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Alliigator Descartes latest Crucible Comic 3D Model Revealed

Here’s the latest Crucible comic-inspired 3D model, based on the comic characters co-created by myself and Smuzz and designed by Smuzz, who many downthetubes readers will know as SMS, one of the artists who drew “ABC Warriors” for 2000AD. Crucible started out in STRIP Magazine and we’re looking for a new publisher, and pages created so far appearContinue reading Alliigator Descartes latest Crucible Comic 3D Model Revealed

Truug Figure by Alligator Descartes, based on the character created by Smuzz and John Freeman for the comic strip Crucible

Crucible Character Models On Display at Glasgow’s Satellite 5 SF Convention

Top designer Alligator Descartes, who has created some amazing Crucible figures based on designs by Smuzz for the eponymous comic story which you can read on Tapastic, will be giving a talk at Satellite 5, a Glasgow SF convention, this weekend, talking about the the 3D models and how they were made. Guests at the eventContinue reading Crucible Character Models On Display at Glasgow’s Satellite 5 SF Convention

Crucible: The Walking-Notes of Truuug Vanderplatz ‘The Daunting’

Here’s another “Crucible” extra from co-creator Smuzz, focusing on our resident medical expert, Truug Vanderplatz, set before the first adventure. There’s more about Crucible here, and you can read the strip on Tapastic (publisher interest welcome). Truug’s notes are presented as a series of entries in his notebook. Some notes are scribbled in margins. [divider]Continue reading Crucible: The Walking-Notes of Truuug Vanderplatz ‘The Daunting’

Truugationary: The Wit and Wisdom of Truuglub Vanderpatz The Daunting

Please note, these are the only the terms known to date employed by the Chk’Rath, Truug, who features prominently in Crucible.  It will, over time, expand. Bellingly: Ironically. With thundering yet much-avoided inevitability. Bathetically. Chk’Rath: Truug’s species (see Episode One) Frentling: Pantomiming deep thought whilst hoping someone else will solve the problem. Freskylly: Ever changing. Random. From FreskyllContinue reading Truugationary: The Wit and Wisdom of Truuglub Vanderpatz The Daunting

John Freeman with Rian Hughes at a London Comic Con, pictured here with a copy of ‘Science Service’ a project for Belgian publisher Magic Strip, John's first commercial commission as a comic writer back in the 1980s. Photo: Steve Cook

Lakes Festival Focus: An Interview with Comics Editor and Writer John Freeman

Last year, in partnership with the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, downthetubes brought you a number of interviews with creators attending the event. We’re delighted to be able to run a series in the run up to their eagerly anticipated 2015 event this coming weekend (16th – 18th October), continuing the series with an interview with comics editorContinue reading Lakes Festival Focus: An Interview with Comics Editor and Writer John Freeman