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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 »

A Busy Week: Dick Turtle, RAF Magazine and More

RAF Magazine Issue One - Cover

It’s a weird life. This week has been a mix of hassling freelancers for copy and me being hassled for copy — one of those deadline crunch weeks. Beyblade Comic was Monday, Dick Turtle for Lucky Bag Comic was Wednesday, then there was the ever-expanding Titan website (magazines this week) to update. New Alias Magazine on sale in the US ... Read More »

Not Just A Bunch of Pretty Faces!

Comic Book Lettering by Richard Starkings and John Roshell

  Comicraft founders Richard Starkings and John ‘JG’ Roshell have announced the forthcoming publication of a full colour, 64-page book which provides an insight into the processes and inspirations behind the curtain of the award winning studio. If you’re not familiar with Comicraft’s particular brand of “Unique Design & Fine Lettering”, pay a quick visit to their newly refurbished website portfolio – ... Read More »

Pantheon Books to publish “Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross”

Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross

Pantheon Books, a division of the Knopf Publishing group, is proud to announce plans to publish a coffee table book showcasing Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Justice League, and other DC Comics icons as envisioned by Alex Ross, who at 32 is one of the world’s preeminent and most influential comic-book painters. Written, designed, and art-directed by Chip Kidd, Mythology: ... Read More »

Top Tips: Insider’s Guide to creating comics published

Trade Secrets by Robin Hall

Just published by A & C Black, Robin Hall’s Trade Secrets is an excellent book about how to become a successful cartoonist or comics artist, featuring tips from a huge number of professional artists. It also features, with my permission, a version of my online article on Writing for Comics. Robin Hall is a professional cartoonist whose work appears in ... Read More »

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