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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 »

Miss Moneypenny Dead

We were sorry to hear the news that actress Lois Maxwell died at the weekend. Best known as the actress who starred as M’s long-suffering secretary Miss Moneypenny in fourteen James Bond movies, she appeared in over 50 films (her uncredited first film role in A Matter of Life and Death earned her The Most Promising Newcomer Award at the ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Phil Frank

downthetubes is sorry to report the death of San Francisco cartoonist Phil Frank, whose cartoons graced the pages ofthe city’s The Chronicle and other newspapers for more than 30 years. He was 64. Paying tribute to Phil, The Chronicle reports he died on Wednesday night in West Marin, a place he loved, only a few days after he announced his ... Read More »

Creator Interview: The Mysterious Mr George Low…

George Low - Masked

This month sees a major change at DC Thomson with the retirement of long-serving but, perhaps, little-known editor of Commando George Low, who joined the company from school in 1963 and has worked on the digest title ever since. downthetubes caught up with George to ask him about himself, Commando – and the title’s future… downthetubes: When and how did you join DC Thomson’s? ... Read More »

Project: Rooftop to host ‘Wieringo Week’ tribute

In memory of Mike Wieringo, who passed away earlier this month, Project: Rooftop has announced an open call for redesigns of Bart Allen (Impulse/Kid Flash/The Flash), the character created in 1994 by Wieringo and Mark Waid. Submissions will be accepted through Sunday, with the best entries showcased during a special “Wieringo Week,” which also will feature some of the best ... Read More »

Phil Gascoine Tributes pour in

Tributes to one of Britain’s unsung comic heroes, Phil Gascoine, who has died after a short illness, have poured into downtheubes after an online appeal. You can read them alongside a 2006 interview with Phil on the main downthetubes site here, while over on Bear Alley, comics archivist Steve Holland has posted a more formal obituary. Because of the minimal ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Phil Gascoine

I’m very sorry to report that Phil Gascoine has died after a short illness. For those of you who knew him the news comes as a terrible shock. He was once chairman of the Society of Strip Illustrators and always a consummate professional. In the words of his good friend, fellow artist Barrie Mitchell, who I spoke with this morning, ... Read More »

From The Land Beyond Beyond

What is the first thing you look for when you open that bumper Christmas edition of the Radio Times in December? As a long time fan of Ray Harryhausen’s brand of stop motion-films, I always look to see how many of his films are on. I may have them all on DVD now, but old habits die hard. One of ... Read More »

State Course And Speed

It was with sadness that I hear that Peter Tuddenham has died at the age of 88. He will always be remembered in the British telefantasy community for the voices that he gave to the various computers in Blake’s 7: the imperturbable Zen, main computer on the Liberator in the first three series; the snivelling Slave, main computer on the ... Read More »

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