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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 »

In Memoriam: Mike Western

Sad news via Steve Holland’s Bear Alley: one of the giants of British comics, Mike Western, has laid down his pen for the last time. Mike, who suffered a heart attack in 2007 and was laid low by it for several months, died late on Tuesday, 13 May, at the age of 83. His credits included The Wild Wonders for ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Terry Maloney

Over on Bear Alley, Steve Holland has just paid tribute to writer and illustrator Terry Maloney, who died on 16 March 2008, aged 90. In the 1930s, Maloney joined the Communist Party and renounced his Catholic upbringing and the church and volunteered for the International Brigades fighting in the Spanish Civil War in November 1937 and was assigned to the ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Johnny Byrne

downthetubes is sad to report the death of writer and script editor Johnny Byrne. Byrne, born in Dublin in 1935, worked on many British television shows including Heartbeat, Tales of the Unexpected and the two BBC One vets series All Creatures Great And Small and One By One. For us, he will be best remembered as the script editor during ... Read More »

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