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Photo Review: The BEYOND 2000AD Exhibition at London’s Orbital Comics

Beyond 2000AD - Orbital Comics 2017 - Wall 1

  London’s Orbital Comics – the UK’s one and only Eisner Award-winning comic shop – is currently hosting what sounds like it could be an extremely dull and pretentious look at 2000AD. “Beyond 2000AD – The Broader Cultural Impact of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic” certainly sounds like the theme of a comics dissertation, after all. But fear not! Twee this ... Read More »

BBC’s daytime drama “Father Brown” rocked by alien invasion – and some comics-inspired fun!

Nikhil Prasad (Yadav Ganatra) reads Legends of the Cosmos in the Father Brown episode "Fire in the Sky"

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 a movie poster based on ... Read More »

In Like Flint… Announcing a Warlord Retrospective Marathon

Warlord Issue One - SNIP

Over on the Comics UK forum, we love to talk about comics and one of my friends has been enthusing about Fleetway Editions Battle, home to strips such as “Charley’s War” (documented here on downthetubes, a war comic title now owned by Rebellion) and “Johnny Red” – to name but two. In his musings about Battle, my friend Geoff, who knows I’m ... Read More »

M.A.S.K. Returns in All-New Fan film from David Guivant

The wraparound cover for MASK Issue 52. These wraparounds were something of a staple for the weekly comic

David Guivant, a talented  young independent director and artist from the South Pacific island of New Caledonia, is working on a fan film sequel to M.A.S.K, based on the toy range that appeared in a DC Comics nine-issue title and 80 issues of Britain’s M.A.S.K. weekly comic. Mobile • Armored • Strike • Kommand, a semi-live action and animated fan-film, is inspired ... Read More »

Comic Creator Spotlight: The Art of Ron Smith, Part Three. The Hotspur Mark II 1970 to 1980

Hotspur Issue 856: King Cobra

My first article regarding the work of Ron Smith acted as a introduction, to remind us how great this veteran artist, now retired, has been over the course of his career. The second article demonstrates how I am beginning to review Ron’s career in greater depth with a fairly complete listing of Ron’s work for The Hotspur from its relaunch in 1959 ... Read More »

Comic Creator Spotlight: The Art of Ron Smith, Part Two – The Hotspur Mark II 1959 to 1969

The Hotspur 209 "The Battle of Breeds Hill"

My first article regarding the work of Ron Smith acted as a introduction, to remind us how great this veteran artist, now retired, has been over the course of his career. This next pair of articles will focus on one aspect of Ron’s work: the art that he created for The Hotspur. This was a weekly anthology comic first published by DC Thomson in ... Read More »

Comic Creator Spotlight: The Art of Ron Smith, Part One

The Beezer Issue 52: Lone Wolfe - Rodeo Story

As a comic fan of long standing, one of my real pleasures is identifying and applauding some of the artists that I feel never got the appreciation that they so richly deserved. But I have found that even with the artists who are well known, such as veteran comic artist Ron Smith, perhaps best known for his art for 2000AD‘s ... Read More »

Judgement Comes to Cardiff! (Judge Dredd judgement, that is)

Cardiff Life Judge Dredd Cover

Judgement in Cardiff, a  unique exhibition of Judge Dredd art comes to Cardiff next month – the work of a duo known as Caped in Case who commissioned David Roach to draw the event’s promotional poster. The exhibition brings together some of the finest artists ever to draw 2000AD‘s hard-nosed future cop, as well as more recently published and up and coming ... Read More »

Tube Surfing: Comics’ Musical Connections

Joe Satriani - Surfing With The Alien

  Kerrang! is known for writing about music, but some of us at the heavy metal magazine also spend an inordinate amount of time reading comics and, are, apparently “stupidly excited about the upcoming London Super Comic Convention, taking place  14th – 15th March at the Excel Centre London. In fact, they got so excited that our brains overheated, so to cool ... Read More »

Hibernia releases “Library of Death” and “Baker’s Half Dozen” strip collections, new Scream! Archive announced

  Just in time for Christmas, Hibernia Comics , publishers of collections such as The Tower King and Thirteenth Floor, has released two terrific collections – one from the short-lived horror comic Scream! and the other from the perhaps lesser well-known title, Speed – a war comic featuring stunning art by the late Mike Western. Scream ran for just 15 weekly ... Read More »

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