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Commando 4997 – Hidden Nazis Hidden Nazis, Deadly Secrets Uncovered – in the new Commando comics (2/23/2017) by John Freeman - Here’s the latest intel on the new DC Thomson Commando releases (Issues 4995 – 4998), on sale now in all good newsagents and available on various digital platforms… Commando 4995 – The Village Story: Ferg Handley Art: Vicente Alcazar Cover: Janek Matysiak By spring, 1945, the Reich’s forces were in full retreat and Allied troops ...
2000AD 40th Anniversary Special Beyond 2000AD Celebration Signings Continue This Weekend across the UK (2/23/2017) by John Freeman - 2000AD continues to celebrate its 40th anniversary this weekend with a number of special signings by some of its top talents this weekend in Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester – and these are just the first of many through the year. All this helps to mark the title’s official birthday, and with artists like Steve Yeowell on the ...
Beyond 2000AD - Orbital Comics 2017 - Wall 1 Photo Review: The BEYOND 2000AD Exhibition at London’s Orbital Comics (2/23/2017) by Richard Sheaf -   London’s Orbital Comics – the UK’s one and only Eisner Award-winning comic shop – is currently hosting what sounds like it could be an extremely dull and pretentious look at 2000AD. “Beyond 2000AD – The Broader Cultural Impact of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic” certainly sounds like the theme of a comics dissertation, after all. ...
A panel from an episode of Prince Valiant published 2nd February 1964 Comics’ Sweeping Graphic Novel Prince Valiant Turns 80 (2/22/2017) by John Freeman - While we’ve been celebrating the 40th anniversary of British comic 2000AD a lot in recent days, another comic – well, comic strip – marked its 80th anniversary earlier this month and we couldn’t let it pass by given the lasting impact and influence it had on many comic creators. “Prince Valiant” made his debut on 13th ...
An early dummy cover for "AD2000", cover artist unknown Happy Birthday, 2000AD (your “Official” birthday, that is) (2/22/2017) by John Freeman - Happy Birthday 2000AD! The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic is celebrating its 40th birthday today with the release of the 2000AD 40th Anniversary Special and 2000AD Prog 2019 in newsagents, comic shops and various digital platforms. More information below! Technically, it’s actually “Happy Birthday Judge Dredd“, who appeared in Prog Two, which was on sale today 40 years ago. ...
Image by Roger Langridge Drawing The Line: 100 Comic Artists unite to Change the World (2/22/2017) by John Freeman - More than 100 comics artists and illustrators from around the world have launched Draw the Line – a lively, visual guide to positive political action that anyone can take. A reaction to dramatic social, environmental and political changes in the United States, Europe and across the world, the Draw the Line project offers more than 100 ...
Crytogram Puzzle Post 01 Jack Fallows stunning “Cryptogram” available to pre-order (2/19/2017) by John Freeman - Comic creator Jack Fallows, whose work we’ve praised before here on downthetubes, has announced you can now pre-order what I can only describe as amazing-looking Cryptogram 0.1 Spring 2017 (March) | The Woods.  “Cryptogram Puzzle Post is a monthly bundle of interlinking puzzles, codes, ciphers, riddles, spells and illusions inspired by witchcraft and alchemy,” he explains, ...
Morecambe Comic Con 2017 Morecambe Gets a Comic-Con for Easter (2/19/2017) by John Freeman - Morecambe, Lanacashire will play host to a Comic Con this Easter, although at present the announced guest list – which includes Sixth Doctor Who Colin Baker, who has written a comic strip – leans more toward TV and film guests than comics. Other announced guests are Paul Blake, who played Greedo in Star Wars and ...
Utopia/ Valhalla Issue One Utopia/Valhalla, rare comics fanzine featuring early work by teenage Alan Moore offered for £2700 (2/18/2017) by John Freeman - Over on eBay, there’s an auction running for a comics fanzine published in 1970 – Utopia/Valhalla Issue One – with a starting bid of over £2700. Before anyone starts scrabbling in their attics for fading issues of Comic Media News, Solar Wind or Fantasy Advertiser thinking to strike gold while the world’s gone mad, you ...
Sydney Newman: The Man Who Thought Outside the Box Origins of “Doctor Who” revealed in new Sydney Newman memoirs (2/17/2017) by John Freeman - 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 ...
A panel of Roy of the Rovers in action by David Sque, running onto a pass from Blackie Gray! Roy of the Rovers © Egmont UK Roy of the Rovers comic artist David Sque confirmed for Lancaster Comics Day – making a rare comics convention appearance (2/17/2017) by John Freeman - The Lancaster Comics Day team have announced the appearance of Roy of the Rovers comic artist David Sque at Lancaster Comics Day 2017 (Sunday 11th June), who will be at the event alongside ROTR editor Barrie Tomlinson. Both creators – like fellow guest, artist Richard Piers Rayner – have made very few appearances at comics events, ...
