Great British Graphic Novel "Tube Map" by Hunt Emerson

Creating Comics: Why British publishers attempts to launch a graphic novels line keep failing, and how to do it better

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

While BBC local radio regularly covers comic happenings, the last major TV coverage was in 2008 on "Comics Britannia"

In My View: Why Comics Need Better Media Coverage

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

Avengers: Infinity War - Promitional Image

If only comics publishers had the marketing budget of Avengers: Infinity War…

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…

Special Marvel Edition #16 featuring The Hands of Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu

How I Got Used to digital comics “Guided View” – and it’s all down to Shang Chi, Master of Kung Fu!

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!

Jim Baikie - 1987 SNIP

In Memoriam: Comic Artist Jim Baikie

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