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Doctor Who Panel to Panel Podcast – Back with More Comic Reviews (3/27/2017) by John Freeman - Episode 74 of Jeremy Bement's execellent Doctor Who: Panel to Panel podcast has just been posted.
Tony Esmond’s Comic Shop Survival Guide – Part Two: How To Buy A Comic (3/25/2017) by Antony Esmond - 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 ...
Bear Alley Books - Frontline and Arena Covers Last Chance to get your hands on some classic British comic collections from Bear Alley Books! (3/24/2017) by John Freeman - 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 ...
Celebrate Red Nose Day the Mekon Way! (3/24/2017) by John Freeman - Make a donation to Red Nose Day via www.rednoseday.com Dan Dare Mekon art by Charlotte Corday, Dan Dare and Commando artist Keith Page. (With thanks to Richard Sheaf)
Jack Kirby Self Portrait In Praise Of: Comic Artist Jack “King” Kirby (3/23/2017) by John Freeman - 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 ...
Leamington Comic Con on Saturday  (3/23/2017) by John Freeman - 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 ...
Cosmos & Other Stories Art by Rozi Hathaway SNIP In Review: Cosmos & Other Stories (3/23/2017) by Antony Esmond - 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 ...
A New Comic Con Comes To Glenrothes In June (3/22/2017) by Jeremy Briggs - Saturday 10 June 2017 will see the inaugural Glenrothes Comic Con launch at Rothes Halls at the western end of the Scottish town’s large Kingdom Shopping Centre. Running from 9:30am to 5:00pm the one day event is a true comics “comic con” with announced guests already including artists Mike Collins and Gary Erskine, with Gary ...
2000AD Prog 2023 - Cover 2000AD Prog 2023 On Sale Today – Jump on Board for All-New Thrills, Scarlet Traces and Deadworld Return! (3/22/2017) by John Freeman - The latest issue of 2000AD is on sale today in all good newsagents and comic shops, featuring a cover by Cliff Robinson and is a perfect jumping on point for new readers with an all-new story line up, which includes the return of the brilliant “Scarlet Traces” and “Deadworld”. The issue also features a “Future Shocks” ...
Tony Esmond's Comic Shop Survival Guide - Part One. Art by David Broughton Tony Esmond’s Comic Shop Survival Guide – Part One (3/21/2017) by Antony Esmond - 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 ...
Crowdfunding Spotlight: Jessica Martin’s Life Drawing – A Life Under Lights (3/21/2017) by Jeremy Briggs - Having created two comic biographical vignettes on the lives of actresses Clara Bow and Vivian Leigh, plus a full length graphic novel detailing the 1930s Hollywood life of the fictional Elsie Harris, actress, singer and comic creator Jessica Martin’s latest project is a full length graphic novel on her own life entitled Life Drawing: A ...
Titan Comics Lost Fleet: Corsair #1 by Jack Campbell – covers, first pages revealed (3/21/2017) by John Freeman - Titan Comics have revealed more details about The Lost Fleet: Corsair Issue #1 – including all the covers and interior pages from this new military SF release, which launches in June in all good comic shops. (Bias declaration – this is one of the books I’m editing for the company, and it’s proving a great ...
For Valour - Tommy Chambers Story - SNIP Battle of the Somme Re-Visited in “For Valour”, a new comic by Stephen Mooney and Eoin Coveney  (3/20/2017) by John Freeman - An exciting comics project jointly produced by Monaghan County Museum, Armagh County Museum and Craigavon Museum Services recently saw the creation of For Valour, a comic created by Stephen Mooney and featuring interior art by Eoin Coveney that focused on the story of three lives touched by one of the worst battles of World War One. The ...
In Memoriam and Celebration: Comic Artist Bernie Wrightson  (3/20/2017) by John Freeman - We’re sorry to report the passing of US comic artist Bernard Albert “Bernie” Wrightson, sometimes credited as Berni Wrightson, after a battle with brain cancer. The news was shared on his web site by his wife, Liz Wrightson. He was 68. He is perhaps best known for co-creating DC Comics  Swamp Thing with writer Len Wein, his Frankenstein ...
Hammer Films Captain Kronos returns to comics (3/18/2017) by John Freeman - Titan Comics has announced the next title from its Hammer Horror line of comics – Captain Kronos, written by Dan Abnett, which has previously had just one strip outing in the past. Based on the 1974 film, Captain Kronos will be the second Hammer title following the success of Peter Milligan and Ronilson Freire’s The ...
“Marionette Unit” Script Book Released (3/17/2017) by John Freeman - Regular downthetubes readers will recall The Marionette Unit, a creepy, scratch the back of your eyeballs work of gothic steampunk-driven horror we reviewed positively last year. Well, now the team behind the book –  filmmakers Azhur Saleem and James Boyle – have released The Marionette Unit: Script Book – a 160-page exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the project. ...
2017 Brussels Comic Strip Festival celebrates 60 years of Gaston LaGaffe (that’s “Gomer Goof” to his English fans) (3/16/2017) by John Freeman - This year’s Comic Strip Festival in Brussels will celebrate the 60th anniversary of famous Belgian comic character Gaston Lagaffe, organisers have announced. The gag-a-day comic strip was created in 1957 by the Belgian cartoonist André Franquin in the Franco-Belgian comics magazine Spirou. Taking place on 1-3rd September 2017, Brussels eighth Comic Strip Festival moves to ...
Canny Comics Goings on in Newcastle this Saturday! (3/15/2017) by John Freeman - This Saturday (18th March 2017) will see Newcastle City Library taken over by comics for Canny Comic Con, a free event which includes an appearance by 2000AD artist Nigel Dobbyn and Marvel artist Gary Erskine – and a host of independent comic creators. Running from 10.30am to 3.30pm, the event will offer a hall jam-packed with some of ...
