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“Martian” author Andy Weir short stories published exclusively on the books and comics app, Tapas

Principles of Uncertainty by Andy Weir

Before Andy Weir’s brilliant SF novel The Martian became a bestseller and a box-office hit, it was posted in short, free instalments to his website. His approach mirrors the serialised stories of 19th century periodicals, which popularized authors like Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Now, Weir is working with Tapas Media to create a selection of digital short stories entitled ... Read More »

X-Men Fever Galore in new Comic Heroes magazine!

Comic Heroes 27 - Cover

Comic Heroes 27 is out now in UK newsagents and editor Will Salmon describes it as “the best issue yet”. Spread across 148 fine pages of print, the X-Men are on the cover, and there’s a preview of “Apocalypse Wars” with contributions from creators Cullen Bunn, Jeff Lemire and Dennis Hopeless, alongside a rundown of the 20 best X-Men stories of all time, as picked ... Read More »

Pipedream Comics launches debut issue of The Pull List

The Pull List Issue 1 - Cover

Digital comics news site  Pipedream Comics have launched the first issue of The Pull List, a new quarterly magazine dedicated to the world of small press, indie and digital comics – and it’s fantastic, well worth the measly 99p cover price. Edited by Alex Thomas, the first issue is packed with exclusive news, reviews and interviews with some of comics’ biggest ... Read More »

In Review – Kill Screen Issue 4: Code Red

Kill Screen #4 - Cover

  Written by Mike Garley Art by Joshua Sherwell Letters by Mike Stock “Humanity has reached its Kill Screen. Now only the strongest will survive as computer errors transcend from the digital world into our own, destroying everything in their way. “Set two years after ‘The Kill Screen’ event, humanity is left on the brink of extinction leaving the remaining ... Read More »

A Day in the Country: Melksham Comic Convention, August 2015

The British arm of Ghostbusters arrive at Melksham. Photo: Tony Esmond

“This is the country!”  I heard someone shout as the Awesome Comics Podcast crowd (Dan Butcher, Vince Hunt, Tony Esmond and buddies Shaun Dobes and Marc Laming) arrived in the lovely town of Melksham for this year’s Melksham Comic Convention. What they discovered was a small yet enthusiastic festival full of indie press, comics professionals, talks and competitions and some ... Read More »

Crowdfunding Spotlight: Metal Made Flesh 2 – Blood & Oil

After a chance meeting at a convention in 2011, Simeon Aston and Jeremy Biggs began working together to create the illustrated cyberpunk novella Metal Made Flesh, a collection of three separate but interlinked stories set in a futuristic world created and illustrated by Simeon and written by Jeremy. It details the exploits of three mercenaries as they try to survive in the ... Read More »

Cup of O – Small Press Reviews

Cup of O - Small Press Reviews

  Hello! Two of the three comics I’m reviewing this month are from last year’s Melksham Comic Con – the next of which is taking place in a fortnight. It’s a wonderfully passionate little convention and Geoffery Crescent and I will be there with The Psychedelic Journal.   Zarjaz 20 Edited by Richmond Clements & Bolt-01 The twentieth issue of the superlative small press fanzine ... Read More »

Creating Comics: The Battle for the Backing of Online Readers

Chronoctis Express © Aerinn

If you follow me on social media, you’ll know I’ve been regularly plugging my SF comic project, Crucible (co-created with Smuzz, lettered by Jim Campbell), which runs on the web comics platform Tapastic and is embedded here on downthetubes as it’s released. It’s been an interesting experience – the Tapastic platform is easy to use and offer a number of ... Read More »

Exploring Tapastic: The Weird and the Fantastic

As regular readers of downthetubes know, we regularly post new episodes of our SF adventure strip, Crucible, to the web comics platform Tapastic. The series, written by me, drawn by Smuzz and lettered by Jim Campbell (and which has had an absurdly long gestation period) started out as a creator-owned strip in STRIP: The Adventure Comics Magazine, but when that title went ... Read More »

In Review: Panel Borders: Crowd-Funded Comics

   A train journey to the Lakes afforded me the chance to listen to this terrific episode of the Resonance FM ’Panel Borders‘ podcast about the positives and negatives of crowd funding your comic projects. This show concluded a month of shows looking at cartoonists who launch their projects using crowd-funding websites. Alex Fitch talked to comic book creators Emma ... Read More »

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