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Tube Surfing: 16 October 2008

• Orang Utan Comics have begun to serialize Young Gods on ROK Comics. You can read it on ther web site or via WAP subscription ( • Talking of phones: the iphone, which is beginning to feature more and more comics applications, is not a passing fad: at least not according to author Charles Stross who reveals in a blog ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Pink Floyd’s Richard Wright

I was sorry to hear that founding Pink Floyd member and keyboardist Richard Wright has died at the age of 65 after losing a short struggle with cancer. Wright performed with the legendary rock outfit from their very early beginnings and for almost their entire career, contributing to the group’s 1967 Syd Barrett-led debut The Piper at the Gates of ... Read More »

Goodbye, Ken, and thanks for all the fun…

Updated (earlier picture from Doctor Who audition tapes was not, apparently, Ken Campbell): The brilliant Ken Campbell — improv actor, writer and man of experimental theatre — has died, aged just 66. His stage shows were simply incredible, always full of energy and inventiveness. The Guardian reports Campbell was last on stage just days ago, where his Showstoppers Musicals at ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Pauline Baynes

by John Freeman I’ve just been catching up with some recent email and read that Pauline Baynes, whose illustrations gave life to Narnia, as well as appearing in books by J.R.R. Tolkien, Mary Norton, Richard Adams and countless others, passed away earlier this month. Writer and broadcaster Brian Sibley pays tribute to her here. For me, Baynes’ Narnia drawings are ... Read More »

Tube Surfing: 12 August 2008

• (via Forbidden Planet International): The Observer, ComICA and Jonathan Cape have teamed up again this year for a second graphic short story competition following the success of the first such endeavour last year (which was won by Cathy Brighton’s Away in a Manger – see here for links to PDFs of the winners).Entries are now being sought for this ... Read More »

In Memoriam: “Hot Shot Hamish” writer Fred Baker

Hot Shot Hamish

Comics writer and editor Barrie Tomlinson has been in touch with sad news that prolific British comic script writer Fred Baker died earlier this month. He had been ill for some time with Alzheimer’s and died of pneumonia on 4th June. “He was one of the most prolific writers we had on the comics,” Barrie recalls. “No matter how many ... Read More »

Fred Baker: A Tribute

Hot Shot Hamish in action

Writer and former Tiger and New Eagle editor Barrie Tomlinson pays tribute to Fred Baker, one of British comics unsung heroes, who died on 4 June 2008. He had been ill for some time with Alzheimer’s and died of pneumonia. “He was one of the most prolific writers we had on the comics,” Barrie recalls. “No matter how many scripts ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Beryl Cook

Artist Beryl Cook, a painter with a cartoonists’ sensibility for accurate observation from life, has died aged 81. Her official biography on her web site indicates she was born in 1926 in Surrey, one of four sisters. She left school at fourteen, showing little talent for painting and worked in a variety of jobs. Moving to London in 1943, she ... Read More »

Mike Western: 1925 – 2008

Following the death of British comics artist Mike Western, reported earlier this week, we’ve published two new features on the main downthetubes site to celebrate his life and work. In Mike Western Remembered, Ian Wheeler pays tribute to the late, great comics artist. Included is a selected stripography, with additional information courtesy of Steve Holland, who is currently working on ... Read More »

Mike Western: A Personal Tribute

For a little over five years, John Freeman and I produced Eagle Flies Again, a fanzine dedicated to British boy’s comics with a bias towards 1980s Eagle and other comics of that era. John and I were blessed to have support from many artists and writers from the great days of British comics. But there were perhaps two men who ... Read More »

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