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Dan Dare Reboot Competition: Hal Laren

We’re starting to receive entries for our Dan Dare Reboot Competition, with this from Hal Laren – best known to comics fans for his amazing strips published under his Reaper Comics imprint. Hal is a 2D & 3D graphic designer, currently working as a inhouse graphics developer. Taking inspiration from the wonderful Project Rooftop project, which often challenges artists to ... Read More »

Team Girl Comic At The Lakes Festival This Weekend

“Roll up roll up! Be prepared to be enthralled by our comics collection showcasing women artists from Scotland. Feast your eyes upon our tales of mystery, intrigue, excitement and more!” Glasgow’s Team Girl Comic collective will be decamping to Kendal this weekend, 19/20 October 2013, for the inaugural Lakes International Comic Art Festival where they will be selling the latest ... Read More »

Andy Diggle heads for Lakes Festival

It’s just one week to go before the first ever Lakes International Comic Art Festival – and I’m looking forward to my session with former 2000AD editor and writer Andy Diggle. One of the UK’s leading comic-book writers, he is currently writing Doctor Who for IDW Comics; Uncanny for Dynamite; and Thief of Thieves for Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman ... Read More »

Enter our Dan Dare “Reboot” Competition

Dan Dare Space Annual

How would Dan Dare’s universe look if the series was re-launched today? Although it was published in late 1962 the first Dan Dare Space Annual, right, is dated 1963, and we felt it was an opportune event to mark a high point in the original outings of Britain’s best-loved space hero. With that in mind, we’re challenging comic creators to ... Read More »

Twelfth Doctor Who Art Challenge: The Winner Is…

The Twelfth Doctor by Lucas Bowers

These are my ‘finalists’ in the downthetubes Twelfth Doctor Art Challenge, after a lot of umming and ahhing confronted by such an amazing range of entries, including terrific ‘cartoon’ interpretations as well as the realistic. When you have a competition that attracted art from the likes of long etablished Doctor Who artists such as Dan McDaid, Kev Hopgood and Lee ... Read More »

Doctor Who Twelfth Doctor Art Challenge – there’s a winner here somewhere…

The Twelfth Doctor by Lucas Bowers

Our Doctor Who Twelfth Doctor Art Challenge competition has closed, and you can view all the entries here. We’ve been blown away by the range of entries, both realistic and caricature/cartoon featuring Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, which include art from Martin Baines, Tony Luke, Dan McDaid, Rob Davis, Kev Hopgood, Rob Moran, Rodney Ramos, Lee Sullivan and Smuzz, ... Read More »

downthetubes: Revamped and Renewed

downthetubes logo

We’re pleased to report that our ongoing changeover to an all-new design for is proceeding fairly well. The aim is to now make this the first ‘point of entry’ for downthetubes and wind down our ‘Blogger’ blog as soon as possible. Our original site is also back up, lurking in the background for those of you who missed it ... Read More »

downthetubes: Back in Action

As you can see, – your dedicated British comics news and views site – is back up and running after a temporary hiatus, and will now be the main point of focus for our delivering of British comic news and views, alongside our forum. There’s been a major design change to this site, which is very much a work ... Read More »

British Comic Sales Figures Creating Comics articles moved

(LINKS UPDATED since first posting): As regular readers know the main downthetubes web site is currently down due to excessive data charges. I’m in the process of securing a new ISP and we’ve had a very kind offer from a UK publisher to host the site which will enable us to get back up and running at some point in ... Read More » Main Site Closed, for now

Owing to rising costs – in part, it appears, due to a dramatic rise in “hot linking” to images on the site, which results in excess bandwidth charges of £50 per month – we have been forced to temporarily close down the main web site. downthetubes normally costs some £500 a year to operate – in part to pay ... Read More »

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