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Albion Man: An interview with Andrew Sumner

Andrew Sumner

Titan Books have just released their edition of the collected Albion, Wildstorm’s welcome revival of many British comics heroes owned by IPC. The trade offers the complete story – with some sprucing up of some of the art in places and a wonderful collection of original stories featuring some of the characters in the new adventure, culled from various annuals ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Joe Gill

(Thanks to Shaqui): Joe Gill is probably not a name most of British comics fans will be familiar with, but Joe Gill was one of the most prolific US comic writers, mainly for Charlton, and contributed strips to their Space:1999 magazine in the 1970s, as recounted on the Technodelic Gerry Anderson web site A full obituary by Mark Evanier can ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Bryan Pearce

I was very sorry to hear about the passing of artist Bryan Pearce, who died 11 January. My late father was the vicar of St. Ives Parish Church in the 1970s and I recall meeting Bryan as a child on several church occasions and greeting him at our door when he occasionally arrived unannounced, as was his want. Bryan suffered ... Read More »

Titan Magazines Seeks New Talent

Wallace & Gromit Comic Issue 11

Titan Magazines, UK-based publisher of the originated Wallace & Gromit Comic and such best-selling licences as The Simpsons, Futurama, SpongeBob SquarePants and Star Wars, will be expanding its range of originated comics based on high-profile TV and movie properties in 2007. The company is now seeking versatile comics artists and writers to produce originated, licensed material for an exciting new range of UK children’s comics, aimed at ... Read More »

Farewell to Fluff

He may not have been as influential as John Peel, but I was sorry to hear that DJ Alan Freeman (no relation) has died at 79. It was Freeman – and school friend Tony Corden – who introduced me to Yes and, consequently, those wonderful Roger Dean covers that you sometimes felt were the best thing about some prog rock. ... Read More »

Breaking into comics – 2000AD’s David Bishop speaks

2000AD Prog 980 - David's first issue as editor

Former 2000AD editor David Bishop recently posted a revealing interview outlining how he broke into comics and thoughts on how to get work in the industry on his Vicious Imagery blog. As usual, he’s very candid about his work, which includes this comment on the shock of working on 2000AD as its editor, having been about to leave Fleetway for ... Read More »

In Review: Kickback by David Lloyd

Kickback art by David Lloyd

Kickback By David Lloyd Publisher: Dark Horse ISBN: 1 59307 659 2 Joe Canelli is a corrupt cop in a corrupt force in Franklin City, a mythical American metropolis dominated by powerful drug lords. He tries to ignore recurring dreams of powerlessness as he routinely cleans up the little crimes of the city and the little criminals who can’t buy ... Read More »

Comics and Crumpets Column Three: British Comics characters revived – by DC

This feature first appeared on the now defunct Comic World News on 31st January 2005. BRITISH COMICS CHARACTERS REVIVED – BY DC This issue, I’ve got more information on two projects reviving some classic British comics — and am pleased to be able to settle and age old argument among fans that has been raging for years about which company ... Read More »

Shooting themselves in the foot

US Embassy Seal

A warning to all freelance writers out there planning a trip to the US — get a visa! And you might want to think about praying, too, as it’s no guarantee of entry. I had a call from BlackRat yesterday with news of recent US chicanery when it comes to dealing with people they might not like. He posted a ... Read More »

Marvel UK Memories

Overkill Issue One

In and out from writing Beyblade and Dick Turtle for ToonTastic and editing RAF Magazine for Titan Magazines, I’ve been spending some time thinking about one past job as editor at Marvel UK (aka Marvel Comics UK) back in the 1990s. This was prompted by the launch of a small newsgroup comprising stalwarts from that time, devoted to talking British comics. I’ve ... Read More »

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