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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 »

“Martian” author Andy Weir short stories published exclusively on the books and comics app, Tapas

Principles of Uncertainty by Andy Weir

Before Andy Weir’s brilliant SF novel The Martian became a bestseller and a box-office hit, it was posted in short, free instalments to his website. His approach mirrors the serialised stories of 19th century periodicals, which popularized authors like Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Now, Weir is working with Tapas Media to create a selection of digital short stories entitled ... Read More »

In Review: The Mighty One My Life Inside The Nerve Centre

The Mighty One Book Cover

The Book: Steve MacManus, the editor of 2000AD during the 1980s, lifts the lid on how the UK’s most important comic came into existence and his extraordinary role in shaping it into a industry revolutionising icon. In 1973, a twenty-year-old MacManus joined Fleetway Publications as a sub-editor on UK adventure title Valiant, a title then selling 100,000 copies every week. Six ... Read More »

Bloomsbury to publish classic Dorothy M. Wheeler-illustrated Nursery Rhymes collection

The nursery rhyme "Hush a Bye Baby", illustrated by Dorothy M. Wheeler

 British publisher Bloomsbury currently has a number of beautifully-illustrated works in the works, including a stunning re-release of English Nursery Rhymes, as  Classic Nursery Rhymes, a book first published when World War One was at its height. The new edition is the result of a chance discovery in company archives by Publishing Director Jayne Parsons and features some stunning watercolour art by ... Read More »

Sparkle World’s “Goblin Princess” strip Brought To Book

The Goblin Princess - Book Art

A few years ago Jenny O’Connor, Editorial Director at Redan Publishing (whose titles include the best-selling Peppa Pig) started writing a strip story for the company’s popular Sparkle World called The Goblin Princess – and now the strip has become a book, illustrated by Kate Willis-Crowley, published by Faber. The Goblin Princess is set in a goblin world where things are ... Read More »

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