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Lost Fleet #2 Cover B by David Demaret Lost Fleet – Corsair by Jack Campbell #2 – Covers Spotlight! (4/28/2017) by John Freeman - June sees the release of The Lost Fleet: Corsair #1 – a new comic series by Jack Campbell, based on his best-selling series of military science-fiction novels which I’m editing for Titan Comics – but the covers for #2 are already out in the wild, over on the Diamond PREVIEWS web site. In #2, Destina Aragon leads ...
Captain Scarlet Comics Montage Spectrum is Indestructible: a new Captain Scarlet book will include comic strip guides (4/28/2017) by John Freeman - 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 ...
Saucer State #1 -SNIP Aliens, Daleks and Paul Cornell, Oh My! (4/28/2017) by John Freeman - Out next month from IDW is Saucer State, written by Paul Cornell (who I recently worked with on Doctor Who: Heralds of Destruction) with art by Ryan Kelly (Lucifer) – and there’s a new Doctor Who comic collection out too, coincidentally featuring another strip I also worked on with him! Saucer State is the sequel ...
Grandville Force Majeure - P24 Panel Leo Bryan Talbot payes tribute to Leo Baxendale in final Grandville tale (4/28/2017) by John Freeman - Artist Bryan Talbot has sent us this panel from his final Grandville story – a homage to the late Leo Baxendale, scripted five years ago, penciled and inked about 15 months ago and coloured in January. “I’m going to dedicate the book to his memory,” Bryan tells us. The book will be launched in October at the Lakes International ...
Doctor Who Adventures Issue 23 - Killer App Strip New Doctor Who Adventures Out Now – We’ll Shout that ’til we’re Horse! (4/28/2017) by John Freeman - Doctor Who Adventures Issue 23 is in sale now from Panini, and I’m delighted to report that the Doctor is still battling aliens accompanied by an alien talking horse. (Not that it wouldn’t be great to have new companion Bill in the strip – she gets an introductory UNIT “Alien Archive” feature this issue – ...
Eagle Eye and Grimly Feendish from Wham! Leo Baxendale Remembered, by Beano artist Nigel Parkinson (4/27/2017) by John Freeman - The first name I recognised in comics was Leo Baxendale, who signed his name on the front cover of WHAM! In 1964. Until earlier this month, he was still my favourite living cartoonist. In the 1950s he gave us Little Plum, Minnie the Minx, The Bash Street Kids and The Banana Bunch, still amongst the very ...
A montage of Leo Baxendale's work, including part of his self portrait In Memoriam: Leo Baxendale (4/27/2017) by John Freeman - Just days after posting an “In Praise of… Leo Baxendale” feature, focusing on his later, creator-owned material, we’re sorry to report his passing. I know this is a loss is going to hit a lot of my friends hard, especially those who know or worked with him, such as Tony Bennett at Knockabout, or Joe Gordon at Forbidden ...
The cover of Teen Titans Volume 6 #5. Art by Chris Burnham DC announces Teen Titans live action show for new streaming service (4/26/2017) by John Freeman - Warner Bros. has revealed plans to bring a new live action Teen Titans series, titled Titans, to its upcoming DC branded streaming service which will debut in 2018. Deadline Hollywood reports the new series is the being helmed by Greg Berlanti (described as “the king of the CW DC universe”), Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter ...
Some characters created for Peter Duncan by ace comics artist Duncan Scott, whose credits include The Dandy and more Splank! a New Comic, in the works (4/26/2017) by John Freeman - Comics fan Peter Duncan began his British comics-oriented blog Splank! just over a year ago, on 1st April 2016,  starting with a post about Splank!, a totally imaginary Irish version of Pow!, one of a trio of unique and, by fans of a certain age, very fondly remembered comics of the 1960s. We covered this ...
Can Your Hear Me, Mother? I’m on the Radio This Week (4/26/2017) by John Freeman - Thanks to David Chandler, you’ll hear me plugging Lancaster Comics Day (and the Lakes International Comic Art Festival) on this week’s “Friday Night Three” show airing on Beyond Radio (7 – 9.00pm, 103.5FM across Lancaster and Morecambe and also online). It turns out David apparently in part owes living in Lancaster down to an editorial ...
