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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 »

In Memoriam and Celebration: Comic Artist Bernie Wrightson 

Bernie Wrightson

We’re sorry to report the passing of US comic artist Bernard Albert “Bernie” Wrightson, sometimes credited as Berni Wrightson, after a battle with brain cancer. The news was shared on his web site by his wife, Liz Wrightson. He was 68. He is perhaps best known for co-creating DC Comics  Swamp Thing with writer Len Wein, his Frankenstein illustration work, and for his ... Read More »

In Praise Of: Commando artists Ian Kennedy and Carlos Pino

The full cover of Ian Kennedy's cover for Commando 1425, complete with Commando "dagger"

An Appreciation by former Commando editor Calum Laird There’s nothing like an anniversary – say, Commando’s 5000th issue, for example – to start your mind scrolling back through the years to days gone by. Nothing, except perhaps the combination of an anniversary, a couple of pints of Mòr and lunch in The Phoenix (103 Nethergate, Dundee) with an ex-colleague. So, a couple ... Read More »

Wonder Woman artist Liam Sharp gets home city exhibition in Derby

Current Wonder Woman artist Liam Sharp is to be honoured in his home city of Derby with a special exhibition documenting his comics career later this year. Currently living and working in California, Derby-born writer and artist Liam Sharp is best known for his highly detailed comic work. His latest series, drawing Wonder Woman for top US comics publisher DC, ... Read More »

Comic Creator Spotlight: The Life and Work of Alberto Breccia – Part Three by Ron Tiner

The Life and Work of Alberto Breccia by Ron Tiner

He’s perhaps best known to British comic fans for his work through the Bardon Press Features office in Barcelona for Fleetway Edtions in the 1960s, first on Super Detective Picture Library Number 172 “Passport to Peril” (an adaptation of the novel, Assignment Helene by Edward S Aarons), drawing episodes of “Spy 13” and “Kit Carson” for the Cowboy Picture Library, among other work. But Argentine artist Alberto Breccia, often described as “the master ... Read More »

Comicraft Turns Japanese! (with an ambitious new font project, that is…)

Wildwords Manga Font Image Main

Comicraft, the comic-book industry’s leading lettering and design company for over 20 years, is launching a Kickstarter to fund the creation of the first comic book-style lettering font for the Japanese writing system. What started as Wildwords Manga, a limited font to letter a few short comic strips to promote Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch video game, has grown to nearly 2,500 characters ... Read More »

Doctor Who artist Richard Piers Rayner’s work on show in Middlesbrough 

Art from Doctor Who: Evening's Empire SNIP

Comic artist Richard Piers Rayner, perhaps best known for his work on the crime noir story Road to Perdition but whose credits include Doctor Who, Hellblazer and Captain America: Red White and Blue, is the focus of a new exhibition at the Pythongallery in Middlesbrough, which opens tomorrow (Saturday 29th October 2016). Doctor Who and the Unseen History of Middlesbrough Football Club is ... Read More »

Comic Creator Spotlight: A Story from “Buscavidas” by Carlos Trillo and Alberto Breccia, in English

The cover of the 2005 Planeta DeAgostini Comics edition of Buscavidas

As a supplement to artist Ron Tiner‘s thee-part series on the life and work of Argentinian comics creator Alberto Breccia, here’s six pages from his work Buscavidas (a title which has different titles in English, among them “Story Gatherer”, “Scandal Monger” or “Hustler”), written by Carlos Trillo. Sadly, the work has never been published in English – an example of ... Read More »

Comic Creator Spotlight: The Life and Work of Alberto Breccia – Part Two by Ron Tiner

The Life and Work of Alberto Breccia by Ron Tiner

He’s perhaps best known to British comic fans for his work through the Bardon Press Features office in Barcelona for Fleetway Edtions in the 1960s, first on Super Detective Picture Library Number 172 “Passport to Peril” (an adaptation of the novel, Assignment Helene by Edward S Aarons), drawing episodes of “Spy 13” and “Kit Carson” for the Cowboy Picture Library, among other work. But Argentine artist Alberto Breccia, ... Read More »

Crowdfunding Spotlight: “Red Range” by Joe R. Lansdale & Sam Glanzman

If you haven’t already, then please do check out Drew Ford‘s latest Kickstarter appeal to get the positively stunning Western comic Red Range by Joe R. Lansdale (By Bizarre Hands) and by Sam Glanzman (A Sailor’s Story) back into print. Combining an unusual mix of racial unrest, odd ball characters and strange happenings, Red Range is a unique take on ... Read More »

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