Elmsworld by Steve MacManus. Cover photo of Susan by Steve Cook. Font used by kind permission of Rian Hughes, book design by Ryan Gale

School Daze at Dartington Hall: An Interview with Former Tharg, Steve MacManus

Steve MacManus began his career in 1973 as a sub-editor on the weekly comic Valiant, published by Fleetway Publications. He went on to work on Battle Picture Weekly and Action, before moving to 2000AD, which he edited from 1979 to 1987. Subsequently, he sought to establish a market aimed at older readers, launching the titles Crisis, Revolver and the Judge Dredd Megazine in quick succession.Continue reading School Daze at Dartington Hall: An Interview with Former Tharg, Steve MacManus

Art for Mr Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham

In Memoriam: Children’s Illustrator John Burningham

John Burningham, who died earlier this month aged 82, was the creator of beloved picture books including Mr Gumpy’s Outing and Avocado Baby. He and his wife and fellow illustrator Helen Oxenbury were given a joint lifetime achievement award from children’s charity Booktrust last year, celebrating their work on books including Husherbye, Granpa and Oi!Continue reading In Memoriam: Children’s Illustrator John Burningham

Final Doctor Who TV novelisations on way at last, but covers disappoint

Two long-awaited adaptations of Eric Saward’s Doctor Who stories Resurrection of the Daleks and Revelation of the Daleks are on their way at last from BBC Books, but the covers are, frankly, underwhelming.Continue reading Final Doctor Who TV novelisations on way at last, but covers disappoint

Jim Alexander’s GoodCopBadCop released as a novel

GoodCopBadCop is a crime novel from 2000AD writer Jim Alexander, with a cover by Alex Ronald, with a twist. It’s a modern crime take on Jekyll and Hyde where both ‘good cop’ and ‘bad cop’ are the same person. GoodCopBadCop was originally released as a Graphic Novel, which went on to win the True BelieversContinue reading Jim Alexander’s GoodCopBadCop released as a novel

Men of Violence Issue 11 - Collage

Latest “Men of Violence” tackles historical fiction

The latest issue of the fanzine of men’s adventure paperbacks, Men of Violence (Issue 11) is a historical fiction special from Justin Marriott with a cover by Rik Rawling. Historical fiction is popular today, but the number of titles available is nothing compared to the genre’s heyday between 1950 and 1980. Step back in timeContinue reading Latest “Men of Violence” tackles historical fiction