Eisner Award-nominated editor, writer and publishing consultant Tim Pilcher ponders the problems getting a successful graphic comics line off the ground for British publishers… Lately I’ve been musing on why it is that traditional British book publishers have never really launched a successful and sustained graphic novel list. I think it comes down to several factors: Firstly,Continue reading Creating Comics: Why British publishers attempts to launch a graphic novels line keep failing, and how to do it better
Comics publisher, artist and events organiser Shane Chebsey has launched a petition calling on the BBC to consider more regular coverage of comics as a medium. We think he has a point – the last major coverage (without 1960s Batman TV show type editorialising) was over ten years ago now, for Comics Britannia – soContinue reading In My View: Why Comics Need Better Media Coverage
ComicBookMovie is reporting that the US marketing spend for Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, on general release 26th April in the UK, is likely to be around $150 million, the spend boosted by licensed TV promotions from companies such as Coca-Cola, Quicken Loans, and Infiniti. Imagine what a comic publisher, anywhere, could do with that kindContinue reading If only comics publishers had the marketing budget of Avengers: Infinity War…
I was away on a long course for a full week recently, so began reading quite a lot of comics digitally again. US publisher Marvel had a large and outrageously priced sale recently and I picked up loads of old favourites. At 69p for a trade that can often be twenty odd quid in aContinue reading How I Got Used to digital comics “Guided View” – and it’s all down to Shang Chi, Master of Kung Fu!
We’re sorry to report the passing of Eisner Award-winning Scottish comic artist Jim Baikie, perhaps best known to many downthetubes readers as co-creator of 2000AD’s alien-on-the-run, Skizz. He enjoyed a career in comics that began with work for girls titles in the 1960s that would go on to encompass “Charlie’s Angels” and “Terrahawks” for Look-In,Continue reading In Memoriam: Comic Artist Jim Baikie