War for the Planet of the Apes #1 BOOM! Studios announces War for the Planet of the Apes mini-series (4/25/2017) by John Freeman - BOOM! Studios and 20th Century Fox Consumer Products have announced a comic miniseries that serves as a prequel to the upcoming film War for the Planet of the Apes, which hits UK cinemas on 14th July 2017. The four-issue miniseries is written by David F. Walker (Power Man and Iron Fist, Occupy Avengers) and illustrated ...
Robotech #1 - Sample 2 - Unlettered Robotech #1: first interior art and story details revealed at C2E2 (4/25/2017) by John Freeman - Titan Comics have just revealed the first interior art and story details for Robotech #1. The influential 1980s anime classic returns on 26th July 2017 with a brand-new ongoing series packed with earth-shattering shocks and surprises. The all-new Robotech comic series returns to Macross Island, the place where it all began! Writer Brian Wood, artist ...
Brand-new Charlotte Corday Adventure by Dan Dare artist Keith Page Launches (4/24/2017) by John Freeman - Launching soon will be an all-new Charlotte Corday adventure titled Blasted Trubshaw and the Time Before This, a follow up to the recently re-published Witchcraft Street series. Creator Keith Page has teased his fans with some notes about the story, in which ancient aliens clash with 1950s rocket scientists! “With the followup to Witchcraft Street I wanted to ...
Sarah McIntyre - Isolated Illustrator Face The Loneliness of the Long Distance Illustrator: Sarah McIntyre on How to Beat It (4/24/2017) by John Freeman - How on earth did I miss the news that illustrator and writer Sarah McIntyre is now Writer in Residence at BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity? My belated and heartiest congratulations on this new role, which she took up in February. Sarah now has a new blog for BookTrust, which, as well as fun stuff like “How to Draw ...
The Fab 4000 logo Supergirl actress Chyler Leigh heads to Liverpool to support FAB 4000 comics project  (4/24/2017) by John Freeman - Up, up and away! The most wonderful synchronicity is bringing Supergirl star Chyler Leigh to Liverpool next month. The visit is in support of THE FAB 4000, a brilliant new comics project developed by comics creator Tim Quinn, artist Jorge Pacheco – and the staff and pupils of St Vincent’s School for Sensory Impairment. Last June, ...
2000AD Prog 2028 Preview: Mars Attacked! (4/24/2017) by John Freeman - There’s some sweet space war action on the cover of this week’s 2000AD, on sale Wednesday, as the Venusians take it to their Martian enemies, in “Scarlet Traces: Cold War” on this week’s cover, from co-creator and series art droid, D’Israeli. In this issue…  JUDGE DREDD // HARVEY
 John Wagner (Writer) / John McCrea (Artist). ...
Artist Chris Achilleos asks fans help to trace missing Cybermen art (4/22/2017) by John Freeman - Can anyone find out where this Doctor Who original painting is!? Artist Chris Achilleos, who drew this Tenth Planet art for the Doctor Who WH Allen/ Target Books range back in the 1970s, is trying to track it down. Chris is a Greek Cypriot born British illustrator, painter and movie conceptual artist. Over the past 40 ...
Cartoon Musuem: The Inking Woman Exhibition “Inking Woman” Exhibition opens next week at London’s Cartoon Musuem (4/22/2017) by John Freeman - Opening next week at London’s Cartoon Museum (running from 26th April to 23rd July 2017), The Inking Woman is an exhibition bringing together original artwork spanning 250 years, from 18th century caricatures to modern graphic novels, The Inking Woman is a celebration of the vibrancy and variety of women’s cartoon and comic expression in the UK. The ...
The Sci-Fi & Fantasy art of Patrick J. Jones - Promotional Art Explore the SF and Fantasy art of Patrick J. Jones (4/22/2017) by John Freeman - 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 ...
An alien from Gerry Anderson's UFO This Week’s Top Ten Most Read Stories on downthetubes (4/21/2017) by John Freeman - A look back at a short-lived Commando fan magazine edited by artist Peter Richardson, Frank Bellamy Eagle art, a Jack Kirby-related crowdfunder and the first UK Gerry Anderson’s UFO convention in a long time topped downthetubes most read stories this week. Here’s a list of the top ten most read stories on the site for the week ...
Willy the Kid meets the Loch Ness Monster by and © Leo Baxendale In Praise of… Leo Baxendale (4/21/2017) by John Freeman - Leo Baxendale is a British cartoonist who should need no introduction to downthetubes readers. Not only was the creator of the classic Beano strips “Little Plum”, “Minnie the Minx”, “The Bash Street Kids” and “The Three Bears”, but he was instrumental in the creation of the much-loved Wham! , published by Odhams Press, in  1964, and ...