Little Nightmares #1 - Cover A BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe and Titan Comics team up for new “Little Nightmares” comic (2/17/2017) by John Freeman - BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe and Titan Comics have announced the creation of comics based on the upcoming, highly anticipated 3D puzzle-platformer Little Nightmares. The new comic is written by Dan Watters and Alex Paknadel (writers of Assassin’s Creed: Uprising) with art by Aaron Alexovich (Heart Shaped Skull, Serenity Rose). The Little Nightmares video game is ...
2000AD - 40 Years of Thrill-Power - Carlos Queue The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic Convention? A Day out at the 2000AD – 40 Years of Thrill-Power Festival (2/16/2017) by John Freeman - The 2000AD – 40 Years of Thrill-Power Festival took place last weekend and downthetubers John Freeman (who was drafted to run a panel about British comics, Richard Sheaf and Tony Esmond (who got to interview Pat Mills on stage) share their thoughts on the event… A Grand Day Out By Richard Sheaf There are more comic conventions than ...
Aces Weekly Incentive Card 5 Pick a Card, Any Card, it’s an Ace! (Aces Weekly, that is!) (2/16/2017) by John Freeman - Aces Weekly, the on-line comic magazine, founded in 2012 by David Lloyd and Bambos Georgiou, has announced the release of a set of collectable “trading cards”, which give purchasers access to volumes of the award winning publication. Each of the ten cards features an image from a specific volume on one side and a unique ...
Stan Sakai Fifth Lakes International Comic Art Festival Line-Up Announced, Tickets On Sale Now (2/16/2017) by John Freeman - The Lakes International Comic Art Festival has announced its full guest list for this year’s Festival Weekend in Kendal (13th – 15th October 2017) – and it’s simply crammed with amazing guests, including Stan Sakai, Sergio Aragonés, Ryan North, Mariko Tamaki – and a smashing smattering of 2000AD creators including Brendan McCarthy, to boot. This year, by popular ...
Cartoonists Rights advocate Terry Anderson joins Granite City Con line-up (2/16/2017) by John Freeman - Terry Anderson of the Cartoonists Rights Network returns to Granite City Comic Con in Aberdeen in May 2017, to discuss the work of the group. Cartoonists Rights Network International is the human rights organisation specifically for cartoonists whose liberty or lives are threatened due to their work. 2015 will be remembered for the Charlie Hebdo ...
British Comic Heroes Abroad: Dan Dare’s first Asian Publication Recalled (2/15/2017) by John Freeman - We’ve covered some of the reprints the original Dan Dare experienced across the globe in the past on downthetubes and Richard Sheaf wrote a detailed guide to many of them In the Titan Dare collection, Safari in Space. But until now, I hadn’t quite appreciated quite how much exposure Dan enjoyed in Asia. I’m very ...
ComicPopUp Brighton - Landscape New ComicPopUp Brighton revives indie comic creators cooperative ideas to sell comics (2/15/2017) by John Freeman - ComicPopUp Brighton is a new event happening on Saturday 13th May 2017, a one-day small-press/art comics shop that’s part of the Brighton Artists Open House Festival. Selling comics to comics readers and a whole new audience in a family-friendly pizza pub, with all sales money going to the creators, its a great idea where creators ...
Celebrate 2000AD – Or Else! (In a new art competition, that is…) (2/14/2017) by John Freeman - Every month, fans of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic have the chance to win a 2000AD graphic novel by entering a themed art competition inspired by the long-running SF weekly. The theme for February 2017 is, unsurprisingly, “Celebrating 40 Years of Thrills!” (The stunning competition art above is by Andy Lambert, a previous winner of this ...
Freeway Fighter #1 - Cover A Sneak Peek: Fighting Fantasy’s “Freeway Fighter” Returns As All-New Comic (2/14/2017) by John Freeman - Spinning out of the legendary Fighting Fantasy series of game books created by Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson in 1982, the post-apocalyptic Freeway Fighter distinguished itself by deviating from the usual mix of orcs, goblins and cave-trolls. Now it’s back – as an all-new Titan Comics production from Andi Ewington with original creator Ian Livingstone ...
