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“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 »

Authors Rally for Tommy Donbavand with Obverse Books project

As we’ve previously reported on downthetubes, Scream Street creator, Beano writer, Doctor Who author and all round lovely guy, Tommy Donbavand, has been diagnosed with cancer and is currently recovering from a series of painful and unpleasant treatments as he battles to kick this horrible, horrible disease into touch. If you follow Tommy’s blog ( you’ll know that one of ... Read More »

Print Still Matters for Kids, says publisher Egmont

Reading 'Whoopee!', 1977 © Acme Museum Services

Studies commissioned by Egmont Publishing suggest that reading printed titles creates a greater bond between parents and kids – and printed titles still carry more weight than eBooks and digital reading. The findings – the result of a commissioned study carried out by FamilyKids and Youth and the University of Sussex’s Children and Technology Lab – echo recently announced research conducted by BookTrust in association ... Read More »

New puzzles celebrate 50 years of Star Trek, art book also on way from Titan Books

Set to be released as a jigsaw by Jumbo Games in the UK, this amazing Star Trek artwork by Dusty Abell is also available worldwide as an officially-licensed poster direct from the artist

Jumbo Games, Britain’s leading manufacturer of adult puzzles, is producing a range of Star Trek jigsaw puzzles set to launch in in September, in time for the 50th Anniversary of the franchise. The puzzle range will include a 1,000- and 500-piece puzzle, billed as the “ideal collectable for fans old and new”. Only on sale in the UK, the 1,000 ... Read More »

Andrew Cartmel’s Vinyl Detective Released

The Vinyl Detective by Andrew Cartmel

Just released by Titan Books is former Doctor Who script editor and Rivers of London comic co-writer Andrew Cartmel’s new novel The Vinyl Detective: Written in Dead Wax. Titan have clearly got a lot of faith in this new title (and so they should!). Their promotions include a poster campaign on the London Underground – and he’ll be signing copies at ... Read More »

Telos Publishing Re-Releases Doctor Who “The Target Book”

The Target Book - 2016 Edition

Chronicling the range of Doctor Who novelisations published by a variety of publishers, but always under the ‘Target’ brand, The Target Book by David J Howe, first published in 2007, was one of the most popular titles ever published by Telos Publishing, selling well in both hardback and paperback editions – and now it’s being re-released in a new edition. From 1973 ... Read More »

Comic Industry Secrets Revealed in new autobiographies from Tim Quinn and Dicky Howett

Promotional Art for Tim Quinn's Biography

Miwk Publishing have announced the forthcoming publication of Argh!, the autobiography of comics writer and editor Tim Quinn in May, alongside Drawing Breath, the autobiography of cartoonist Dicky Howett, who worked with Tim on various strips for over 20 years. Tim’s work will be known to comic readers everywhere, especially fans of Doctor Who where his strip (in collaboration with artist Dicky Howett) “Doctor Who?” featured in Doctor Who Magazine ... Read More »

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