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In Review: SP4RX by Wren McDonald

Created by Wren McDonald 120 pages – Black and White and Purple 243mm x 170mm – Softback – £14.99 Published by NoBrow Press The Story: “SP4RX is the story of mankind clawing for survival. Set in a future where a class system has emerged, the world is divided into four levels, with the elite ruling from the extravagant top-level. “SP4RX, ... Read More »

In Review: The Moniaive Comic Festival 2016

Moniaive Comic Festival Sign

Most comic conventions measure their success by either footfall, social media reach or economic success. Well, I am here to report that the Moniaive Comic Festival takes a different route to measuring success. The aim of Sue Grant and her team seems to be how they can create the most relaxed comic festival in the world – and in that, ... Read More »

Photo Review: Wonderlands UK Graphic Novel Expo 2016

Saturday 28 May 2016 saw the Wonderlands UK Graphic Novel Expo return to the CitySpace building of the University Of Sunderland. Named for the city’s links with Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and inaugurated last year to help celebrate the book’s 150 anniversary, Wonderlands is part Sunderland’s bid to be UK City Of Culture in 2021 and this second event retained ... Read More »

In Review: Darwin’s Diaries Book One: The Eye of the Celts

by Sylvain Runberg & Eduardo Ocan Publisher: Cinebook Reviewed by: Paul H. Birch (previously reviewed for downthetubes by Jeremy Briggs here) The Book: Victorian England. In Yorkshire, several men and horses working on a railway line have been killed. The police suspect some kind of wild beast. The government calls on controversial naturalist Charles Darwin to help with the investigation. ... Read More »

In Review: Drawing Breath/Argh! by Dicky Howett and Tim Quinn

Promotional Art for Tim Quinn's Biography

By Tim Quinn and Dicky Howett Publisher: MIWK Publishing Out: Now The Book: Tim Quinn and Dicky Howett’s work will be known to comic readers everywhere, especially fans of Doctor Who – their strip “Doctor Who?” (also collected by MIWK, reviewed here) featured in Doctor Who Magazine for over a decade. But as this “flip book” formatted book reveals (buy Tim’s biography, Argh!, you get Dicky’s, ... Read More »

In Review: Geis – A Matter of Life and Death by Alexis Deacon

Geis - A Matter of Life and Death by Alexis Deacon

Created by Alexis Deacon Out: Now (1st June 2016) Published by NoBrow – www.noborow.net Hardcover. Full Colour. £15.99 The Story: The ruler of the land has died. During the night fifty possible heirs to his throne are gathered in the palace. As they sit there, wondering why they have been called so late at night, a ghostly figure rises from the ... Read More »

In Review: Glorious Wrestling Alliance by Josh Hicks

Glorious Wrestling Alliance - Cover

Created by Josh Hicks ‘GLORIOUS WRESTLING ALLIANCE follows the behind-the-scenes goings on at a wrestling promotion in the build up to the biggest show of the year. Dramas, neuroses and existential crises play out among a cast of literally tens of wrestlers, and at least one has a fish for a head! Dumb, dumb comix and not much actual wrestling!’ ... Read More »

Sneak Preview: How to Survive in the North by Luke Healy

How to Survive in the North Sample 1

Created by Luke Healy Published by NoBrow Press Full Colour Hardback. 197 pages. £15.99/$22.95 “Weaving together the true life historical expeditions of Ada Blackjack and Robert Bartlett with a contemporary fictional story. How to Survive in the North is a unique and visual narrative journey that shows the strength it takes to survive even the harshest conditions – whether that ... Read More »

In Review: A City Inside by Tillie Walden

Created by Tillie Walden Published by Avery Hill Publishing The Book: A City Inside flashes backwards and forwards through the life of a lonely child as she becomes an adult and struggles to deal with the world around her – and how she shares it with the girl she falls in love with. The Review: As I was writing this ... Read More »

In Review: ​Rivers Of London – Night Witch #2

Rivers Of London: Night Witch #2

Rivers Of London: Night Witch #2 Writers: Ben Aaronovitch & Andrew Cartmel Artist: Lee Sullivan Colorist: Luis Guerrero The Book: Following a disastrous attempt to ‘recruit’ the witch, Vavara, a Russian oligarch turns his sights on Peter Grant and Thomas Nightingale – two of London’s finest policemen and its only wizards – to help recover his  daughter, apparently kidnapped by ... Read More »

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