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

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

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 »

Cosplay Is NOT Consent – By Colin Noble

Avengers cosplayers Rachael Barney, Rich Oliver, Alexis Kaisharis and Chris Mallarkey. Photo © K Clancy Photography

With the conventions of 2016 fast approaching, I’m looking forward to meeting a lot of artists, writers, editors, inkers and publishers. But another part of the convention experience has become meeting some of the cosplayers out there, who deserves kudos for the work they put into their costumes and their knowledge of the characters that they are playing. Their inventiveness ... Read More »

The British Comics Industry: Looking Back on 2015, Looking Forward to 2016

The Beano - Hiring Poster

With the festive season upon us and 2015 racing to a close, over on Comic Book Resources, staff writer and comics retailer Brian Hibbs, in an article titled “Tilting at Windmills: Trouble on the Horizon?“notes we’re in an extremely odd place in the US comic book market as 2015 draws to a close: a market that, for most retailers, really is ... Read More »

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