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Creating Comics: Cartoon Cliches Exposed

Desert Island Mash Up Cartoon by John Freeman

Beano comic creator Nigel Auchterlounie has pointed me in the direction of an edition of New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff‘s “Cartoon Lounge” podcast entitled “Trop de Tropes“, webcast last year, in which he looks at the history of the cliché in cartooning. Enthusing about some, such as desert island gags (which first appeared in New Yorker in 1931) and ... Read More »

Bryan and Mary Talbot nominated for National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award

Mary and Bryan Talbot. Image courtesy Bryan Talbot

Bryan Talbot and Mary Talbot are among the 2016 NCS Divisional Award nominees for the 71st Annual US National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards. Bryan and Mary are nominated for their project The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia, alongside Jules Feiffer (for Cousin Joseph) and Rick Geary (for Black Dahlia). Set against the background of violence and state repression ... Read More »

UK’s Comics Laureate Charlie Adlard showcases power of comics to promote literacy at libraries event

Charlie Adlard - 2016

Comic artist Charlie Adlard, whose credits include 2000AD and The Walking Dead, made his first public appearance as the UK’s Comics Laureate in Birmingham late last month. Two ‘Love Comics, Love Literacy’ events aimed to encourage both primary and secondary school teachers and librarians to use comics as a tool to enable literacy. Full of practical, inspirational ideas and top tips on how to ... Read More »

Last few days to back a bumper comics collection from Madius Comics, collecting “Papercuts and Inkstains” – in colour

Papercuts and Inkstains Collected -Cover

There are just a few more days to go to back the Kickstarter appeal for Paperbacks and Inkstains – The Collected Papercuts and Inkstains from Madius Comics, a 200 page-plus book of strips we’ve enthused about here on downthetubes – but this time out, published in colour, edited by Rob Jones and Mike Sambrook. The Madius Comics team are hoping to ... Read More »

Sean Azzopardi reflects on life in new title, “50”

Sean Azzopardi - 50 - Sample 1

Comic creator and Broken Frontier contributor Sean Azzopardi has just released 50, the follow up to Tracks, which was released in 2005. Sean, whose credits also include another autobiographical comic, Rain on Glass, is probably best known for his psychological horror work with Douglas Noble and tangential super-hero action in Necessary Monsters with Daniel Merlin Goodbrey. A founding member of the London Underground Comics ... Read More »

Tony Esmond’s Comic Shop Survival Guide – Part Four: How To Buy A Comic (It isn’t always that easy!) – The Actual Buying Bit

Comic Shop Survival Guide - How To Buy A Comic by David Broughton

There isn’t a week that goes by that one of the downthetubes team reads a post or receives a news item about declining comic sales, some articles blaming comics piracy, others the cost of comics, the end of physical print. But what if a lot of it is just down to how off-putting the whole process of buying a comic ... Read More »

Panel Borders: Collecting Souls and Brighton Rock

Hannah Berry, Joe Decie and graphic designer George Hardie

Panel Borders, the monthly show about comics and graphic novels is back this week, celebrating the output of three artists associated with the City of Brighton and Hove. Alex Fitch talks to graphic novelists Hannah Berry, Joe Decie (whose graphic novel, Collecting Sticks, debuts this month) and graphic designer George Hardie about their work. Coinciding with a career retrospective at University ... Read More »

Tony Esmond’s Comic Shop Survival Guide – Part Three: Choosing Your Comic

The Usual Comic Buying Suspects by David Broughton

There isn’t a week that goes by that one of the downthetubes team reads a post or receives a news item about declining comic sales, some articles blaming comics piracy, others the cost of comics, the end of physical print. But what if a lot of it is just down to how off-putting the whole process of buying a comic ... Read More »

Happy 30th Birthday, Combat Colin!

Combat Colin - 30 Yampy Years

Huge congratulations to longtime British comics creator Lew Stringer this morning, whose much-loved clumsy combat hero Combat Colin celebrates 30 years of publication. The first Combat Colin strip appeared in print in Marvel UK’s Action Force Issue 5, published on 28th March 1987 (cover dated 4th April), and has since featured in numerous publications down the years, including MUK’s Transformers, ... Read More »

Doctor Who Panel to Panel Podcast – Back with More Comic Reviews

Doctor Who Panel to Panel Podcast - Jeremy Bement's Workspace

Episode 74 of Jeremy Bement's execellent Doctor Who: Panel to Panel podcast has just been posted. Read More »

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