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100% Biodegradable 16 - Cover SNIP “Rourke of the Radlands” return via 100% Biodegradable shapes up (1/22/2017) by John Freeman - Back in the early 1990s, myself and now Wonder Woman artist Liam Sharp co-created “Rourke of the Radlands“, who has only, to date, appeared in Marvel UK’s STRIP anthology (Issue Four). As I previously mentioned here, the response to the strip was positive and editor Dan Abnett got Liam and I working on a mini-series ...
A beautiful John Watkiss painting done as part of a pitch for a series of Sandman movies, in about 2005, posted in an online tribute to John by author Neil Gaiman Tributes to comics artist John Watkiss, who has died, from fellow creators and fans (1/21/2017) by John Freeman - I’m sorry to report the passing of the hugely/talented British film and comics artist John Watkiss, whose most recent comics work was Surgeon X from Image. He was 55. A very private man, he had been ill for some time. Regular readers will have already read our tribute to his work in the  fields of ...
Action Issue 37 Another rare “Banned” Action offered for sale, start your bids at £2500 (1/20/2017) by John Freeman - There’s another chance for someone with deep pockets to get their hands of a copy of the rare “banned” issue of controversial 1970s comic Action (Issue 37). The starting price this time around, through eBay once more, is £2,500 and it can be found here. Previously offered issues of this rare comic sold for £4110.75 and £2555 ...
Nikhil Prasad (Yadav Ganatra) reads Legends of the Cosmos in the Father Brown episode "Fire in the Sky" BBC’s daytime drama “Father Brown” rocked by alien invasion – and some comics-inspired fun! (1/19/2017) by John Freeman - The production team on BBC daytime drama Father Brown had some great fun creating comic-related props for the recently-broadcast Season Five episode “Fire in the Sky“, not only creating a scene from a fictional B-movie but also mixing some genuine 1950s children’s comics (and some toys) with some specially created items for the show, including ...
The Art of Brick: DC Super Heroes - Batman Nathan Sawaya’s “Art of Brick: DC Super Heroes” exhibition comes to London (1/19/2017) by John Freeman - Artist Nathan Sawaya returns to London soon with the World’s Largest LEGO Exhibition inspired by DC Comics heroes such as Batman, Superman, The Flash and Wonder Woman. Following a successful run in Madrid, The Art of Brick: DC Super Heroes – more than 120 works of art, created with more than two million LEGO bricks – makes its London debut ...
The Power of the Dark Crystal #1 Simon Spurrier “Power of the Dark Crystal” signing at Forbidden Planet London next month (1/19/2017) by John Freeman - Simon Spurrier will be signing The Power of the Dark Crystal #1, at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Wednesday 15th February 6 – 7.00pm. Archaia, the award-winning imprint of publisher BOOM! Studios, and The Jim Henson Company, announced The Power of the Dark Crystal, comic last year after plans for a film sequel foundered. Based on the screenplay by David Odell, Annette Odell, ...
Doctor Who Time Clash: Against the Cybermen Expansion Set Cybermen set to invade Cubicle 7’s Doctor Who Time Clash card game in May (1/19/2017) by John Freeman - Cubicle 7’s Doctor Who Time Clash Starter Set card game has been selling out in hobby stores, and hot on the heel of its success, the company has revealed it will release Doctor Who Time Clash: Against the Cybermen, its first expansion, in May. Launched last year, in Doctor Who Time Clash – a fast and fun, and with nine game included in ...
2000AD Prog 2014 The Gang’s All Here (well, almost): 2000AD’s 40th birthday – full line-up and schedule announced (1/18/2017) by John Freeman - The full guest list and schedule for next month’s 2000AD 40 Years of Thrill-Power Festival has been announced – featuring a huge range of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic’s contributors. While not every creator involved in creating the 2000AD legend will be heading to Hammersmith, there is certainly a sizeable proportion -and other anniversary event are being ...
James Bond - Hammerhead #4 - Page 5 SNIP Declassified: James Bond – Hammerhead #4 (Sneak Peek) (1/17/2017) by John Freeman - In the latest Issue of James Bond: Hammerhead from Dynamite Entertainment, Bond finds himself at the mercy of Malfakhar, a Yemeni smuggler and black marketeer. But both men are mere pawns in a far greater game, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. As the Hammerhead weapon is deployed and the true ...
Istanbul Comics & Arts Festival downthetubes Discoveries: Turkish comics culture, thanks to comic hero Tarkan (1/16/2017) by John Freeman - Almost every downthetubes visitor is a comic reader, but up until I came across an item on the Facebook Mighty World of British Comics group, to my shame, I had no idea comics reading once as popular in Turkey as I already knew it was in countries such as France, Italy, the US, UK, Japan, India or China (to name ...
