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Dave Gibbons signing this weekend for new “Brighton’s Graphic War” from QueenSpark Books

Brighton’s Graphic War - Art

QueenSpark Books will be hosting an exclusive book signing event this coming weekend at Brighton’s Dave’s Comics with Comics Laureate Dave Gibbons to help launch their new graphic novel, Brighton’s Graphic War – and there will be a special auction the night before, for the book cover art, a one-off original Brighton’s themed painting by Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell. Following on from the success of Brighton – The Graphic Novel – which ... Read More »

Matthew Dooley’s Milkman tale wins him £1000 Graphic Short Story Prize

Matthew Dooley, whose previous works include the self-published comic Meanderings, is the 2016 winner of the Cape Observer Comica Graphic Short Story Prize. His four-page story, “Colin Turnbull: A Tall Story“, which you can read here, wins £1,000 cash and will be published in the Observer New Review. It’s fifth time lucky in this competition for Matthew who, judge Rachel ... Read More »

New Thelwell “Menagerie” Prints Released

Screen printer John Patrick Reynolds – perhaps best known to downthetubes readers for his Beano-inspired prints -has produced six new screenprints based on the drawings of cartoonist Norman Thelwell. These “Thelwell Menagerie” prints show the range of Thelwell’s interests, from one of his famous ponies (hugging its chubby little owner) to a dog (also hugging its master, but overpowering it ... Read More »

London’s Orbital Comics showcases Graphic Short Story Prize Finalists

Were you short-listed? Here are the finalists’ names and the titles of their entries to this year’s Observer Jonathan Cape Graphic Novels Comica London Graphic Short Story Prize.  There’s the opportunity to meet many of them and read their four-page comics at London’s Orbital Comics‘ Finalists Showcase Exhibition, which opens today, and see the runner-up and winner get their cheques at ... Read More »

In Like Flint… Announcing a Warlord Retrospective Marathon

Warlord Issue One - SNIP

Over on the Comics UK forum, we love to talk about comics and one of my friends has been enthusing about Fleetway Editions Battle, home to strips such as “Charley’s War” (documented here on downthetubes, a war comic title now owned by Rebellion) and “Johnny Red” – to name but two. In his musings about Battle, my friend Geoff, who knows I’m ... Read More »

Something For the Weekend – Thought Bubble and Dan Dare! – New Comics On Sale in the UK (w/c 31st October 2016)

Wired Up Wrong by Rachael Smith - Sample Art

It’s Thought Bubble in Leeds this weekend, so as something of a departure from our usual coverage of new comics on sale in newsgents and comic shops, I thought I’d spotlight just a few of the great comics (and I do mean a few, because there are loads!) that will debut at the event, including Fraser Campbell‘s fabulous retro TV-inspired ... Read More »

Creator Spotlight – S.J. McCune and his Monologue

Monologe by S.J. McCune

The singular experience of reading a comic can provide a range of emotions. Diving into the art of a piece and allowing it to affect you emotionally is probably why we connect so much with this medium. The art and words of S.J. (Stuart) McCune‘s Monologue are something that has stayed with me long after reading the three issues. A ... Read More »

In Review: It’s Ghastly, the untimely demise of “Scream!” (Not for the nervous…)

It's Ghastly! - Cover

Greetings mortals! Don’t expect an objective review of It’s Ghastly, the new Comic Archive from Hibernia Comics (their third), because I’ve been waiting for this publication for over 30 years. I was absolutely the right age to be into Fleetway Editions short-lived weekly horror comic, Scream!, when it first came out and I devoured each issue with eager anticipation. When it ceased ... Read More »

In Review: Alex Automatic

Alex Automatic - Cover

The Book: Alex Automatic is written by Fraser Campbell with art by James Corcoran, colour art by David B. Cooper with lettering and design by Colin Bell. Variant covers are by Iain Laurie, Alisdair Wood and Nick Pitarra plus pin-ups by a host of others. Alex Automatic is about a Government agent called Alex Anderson. Subjected to an experimental programme, ... Read More »

Who’s the toughest – US Marines or British Commandos? Find out in Commando comic “Yankee Buddy”,

Commando 4965 – Black Sun Squadron

Here’s your undercover intel on the latest issues of DC Thomson’s Commando (Issues 4963-4966), on sale now in all good newsagents (although you might have to ask for them in certain WHSmith stores, where they are kept behind the counter), and available on various digital platforms. Commando 4963 – Deadly Dilemma Story: George Low Art: Rezzonico Cover: Janek Matysiak Stranded ... Read More »

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