2000AD Prog 2022 New Thrills! 2000AD Prog 2022 On Sale Today! (3/15/2017) by John Freeman - The latest issue of 2000AD is on sale today in all good newsagents and comic shops, featuring a cover by Ben Willsher and: Judge Dredd: The Grundy Bunch by Arthur Wyatt (Writer) Tom Foster (Artist) Annie Parkhouse (Letterer) Mega-City One, 2139 AD. Home to over 72 million citizens, this urban hell is situated along the east ...
Football Earth - The Wild Side - Zebras In Review: Football Earth – The Wild Side by Steve English (3/15/2017) by John Freeman - By Steve English Hardcover: 160 pages Publisher: Summersdale Out: Now The Book: In 2009 scientists discovered dolphins playing football with jellyfish off the coast of Wales. Some believe they have been playing this game for hundreds, if not thousands of years. And it’s not only dolphins that are football fans, but the entire animal kingdom! ...
Comics Grid - Graphic Science Call for Graphic Submissions Special Collection: Graphic Science (3/15/2017) by John Freeman - Comics have been well received in the science community and by publishers as a form of science communication. Recent publications demonstrate that comics have the potential of becoming academic outputs in their own right. (In October 2017, for example, Myriad Editions will launch Graphic Science by Darryl Cunningham at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival). Various ...
New Comics added to SEQUENTIAL app, including “Meanwhile”, “Love and Rockets” (3/15/2017) by John Freeman - Some great graphic novels have recently been added to the SEQUENTIAL digital comic app, including the brilliant Love and Rockets by Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez and the recently-revamped Meanwhile… anthology published by Soaring Penguin. The new additions reads like a bucket list of some of the best comics published in the past 30 years. They certainly back up ...
Enniskillen Comic Fest 2017 Enniskillen Comic Fest becomes official 2000AD 40th anniversary celebration! (3/14/2017) by John Freeman - The 2000AD team may still recovering from the madness that was their 40th anniversary bash (a mere month ago, reviewed here) but time waits for no man. So while they might still be a little shell shocked from that brilliant event, the Rebellion team are now ramping up for Enniskillen Comic Fest on 5th and 6th May – ...
Vworp Vworp! Volume 3 Cover A New Vworp! Vworp! a delight, features first ever Alan Moore interview about his Doctor Who comics (3/14/2017) by John Freeman - The amazing Vworp Vworp! Volume 3 zine – dedicated as ever to all things Doctor Who comics and related titles – may have been a long time coming, but it was well worth the wait, leading with Alan Moore‘s first-ever interview about his work on the Doctor Who comic strips, a terrific free Dalek CD gift, variant covers ...
The Phantom - Scarlet Sapphire art by Stephen Mooney Lightning Strike Comics announces new Phantom comic, Scarlet Sapphire (3/14/2017) by John Freeman - Dublin-based independent comics publisher Lightning Strike Comics has announced the creative team behind their new Phantom comic, Scarlet Sapphire, and has released a smashing piece of preview art by Stephen Mooney, who is also writing the book. The new title follows the company’s publication of a special 60th anniversary Phantom tribute last year, working in partnership ...
Summer Magic: The Complete Luke Kirby Journal SNIP Exclusive: “Summer Magic” Collection Cover by John Ridgway Revealed  (3/14/2017) by John Freeman - We’re honoured to debut the brand new cover for Summer Magic: The Complete Journal of Luke Kirby collection, to be published by Rebellion in May 2017. This is a brand new cover by initial series artist John Ridgway, with colours provided by Italian colourist Barbara Nosenzo. A series which trumped JK Rowling’s Harry Potter to the ...
Spaceship Away Issue 41 - Cover by Graham Bleathman A Martian Menace invades Spaceship Away – the official, Dan Dare-inspired comics magazine (3/13/2017) by John Freeman - The latest issue of Spaceship Away – the glossy strip and feature magazine inspired by Dan Dare and the original Eagle comic – has just been released, wrapped in a striking cover from Graham Bleathman, and will be available to order soon from the the title’s official web site. Published three times a year, I ...
UniVerse To Launch Anthology Seven At Dunfermline Comic Con (3/10/2017) by Jeremy Briggs - The University of Dundee’s comics imprint UniVerse will be launching the seventh edition of their Anthology publication at this weekend’s second Dunfermline Comic Con. Anthology editor and university lecturer Phillip Vaughan told us, “Anthology Seven is a 176 page graphic novel featuring the work of the students on my Level 3 Comics & Graphic Novels ...
The full cover of Ian Kennedy's cover for Commando 1425, complete with Commando "dagger" In Praise Of: Commando artists Ian Kennedy and Carlos Pino (3/10/2017) by John Freeman - An Appreciation by former Commando editor Calum Laird There’s nothing like an anniversary – say, Commando’s 5000th issue, for example – to start your mind scrolling back through the years to days gone by. Nothing, except perhaps the combination of an anniversary, a couple of pints of Mòr and lunch in The Phoenix (103 Nethergate, Dundee) with ...
Gary Erskine’s Granite City Comic-Con Poster Revealed (3/10/2017) by John Freeman - Just released is this terrific poster for  Granite City Comic-Con (20th – 21st May 2017, Aberdeen) by Gary Erskine, coloured by Yel Zamor. The first Granite City Comic-Con was held in May 2015, and its success ensured the event – which raised over £3000 for local charity CLAN Cancer Support – instantly became a staple ...

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