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Farewell to Flashman creator

George MacDonald Fraser, author of the hugely entertaining Flashman novels, and is credited for the screenstory and screenplay on the 1983 James Bond film Octopussy, has died aged 82. The Daily Mail, The Times and other papers report Fraser, whose fans included P G Wodehouse and Kingsley Amis, died after a battle with cancer. The Flashman Papers was first published ... Read More »

Haining Tribute

(via the FPI blog and Dave Langford’s Ansible) The family of the writer Peter Haining, who died recently will be celebrating his on Thursday 6 December at noon at Colney Wood Burial Park, Watton Road, Colney, Norwich.“Family flowers only but donations can made if you like to www.treehouse.org.uk.” This is Arsenal’s charity of the year supporting autistic children, Peter having ... Read More »

Verity Lambert OBE 1935 – 2007

downthetubes was saddened to receive the news of the death of original Doctor Who producer, Verity Lambert. (Pictured here surrounded by monsters during filing of the epic story The Daleks’ Master Plan) Verity was a pioneering producer on a pioneering programme. She worked on Doctor Who from 1963, when the programme started, until 1965. She was notable not only for ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Peter Haining

Award-winning journalist and author Peter Haining, perhaps best known for his Doctor Who books, has died suddenly at the age of 67, reportedly of a heart attack. Haining, who lived in Suffolk, wrote a number of books about Doctor Who, starting with the 20th anniversary volume Doctor Who: A Celebration – Two Decades Through Time And Space in 1983. Other ... Read More »

Dan Dare, Yesterday’s Hero, Returns!

Artwork for Virgin Comics Dan Dare series by Gary Erskine

Yesterday’s hero is back. Everyone’s favourite space adventurer, Dan Dare, returns this month in a new action-packed series from Virgin Comics and top creative team Garth Ennis and Gary Erskine. Matthew Badham caught up with the Ennis and Erskine to find out how they’ve interpreted Dare for the new millennium and what this very British hero means to them. Read ... Read More »

New UK Comic Creators Interviews

The fab comics site Read Yourself Raw has just been updated to include previews of new book, comic and manga releases for January 2008, a new essential reading list. They’ve also drawn our attention to some UK creator interviews and related features on the web. Alan Moore has been discussing The Black Dossier at Comic Book Resources and Mania Comics ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Chad Varah

(With thanks to Jeremy Briggs): downthetubes is sorry to report the death of Reverend Chad Varah who co-founded and wrote comic strips for Eagle, and Girl, and was what he himself once described as “Scientific and Astronautical Consultant” for Dan Dare. He was 95. While also undertaking his duties as as vicar of St Paul’s Clapham Junction and Chaplain of ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Manny Curtis

Artist David Lloyd reports on the death of cartoonist Manny Curtis on his web site. “Another great cartoonist of my acquaintance passed away earlier this month,” he says of the Enfield-based creator, one of the first to have a comic strip featuring black characters in prominent roles in Britain. “[Manny was] not a comic strip artist like Phil Gascoine,” David ... Read More »

I went to the Birmingham International Comic Show and all I got was…

Crikey Magazine Issue 2

— a fab day out seeing some great comics people, the chance to talk about ROK Comics, announce the winner of the $10,000 ROK Comics humour competition as judged by Beano editor Alan Digby and pick up some terrific indie comics, a copy of the new British comics magazine, Crikey, and get lost in Birmingham’s three-tier shopping complex, the Pallisades, ... Read More »

Alan Moore interviewed

“Alan Moore, the undisputed, eccentric king of comic-book writing, made it acceptable for literary-minded adults to enjoy books about superheroes. Will his new book do the same for erotica? Susanna Clarke, the novelist and long-time Moore devotee, speaks to him about sex, magic, and why he prefers his home town to Hollywood.” • Read the full interview with Alan Moore ... Read More »

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