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Doctor Who Panel to Panel Podcast – Back with More Comic Reviews

Episode 74 of Jeremy Bement's execellent Doctor Who: Panel to Panel podcast has just been posted. Read More »

Tony Esmond’s Comic Shop Survival Guide – Part Two: How To Buy A Comic

There isn’t a week that goes by that one of the downthetubes team reads a post or receives a news item about declining comic sales, some articles blaming comics piracy, others the cost of comics, the end of physical print. But what if a lot of it is just down to how off-putting the whole process of buying a comic ... Read More »

In Praise Of: Comic Artist Jack “King” Kirby

Jack Kirby Self Portrait

Had he lived, Jack “King” Kirby, born 28th August 1917, would have been 100 this year. In advance of Lancaster Comics Day 2017, where Kirby’s work will be celebrated on a special panel, British comic artist (and Comics Day guest) Tim Perkins sings the praises of this great American comic artist, whose work was instrumental in inspiring him on his ... Read More »

In Review: Cosmos & Other Stories

Cosmos & Other Stories Art by Rozi Hathaway SNIP

By Rozi Hathaway Publisher: Good Comics The Book: A collection of short stories about love and longing… if you’ve ever been in a crowd, felt the ache of absence, or looked for meaning ion the constellations, then this collection will speak to you. The Review: It’s not often that a piece of art touches you in in such a profound ... Read More »

Tony Esmond’s Comic Shop Survival Guide – Part One

Tony Esmond's Comic Shop Survival Guide - Part One. Art by David Broughton

There isn’t a week that goes by that one of the downthetubes team reads a post or receives a news item about declining comic sales, some articles blaming comics piracy, others the cost of comics, the end of physical print. But what if a lot of it is just down to how off-putting the whole process of buying a comic ... Read More »

In Memoriam and Celebration: Comic Artist 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 »

Hammer Films Captain Kronos returns to comics

Titan Comics has announced the next title from its Hammer Horror line of comics – Captain Kronos, written by Dan Abnett, which has previously had just one strip outing in the past. Based on the 1974 film, Captain Kronos will be the second Hammer title following the success of Peter Milligan and Ronilson Freire’s The Mummy: Palimpsest which hit stores ... Read More »

“Marionette Unit” Script Book Released

Regular downthetubes readers will recall The Marionette Unit, a creepy, scratch the back of your eyeballs work of gothic steampunk-driven horror we reviewed positively last year. Well, now the team behind the book –  filmmakers Azhur Saleem and James Boyle – have released The Marionette Unit: Script Book – a 160-page exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the project. It includes the full script ... 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 »

“Foyles x ELCAF” launched to create new Creative Spaces for Art and Comics across the UK

ELCAF 2017 Banner

ELCAF 2017 has announced a brand new partnership with Foyles to support, celebrate and create new spaces for creativity across the UK. Foyles x ELCAF is a new collaboration, which sees the UK’s largest independent bookshop teaming up with the East London Comics & Arts Festival to celebrate some of the best creative talent in the UK. This year, Foyles will open ... Read More »

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