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The Bible Goes Commando At The British Library

The British Library’s comics exhibition Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy In The UK, enthusiastically billed by the library as “the UK’s largest ever exhibition of mainstream and underground comics” has just completed its time in the library’s PACCAR Gallery. However the British Library was not the first of the United Kingdom’s Legal Deposit libraries to put on a major comics ... Read More »

New “BBC Arts” Site falls short with distinct lack of comics coverage

BBC Arts Online -16th May 2014

  I don’t like having a punt at the BBC. Down the years it’s brought great things to my TV screen and some of its web coverage of comics – such as the current run of articles on “The Art of War”, helping promote the upcoming Great War exhibition at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, are really welcome. But it ... Read More »

Kids Comics – an Oxymoron in Waiting?

Back in August 2013, it was reported that American artist Paul Pope had pitched an idea to DC Comics to bring back Jack Kirby’s Kamandi, The Last Boy on Earth, only to be told by DC Editor-in-Chief Dan Didio that, “We don’t make comics for kids, we make comics for 45 year olds.” While the specific phrasing of this response ... Read More »

Amazon buys Comixology, what now for independent comic creators?

Comixology Logo

I’ve just seen the news that Amazon.com is acquiring comiXology, the US company that developed a cloud-based digital comics platform. In a statement, David Naggar, Amazon’s VP, content acquisition and independent publishing said “Amazon and comiXology share a passion for reinventing reading in a digital world. “We look forward to investing in the business, growing the team, and together, bringing comics ... Read More »

One Issue – Six Questions For Scotland

On the evening of Monday 17 March 2014 Glasgow’s Centre For Contemporary Arts (CCA) held the Issue One symposium on the future of the comics industry in Scotland. With a panel of industry professionals, creatives and academics, this was not a closed affair but rather a free event open to all who wanted to attend. Colin Noble reports on Issue ... Read More »

Everyone’s Not A Critic: comics writer Fiona Avery on Constructive Criticism

Peter Woodward as Galen in Fiona Avery penned Crusade episode "The Well of Forever".

We recently published an item by comic creator and digital publisher Liam Sharp on his concerns  about the manner of some online criticism of comic creators, making an erudite appeal for calm – and common sense. His appeal reminded me of a column first published in Babylon 5 Magazine Issue 16, back in November 1999, in which US author, editor ... Read More »

Comic Criticism: A Call for Calm – and Common Sense

Death's Head II and X-Men Mini Poster by Liam Sharp

Whether it’s the bad weather on both sides of the Atlantic, or simply a case of rising bile reaching a point at which those who appear to be bearing the brunt of it have decided to say “Enough!”, the past week would appear to have brought shone a light on both the best and worst of the worldwide comics community. ... Read More »

Keeping the Flame: thank you, Doctor Who Magazine

While Doctor Who fans across the globe celebrate 50 years of their favourite TV drama this year, Robin Barnard pays tribute to the various media – and one media outlet in particular – that helped keep the Time Lord from oblivion during those ‘wilderness years’ when no new television stories were being made and it seemed unlikely it would ever ... Read More »

As CLiNT breathes its last, what’s the future for British comics?

CLiNT Volume 2 Issue 8

This month sees the demise of Mark Millar’s CLiNT, the initial announcement made via US comic site Comic Book Resources, prompting bemusement from comic news sites that more regularly cover comic titles on the British newsstand. (Even now, downthetubes has still not received the statement on the title’s cancellation from Titan itself publised on CBR, despite requests, and it would ... Read More »

TOXIC comic sales up, but bad news for other news stand titles in latest ABCs

Sainsbury's Lancaster Comic Rack, February 2013

There’s good news and bad news for British news stand publishers lurking in the latest ABC sales figures for January – June 2103 for comics and related magazines, with some titles on sale in WH Smiths and other newsagents celebrating uplifts despite the economic climate, including Egmont’s own brand TOXIC, but bad news for others, such as Simpsons Comics and ... Read More »

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