A panel from *Sub Zero, featuring the Third Doctor and the Daleks, originally presented in 1972 in Countdown comic Groovy, Baby! Doctor Who Magazine Goes Retro with free Dalek-infested classic comic giveaway (1/14/2017) by John Freeman - Doctor Who Magazine Issue 508, out now from all good UK newsagents, has a grab bag of treats on offer for fans of 1970s Doctor Who – and great comics. Not only does it include a terrific free gift – a re-presentation supplement of “*Sub Zero“, a cracking Dalek story first published in Countdown and TV Action back ...
Map of Days - 2017 Edition Cover In Review: Map of Days by Robert Hunter (1/14/2017) by Antony Esmond - By Robert Frank Hunter Published by NoBrow Press Hardback – 56 Full Colour Story Pages – RRP £12.99 The Story: Richard can’t stop thinking about the clock. He lies in bed each night, listening to its tick-tocking to the pendulum’s heavy swing. Why does his grandfather open its dark doors in secret and walk into ...
Control - Graphic Novel Cover US politicians up to unsavoury antics? Are these rumours the work of British ex-secret agents – or comic book writers? (1/13/2017) by John Freeman - For those of you possibly reeling at the sometimes bizarre twists and turns of the current US political scene, perhaps wondering what is real and what is true, we can’t not mention the upcoming release from Dynamite Entertainment of the collected Control  –  a comic about US politicians being blackmailed over secretly-filmed sex parties. Out in ...
Stella McCartney -2017 Dandy Collection SNIP The Dandy’s Korky the Cat hits, er… the catwalk! Thanks to top fashion designer Stella McCartney (1/12/2017) by John Freeman - The Dandy comic may sadly be long gone but Beano Studios has teamed up with fashion designer Stella McCartney to bring some of its characters back into the public eye for her autumn 2017 collection. Korky the Cat, Dinah Mo and mischievous twins Cuddles and Dimples all feature on the print, which appears in 15 pieces ...
Something Wicked Issue One - Cover The original “Something Wicked” creeps into the digital world, features early work by Al Ewing and more (1/12/2017) by John Freeman - Back in in 2007 (or maybe earlier, my zombie brain isn’t quite working properly today), British independent comics publisher FutureQuake Press launchd Something Wicked, a horror anthology that included work from the likes of Cullen Bunn, Al Ewing, PJ Holden, Michael Carroll, Cavan Scott and Keith Burns. Whatever happened to them, eh? Oh, wait… Long out of ...
Doctor Who Adventures Magazine Issue 21 (Panini) In Review: Doctor Who Adventures Issue 21 (Doctor Who meets Doctor Strangeglove?) (1/12/2017) by John Freeman - The Comic: Doctor Who Adventures is a fun-filled, action-packed magazine for girls and boys aged 6 – 13 who love Doctor Who. Aimed at a slightly younger audience than Doctor Who Magazine, it offers a crazy plunge into the wacky world of The Doctor, as he travels through time and space to battle the alien forces ...
Something For the Weekend: Titan Comics Rolls Out Five New Titles, including new era for Doctor Who titles (1/11/2017) by John Freeman - It’s a busy week for Titan Comics with five, fantastic new launches​: Walter Hill‘s new Hard Case Crime series (and the inspiration behind the upcoming neo-noir movie starring Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver), The Assignment #1; Khaal​ #1 – Titan’s new violent space opera; Sherlock: The Blind Banker #1; and two Doctor Who titles – Doctor ...
Awesome Comics Podcast - General Promotion Awesome Comics Podcast Catch Up! (1/11/2017) by John Freeman - Here’s a round up of the recent Awesome Comics Podcasts from Vince Hunt, Dan Butcher and our very own Tony Esmond (we’d write that in bigger letters, but the web doesn’t let you). The gang were really busy getting on with talking creating comics, while I was busy battling forest fires, rescuing cats from trees, ...
Commando 4982 – Very Important Passenger New Commandos out this week, readers survey launched (1/11/2017) by John Freeman - Here’s the intel on the latest issues of DC Thomson’s Commando (Issues 4983 – 4986), on sale from Thursday 12th January 2017 in all good newsagents in the UK and via various digital platforms – plus news of a readers survey running via the title’s official web site, which will help shape the war comic’s future. Commando ...
Art for Sugar Forest Fire by Gareth A Hopkins Driven To Abstraction: A Chat with comic creator Gareth A. Hopkins (1/11/2017) by Antony Esmond - Gareth A. Hopkins bucks the trend. His comics are both complex and unorthodox. They are also at times hauntingly charismatic. Like watching a comic flow directly from Rorschach’s mask on to a page of a comic, but about a thousand times more complex. They portray an abstract approach to the sequential medium. Is it something that ...
