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In Memoriam: Stewart Perkins (WR Logan)

Stewart Perkins, Bristol 2004. Photo courtesy PJ Holden

Writer Richmond Clements, co-editor of FutureQuake, pays tribute to an unsung hero of British comics – and particularly 2000AD – fandom, whose death was announced at the weekend… There has been a running black joke this year about the innumerable number of good people who’ve been dying. In our nerd culture, the many fandoms have their own leaders, their own personalities. ... Read More »

Awesome Comics Podcast Episode 47 – Kevin Bieber and Man vs Rock!

Awesome Comics Podcast Episode 47 - Kevin Bieber and Man vs Rock!

Buckle your seat belts folks because Kevin Bieber, one of the creators behind Man vs Rock, the craziest and most hilarious small press books ever created joins the gang this week. He talks about how the book came to be, the reaction the book has had since its release and so much more. And, seriously, there’s so much more. There’s also ... Read More »

Awesome Comics Podcast Episode 46: Monty Nero

Better late than never, here’s our plug for the latest episode of the Awesome Comics Podcast, which is rapidly heading to its landmark half century of episodes! This week, Monty Nero, creator of the acclaimed super powered comic Death Sentence joins the gang to talk about all things comics. He tells the team how the series came to be, what ... Read More »

“Black Dog – The Dreams of Paul Nash”, A Reader’s Experience

Black Dog – The Dreams of Paul Nash - Sample Art 5

Created by Dave McKean Publisher: Lakes International Comic Art Festival and Hourglass (the Artist’s Book, limited edition of 300 – a graphic novel edition will be published by Dark Horse in October Let me start this item by saying that this is neither a ‘Preview’ nor a ‘Review’. What this is a recounting of the responses I felt reading this book on a warm night, late off ... Read More »

In Review: Glorious Wrestling Alliance by Josh Hicks

Glorious Wrestling Alliance - Cover

Created by Josh Hicks ‘GLORIOUS WRESTLING ALLIANCE follows the behind-the-scenes goings on at a wrestling promotion in the build up to the biggest show of the year. Dramas, neuroses and existential crises play out among a cast of literally tens of wrestlers, and at least one has a fish for a head! Dumb, dumb comix and not much actual wrestling!’ ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Darwyn Cooke

Darwyn Cooke

I was very sad to learn yesterday of the sudden passing of the extraordinary Canadian comic book writer, artist, cartoonist and animator Darwyn Cooke, whose death to cancer was announced by his family this weekend. He was just 53. This short statement, following quickly on news that Darwyn was being treated for cancer, was published on the “Almost Darwyn Cooke” blog on Saturday: ... Read More »

Eagle Daze: The Life and Times of Leonard James Matthews – Part Ten

The Glamorous Years

Leonard Matthews, General Managing Editor of Fleetway and the Eagle Group of Comics, was a Creative Visionary… but that, Roger Perry argues in his extensive biography of the man which continues here on downthetubes, is only due to him having utilised the ideas of others. After Matthews’ dalliances with Men Only and other projects, Roger recalls how a phone-call out of the blue ... Read More »

Sneak Preview: How to Survive in the North by Luke Healy

How to Survive in the North Sample 1

Created by Luke Healy Published by NoBrow Press Full Colour Hardback. 197 pages. £15.99/$22.95 “Weaving together the true life historical expeditions of Ada Blackjack and Robert Bartlett with a contemporary fictional story. How to Survive in the North is a unique and visual narrative journey that shows the strength it takes to survive even the harshest conditions – whether that ... Read More »

Britain’s New Statesman magazine looking for a new cartoonist

New Statesman Magazine 2016

Britain’s New Statesman – a political and cultural magazine founded in 1913 – has issued an an open call for submissions for the NS back page cartoon. Here’s the full details from their site: The back page of the New Statesman has a weekly cartoon slot and we’re looking for a new artist to fill it. The cartoon can be topical or surreal, ... Read More »

Pictures from an Exhibition: The 2002 Bristol Dan Dare show

Back in 2002, Bristol’s Museum and Art Gallery played host to a Dan Dare exhibition, the same year that saw the launch of the short-lived animated series.  One visitor, John Leslie Sinclair, has kindly shared some of his pictures of the event with downthetubes. The exhibition was one of a series that began in 2000, organised by top Dan Dare ... Read More »

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