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Can Your Hear Me, Mother? I’m on the Radio This Week

Thanks to David Chandler, you’ll hear me plugging Lancaster Comics Day (and the Lakes International Comic Art Festival) on this week’s “Friday Night Three” show airing on Beyond Radio (7 – 9.00pm, 103.5FM across Lancaster and Morecambe and also online). It turns out David apparently in part owes living in Lancaster down to an editorial decision made by me about ... Read More »

This Week’s Top Ten Most Read Stories on downthetubes

An alien from Gerry Anderson's UFO

A look back at a short-lived Commando fan magazine edited by artist Peter Richardson, Frank Bellamy Eagle art, a Jack Kirby-related crowdfunder and the first UK Gerry Anderson’s UFO convention in a long time topped downthetubes most read stories this week. Here’s a list of the top ten most read stories on the site for the week ending Friday 21st April 2017. ... Read More »

This Week’s Most Read Stories on downthetubes: a Rum “Comic Run”, the Mekon, and an amazing new exhibtion

2000AD Prog 3 - Brazil

Here our are Top Five Most Read stories this week. Check out our most Recent Posts here – and thank you for reading! And don’t miss out on this week’s new comics! Comic-Con run turns sour, comic fans warned as similar events still being advertised Comic fans and running enthusiasts are being warned to be on their guard after families donned ... Read More »

Our Most Read Stories in July 2016: Top Marks for Action and 2000AD!

Action Issue 37 - Cover dated 23rd October 1976

Apart from the downthetubes home page, here are our Top Ten stories on the site for July 2016… • Rare “Banned” Action Comic reaches £1320 bid on eBay We have The Guardian to thank for this spike in interest in this archive story, as we were linked to in their preview of The Ramones upcoming 40th Anniversay album release in September. ... Read More »

downthetubes: Our Top Ten Stories for May 2016

Stewart Perkins, Bristol 2004. Photo courtesy PJ Holden

Halfway into 2016 already and we had another upswing in visitor numbers on downthetubes in May – thank you for your continued support. We have lots of news and features and new projects yet to come! • In Memoriam: Stewart Perkins (WR Logan) British comics mourns the loss of a huge fan and supporter of Judge Dredd and 2000AD • ... Read More »

WordPress downthetubes Readers – a quick apology

Really Heavy Greatcoat: John With Umbrella

A quick apology to followers downthetubes using the WordPress “Reader” service who will be bemused by the sudden publication of a large number of very old posts today, including items on Eagle Times and Alan Grant and Cam Kennedy’s 2007 Kidnapped graphic novel. Although I’d switched off all the “social sharing” buttons while preparing the posts, I’d forgotten WordPress automatically posts “new” ... Read More »

Back To The Life of a Freelancer…

Death's Head versus Death's Head: Freelancing is Fun. Art by Chris Holmes

So. Today is my first day as a freelance comic keeping operative once more, with ROK Comics behind me and several projects in the works. I’m excited but nervous. It’s been a fraught few weeks in the run up to this step back into the unknown, but I think, overall, it was for the best. The projects I’m working on ... Read More »

Sapphire & Steel Art Competition Winners – and a New Competition For Our Readers!

Sapphire & Steel by Davey Candlish

Earlier in the year we announced a challenge for downthetubes readers to come up with their interpretation of 1970s spooky ITV show Sapphire & Steeel, after it was revealed that Luther creator and Doctor Who script writer Neil Cross is, hopefully, to re-make the show. Sadly, we didn’t get a huge response to this competition, unlike our Doctor Who and Dan Dare challenges, but Nigel Auchterlounie, Davey Candlish (his art above), Simon Daly and Tony Luke stepped up ... Read More »

Charley’s War “Micro Site” joins DownTheTubes

Charley's War

  The Charley’s War web site formerly hosted as part the SevenPennyNightmare sites has a new home here on DownTheTubes. I’d like to thank Moose Harris of SevenPennyNightmare for very kindly hosted the semi-official site dedicated to the World War One comic strip created by Pat Mills and Joe Colquhoun for Battle, but hosting issues mean we’re unsure how long the Charley’s War site, originally founded by Neil Emery, will ... Read More »

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All Our Readers!

downthetubes ecard 2015

  With Christmas almost upon us I’d like to thank everyone who has been reading downthetubes over the year and wish you all the very best of the season. I hope you’ve enjoyed the site in 2014 – we have some great things to come in the New Year! It’s been a very busy year for, and many of our ... Read More »

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