Beyond Dredd and Watchmen: The Art of John Higgins Beyond Dredd and Watchmen: The Art of John Higgins (2/13/2017) by John Freeman - Beyond Dredd and Watchmen: The Art of John Higgins, opening at Liverpool’s Victoria Gallery 10th March 2017, is the first major retrospective of the work of Liverpool-born artist. John Higgins found global success as a comic book artist, colourist and writer for 2000AD, DC and Marvel. Along with work on strips as diverse as Judge ...
Paw Patrol Promotional Image Egmont Publishing celebrates strong ABC performance for children’s titles (2/11/2017) by John Freeman - Following up on our report on the latest ABC sales figures for British comics, longtime comics publisher Egmont Publishing UK – which last year sold its classic comics archive to 2000AD publisher Rebellion – is celebrating strong ABC performance, just like Beano publisher DC Thomson. The London-based company reports impressive debut figures for new launches, ...
Mighty World of Marvel 1 (1972) - with Hulk T-Shirt Transfer free gift King Kong, wartime Beanos and banned Oz comics – quite a selection in latest ComPal comic auction! (2/11/2017) by John Freeman - The latest Compalcomics online auction has just launched and offers a fantastic selection of wartime Beanos, pre-war Mickey Mouse Weeklies and copies of Glasgow / Northern Looking Glass, considered the world’s first “comic”, published in Glasgow in 1825. Plus, there’s the chance to get your hands on some rare underground comics, including a copy of the infamous ...
Beano - Cover dated 8th February 2017 DC Thomson celebrates as Beano sales figures climb in a difficult market (2/10/2017) by John Freeman - We reported on the latest ABC circulation figures for British news stand comics earlier today, and we can now reveal that Dundee-based publisher DC Thomson is delighted the Beano, 110% Gaming along with other titles No.1 and The Scots Magazine are celebrating year-on-year growth. Despite hard times for consumer magazines across the board in the UK, weekly ...
Statue: Designer Series: The Joker (Brian Bolland) Brian Bolland “Joker” Statue added to DC Designer Series (2/10/2017) by John Freeman - Straight from the Eisner Award-winning graphic novel Batman: The Killing Joke, acclaimed artist Brian Bolland’s rendition of The Joker gets the Designer Series treatment. Bolland’s version of the Clown Prince of Crime is one of the most iconic, recognisable renditions of the character, and he’s now been brought to the Designer Series by sculptor David ...
Beyond 2000AD Exhibition - Orbital Comics Beyond 2000AD Exhibition Opens at London’s Orbital Comics Tomorrow (2/10/2017) by John Freeman - A special exhibition that charts the phenomenal influence of 2000AD on global pop culture opens in London tomorrow. BEYOND 2000AD: The Wider Cultural Impact Of The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic exhibition opens at the UK’s only Eisner Award-winning comic store, Orbital Comics & Gallery, on 11th February 2017 as part of 2000AD’s 40 Years Of Thrill-power ...
Beano ABC 2016 Comics Circulation Figures For 2016 Released by ABC (2/10/2017) by Jeremy Briggs - February is the month when the Audit Bureau Of Circulations (ABC), who describe themselves as “the industry body for media measurement”, release the official circulation figures for Consumer Magazines that are registered with them. That includes comics and comics magazines published by Panini, Denis Publishing and DC Thomson. It should be pointed out that all the ...
Doctor Who: The War Doctor: Only The Monstrous Big Finish and Hitch Hiker’s producer Dirk Maggs get Best Drama Audie award nominations  (2/9/2017) by John Freeman - Big Finish – creators of many much-acclaimed Doctor Who audio adventures and more – and Dirk Maggs, well known for his “Audio Movies” approach to Audio drama, have nominations for Best Drama in the 2017  Audie Awards. One is The War Doctor: Only The Monstrous, featuring the late, great John Hurt. The winner will be ...
Campfire’s Beatles Graphic Novel gets Liverpool launch this weekend (2/8/2017) by John Freeman - A new graphic telling of the Fab Four’s story – The Beatles: All Our Yesterdays – gets its launch at Write Blend bookshop in South Road, Waterloo in Liverpool on Friday 10th February 2017. Written by Jason Quinn, drawn by Lalit Kumar Sharma, the book is published by Campfire Graphic Novels of Delhi, India. Jason ...
Commando 4992 – Legion of the Lost Front Line Thieves and Lost Legionnaires – new Commando comics on sale this week (2/8/2017) by John Freeman - Here’s the intel on this week’s Commando comics releases from DC Thomson (Issues 4991 – 4994), on sale in all good newsagents from Thursday 9th February 2017 and various digital platforms… We note the title is heading rapidly toward its landmark 5000th issue – a massive achievement! Commando 4991 – Achtung, We Surrender Originally Commando ...

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