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Wonderlands UK Graphic Novel Expo Returns to Sunderland in June

The Wonderlands UK Graphic Novel Expo is returning to the University of Sunderland City Space building on Saturday 3 June 2017. Running from 10am to 5pm it will feature its usual selection of talks, panels, workshops and a Publisher’s Hall of artists, writers, small pressers and dealers. Creators joining Bryan and Mary Talbot this year include John Wagner, John Higgins and ... Read More »

Creating Comics: Cartoon Cliches Exposed

Desert Island Mash Up Cartoon by John Freeman

Beano comic creator Nigel Auchterlounie has pointed me in the direction of an edition of New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff‘s “Cartoon Lounge” podcast entitled “Trop de Tropes“, webcast last year, in which he looks at the history of the cliché in cartooning. Enthusing about some, such as desert island gags (which first appeared in New Yorker in 1931) and ... Read More »

Beano blasts out of 2016 with final fun-packed issue 

Beano 3865 - Cover

Yes, we know you had your special Christmas Issue, and even a Christmas Special – but Beano fans will be delighted there’s a new issue out now, on sale in all good British newsagents, supermarkets and digitally. In Beano 3865, wrapped in a cover by Nigel Parkinson, it’s time for everyone to resolve to behave better next year, do their ... Read More »

Cup of O – Small Press Reviews: A Certain Symmetry, CROSS and How To Be A Superhero

Cup of O - Small Press Reviews

A Certain Symmetry (Self Published) By Richard Worth & Jordan Collver I’ve long been an admirer of the distinctively creative collaborations of Worth & Collver and this tantalizing pamphlet (at the time intended purely to seduce publishers) is another slice of fried gold from the team. Sadly, it appears at the moment at least that their 2014 Thought Bubble gambit ... Read More »

All Aboard for The Beano! Free DFDS Giveaway comic released

A special DFDS Seaways Beano is now available free on board DFDS ships. Ace writer Nigel Auchterlounie tells us he wrote the scripts the Dennis and Gnasher, Billy Whizz, Gnasher and Gnipper, Minnie the Minx,Calamity James, Bash Street Kids, Numskulls, Ball Boy, Bananaman and Roger the Dodger stories in the comic and a special eight-page strip called “Dunkirk or Bust” ... Read More »

Sapphire & Steel Art Competition Winners – and a New Competition For Our Readers!

Sapphire & Steel by Davey Candlish

Earlier in the year we announced a challenge for downthetubes readers to come up with their interpretation of 1970s spooky ITV show Sapphire & Steeel, after it was revealed that Luther creator and Doctor Who script writer Neil Cross is, hopefully, to re-make the show. Sadly, we didn’t get a huge response to this competition, unlike our Doctor Who and Dan Dare challenges, but Nigel Auchterlounie, Davey Candlish (his art above), Simon Daly and Tony Luke stepped up ... Read More »

Sapphire & Steel Competition: Nigel “Spleenal” Auchterlounie joins the fun

Recent news of a possible return to our screens of the spooky Sapphire & Steel prompted various comic artists to pipe up that they’d love to draw a new comic based on the show, so we’re challenging our readers to do just that. It’s just for fun and open to any style – realistic, cartoon, montage, or even a one-off illustration (but ... Read More »

What Have Politicians Ever Done for Comic Creators?

"Bilious Barrage" made an appearance in the recent Judge Dredd Megazine story "People LIke Us" written by Ian Edginton and drawn by Dave Taylor. 2000AD and its companion titles have a long tradition of political satire. Image © 2000AD

Beyond the world of comics, Britain is in the grip of election fever – and some election issue have been the subject of a recent Judge Dredd Megazine story “People Like Us”, quite apart from politicians attracting the barbs of political cartoonists such as The Guardian‘s Steve Bell, The Times Gary Barker and the Daily Telegraph‘s Matt in the national newspapers and many ... Read More »

Venting Spleenal: An Interview with Nigel Auchterlounie

Nigel Auchterlounie: Spleenal

Nigel Auchterlounie AKA Spleenal, is a cartoonist who has worked on everything from all-ages comics like Dennis the Menace to biting, one-page satirical strips that, when posted on Twitter, point out the inconsistencies and unfairness behind the policies and actions of our current coalition government. For Blank Slate Books, meanwhile, he has produced Spleenal and Weak As I Am. The ... Read More »

Thought Bubble Gets Cross (the Disconnected Anthology, that is…)

CROSS Anthology - Final Cover

This weekend will see the launch of the CROSS anthology from Disconnected Press at Thought Bubble, a glorious assemblage of political wit, satire and polite British rage! And we do mean glorious, because Conor Boyle, the co-conspirator in the project with partner Lizzie, has sent us a preview copy which comes with a stonking cover from Pye Parr, and it looks fantastic, ... Read More »

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