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Albion Artist Shane Oakley Interviewed

Shane Oakley's Captain Hurricane

In the third of three exclusive features marking the recent release of Titan and Wildstorm’s Albion collection — interviews with writers Leah Moore and John Reppion, and IPC’s Andrew Sumner were published earlier this month — artist Shane Oakley offers downthetubes readers a rare interview about his career, his role in the project to revive IPC Media’s legendary comics characters, ... Read More »

Albion Man: An interview with Andrew Sumner

Andrew Sumner

Titan Books have just released their edition of the collected Albion, Wildstorm’s welcome revival of many British comics heroes owned by IPC. The trade offers the complete story – with some sprucing up of some of the art in places and a wonderful collection of original stories featuring some of the characters in the new adventure, culled from various annuals ... Read More »

2000AD competition over on FPI

Joe Gordon from Forbidden Planet International has just dropped me a quick line to advise of a pretty cool 2000AD competition he’s lined up. “I just can’t let the 30th anniversary of 2000AD at the end of this month pass without marking it, so I’ve manage to wheedle Judge Dredd Complete Case Files Volume 5 signed by Alan Grant and ... Read More »

Eagle Times Volume 19 Issue Four

Eagle Times Winter 2006

The latest issue of Eagle Times, the quarterly journal of the Eagle Society, came out just before Christmas. Volume 19, issue 4 is 50+ A4 pages and includes articles on Frank Hampson’ Southport, a PC49 Christmas story, 1950s pop music and Dick Barton. • Annual subscriptions are £22 for 4 50+page issues of the journal (rates vary if overseas). Cheques should be made ... Read More »

New Issue of Jeff Hawke: Cosmos Released

Jeff Hawke Cosmos Volume 3 Number 3

(with thanks to Richard Sheaf and William Rudling): The new issue of the Jeff Hawke fan magazine has just been published and includes two complete stories from the Daily Express — “The Gamesman” and “Sitting Tenants”. Every issue of Cosmos includes in-depth analysis of the strips featured and this issue also offers a look at early SF comic hero, Captain ... Read More »

Horror Artists Wanted

Back from the Depths - 2007

Horror artists and writers are needed for a demonic new comic experiment!, the long running tribute site devoted to the 1980s classic IPC horror comic Scream!, is looking for writers and artist to contribute fresh material for a new online comic. The re-vamped(!) BackfromtheDepths website has a huge collection of original Scream stories to view online, while the ever-growing ... Read More »

Spaceship Away On the Approach Run

Spaceship Away Issue 11 - Cover

Issue 11 of the original Eagle-inspired title Spaceship Away is now at the printers and should be available in 10 days time. This latest issue of the critically acclaimed magazine is another 44 page issue, featuring all the regular strips and items, plus two more Frank Hampson Studio development sketches and a Graham Bleathman centrespread – “Battle for Mekonta”. But the really big ... Read More »

Eagle Award Nominations Sought

Eagle Awards Logo - 2006

Introduced in 1976, the Eagles are the comics industry’s longest established awards. Acknowledged as the pre-eminent international prizes, they have been featured on the covers of leading US and UK titles across the last 30 years. Unique in that they reflect the people’s choice, the Eagle Awards comprise of two distinct stages. Nominations are now being solicited for the 2006 ... Read More »

Commando goes Space Opera with “Shuttle Down!”

Commando 3971: Shuttle Down

For those who would like some new British space opera in the gap between issues of Spaceship Away, one of the early January batch of DC Thomson’s Commando comics is titles “Shuttle Down!” Commando Issue 3971 – one of four Commando titles released this month — is a contemporary tale featuring the story of a NASA shuttle with an RAF pilot who has to ... Read More »

Collected Hook Jaw Hardback Up For Auction

Collected Hook Jaw Volume One

One of five special hardback versions of the upcoming Hook Jaw collection from Spitfire Comics is up for auction on ebay. The softcover is due for release soon through online and high street bookshops. Prior to the official release of Hook Jaw, Spitfire Comics produced five hardback copies for the purposes of quality control. Three of the five are already taken by members of ... Read More »

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