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New ComicPopUp Brighton revives indie comic creators cooperative ideas to sell comics

ComicPopUp Brighton - Landscape

ComicPopUp Brighton is a new event happening on Saturday 13th May 2017, a one-day small-press/art comics shop that’s part of the Brighton Artists Open House Festival. Selling comics to comics readers and a whole new audience in a family-friendly pizza pub, with all sales money going to the creators, its a great idea where creators don’t even need to book ... Read More »

Celebrating the British Small Press: 60 Great Small Comic Press (Part Three)

No Time Like The Present - Paul Rainey

When Marvel UK shrunk its original strip output in the mid-1990s, not being a 2000AD reader, I had nowhere to go. I came to find that the small press, often photocopied works, were a core part of British comics.  This is the third and final part of my celebration of those small press titles – a look back at the ... Read More »

Celebrating the British Small Press: 60 Great Small Comic Press (Part Two)

The O Men - Martin Eden

When Marvel UK shrunk its original strip output in the mid-1990s, not being a 2000AD reader, I had nowhere to go. I came to find that the small press, often photocopied works, were a core part of British comics.  This is the second part of my celebration of those small press titles You can read Part One here and Part Three ... Read More »

Caption, the small and indie press convention, goes to Coventry

Caption 2015 Poster by Al Davison

  Caption, the two day comics festival – now in its 23rd year – returns on 10th – 11th October. The popular event dedicated to British small press and indie publishing has moved from Oxford to Coventry as, we’re told, there aren’t enough keen people in Oxford to run it at the moment, while Al Davison who has been a regular guest ... Read More »

The Crouch End Comic Arts Festival 2015: The Second Coming

Crouch End Comic Arts Festival 2015 Directions Poster

The second year of the Crouch End Comic Arts Festival took place on a sunny day in this trendy area of North London, one of a number of UK comics events taking place over the past few weeks – and the upcoming month is going to be just as busy. Because of this, each event has to make its own mark, have ... Read More »

Looking Back on 2014: Creators Choose their ‘Top Three’ comics

As 2014 draws to a close, here at downthetubes we thought it might be fun to contact some of the creators we have featured on the site this year and beyond and ask them what comics have caught their eye. I limited it to a ‘Top Three’ list. Ready for the roller coaster? It’s just a bit of fun. Here ... Read More »

In Review: Crouch End Comic Art Festival 2014

Crouch End Comic Festival 2014 - Entrance. Photo: Antony Esmond

Convention Season really is underway in the UK. It only seems like yesterday I was in Comics Village at MCM London and next weekend is the massive Thought Bubble Comics Festival up in Leeds. Nicely crammed between these two events is the first Crouch End Comic Art Festival in cool North London. It was a one day event between 11.00.00am ... Read More »

What Makes A Cult Comic? Rob Davis, Ilya and others ponder That Question Tonight

The Motherless Oven - SNIP

  Comica Festival 2014, the London International Comics Festival, continues its season of events and exhibitions across London with two special Comica Conversations at Foyles’ new bookstore of the future at 107 Charing Cross Road. Tonight, Friday November 7th 7-8.30pm, Andy Oliver from Broken Frontier chairs a panel with four individualistic innovators who are making uncompromising comics their own way: ... Read More »

Mammoth Cult Comics book to be launched at Comics Festival 2014

Cult Comics Cover

Not all comics are corporate global franchises spun off into endless merchandise and movies. Some of the very best comics are cult comics, defined as “honest, heartfelt, homemade” by Ilya, editor of The Mammoth Book of Cult Comics from Running Press Book Publishers, which will be launched at the Comica Festival on Friday 7th November at Foyles. Ilya joins three other leading ... Read More »

Crouch End Comic Art Festival debuts next month

Crouch End Festival Poster 2014

The inaugural Crouch End Comic Art Festival (CECAF) will take place at the Earl Haig Hall, London on 8th November 2014. The show will host the best and brightest cartoonists and independent publishers currently active in the UK comic scene. “The past five years have seen a huge growth in creators, publishers and consumers of comics,” note the organisers. “Crouch ... Read More »

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