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Spectrum is Indestructible: a new Captain Scarlet book will include comic strip guides

Captain Scarlet Comics Montage

Regular readers of downthetubes will recall we reported in 2016 that Chinbeard Books is to publish an unofficial guide to Gerry Anderson’s Captain Scarlet later this year, marking the character’s 50th anniversary since his debut on ITV. Spectrum is Indestructible is the work of journalist, critic and writer Fred McNamara, and will feature a cover by Adrian Salmon. Although an unofficial ... Read More »

Explore the SF and Fantasy art of Patrick J. Jones

The Sci-Fi & Fantasy art of Patrick J. Jones - Promotional Art

Back in 2009, I edited SciFi Art Now, a compendium of great art with a foreword from one of my favourite all-time SF artists Chris Foss. One of the artists who responded to my international appeal for art to be considered for the book was the award-winning creator Patrick J. Jones, a huge talent who recently saw the publication of his latest ... Read More »

Coming Soon: Dazzle Ships and the Art of Confusion 

Dazzle Ships and the Art of Confusion - Art

If you’re a fan of Commando comics, then you may want to check out Dazzle Ships: World War One and the Art of Confusion, out later this year. Yes, it’s nonfiction – but there is a comics connection. Written by Chris Barton this dazzling picture book explores art, desperation, and one man’s incredible idea for saving ships from German torpedoes in ... Read More »

Dan Abnett and Jack Campbell among writers for “Cosmic Powers” SF anthology edited by John Joseph Adams

Cosmic Powers Anthology Cover

Those of you who are looking forward to Titan Comics Lost Fleet: Corsair mini series (out in June 2017), written by Lost Fleet creator Jack Campbell, or are fans of 2000AD writer Dan Abnett‘s work might want to check out Cosmic Powers, a collection of original, epic science fiction text stories, available to order now from a number of different outlets, ... Read More »

Fighting Fantasy Fest Returns to London in September

Fighting Fantasy Fest Banner

Fighting Fantasy Fest returns to Ealing for the largest dedicated Fighting Fantasy convention yet in September 2017, featuring Guests of Honour Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, as well as a host of other guests. Fighting Fantasy Fest 2 will feature talks, gaming sessions, comics, signings, a Fighting Fantasy exhibition, and a trading hall, as well as a cosplay competition. • Fighting Fantasy Fest 2 ... Read More »

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 »

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