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

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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 »

In Review: Ron Turner’s Space Ace Volume 7

Ron Turner's Space Ace Issue 7 - Cover SNIP

The latest issue of Ron Turner’s Space Ace (Volume 7) is out now, featuring three wonderfully retconned stories by the late comics artist (and writer) perhaps best known for his work on “The Daleks” strip for TV Century 21, but whose career encompassed many comics projects and a huge body of memorable illustration work. Edited by Ron’s longtime agent and ... Read More »

New “Custom Lettering” in the works from top comics artist and designer Rian Hughes

Custom Lettering of the 20s & ‘30s - Cover

Coming soon from London-based Korero Press is a new book from top artist and designer Rian Hughes, Custom Lettering of the 20s & ‘30s. The new book is a celebration of the beautiful and stylistically diverse hand-drawn lettering that dominated book covers, magazines, posters and advertising in the inter-war period. Elegant modernistic type experiments jostle for attention with playful expressive ... Read More »

“Rourke of the Radlands” returns after years in the wilderness

Rourke of the Radlands: The Wand 2016

The SF fantasy character “Rourke of the Radlands” co-created by myself, John Freeman, and Wonder Woman artist Liam Sharp, first published in the largely creator-owned Marvel UK title STRIP, is about to get a new lease of life in the digital anthology 100% Biodegradable. Edited by Dan Abnett, STRIP, launched in February 1990, was a fortnightly comic that ran for 20 issues, ... Read More »

The Really Heavy Greatcoat Year in Review 2016 Part One

Nick Miller, co-creator of The Really Heavy Greatcoat cartoon with me, which we wrote on a regular basis for some years, delivers the first part of this year’s “Year in Review” early, in response to the US election results… Nick has been a cartoonist since he was able to hold a pencil. A cartoonist, illustrator and graphic designer living in ... Read More »

Awesome Comics Podcast Catch-Up – Comic Cons, Horror Comics and More!

Awesome Comics Podcast Episode 70 - ARGH! Horror Comics!

Oh dear! I’ve gotten behind on my Awesome Comics Podcast listening, and they’ve been doing some great stuff, too! Here’s a round up of the latest feisty  thrills from Dan Butcher, Tony Esmond and Vince Hunt. I’d better hide under in this old atomic bunker before they realise… Episode 68 – The State of the Modern Comic Convention A new era of the ... Read More »

Creator Spotlight – S.J. McCune and his Monologue

Monologe by S.J. McCune

The singular experience of reading a comic can provide a range of emotions. Diving into the art of a piece and allowing it to affect you emotionally is probably why we connect so much with this medium. The art and words of S.J. (Stuart) McCune‘s Monologue are something that has stayed with me long after reading the three issues. A ... Read More »

In Review: It’s Ghastly, the untimely demise of “Scream!” (Not for the nervous…)

It's Ghastly! - Cover

Greetings mortals! Don’t expect an objective review of It’s Ghastly, the new Comic Archive from Hibernia Comics (their third), because I’ve been waiting for this publication for over 30 years. I was absolutely the right age to be into Fleetway Editions short-lived weekly horror comic, Scream!, when it first came out and I devoured each issue with eager anticipation. When it ceased ... Read More »

In Review: Alex Automatic

Alex Automatic - Cover

The Book: Alex Automatic is written by Fraser Campbell with art by James Corcoran, colour art by David B. Cooper with lettering and design by Colin Bell. Variant covers are by Iain Laurie, Alisdair Wood and Nick Pitarra plus pin-ups by a host of others. Alex Automatic is about a Government agent called Alex Anderson. Subjected to an experimental programme, ... Read More »

Career in Comics book in the works from attorney Gamal Hennessy

Gamal Hennessy of Creative Contract Consulting

US attorney Gamal Hennessy of Creative Contract Consulting has announced he’s working on a new book Your Career in Comics: A Business, Creative and Legal Framework for Professional Sequential Artists (YCC for short!) that should be of interest to comic creators following downthetubes Gamal, who has worked for companies such as Central Park Media and Marvel, and now has his own publishing house, Nightlife Publishing, has ... Read More »

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