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“Marionette Unit” Script Book Released

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. It includes the full script ... Read More »

Creating Comics: Drawing and Life Lessons from Master Cartoonists in the works from IDW

Drawing and Life Lessons from Master Cartoonists

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 expert teachings from cartooning’s rock ... Read More »

Awesome Comics Podcast Episode 75: A Guide to Printing Your Comics

Awesome Comics Podcast Episode 75: Printing Your Comics

This week, the Awesome Comics Podcast crew tackle something that every small press or indie comics creator has to deal with at some point – printing! Joined by one of the best indie printers in the biz, Rich Hardiman from Comic Printing UK, the gang talk about the trials and tribulations of small press printing and things people should know ... Read More »

It’s Time For… the Awesome Comics Podcast Catch Up!

The Goodies

I’m not quite sure why the wonderful woolly mammoth that is Awesome Podcast and downthetubes contributor Tony Esmond doesn’t plug said ACP here himself (perhaps he’s too shy, or just busy with his night job as a Steven Seagal impersonator), but anyway, we’re behind promoting this lively audio forum for independent comics again! So, what have you missed? Awesome Comics Podcast ... Read More »

Career in Comics book in the works from attorney Gamal Hennessy

Gamal Hennessy of Creative Contract Consulting

US attorney Gamal Hennessy of Creative Contract Consulting has announced he’s working on a new book Your Career in Comics: A Business, Creative and Legal Framework for Professional Sequential Artists (YCC for short!) that should be of interest to comic creators following downthetubes Gamal, who has worked for companies such as Central Park Media and Marvel, and now has his own publishing house, Nightlife Publishing, has ... Read More »

Tax changes ahead for UK freelancers, digital only and quarterly reporting on the way, despite rollout speed concerns

Money - UK

This might sound a bit of a boring item, but it’s important for any freelancer creating comics or working as an illustrator, because UK government proposals to not only require quarterly tax reporting, but to also only file tax returns digitally seem well under way, despite concerns raising by small business organisations and the accountancy industry. If the plans goes ahead on ... Read More »

2000AD to pay tribute to Steve Dillon

Honouring one of their finest talents, Steve Dillon, who died at the weekend, 2000AD has announced the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic will pay tribute to the artist  in a future issue. “Over the last two days it has been great to see so many people sharing heart-warming stories about meeting and knowing him,” says a spokesperson for the comic. “One story ... Read More »

Awesome Comics Podcast Episode 66: Prog 2000, Indie Superheroes and more!

Five Things I Don't Wanna See

In this podcast Vince Hunt, Dan Butcher and Tony Esmond let loose and talk comics and more. The two main topics of conversation this year are the epic event that was the release of 2000AD Prog 2000 and a discussion on Dan Butchers article, “Five things I don’t want to see in your indie superhero comics“. It’s a fun fuelled discussion that ... Read More »

Creating Comics: Steve Gregson and Matthew Simmons Go Galaxia!

Bastard Galaxia - Page 1

Lancaster-based Steve Gregson and Matthew Simmons are two 1980s kids who grew older, but didn’t grow up. With a shared love of cartoons, comics and action figures the two decided to put their heads together to write a story about their youth, but without it actually being a story about themselves. Their webcomic, Bastard Galaxia, which we highlighted here on ... Read More »

Guest Post: Five things I don’t wanna see in your indie superhero comic

Five Things I Don't Wanna See

Dan Butcher is the creator, artist and writer of the acclaimed British independent comic Vanguard, which can be read for free at He’s also one of the hosts on the Awesome Comics Podcast. Here, he offers some thoughts on independent superhero comics and some pertinent advice on the genre and major tropes for aspiring creators… First off, this list is subjective. It’s ... Read More »

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