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New comics from the Lakes Festival: “Coelifer Atlas” and “Carrot to the Stars”

Coelifer Atlas - Cover

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival has recently published two great books as part of its developing publishing program. They are Coelifer Atlas, this year’s special 24 Hour Marathon Comic project featuring a stellar line up of talent, which aims to raise awareness of the medical condition Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and has already raised £1000 for the charity OCD Action; and Carrot to the Stars, an English ... Read More »

Malta Comic Con 2016 Guest Line Up – PJ Holden, Sean Azzopardi and Tim Perkins join the throng!

PJ Holden

Organisers Wicked Comics have announced a slew of guests for the eighth Malta Comic Con, taking place Saturday 3rd – Sunday 4th December at the south end of the Malta Fairs and Convention Centre (MFCC) in Ta’ Qali. I was privileged to be at MCC last year and it’s a great event, not just for the friendly atmosphere but the ... Read More »

Rare, ‘banned’ 1970s British Action comic sells for over £4000

Action 37 - 2016 eBay auction finale

Regular readers of downthetubes will recall how a rare copy of the controversial 1970s comic Action went under the hammer on eBay last year; and the final winning bid was over £2500. Well, another copy of the rare Issue 37, one of very few to survive being pulped as the hammer fell on production of the comic’s original incarnation, that ... Read More »

Light Relief: Brad Tuttle’s Brassneck and Robot Archie for Inktober

Brad Tuttle's Brassneck and Robot Archie

After the gloomy news British comics fans had this weekend, I’m more than delighted to be given permission to post this fun “Inktober” art by Milton Keynes-based tattoo artist Brad Tuttle, featuring two classic robots from British comics gone by to cheer you on this cold great October day here in the UK. Brassneck, best friend of Chuckler Chaley Brand and built ... Read More »

2000AD to pay tribute to Steve Dillon

Honouring one of their finest talents, Steve Dillon, who died at the weekend, 2000AD has announced the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic will pay tribute to the artist  in a future issue. “Over the last two days it has been great to see so many people sharing heart-warming stories about meeting and knowing him,” says a spokesperson for the comic. “One story ... Read More »

2017 Lakes International Comic Art Festival Date Announced, Sergio Aragonés First Guest

LICAF 2016 - Comics Clock Tower

The dates for next year’s annual Lakes International Comic Art Festival have been announced after its 2016 event proved a massive success once again at the weekend, attracting both comic creators and fans from around the globe. Visitor numbers were up again, with ticket sales higher than last year for the many ticketed events. The Festival’s exhibitions – most still currently ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Comic Artist Steve Dillon, A True Legend of Comics

Brett Ewins, Jamie Hewlett and Steve Dillon in the Deadline office in 1988. Photo courtesy Steve Cook / National Portrait Gallery

We’re very sorry to report the passing of gifted and much-loved comic artist Steve Dillon, a renowned talent rightfully described by Jamie McElvie as “a true legend of comics“, perhaps best known internationally for his run on DC Comics Hellblazer and as co-creator of Preacher, both published by Vertigo Comics, but for British fans captured the hearts of many with his work on ... Read More »

To The Death: Simon Furman And Geoff Senior talk world building and roads not taken on Death’s Head

To The Death by Simon Furman and Geoff Senior

This week sees the full launch of British comic creators Simon Furman and Geoff Senior’s creator owned story To The Death as a full digital package of 18 weekly web episodes, so how could we not catch up with them both and find out more about it?  Simon Furman is a writer for comic books and TV animation, his name inextricably ... Read More »

In Review – Erik The Red: King of Winter by Soren Mosdal

Erik The Red: King of Winter

Created by Soren Mosdal Published by Centrala Books Oversized full colour hardback – 135 pages – 234 x 314 mm £16.20 (Currently on sale as of 16/10/2016) ISBN: 978-0-9933951-4-7 The Story: This is a comic story inspired by the historical events surrounding the colonisation of Greenland, a tale of the harshness of the north and the figures who shaped worlds and opinions. In ... Read More »

TPub Comics launches “Twisted Dark” film competition

Twisted Dark Graphic Novel Volume 3

Twisted Dark – So Easy – a sample video of a story from the Twisted Dark by Neil Gibson. For the source comics visit: TPub Comics – publishers of the top-selling psychological thriller Twisted Dark have announced a short film competition with a $5000 cash prize inspired by the comic. The shortlisted and winning films will be screened at the Chicago City ... Read More »

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