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Creating Comics: Comic Artist Amrit Birdi talks Username: Evie – And Beyond

Username: Evie

Last year, Hodder & Stoughton acquired the rights to a graphic novel from Joe Sugg, best known for his channel ‘ThatcherJoe‘ on YouTube. The first Username: Evie tale – featuring art by the hugely-talented Amrit Birdi, coloured by Joaquin Pereyra and lettered by Mindy Lopkin – was a huge hit and, with a second story in its way son, we caught up with artist Amrit to talk ... Read More »

Barrie Tomlinson reveals “Real Roy of the Rovers Stuff”, his new book on Britain’s best-loved football comic hero

Real Roy of the Rovers Stuff - Cover-W

Out on 3rd October from Pitch Publishing is Real Roy of the Rovers Stuff!: Roy’s True Story, a new book on one of British comics greatest characters, written by comics editor and writer Barrie Tomlinson, a man instrumental in the creation of many of his stories. Roy Race was Melchester Rovers’ super striker, and later manager and chairman; he is known ... Read More »

Pop Culture site Bigmouth reveals how Action, “Britain’s most brutal comic”, laid the real 1970s bare

Action - Hook Jaw

Following up on our incorporation of Moose Harris’ Sevenpenny Nightmare features about 1970s comic Action into downthetubes, the pop and culture site Bigmouth has just published a great feature on the comic, placing the censored comic in context and interviewing creator Pat Mills (who went on to crate 2000AD and Misty). “In its short life, Action captured a side of ... Read More »

The 2000AD Thrill-Cast: Play Misty For Me…

Misty Comic Issue 1, complete with free gift

Not only did Pat Mills create 2000AD, the acclaimed Galaxy’s Greatest Comic, but he was also responsible for Misty, the horror comic aimed at girls. Molch-R chats to Pat about the heyday of British comics, the challenges of producing a new title at the time, and why he thinks Misty could have gone on to challenge even 2000AD in popularity. ... Read More »

Creating Comics: An Interview with Doctor Who Comic Artist Russ Leach

Russ Leach - Art-vs-Artist

Russ Leach lives in England and has had a long production career spanning multiple disciplines including publishing, illustration, video game art, retail design and online software development. With the release of the latest issue of Panini Comics Doctor Who Adventures, we caught up with this ever busy artist to talk to him about his work… Russ’s debut graphic novel Terminus at ... Read More »

In Review: Bust Issue 1

In light of the kickstarter for Bust Issue 3, it seems foolish for us not to go back and review the first two issues, so here is the review for Issue One. The Book: Issue One tells the story of Jack, a master card dealer from Las Vegas. He’s a con-man whose sleight of hand has ruined many lives, but ... Read More »

In Review: 100 Times by Katie Fleming and E. Kerr

100 Times by Katie Fleming and E. Kerr - Cover

Created by Katie Fleming and E. Kerr Black and white interior The Story: Myran is a little restless and in search of love, so he heads out to a nightclub called ‘Howl’. This is no ordinary nightclub however: this is a one where humans and werewolves can meet. He doesn’t have much hope of meeting anyone and sits alone at the ... Read More »

Greg Tocchini, Esad Ribić and many 2000AD creators head for NICE 2016

NICE 2016 Logo

We’ve had the brilliant NICE International Comic Convention (back for its fifth year on 3-4th of September at the Bedford Corn Exchange) on our downthetubes calendar for a while now, but here’s a more obvious reminder of the event, world renowned among comics professionals for having a peerless guest list, but within an intimate and family friendly setting. Headlining the convention this year ... Read More »

BBC Radio 4 Celebrates 70 years of Classics Illustrated 

Classic Comics presentes "The Three Musketeers"

BBC Radio 4 has been celebrating 70 years of Classics Illustrated with a special programme about the comic, broadcast earlier today, and available now through iPlayer. Marking the 70th anniversary of the comic book Classics Illustrated, actor Bill Paterson explores the publication’s impact and recent revival on Britain’s bookshelves. Classics Illustrated, the comic book adaptations of classic literature, began in ... Read More »

In Review: The Mighty One My Life Inside The Nerve Centre

The Mighty One Book Cover

The Book: Steve MacManus, the editor of 2000AD during the 1980s, lifts the lid on how the UK’s most important comic came into existence and his extraordinary role in shaping it into a industry revolutionising icon. In 1973, a twenty-year-old MacManus joined Fleetway Publications as a sub-editor on UK adventure title Valiant, a title then selling 100,000 copies every week. Six ... Read More »

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