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Comic Creator Interviews

Interviews with British comic creators – writers, artists, editors and more.

DC Thomson bids farewell to Bill Graham

DC Thomson editor Bill Graham

DC Thomson editor Bill Graham – whose credits include Starblazer, Warlord and Spike and had a long and varied career with the Dundee-based company – has just retired. Previously interviewed by Jeremy Briggs for the site, what we haven’t published before is a picture of him with his lesser-known brother — PC Murdoch from the Oor Wullie strips! “The story ... Read More »

Paul Cornell: Hanging with the Captain

Back in 2008, during the publication run of Captain Britain and MI13 by Marvel Comics, downthetubes regular contributor and Judge Dredd: The Megazine feature writer Matt Badham conducted an interview with novelist, comics and TV writer Paul Cornell, as research material for an article about Captain Britain that subsequently appeared in the the Megazine. Although various quotes were used in ... Read More »

British Comic Creator Interviews on SciFiPulse

Longtime downthetubes readers know this site trades news items with the superb science fiction TV, film and genre site SciFiPulse, but what with recent holidays here in the tubes, we’ve missed some of their coverage of British comics. So here’s a quick round up of some of their recent interviews, with links, courtesy of Ian Cullen that site’s webmaster and ... Read More »

Tube Surfing: Pitching at Conventions, Classic Tempest and Comic Domination

• Anyone planning to attend the British International Comic Show to pitch work might be interested in Insomnia Publications Guide to pitching to them, which they hope will give creators a bit more help and confidence when it comes to knowing what they’re looking for. downthetubes also has some advice about portfolio preparation and pitching here. Hope it’s useful. • ... Read More »

Panel Borders: Emma Vieceli, promoting new British Manga

Continuing ‘Women in Comics’ month on podcast Panel Borders – and originally broadcast on Resonance FM – this week Alex Fitch talks to Emma Vieceli, illustrator of the Manga Shakespeare adaptations of Hamlet and Much ado about Nothing who has also contributed to the graphic anthology ‘Comic Book Tattoo’ which adapts the songs of Tori Amos into strip format. Alex ... Read More »

Crawford Coutts On The Spot

Insomina Publications is fast becoming something of a rising star in the UK indie publishing press, with graphic novels such as Cancertown and the upcoming Burke & Hare just some of its well-received titles. As the company prepares to launch its much-anticipated Vigil range – graphic novels re-telling the events, lives and stories of famous men and women – David ... Read More »

Tube Surfing: Hi-Ex, CD24, Classical Comics and Barefoot Zombies

• The Hi Ex elves may have been quiet but they tell us they’ve been busy behind the scenes rushing around the country banging on doors and jumping through hoops to get their next Highlands convention shipshape. “We’re working hard to try and get funding to put on more, bigger and better,” says co-organiser Vicky Stonebridge. “We hope to get ... Read More »

Crikey! Goes Colour

The latest issues of British comics magazine Crikey! is on sale this week – and has made the leap to full colour throughout. Running to 84 pages the first issue of the now bi–monthly Crikey!, with a Dennis the Menace cover, boasts some of the best talents around. Interviews include Dez Skinn, legendary publisher of such notables as Warrior and ... Read More »

Adventures in Wonderland

downthetubes is pleased to announce an interview by Matt Badham with Dracula and Sherlock Holmes writers Leah Moore and John Reppion. Leah and John are the husband and wife writing team behind Doctor Who: The Whispering Gallery, The Complete Dracula, The Trial of Sherlock Holmes and, of course, the British comics-inspired saga Albion. In this exclusive interview for downthetubes with ... Read More »

GI Handley: Rise of the Writer

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