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Creating Comics: Behind the Scenes on “The Marionette Unit” with James Boyle, Azhur Saleem and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell

The Marionette Unit - Sample 1

Recently released, The Marionette Unit is a stunning, creepy and thoroughly enjoyable new Victorian mystery story, a graphic novel created by filmmakers Azhur Saleem and James Boyle, and illustrated by ace comic artist Warwick Johnson-Cadwell (Tank Girl, Gungle, Nelson, 24×7, Off-Life). We haven’t had opportunity to review the book here at downthetubes yet – it’s sitting near the top of the dangerously tottering pile – ... Read More »

Creating The Chimeran: An exclusive look at a new comics project from Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz

The Chimeran - Teaser Poster

Recently in the spotlight at the ICE convention in Birmingham was a new project involving some stellar talent, The Chimeran – a creative team that includes Ben Oliver and Simon Furman, Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back producer Gary Kurtz, Richard Bazley and Paul Goodenough. Hot on the heels of that, we caught up with Paul Goodenough to talk to him about the comic and his writing career… Paul has recently moved from being ... Read More »

Ape Judge Harry Heston storms the Megazine, the co-creation of late 2000AD “super fan” Stewart Perkins

Harry Heston, Judge Ape

Regular downthetubes readers will recall Richmond Clements tribute back in May for one of 2000AD‘s greatest fans, army veteran Stewart Perkins, who sadly  passed away earlier this year. Well, there’s some good news: Harry Heston, the ape Judge character he co-created with Jake Lynch, will make its debut in next week’s Judge Dredd Megazine. As a life-long fan of legendary ... Read More »

Creating Comics: Titan and Forbidden Planet’s Nick Landau and Vivian Cheung talk to ICV2

Nick Landau and Vivian Cheung

Comics site ICV2 has just published a two-part interview with Titan Entertainment Group Managing Director Nick Landau and Executive Director Vivian Cheung, the duo behind UK-based Titan Entertainment, which has a long history and broad business portfolio that’s invisible to many people in the business, who are only familiar with its recent expansion of comics and graphic novel publishing. The interview explores ... Read More »

A Broons Birthday Bash, Ian Kennedy Art Masterclasses and more at Dundee Literary Festival

Dan Dare - Return of The Mekon by Ian Kennedy

Although the Dundee Comics Day has been completely subsumed into the Dundee Literary Festival, there’s still a number of events of plenty of interest to comics fans this year when the event returns in October. The highlight for many will be not one but two Ian Kennedy Art Masterclasses, offering live drawing and the chance to be guided through his 50-year comics career. ... Read More »

Martin Baines draws new Thunderbirds Are Go strip for official comic

Art from Issue 13 of the Thunderbirds Are Go magazine by Martin Baines

The latest issue of DC Thomson’s Thunderbirds Are Go comic – on sale in all good newsagents and supermarkets – features the first issue to include all-new comic strip from artist Martin Baines, a departure from the previous “photo story” format for the best-selling title. The new comic strip will soon feature the series’ new villain, The Mechanic (voiced by ... Read More »

Hachette road testing Transformers: The Definitive Collection part work

Transformers Collection - Promotional Art

Hachette already publish a number of comics-related partworks, but downthetubes contributor Richard Sheaf has come across a new one, which looks like being essential reading to any Transformers fans out there, collecting every comics appearance of the Hasbro creations. The publication’s web site proclaims: “From the Marvel US and UK stories to the Dreamwave era and the triumphant IDW incarnation ... Read More »

Something For The Weekend (w/c 12th September 2016): Dredd Endings and Doctor Who (Three!)

2000AD Prog 1998

It’s getting close – 2000AD Prog 2000 is just two weeks away, and the excitement is pretty much uncontainable – but the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic is building to it with some stonking, fully thrill-powered issues and Prog 1998 is no exception. “Judge Dredd” is brutally brilliant and I’m loving the twists and turns of “Scarlet Traces: Cold War” and Judge Anderson ... Read More »

Lakes International Comic Art Festival Exhibitions include Kendal floods tribute, Fringe events revealed

"Five Bridges" Exhibition Poster by Mike Medaglia

With just four weeks to go to the event, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival has revealed its full Exhibitions plans around this year’s three day-long weekend (14th – 16th October) in Kendal, alongside its ever-popular Fringe events, which include Guardian political cartoonist Martin Rowson creating a mural right outside local MP and Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron‘s offices! Of special interest to ... Read More »

High School Zombies and Time Sharks! It’s happening in the latest all-new Doctor Who Adventures!

Doctor Who Adventures Issue 19 - Strip Sampler

The summer’s over but the fun is far from done! Get ready for the thrill of a zillion lifetimes with the latest issue of Doctor Who Adventures (Issue 19), on sale in all good newsagents from tomorrow! (15th September). FEAR BUDS Andrew Cartmel’s run on the DWA comic strip continues as the Doctor and Jata the alien horse find themselves ... Read More »

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