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Leo Baxendale Remembered, by Beano artist Nigel Parkinson

Eagle Eye and Grimly Feendish from Wham!

The first name I recognised in comics was Leo Baxendale, who signed his name on the front cover of WHAM! In 1964. Until earlier this month, he was still my favourite living cartoonist. In the 1950s he gave us Little Plum, Minnie the Minx, The Bash Street Kids and The Banana Bunch, still amongst the very top drawer of comic creations, ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Leo Baxendale

A montage of Leo Baxendale's work, including part of his self portrait

Just days after posting an “In Praise of… Leo Baxendale” feature, focusing on his later, creator-owned material, we’re sorry to report his passing. I know this is a loss is going to hit a lot of my friends hard, especially those who know or worked with him, such as Tony Bennett at Knockabout, or Joe Gordon at Forbidden Planet International, with whom he ... Read More »

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Illustrator: Sarah McIntyre on How to Beat It

Sarah McIntyre - Isolated Illustrator Face

How on earth did I miss the news that illustrator and writer Sarah McIntyre is now Writer in Residence at BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity? My belated and heartiest congratulations on this new role, which she took up in February. Sarah now has a new blog for BookTrust, which, as well as fun stuff like “How to Draw Hands” includes posts like this really ... Read More »

Supergirl actress Chyler Leigh heads to Liverpool to support FAB 4000 comics project 

The Fab 4000 logo

Up, up and away! The most wonderful synchronicity is bringing Supergirl star Chyler Leigh to Liverpool next month. The visit is in support of THE FAB 4000, a brilliant new comics project developed by comics creator Tim Quinn, artist Jorge Pacheco – and the staff and pupils of St Vincent’s School for Sensory Impairment. Last June, comedian Ken Dodd introduced comics ... 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 »

Crowdfunding Spotlight – British Jack Kirby Documentary Project Launches

Jack Kirby and Glenn Fleming, 1988

2017 marks the centennial of US comic book artist and writer Jack Kirby‘s birth – and British comics archivist Glenn Fleming has just launched a Kickstarter to back the release of a documentary about this key creator, based on interviews he conducted some years ago. The planned film features unique, unseen footage; a journey by one British fan to find Jack ... Read More »

Creating Comics: The Comic Industry and the Downside of Working from the Belly of the Whale

Jonah and the Whale by Pieter Lastman

Our thanks to comics writer, inker, letterer, editor and publisher Ian Sharman today for kindly giving us permission to post his thoughts on working in the comics industry, addressing why creators seem loathe to challenge some of its working practices… So, let’s talk about the comic industry… Every now and then I’m reminded that most fans and, indeed, people who write about ... Read More »

Kendal Calling: An Interview with Comics Artist, Illustrator and LICAF 2017 Guest Michael Cho

LICAF 2017 Michael Cho Artwork SNIP

I’m delighted to present our first “Kendal Calling” interview of 2017 in the run up to the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in October, highlighting the event’s many international and British guests. (Tickets are on sale now). Michael Cho is a cartoonist and illustrator based in Toronto, Canada. Michael has painted covers for Penguin and Random House, drawn numerous editorial ... Read More »

ELCAF 2017 Programme Announced 

London and New York-based publisher Nobrow has announced its plans for ELCAF 2017, the 6th East London Comics & Arts Festival, dedicated to showcasing the most exciting talent in comics, sequential art, illustration and storytelling. In June 2017, ELCAF is running another three day programme of talks, workshops, screenings and signings alongside an exhibitor showcase of small press and independent ... 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 »

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