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“Rourke of the Radlands” return via 100% Biodegradable shapes up

100% Biodegradable 16 - Cover SNIP

Back in the early 1990s, myself and now Wonder Woman artist Liam Sharp co-created “Rourke of the Radlands“, who has only, to date, appeared in Marvel UK’s STRIP anthology (Issue Four). As I previously mentioned here, the response to the strip was positive and editor Dan Abnett got Liam and I working on a mini-series idea, one that went through ... Read More »

Tributes to comics artist John Watkiss, who has died, from fellow creators and fans

A beautiful John Watkiss painting done as part of a pitch for a series of Sandman movies, in about 2005, posted in an online tribute to John by author Neil Gaiman

I’m sorry to report the passing of the hugely/talented British film and comics artist John Watkiss, whose most recent comics work was Surgeon X from Image. He was 55. A very private man, he had been ill for some time. Regular readers will have already read our tribute to his work in the  fields of both art and comics, posted ... Read More »

downthetubes Discoveries: Turkish comics culture, thanks to comic hero Tarkan

Istanbul Comics & Arts Festival

Almost every downthetubes visitor is a comic reader, but up until I came across an item on the Facebook Mighty World of British Comics group, to my shame, I had no idea comics reading once as popular in Turkey as I already knew it was in countries such as France, Italy, the US, UK, Japan, India or China (to name but a few). Posted to ... Read More »

In Review: Map of Days by Robert Hunter

Map of Days - 2017 Edition Cover

By Robert Frank Hunter Published by NoBrow Press Hardback – 56 Full Colour Story Pages – RRP £12.99 The Story: Richard can’t stop thinking about the clock. He lies in bed each night, listening to its tick-tocking to the pendulum’s heavy swing. Why does his grandfather open its dark doors in secret and walk into the darkness beyond!? One night, ... Read More »

In Review: Doctor Who Adventures Issue 21 (Doctor Who meets Doctor Strangeglove?)

Doctor Who Adventures Magazine Issue 21 (Panini)

The Comic: Doctor Who Adventures is a fun-filled, action-packed magazine for girls and boys aged 6 – 13 who love Doctor Who. Aimed at a slightly younger audience than Doctor Who Magazine, it offers a crazy plunge into the wacky world of The Doctor, as he travels through time and space to battle the alien forces of evil and save planet ... Read More »

Awesome Comics Podcast Catch Up!

Awesome Comics Podcast - General Promotion

Here’s a round up of the recent Awesome Comics Podcasts from Vince Hunt, Dan Butcher and our very own Tony Esmond (we’d write that in bigger letters, but the web doesn’t let you). The gang were really busy getting on with talking creating comics, while I was busy battling forest fires, rescuing cats from trees, neighbours from wells – basically, ... Read More »

Driven To Abstraction: A Chat with comic creator Gareth A. Hopkins

Art for Sugar Forest Fire by Gareth A Hopkins

Gareth A. Hopkins bucks the trend. His comics are both complex and unorthodox. They are also at times hauntingly charismatic. Like watching a comic flow directly from Rorschach’s mask on to a page of a comic, but about a thousand times more complex. They portray an abstract approach to the sequential medium. Is it something that I fully understand? Hell, no. ... Read More »

Art Model Collective and 2000AD team up up for unique “Muties & Perps” life drawing event in London

2000AD Muties & Perps is a unique life drawing session

Budding artists should prepare to head into the dystopian futurescape of Mega-City One, the home of Judge Dredd, with the first part of 2000AD’s 40th anniversary celebrations. Muties & Perps is a unique life drawing session taking place at London’s Resistance Gallery next month, organised by the Art Model Collective and 2000AD. Hosted by acclaimed multimedia artist, festival curator, and ... Read More »

Creating Comics: Drawing and Life Lessons from Master Cartoonists in the works from IDW

Drawing and Life Lessons from Master Cartoonists

Whether you’re an amateur or pro artist or like comics history or insights into artists you might like Drawing and Life Lessons from Master Cartoonists, set for release from IDW Publushing in July The very first book of its kind, edited by Eisner-winner Craig Yoe, the content sources materials from uber-rare, never-before reprinted cartooning courses with expert teachings from cartooning’s rock ... Read More »

In Praise Of… Reginald Heade, pulp fiction cover – and comics – artist

An example panel from the eighth instalment of "Mary Read – Soldier and Pirate" (Answers, 3 May 1952).

Available now from Telos Publishing is The Art of Reginald Heade, written by Stephen James Walker, a book about an artist renowned amongst vintage paperback fans and collectors as the pre-eminent British pulp fiction cover artist of the 1940s and 1950s – considered by some as the greatest British artist to work in this field. He also worked on numerous comics and here, Stephen expands on ... Read More »

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