100 Manga Artists - TASCHEN Taschen returns to documenting Manga with “100 Manga Artists” (1/11/2017) by John Freeman - Since the original TASCHEN edition of Manga Design, Japan’s comic phenomenon has produced yet more captivating characters and a whole host of hot new talents. The revised and updated edition edited by Julius Wiedemann – 100 Manga Artists, out later this month – delivers the lowdown on the latest and the greatest makers and shapers of the ...
Jamie Coe's David Bowie 'Changes' tribute record cover for the Moonage Daydreams exhibition! at Orbital Comics Celebrating David Bowie: Moonage Exhibition opens this week at London’s Orbital Comics (1/11/2017) by John Freeman - January marks what would have been David Bowie’s 70th birthday, and the first anniversary of his untimely death to cancer. Celebrating the career of one of popular art’s most vital innovators, chameleons and talents, Moonage Daydreams – an exhibition at London’s Orbital Comics – sees 20 artists from the comic book field and beyond offer their ...
2000AD Muties & Perps is a unique life drawing session Art Model Collective and 2000AD team up up for unique “Muties & Perps” life drawing event in London (1/11/2017) by John Freeman - Budding artists should prepare to head into the dystopian futurescape of Mega-City One, the home of Judge Dredd, with the first part of 2000AD’s 40th anniversary celebrations. Muties & Perps is a unique life drawing session taking place at London’s Resistance Gallery next month, organised by the Art Model Collective and 2000AD. Hosted by acclaimed ...
Drawing and Life Lessons from Master Cartoonists Creating Comics: Drawing and Life Lessons from Master Cartoonists in the works from IDW (1/10/2017) by John Freeman - Whether you’re an amateur or pro artist or like comics history or insights into artists you might like Drawing and Life Lessons from Master Cartoonists, set for release from IDW Publushing in July The very first book of its kind, edited by Eisner-winner Craig Yoe, the content sources materials from uber-rare, never-before reprinted cartooning courses with ...
Judge Dredd: Every Empire Falls 2000AD celebrates 40th Anniversary with a great line-up of new comic collections – schedule revealed! (1/10/2017) by John Freeman - From boy wizards to future cops, from Martians trashing England to missions through post-apocalyptic landscapes – the 40th anniversary year of 2000AD, Britain’s biggest comic will be packed with incredible new collections, including a revised, expanded edition of Thrill-Power Overload, the definitive guide to the history of the comic from one of its former editors, David ...
An example panel from the eighth instalment of "Mary Read – Soldier and Pirate" (Answers, 3 May 1952). In Praise Of… Reginald Heade, pulp fiction cover – and comics – artist (1/10/2017) by News Team - Available now from Telos Publishing is The Art of Reginald Heade, written by Stephen James Walker, a book about an artist renowned amongst vintage paperback fans and collectors as the pre-eminent British pulp fiction cover artist of the 1940s and 1950s – considered by some as the greatest British artist to work in this field. He also worked on numerous comics ...
Not My Shame - Cover In Review: Not My Shame by T.O. Walker (1/10/2017) by Antony Esmond - Written by T.O. Walker Published by Singing Dragon The Book: With subtlety and sensitivity, Not My Shame is a powerful graphic novel that draws the reader into the experience of trauma and dissociation caused by sexual violence. It reveals the intrusive traumatic memories and distress experienced by a victim of childhood sexual exploitation in her ...
Swansea Comic and Gaming Convention Logo Swansea Comic and Gaming Convention Returns in May (1/7/2017) by John Freeman - The second Swansea Comic and Gaming Convention takes place at the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea on 27th May 2017. A “convention for the community by the community”, the event was founded by prominent members of the local geek community, who wanted to give a little back to their supporters. Held for the first time in 2016, SCGC incorporates various ...
Something For The Weekend? Judge Dredd takes on the Texans in 2000AD (1/7/2017) by John Freeman - If you’re heading to your local comic shop today (Saturday 7th December 2017), here’s some of the new releases you may find. (List courtesy First Age Comics, Lancaster). Our normal more detailed round up of new US comics and newsagents titles will return next week. However, here at the start of 2017 – the Galaxy’s ...
Here's a special poster of the fifth anniversary Phoenix cover Happy Fifth Birthday to The Phoenix comic! (1/6/2017) by John Freeman - Rising from the ashes of sad demise of The DFC, there were some that doubted the weekly The Phoenix comic would endure any longer than its predecessor – but the naysayers have been proven wrong and this week the title celebrates its fifth anniversary with a special cover digitally signed by the many creators who ...

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