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Creating Comics: Aces Weekly and Beano artist Marc Jackson latest Comic Art Festival Podcast guest

The latest Comic Art Festival Podcast (Episode Four) is live and features an interview with Marc Jackson, who has written and drawn for Aces Weekly and Beano and is currently working on Here Comes Cat Stevens which will be officially launched at the 2017 Lakes International Comic Art Festival in October. Marc, who will also be at Lancaster Comics Day on Sunday 11th ... Read More »

Applied Comics seeks comic writers and artists for new 

The Fisk Jubilee Singers (seen here at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893) performed at Newcastle's Tyne Concert Hall, as did many other black entertainers.

Lydia Wysocki over at Applied Comics Etc has dropped us a line appealing for comic creators to work on a great new project with a Civil Rights theme. “We’re making a comic to give children age 8-14 some context about the civil rights history of Tyneside,” she tells us. “We need six comics artist-writers. “It’s paid work with realistic deadlines, ... Read More »

Looking Back: Exploring The World of Tomorrow in DC Thomson’s “Big Five” boys comics

"Crimson Comet" - Wizard, 1946

Notoriously secretive DC Thomson still publish Beano and Commando, but their past comics included The Dandy and weekly anthology titles aimed at boys such as Hotspur and Adventure.  These specialised in sports, school and war stories, but also, occasionally, there was SF too… “SUPERSPEED EXCITEMENT WITH THE MEN OF THE PLANET PATROL…!” The dramatic cover illustration of Adventure, cover dated ... Read More »

In Review: “Something City” by Ellice Weaver

By Ellice Weaver Published by Avery Hill Out: Now The Book: Something City is an exploration of modern day living through representations of the lives of different groups of people in an imagined place. Segregated communities of young people, elders, fanatics, techies and the religious live side by side, interweaving and cohabiting in a city they build around themselves. Beautifully ... Read More »

Work in Progress – London Comics Gathering This Saturday 

This Saturday sees a day-long gathering of W.I.P. Comics (aka Work In Progress Comics) at London’s Royal Festival Hall, a gathering of comic creators that aims to offer collaborative feedback on each other’s work. Originally known as Graphic Novels and Comics, Critique and Collaboration Meetup was established by Michal Ingram in July 2011, who came up with the idea of ... Read More »

ICE grips Brighton in June! (No, it’s not a weather report)

ICE Brighton Summer Special 2017

Some of the biggest stars from the world of comic art are coming to Brighton this June as part of ICE Brighton 2017 – an international celebration of the medium organised by Smallzone Events. As the summer sun beats down, a cool experience is promised at the Hilton Metropole on Kings Road on Saturday 10th June 2017 and leading the international guest ... Read More »

“What if I’m not a comic?” – A Review of “The Human Beings” Issue One

The Human Beings SNIP

By Stuart (SJ) McCune Published by Millicent Barnes Comics This is fully intended to be a non traditional review, since The Human Beings is a book that does not adhere to a world of cliche or even what goes on elsewhere in the comic world. It is freshly original in an intelligent fashion. Stuart (SJ) McCune spins a complex and ... Read More »

Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2017 Comics Clock Tower Line Up Revealed

Enthusiastic comic fans mix with equally enthused comic creators in the Comics Clock Tower at the 2015 Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Photo: John Freeman

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival has announced the comic creators who will have a presence in their free-to-enter Comics Clock Tower venue in Kendal Town Hall in October. The creators were chosen after hundreds of applications were sifted through by the Festival team and its patrons, and you’ll find guests at the event such as Rufus Dayglo and Duncan Fegredo ... Read More »

In Review: The Dan Dare Audio Adventures – Reign of the Robots

Episode 4 - Reign of the Robots by Simon Guerrier

Reign of the Robots by Simon Guerrier Directed by Andrew Sewell Part of Dan Dare: The Audio Adventures Volume Two Produced by B7 Media Distributed by Big Finish Featuring cover art by Brian Williamson The second volume of the critically celebrated audio reinvention of the classic British SF hero Dan Dare, starring Ed Stoppard, Heida Reed, Geoff McGivern and Raad ... Read More »

In Review: Space Ace Volume Eight

Space Ace Volume Eight - Cover

Art and Stories by Ron Turner Colour by John Ridgway Published by John Lawrence The Book: 40-page anthology comprising four stories featuring “Space Ace” by Ron Turner, first published in The Book of Space Adventures in 1963, colourised and re-mastered by John Ridgway. The title includes a feature on the “colourising” process by John and an enthusiastic letters page. The ... Read More »

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