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Britain’s annual comics-promoting Small Press Day 2017 Announced for Saturday 8th July

Small Press Day, celebrating comics and self-publishing at shops and events across the UK and Ireland, is back in July. The fantastic Broken Frontier web site – ever at the forefront of promoting independently published small press comics and encouraging their creators – has announced that fter a hugely successful first day in 2016, Small Press Day returns on Saturday ... Read More »

Happy 30th Birthday, Combat Colin!

Huge congratulations to longtime British comics creator Lew Stringer this morning, whose much-loved clumsy combat hero Combat Colin celebrates 30 years of publication. The first Combat Colin strip appeared in print in Marvel UK’s Action Force Issue 5, published on 28th March 1987 (cover dated 4th April), and has since featured in numerous publications down the years, including MUK’s Transformers, ... Read More »

VIZ among Big Issue editor’s favourite reads

VIZ Promo

Best-selling humour comic magazine VIZ is one of Big Issue editor Paul McNamee‘s favourite reads, he reveals in an opinion piece for InPublishing magazine. He’s also a fan of Private Eye, Q – and the Church Times advertiser section. Celebrating the continuing success of some print magazines despite tumbling sales for many, Paul – whose own title, The Big Issue, ... Read More »

Doctor Who Panel to Panel Podcast – Back with More Comic Reviews

Episode 74 of Jeremy Bement's execellent Doctor Who: Panel to Panel podcast has just been posted. Read More »

Tony Esmond’s Comic Shop Survival Guide – Part Two: How To Buy A Comic

There isn’t a week that goes by that one of the downthetubes team reads a post or receives a news item about declining comic sales, some articles blaming comics piracy, others the cost of comics, the end of physical print. But what if a lot of it is just down to how off-putting the whole process of buying a comic ... Read More »

Last Chance to get your hands on some classic British comic collections from Bear Alley Books!

Bear Alley Books - Frontline and Arena Covers

Over at Bear Alley Books, publisher Steve Holland has a special offer on two of his latest books collecting two great strips from DC Thomson, featuring work by artists Ian Kennedy and Enrique Alcatena. “This will be your last chance to buy Frontline UK and Arena as our license for these titles runs out shortly and both books will be officially ... Read More »

Celebrate Red Nose Day the Mekon Way!

Make a donation to Red Nose Day via Dan Dare Mekon art by Charlotte Corday, Dan Dare and Commando artist Keith Page. (With thanks to Richard Sheaf) Read More »

In Praise Of: Comic Artist Jack “King” Kirby

Jack Kirby Self Portrait

Had he lived, Jack “King” Kirby, born 28th August 1917, would have been 100 this year. In advance of Lancaster Comics Day 2017, where Kirby’s work will be celebrated on a special panel, British comic artist (and Comics Day guest) Tim Perkins sings the praises of this great American comic artist, whose work was instrumental in inspiring him on his ... Read More »

Leamington Comic Con on Saturday 

Leamington’s award-winning comic convention – Leam Comic Con – returns on Saturday (25th March 2017) at the Royal Spa Centre bringing big name guests, independent publishers and creators and local talent to the town. Top guests include Christian Wildgoose, artist on DC’s Batgirl, and the brilliant Improper Books series Porcelain; Daredevil and Star Wars artist Marc Laming; multi-award winning Manga ... Read More »

In Review: Cosmos & Other Stories

Cosmos & Other Stories Art by Rozi Hathaway SNIP

By Rozi Hathaway Publisher: Good Comics The Book: A collection of short stories about love and longing… if you’ve ever been in a crowd, felt the ache of absence, or looked for meaning ion the constellations, then this collection will speak to you. The Review: It’s not often that a piece of art touches you in in such a profound ... Read More »

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