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Splank! a New Comic, in the works

Some characters created for Peter Duncan by ace comics artist Duncan Scott, whose credits include The Dandy and more

Comics fan Peter Duncan began his British comics-oriented blog Splank! just over a year ago, on 1st April 2016,  starting with a post about Splank!, a totally imaginary Irish version of Pow!, one of a trio of unique and, by fans of a certain age, very fondly remembered comics of the 1960s. We covered this spoof here on downthetubes, but ... Read More »

In Praise of… Leo Baxendale

Willy the Kid meets the Loch Ness Monster by and © Leo Baxendale

Leo Baxendale is a British cartoonist who should need no introduction to downthetubes readers. Not only was the creator of the classic Beano strips “Little Plum”, “Minnie the Minx”, “The Bash Street Kids” and “The Three Bears”, but he was instrumental in the creation of the much-loved Wham! , published by Odhams Press, in  1964, and for creating Clever Dick (for ... Read More »

Creating Comics: An Interview with Commando Editor Kirsten Murray

Kirsten Murray, editor of Commando and more at DC Thomson

With war comic Commando recently passing its landmark 5000th issue and many changes behind the scenes in its editorial department, downthetubes caught up with the veteran title’s recently-installed editor, Kirsten Murray, just part of her role as DC Thomson’s Heritage Brands editor, to ask her about the title’s ongoing success at a difficult time for British comics – and her ... Read More »

New Asterix album title revealed as the Gauls head for Italy!

Asterix and the Race through Italy - Chariot Chase

Asterix and the Race through Italy – yes, the title of the 37th album recounting the adventures of our friends from Gaul created by two comic book geniuses – Albert Uderzo and René Goscinny – has finally been revealed, due for release in October. The year is 50 BC. Italy is entirely under Rome’s control, well, not entirely… Though Caesar dreams ... Read More »

Happy 30th Birthday, Combat Colin!

Combat Colin - 30 Yampy Years

Huge congratulations to longtime British comics creator Lew Stringer this morning, whose much-loved clumsy combat hero Combat Colin celebrates 30 years of publication. The first Combat Colin strip appeared in print in Marvel UK’s Action Force Issue 5, published on 28th March 1987 (cover dated 4th April), and has since featured in numerous publications down the years, including MUK’s Transformers, ... Read More »

VIZ among Big Issue editor’s favourite reads

VIZ Promotional Art

Best-selling humour comic magazine VIZ is one of Big Issue editor Paul McNamee‘s favourite reads, he reveals in an opinion piece for InPublishing magazine. He’s also a fan of Private Eye, Q – and the Church Times advertiser section. Celebrating the continuing success of some print magazines despite tumbling sales for many, Paul – whose own title, The Big Issue, ... Read More »

2017 Brussels Comic Strip Festival celebrates 60 years of Gaston LaGaffe (that’s “Gomer Goof” to his English fans)

This year’s Comic Strip Festival in Brussels will celebrate the 60th anniversary of famous Belgian comic character Gaston Lagaffe, organisers have announced. The gag-a-day comic strip was created in 1957 by the Belgian cartoonist André Franquin in the Franco-Belgian comics magazine Spirou. Taking place on 1-3rd September 2017, Brussels eighth Comic Strip Festival moves to the Palais des Beaux-Arts / ... Read More »

In Review: Football Earth – The Wild Side by Steve English

Football Earth - The Wild Side - Zebras

By Steve English Hardcover: 160 pages Publisher: Summersdale Out: Now The Book: In 2009 scientists discovered dolphins playing football with jellyfish off the coast of Wales. Some believe they have been playing this game for hundreds, if not thousands of years. And it’s not only dolphins that are football fans, but the entire animal kingdom! The Wild Side showcases the ... Read More »

Sneak Peek: Sink Your Teeth into Comic Book Slumber Party’s new title, Deep Space Canine

Dep Space Canine - Cover

Available to order now from Avery Hill Publishing is the British Comic Award nominated series, Deep Space Canine, produced in partnership with comics powerhouse Comic Book Slumber Party. Life in space can be tough – and when you’re balancing a hydro-herb habit, mysterious intruders and an impending reunion, things get even tougher. Luckily, Space Commander Greasy is not alone, and with the help ... Read More »

King Kong, wartime Beanos and banned Oz comics – quite a selection in latest ComPal comic auction!

Mighty World of Marvel 1 (1972) - with Hulk T-Shirt Transfer free gift

The latest Compalcomics online auction has just launched and offers a fantastic selection of wartime Beanos, pre-war Mickey Mouse Weeklies and copies of Glasgow / Northern Looking Glass, considered the world’s first “comic”, published in Glasgow in 1825. Plus, there’s the chance to get your hands on some rare underground comics, including a copy of the infamous Oz “Schoolkids” magazine that saw ... Read More »

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