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Guest Post: Support British Comics, urges Lew Stringer

A panel from "Team Toxic" by Lew Stringer

Comic artist and writer Lew Stringer argues the case for more positivity from fans about the current British comics industry… There’s often a bit of negativity on the ‘net about the British comics industry and how things were so much better in the old days. Well, the same could be said about the UK film industry, or its television output, ... Read More »

Looking Back: Marvel UK’s Pencilling Do’s and Don’ts

Transformers UK Issue 153

  I’ve got my grumpy head on this morning. Bear with me while I grumble. Back in the 1990s, many young artists would show up at the few British comic conventions there were back then and present their portfolios to Marvel UK’s editors, or send work in on spec, just as they do today, but to far fewer publishers than ... Read More »

Making Sense of the new Secret Wars: Battleworld and the Marvel UK Superheroes

Secret Wars Logo

  Mark Roberts has  been documenting the histories and current fates of many Marvel UK characters, from Captain Britain and Death’s Head to Motormouth and the Gene Dogs, for many years on his excellent blog, It Came From Darkmoor. But after the excitement of Revolutionary War, which revived many Marvel UK characters, he stepped away from the Marvel Universe… but ... Read More »

Comics and Literacy, Part 5: Where Do We Go From Here? by Neill Cameron

The COMPLETE HISTORY OF BRITISH COMICS (abridged)

  In September and October 2014, comic creator Neill Cameron published a series of articles on the British comics industry which he has very kindly given us permission to cross post here, as part of wider efforts by both him and many others to promote comics in the UK. We’re grateful to Neill for the chance to re-circulate this series of articles. You can also ... Read More »

Comics and Literacy, Part 4: Comics For 7-Year-Olds by Neill Cameron

Comics for 7-Year-Olds

In September 2014, comic creator Neill Cameron published a series of articles on the British comics industry which he has very kindly given us permission to cross post here, as part of wider efforts by both him and many others to promote comics in the UK. We’re grateful to Neill for the chance to re-circulate this series of articles. A problem I hear a ... Read More »

Comics and Literacy, Part 3: Things You Can Do by Neill Cameron

Kids Comics Festivals Stage 5 by Sarah McIntyre

  In September 2014, comic creator Neill Cameron published a series of articles on the British comics industry which he has very kindly given us permission to cross post here, as part of wider efforts by both him and many others to promote comics in the UK. We’re grateful to Neill for the chance to re-circulate this series of articles. So! To recap: so ... Read More »

Comics and Literacy, Part Two: The (New) Golden Age of Children’s Comics by Neill Cameron

Pink Fluffy Ketchup Covered Flower Ponies #1! A brand new comics, to be released at Thought Bubble this November, by 15 young creators who're part of Team Ketchup - a "Children's comic review group, aged 10-15, about to embark on creating our own comics & helping people to comic jam". Isn’t that cool? Imagine if there was a club doing something like that in every school. Imagine if in every school across the country, kids were being encouraged to make their own comics and then share them with their friends and with the rest of the school; to collaborate and compete and let their imaginations generally run riot. Imagine if libraries and after-school clubs and youth groups got in on the act, and imagine if there were some easy ways for all those kids making all those comics to share those comics with readers and with each other. There's your Golden Age of Children's Comics, right there.

In September 2014, comic creator Neill Cameron published a series of articles on the British comics industry which he has very kindly given us permission to cross post here, as part of wider efforts by both him and many others to promote comics in the UK. We’re grateful to Neill for the chance to re-circulate this series of articles.     In yesterday’s post ... Read More »

Comics and Literacy Part One: Why Reading Comics Matters by Neill Cameron

Comics and Literacy - Awesome Comics

  In September 2014, comic creator Neill Cameron published a series of articles on the British comics industry which he has very kindly given us permission to cross post here, as part of wider efforts by both him and many others to promote comics in the UK. We’re grateful to Neill for the chance to re-circulate this series of articles. Booktrust and Save The ... Read More »

Saturday Night Special: Behind the Scenes on “Saltire”

  It is amazing to think that only last year a new company and a new comic franchise was launched in Dundee. This was Diamond Steel Comics with the superhero Saltire. This was originally thought of as a way to refute an argument when creator John Ferguson was told Scotland could not have its own superhero. The challenge spurred John ... Read More »

Arena: The Crunch is NOW!

Arena - Scoutship

    When I heard that Bear Alley Books had obtained a license to reprint a vintage DC Thomson adventure story, I was beside myself with excitement. When I found out that it was from The Crunch, my inner child was overjoyed. The last bit of the puzzle was to find that it was “Arena” that was being published. And ... Read More »

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