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Origins of “Doctor Who” revealed in new Sydney Newman memoirs

Sydney Newman: The Man Who Thought Outside the Box

Exactly where did the idea of Doctor Who come from and how much of the show was the idea of Canadian film and TV producer Sydney Newman? That’s just one of the subjects tackled in The Man Who Thought Outside the Box, Sydney Newman’s memoirs, written by Ryan Danes and due to be published to celebrate what would have been his ... Read More »

50 Years of Captain Scarlet to be celebrated in new unofficial guide

Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons - End Titles by Ron Embleton

Chinbeard Books is to publish an unofficial guide to Gerry Anderson’s Captain Scarlet next year, marking the character’s 50th anniversary since his debut on ITV. Originally shown in September 1967, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons was Gerry Anderson’s follow-up to the stunningly successful Thunderbirds and, while it didn’t prove as popular as that show, it was pretty ground-breaking in some ... Read More »

“Mr. Testy” book debuts from comics creator Paul Eldridge 

Mr. Testy by Paul Eldridge

Satirising a line of famous children’s books Paul Eldridge‘s Mr. Testy is the kind of project that might strike a chord with fans of VIZ, or Keith Lemon. An illustrated book rather than comic from this independent British comic creator this Mr Men parody features Gonad the Barbarian (“still the worst joke I ever made”, Paul notes). “As you can ... Read More »

Crowdfunding Spotlight: Bambi Wendt’s field guide to dragons

The field guide to: Dragons, Wyrms, and Serpents of the World by Bambi Wendt - Art Sample

Currently smashing its fairly modest Kickstarter funding goal of $2500 out of the park, Bambi Wendt‘s proposed The field guide to: Dragons, Wyrms, and Serpents of the World is a gem deserving attention. The project is being promoted as a 50-plus page book, richly illustrated, with over 25 full watercolour paintings created “in the wild without digital programs”. It’s clearly ... Read More »

Resurrecting the Doctor Who Target Book That Never Was

Resurrection of the Daleks by Adrian Salmon

As part of an audience with writer Eric Saward, there will be a reading of Chapter One of the Target Book that never was – an adaptation of the Fifth Doctor story Resurrection of the Daleks – at Manchester’s Fab Cafe this Sunday (27th November 2016). As writer and Script Editor of Doctor Who during the turbulent first half of the ... Read More »

Paul Kidby’s Terry Pratchett Memorial Statue for Salisbury one step nearer to realisation

Sir Terry Pratchett Memorial Statue Bust

Back in 2015, a campaign was launched for the creation of a Terry Pratchett Memorial Statue, which we reported here on downthetubes. Artist Paul Kidby, who worked with Sir Terry, was put forward as the sculptor of choice to create it and, following a meeting at the Guildhall, Salisbury Council approved the proposal for the statue to be sited within ... Read More »

In Review: Comic Book Fever – A Celebration of Comics: 1976-1986

By George Khoury Publisher: TwoMorrows Out: Now The Book: This book is an examination of the pivotal US comics era of 1976–1986. Contained herein are the people, comics, and artifacts that made our childhood feel larger than life, and shaped the US comics industry into the pop culture staple that stands tall today. Each chapter and sidebar in this book tells ... Read More »

Alan Lee to illustrate new edition of JRR Tolkien’s love story, “Beren and Lúthien”

Tolkien-inspired art by watercolour artist Alan Lee

HarperCollins will publish a new JRR Tolkien title, Beren and Lúthien, in May 2017, a love story that has inspired many creators to illustrate scenes from their story. This edition will feature art by Alan Lee, an award-winning artist long associated with Tolkein’s works, who also worked on the Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth films. Edited by his son Christopher Tolkien, The Bookseller reports ... Read More »

Enjoy a taste of the macabre with celebrated Lancaster author AS Chambers this Hallowe’en

AS Chambers

A.S.Chambers, Lancaster’s master of the macabre (and one of Lancaster Comics Day’s most fervent supporters), will be making a special appearance at Lancaster Library this Hallowe’en weekend. On the 29th October he will be holding a one off event, where he will be chatting about all manner of creepy anecdotes that have influenced his books concerning fictional investigator of the paranormal, Sam Spallucci. ... Read More »

Comics and Short Stories Digital Hub Tapas Launches Writer Appeal

Tapas Writers Appeal

Tapas, a publishing platform home to serialised, snackable stories for mobile audiences that includes the Tapastic comics hub which features the work of some 17,000 creators, is looking for amazing original stories. Tapas recently began to serialise the work of Andy Weir, author of The Martian, on their platform. “We are a community who values well-crafted, engaging stories readers care ... Read More »

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