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Creating Comics: Behind the Scenes on “The Marionette Unit” with James Boyle, Azhur Saleem and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell

The Marionette Unit - Sample 1

Recently released, The Marionette Unit is a stunning, creepy and thoroughly enjoyable new Victorian mystery story, a graphic novel created by filmmakers Azhur Saleem and James Boyle, and illustrated by ace comic artist Warwick Johnson-Cadwell (Tank Girl, Gungle, Nelson, 24×7, Off-Life). We haven’t had opportunity to review the book here at downthetubes yet – it’s sitting near the top of the dangerously tottering pile – ... Read More »

Creating The Chimeran: An exclusive look at a new comics project from Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz

The Chimeran - Teaser Poster

Recently in the spotlight at the ICE convention in Birmingham was a new project involving some stellar talent, The Chimeran – a creative team that includes Ben Oliver and Simon Furman, Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back producer Gary Kurtz, Richard Bazley and Paul Goodenough. Hot on the heels of that, we caught up with Paul Goodenough to talk to him about the comic and his writing career… Paul has recently moved from being ... Read More »

Creating Comics: Titan and Forbidden Planet’s Nick Landau and Vivian Cheung talk to ICV2

Nick Landau and Vivian Cheung

Comics site ICV2 has just published a two-part interview with Titan Entertainment Group Managing Director Nick Landau and Executive Director Vivian Cheung, the duo behind UK-based Titan Entertainment, which has a long history and broad business portfolio that’s invisible to many people in the business, who are only familiar with its recent expansion of comics and graphic novel publishing. The interview explores ... Read More »

A Broons Birthday Bash, Ian Kennedy Art Masterclasses and more at Dundee Literary Festival

Dan Dare - Return of The Mekon by Ian Kennedy

Although the Dundee Comics Day has been completely subsumed into the Dundee Literary Festival, there’s still a number of events of plenty of interest to comics fans this year when the event returns in October. The highlight for many will be not one but two Ian Kennedy Art Masterclasses, offering live drawing and the chance to be guided through his 50-year comics career. ... Read More »

Lakes International Comic Art Festival Exhibitions include Kendal floods tribute, Fringe events revealed

"Five Bridges" Exhibition Poster by Mike Medaglia

With just four weeks to go to the event, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival has revealed its full Exhibitions plans around this year’s three day-long weekend (14th – 16th October) in Kendal, alongside its ever-popular Fringe events, which include Guardian political cartoonist Martin Rowson creating a mural right outside local MP and Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron‘s offices! Of special interest to ... Read More »

In Review: Grey Area Our Town by Tim Bird

Grey Area Out Town - Cover

By Tim Bird Published by Avery Hill Publishing ISBN 9781910395240 Published on 1st October 2016 32 pages, full colour, 210x297mm The Story: Our Town is Tim Bird’s follow-up to From the City to the Sea, which won Best Comic at the 2015 British Comic Awards. The focus in this instalment turns to remembered places. Memories from childhood, relationships with those ... Read More »

In Review: Yoko Tsuno – The Three Suns Of Vinea

Yoko Tsuno – The Three Suns Of Vinea - Cover SNIP

Yoko Tsuno and her friends Vic and Pol return in The Three Suns Of Vinea, the eleventh of Cinebook’s translations of Roger Leloup’s tales of the young engineer. This follows on in the alien Vinean sub-series from The Curious Trio and The Forge Of Vulcan, and takes our modern day trio on an intergalactic expedition. When their home world of Vinea was ... Read More »

Awesome Comics Podcast Episode 63: Fraser Campbell

Fraser Campbell - Self Portrait

Fraser Campbell, the writer of Sleeping Dogs and Alex Automatic, joins the Awesome Pod crew to talk about the new 1970s tv inspired book, his work process, influences and more. Alex Automatic – currently the focus of Fraser’s latest crowdfunding campaign, drawn by James Corcoran – is about a Government agent called Alex Anderson. Subjected to an experimental programme, Alex ... Read More »

In Review: Audobon : On the Wings of the World

Audobon: On the Wings of the World - Cover

Written by Fabien Grolleau Art by Jeremie Royer Published by NoBrow Press Hardback – Full Colour – 184 pages – £15.99 Out: Now The Story: At the start of the 19th century, John James Audobon embarked upon an epic ornithological quest across America with nothing but his artist’s materials, an assistant, a gun and an all-consuming passion for birds. This is ... Read More »

In Pictures: “The Mighty One”, former 2000AD editor Steve MacManus and friends at Orbital Comics

Steve with some of his "Herb & Spaceman" strips. Photo: Richard Sheaf

Just before the official release of The Mighty One: My Life Inside the Nerve Centre, former 2000AD editor Steve MacManus attended a launch event for this fascinating insight into the early days of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic at London’s award-winning Orbital Comics, and I was lucky enough to be there. A number of comics writers (including “Judge Dredd” writer Michael ... Read More »

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