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Tony Esmond’s Comic Shop Survival Guide – Part Four: How To Buy A Comic (It isn’t always that easy!) – The Actual Buying Bit

Comic Shop Survival Guide - How To Buy A Comic by David Broughton

There isn’t a week that goes by that one of the downthetubes team reads a post or receives a news item about declining comic sales, some articles blaming comics piracy, others the cost of comics, the end of physical print. But what if a lot of it is just down to how off-putting the whole process of buying a comic ... Read More »

Tony Esmond’s Comic Shop Survival Guide – Part Three: Choosing Your Comic

The Usual Comic Buying Suspects by David Broughton

There isn’t a week that goes by that one of the downthetubes team reads a post or receives a news item about declining comic sales, some articles blaming comics piracy, others the cost of comics, the end of physical print. But what if a lot of it is just down to how off-putting the whole process of buying a comic ... Read More »

Tony Esmond’s Comic Shop Survival Guide – Part Two: How To Buy A Comic

Comic Survival Guide - Green Pants on by David Broughton

There isn’t a week that goes by that one of the downthetubes team reads a post or receives a news item about declining comic sales, some articles blaming comics piracy, others the cost of comics, the end of physical print. But what if a lot of it is just down to how off-putting the whole process of buying a comic ... Read More »

Tony Esmond’s Comic Shop Survival Guide – Part One: Dealing with Comic Shop Staff … and other customers

Tony Esmond's Comic Shop Survival Guide - Part One. Art by David Broughton

There isn’t a week that goes by that one of the downthetubes team reads a post or receives a news item about declining comic sales, some articles blaming comics piracy, others the cost of comics, the end of physical print. But what if a lot of it is just down to how off-putting the whole process of buying a comic ... Read More »

A Friday Rant: The Perplexing Non Publicity for many British Comic Publications

The latest issue of InPublishing, a magazine covering all aspects of newspaper, magazine and digital publishing – available free to those working in publishing – and which publishes all its features, free to view, online – has just interviewed Egmont Publishing‘s Managing Director Cally Poplak. Cally began her career as an editor, working with household names like Michael Morpurgo, Lemony Snicket, ... Read More »

Celebrating the British Small Press: 60 Great Small Comic Press (Part Three)

No Time Like The Present - Paul Rainey

When Marvel UK shrunk its original strip output in the mid-1990s, not being a 2000AD reader, I had nowhere to go. I came to find that the small press, often photocopied works, were a core part of British comics.  This is the third and final part of my celebration of those small press titles – a look back at the ... Read More »

Celebrating the British Small Press: 60 Great Small Comic Press (Part Two)

The O Men - Martin Eden

When Marvel UK shrunk its original strip output in the mid-1990s, not being a 2000AD reader, I had nowhere to go. I came to find that the small press, often photocopied works, were a core part of British comics.  This is the second part of my celebration of those small press titles You can read Part One here and Part Three ... Read More »

Celebrating the British Small Press: 60 Great Small Comic Press (Part One)

"Cleansing Services" by Neill Cameron

When Marvel UK shrunk its original strip output in the mid-1990s, not being a 2000AD reader, I had nowhere to go. I came to find that the small press, often photocopied works, were a core part of British comics. In celebration of Small Press Day on 9th July 2016, I’ve written about small press comics that I enjoyed so much. ... Read More »

“Black Dog – The Dreams of Paul Nash”, A Reader’s Experience

Black Dog – The Dreams of Paul Nash - Sample Art 5

Created by Dave McKean Publisher: Lakes International Comic Art Festival and Hourglass (the Artist’s Book, limited edition of 300 – a graphic novel edition will be published by Dark Horse in October Let me start this item by saying that this is neither a ‘Preview’ nor a ‘Review’. What this is a recounting of the responses I felt reading this book on a warm night, late off ... Read More »

British Comics: Charting The Reprint Rights Nightmare

An episode of Star Trek from Joe 90 Top Secret Issue 2. Art by Harry Lindfield.

The arrival of the first volume of Star Trek: The Classic UK Comics from US publisher IDW this morning (courtesy of editor Rich Handley, out 28th April), comprising the first 18 bizarre stories published in Joe 90: Top Secret and TV21 in the 1960s, loosely based on the long-running TV series (and I do mean, loosely) prompted some pondering on the perils ... Read More »

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