Nick Fury #1 - Nick Fury by ACO In Review: Marvel’s new Nick Fury is a positive tonic (4/21/2017) by John Freeman - Writer: James Robinson Penciler: ACO Inker: Hugo Petrus Colourist: Rachelle Rosenberg Letterer: Travis Lanham Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: 19th April 2017 The Book:The world is a dangerous place. And there’s danger in drawing attention to your plans. When S.H.I.E.L.D. needs a lone agent to infiltrate, capture and remain anonymous, there’s no one better than ...
Photo: CArtoon Museum London’s Cartoon Museum seeks Comics Creators Project Volunteer (4/20/2017) by John Freeman - If you or someone you know might be interested in spending a couple of days a week for six months working at London’s fine Cartoon Museum, read on. You don’t need to be a comics ‘expert’ – but you do need a good general awareness of what’s what (someone applied last year that had “never ...
Game Mania 2017 Game Mania returns to Blackpool in May (with some added comics goodness) (4/20/2017) by John Freeman - This year’s Game Mania takes place at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on 6th and 7th May 2017. A Gaming Event full of Retro Games, Virtual Reality, Kids Zone, Pinball, Arcades, Developers. Tournaments and Challenges – with prizes to be won, including five prizes from Kendal’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival, including signed prints from artists on ...
Commando 5011 - Flight of Fancy Killer Commandos Stalk Your Newsagent This Week – and there’s flying saucers on the loose, too! (4/20/2017) by John Freeman -   DC Thomson’s Commando Issues 5011 – 5014, on sale now in all good newsagents and various digital platforms, deliver a hotpot of unique wartime adventures, ranging from World War Two Home Front detectives to grizzled Yankees in the Vietnamese jungle. While “Flight of Fancy” and “Killer Commando” tackle different genres, delivering time honoured Commando ...
This mystery art got some fans of Frank Hampson excited - but it isn't his, says his son Mystery art has Frank Hampson fans a-flutter – but the actual artist remains a mystery (4/20/2017) by John Freeman - Browsing the Book Palace website last night, downthetubes contributor Richard Sheaf came across this painting, attributed to Dan Dare creator Frank Hampson. “… This is gorgeous painting, probably used for a magazine illustration or advertisement in the late 1950s,” notes the site,”depicting a scene at a British port as travellers disembark from their cruise and ...
Star Wars: The Classic Newspaper Comic Volume One Star Wars: The Classic Newspaper Comic collections launched by IDW (4/19/2017) by John Freeman - Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the first Star Wars film this May, IDW Publishing and the multi award-winning imprint, Library of American Comics have just released Volume One of Star Wars: The Classic Newspaper Comic which contains 575 sequential strips from its premiere run 11th March 1979 to 5th October 1980. Included are every Sunday’s title header and “bonus” ...
Craft Comic Festival 2017 Comic creators, a bar – and a Music Festival in Liverpool? Sounds like a great combination! (4/19/2017) by John Freeman - Ace Liverpool-based comic creators Tom Ward (writer and creator of MERRICK: The Sensational Elephant Man, co-creator of Doc Dino) and Chris Welsh (creator of Wart and the horror anthology The Grime) are running a little tester comic event out of a bar at the end of this month, in conjunction with a local music festival. The free Craft Comic Festival ...
2000AD Prog 2027 Dredd in Rip-Roaring Action in latest 2000AD (Prog 2027) (4/19/2017) by John Freeman - Featuring a cracking cover by Matt Ferguson, 2000AD Prog 2027 is on sale now in all good comic shops and UK newsagents – and via various digital platforms. John McCrea‘s art on “Judge Dredd” is adrenaline-soaked brilliance and makes it worth the entrance price alone so check it out! Judge Dredd – Harvey (Part 4) ...
Peculiar Moments of Silence by Sorina Vazelina Sneak Preview: “Old Farts” by Sorina Vazelina (4/19/2017) by Antony Esmond - Written and Illustrated by Sorina Vazelina Full Colour – Published by Centrala Books Something is crawling in to my brain, something colourful and crazy. This is an anthology of work by Sorina Vazelina and published by Centrala books in the United Kingdom. Beware. I intend to use drugs references throughout! The book starts off as ...

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