini-series idea, one that went through ... Read More »

Another rare “Banned” Action offered for sale, start your bids at £2500

Action Issue 37

There’s another chance for someone with deep pockets to get their hands of a copy of the rare “banned” issue of controversial 1970s comic Action (Issue 37). The starting price this time around, through eBay once more, is £2,500 and it can be found here. Previously offered issues of this rare comic sold for £4110.75 and £2555   Here’s the description of ... Read More »

The Gang’s All Here (well, almost): 2000AD’s 40th birthday – full line-up and schedule announced

2000AD Prog 2014

The full guest list and schedule for next month’s 2000AD 40 Years of Thrill-Power Festival has been announced – featuring a huge range of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic’s contributors. While not every creator involved in creating the 2000AD legend will be heading to Hammersmith, there is certainly a sizeable proportion -and other anniversary event are being planned, so if some aren’t ... Read More »

downthetubes Discoveries: Turkish comics culture, thanks to comic hero Tarkan

Istanbul Comics & Arts Festival

Almost every downthetubes visitor is a comic reader, but up until I came across an item on the Facebook Mighty World of British Comics group, to my shame, I had no idea comics reading once as popular in Turkey as I already knew it was in countries such as France, Italy, the US, UK, Japan, India or China (to name but a few). Posted to ... Read More »

Groovy, Baby! Doctor Who Magazine Goes Retro with free Dalek-infested classic comic giveaway

A panel from *Sub Zero, featuring the Third Doctor and the Daleks, originally presented in 1972 in Countdown comic

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 508, out now from all good UK newsagents, has a grab bag of treats on offer for fans of 1970s Doctor Who – and great comics. Not only does it include a terrific free gift – a re-presentation supplement of “*Sub Zero“, a cracking Dalek story first published in Countdown and TV Action back in 1972, written by Dennis ... Read More »

In Review: Map of Days by Robert Hunter

Map of Days - 2017 Edition Cover

By Robert Frank Hunter Published by NoBrow Press Hardback – 56 Full Colour Story Pages – RRP £12.99 The Story: Richard can’t stop thinking about the clock. He lies in bed each night, listening to its tick-tocking to the pendulum’s heavy swing. Why does his grandfather open its dark doors in secret and walk into the darkness beyond!? One night, ... Read More »

The Dandy’s Korky the Cat hits, er… the catwalk! Thanks to top fashion designer Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney -2017 Dandy Collection SNIP

The Dandy comic may sadly be long gone but Beano Studios has teamed up with fashion designer Stella McCartney to bring some of its characters back into the public eye for her autumn 2017 collection. Korky the Cat, Dinah Mo and mischievous twins Cuddles and Dimples all feature on the print, which appears in 15 pieces of the designer’s ready-to-wear collection. ... Read More »

The original “Something Wicked” creeps into the digital world, features early work by Al Ewing and more

Something Wicked Issue One - Cover

Back in in 2007 (or maybe earlier, my zombie brain isn’t quite working properly today), British independent comics publisher FutureQuake Press launchd Something Wicked, a horror anthology that included work from the likes of Cullen Bunn, Al Ewing, PJ Holden, Michael Carroll, Cavan Scott and Keith Burns. Whatever happened to them, eh? Oh, wait… Long out of print, the good news is ... Read More »

In Review: Doctor Who Adventures Issue 21 (Doctor Who meets Doctor Strangeglove?)

Doctor Who Adventures Magazine Issue 21 (Panini)

The Comic: Doctor Who Adventures is a fun-filled, action-packed magazine for girls and boys aged 6 – 13 who love Doctor Who. Aimed at a slightly younger audience than Doctor Who Magazine, it offers a crazy plunge into the wacky world of The Doctor, as he travels through time and space to battle the alien forces of evil and save planet ... Read More »

New Commandos out this week, readers survey launched

Commando 4982 – Very Important Passenger

Here’s the intel on the latest issues of DC Thomson’s Commando (Issues 4983 – 4986), on sale from Thursday 12th January 2017 in all good newsagents in the UK and via various digital platforms – plus news of a readers survey running via the title’s official web site, which will help shape the war comic’s future. Commando 4983 – The Sentinel Story: ... Read More »

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