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Creators @ Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2014: Part 1

‘Welcoming’ is a good description of the second Lakes International Comic Art Festival held over the weekend of 17-19 October 2014 in Kendal in the Lake District. After the inaugural festival last year had proven popular, this year everything seemed to be ‘more’ – more guests, more sellers, more red-shirted volunteers, more exhibitions, more workshops, more talks, more tie-in shop ... Read More »

In Review – GoodCopBad Cop – Casebook 2

GoodCopBadCop #2 - ID Badges

  To Be Published by Rough Cut Comics (on sale at ThoughtBubble 2014) Edited by Ed Murphy Cover by Joel Carpenter The Book: This 68-page book published by Rough Cut Comics continues on from the award-winning Casebook Issue One – a modern crime twist on Jekyll and Hyde, where the ‘Good Cop’ and the ‘Bad Cop’ are the same person. ... Read More »

In Review: The Lakes International Comic Art Festival – The First Timer’s View

Lakes International Comic Art Festival out side the Brewery Arts Centre. Photo: Tim Murray

(Updated with photos: 21 Oct 2014) I didn’t manage to get to the Lakes International Comic Art Festival when it started up last year so it was on my ‘to do’ list for this year. I was born in Cumbria and lived in Kendal for a few years and I’m a lifelong comics fan so to have a comics event in a ... Read More »

In Review – Meanwhile Issue One

Meanwhile... Issue One Cover by Gary Spencer Millidge

Published by Soaring Penguin Press This anthology series has made a return. It’s had a little bit of a rebranding and the first issue offers us some impressive creators and strips. Overall, this first issue offers a mixed bag of stories but with a £4.95 cover price, it’s good value for a 56-page book. I thought I would have a look at each of the ... Read More »

In Review – The Kill Screen: Cascade

Kill Screen: Cascade - Sample Art

  Writer: Mike Garley Art: Josh Sherwell Letters; Mike Stock Web: “Humanity has reached its Kill Screen. Now only the strongest will survive as computer errors transcend from the digital world in to our own, destroying everything in their way. Set two years after the ‘Kill Screen’ event, humanity lies on the brink of extinction leaving the remaining survivors caught in ... Read More »

In Review – Nenetl of the Forgotten Spirits Issues One and Two

Nenetl of the Forgotten Spirits

  Written by Vera Greentea Art by Laura Muller Published by Greentea Publishing The Story: Nenetl of the Forgotten Spirits is a spirited horror story about a ghost searching for her family during the festival of the Day of the Dead, while dodging ambitious exorcist apprentices. Vera Greentea (Recipes for the Dead, To Stop Dreaming of Goddesses) and talented German ... Read More »

In Review: White Death

White Death, written by Robbie Morrison and illustrated by Charlie Adlard, covers the little known Italian/Austro-Hungarian mountain conflict during the First World War during which avalanches were used by both sides as a weapon of war. In October 1916 Italian rifleman Pietro Aquasanta is sent to the trenches high in the Trentino mountain range where the Italians, who are allied with ... Read More »

In Review: Plagued – The Miranda Chronicles 1

Plagued - The Miranda Chronicles 1 - Sample Image

Plagued: The Miranda Chronicles Chapter One is the beginning of a new science-fiction comic book series from Scottish creators writer Gary Chudleigh and artist Tanya Roberts. Scotland in the future is a plague-stricken wasteland where witches are real albeit not accepted by what authorities there are. Thomas Mackie is a bounty hunter targeting witches for money because the witches are accused of ... Read More »

In Review: Butterfly Gate

How do you review an ‘unreviewable’ book? Be quick about it? Buy Butterfly Gate – you won’t regret it because it is remarkably good. Of course that is not the way we do reviews on downthetubes. We normally try to tell you something about the book, about its creators, and why we think it is worth buying and sometimes even ... Read More »

In Review: Red Baron – Rain Of Blood

Writer Carlos Puerta and artist Pierre Veys continue their slight twist on the life of World War One fighter ace Manfred Von Richthofen in the second part of their Red Baron series, Rain Of Blood. Von Richthofen’s heightened ability to know the thoughts of those who he is fighting with leads him to want to control the combat. However his position ... Read More »

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