Young fans, unfazed by bad weather, at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Photo: LICAF

From The Trenches and In Pictures: The Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2018

This year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival – the weekend-long event in Kendal, Cumbria, now in its sixth year – saw dedicated comics fans brave Storm Callum in their hundreds to enjoy a weekend of creator events, exhibitions (some still on), steampunk, book launches and more this weekend. For me, it was a bit ofContinue reading From The Trenches and In Pictures: The Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2018

Vworp - Day of the First Doctor

Vworp announces Day of the First Doctor event in Manchester

Vworp – an independent celebration of Doctor Who – is hosting Day of the First Doctor on Sunday 25th November 2018, at The Bread Shed in Manchester An entire day focused on the William Hartnell era of the show, expect a day of special guests, panels, screenings, art and fun that you have come toContinue reading Vworp announces Day of the First Doctor event in Manchester

Commando 363 - Jungle Phantom - art by Cam Kennedy

50 years on, artist Cam Kennedy is reunited with his first ever Commando – and it isn’t the issue everyone thought

There was a surprise in store for comic artist Cam Kennedy at this weekend’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival, when downthetubes contributor┬áColin Noble reunited him with a comic he drew 50 years ago that set him out on his career at DC Thomson. At the end of an early morning “Live Draw” yesterday, with CamContinue reading 50 years on, artist Cam Kennedy is reunited with his first ever Commando – and it isn’t the issue everyone thought

Malta Comic Con 2018 - Laura Howell

Beano artist Laura Howell joins huge Malta Comic Con 2018 guest line-up

Wicked Comics have announced another wave of guests for Malta Comic Con 2018 next month, who work either with independent publishers or with renowned publishing houses from around the world, including the Beano‘s “Minnie the Minx” artist┬áLaura Howell. Laura should need no introduction to most downthetubes readers. In 2006, she became the first female artistContinue reading Beano artist Laura Howell joins huge Malta Comic Con 2018 guest line-up

CDP students at the British Library. Image courtesy British Library

British Library offers opportunity to study for a PhD in British Digital Comics

The British Library has opened its new round of applications for funded collaborative PhD studentships, and this year there is an opportunity to study for a PhD in British Digital Comics. Academics at UK universities are being invited to submit proposals for AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships with the British Library, which will support up toContinue reading British Library offers opportunity to study for a PhD in British Digital Comics