Tube Surfing: BFI London Film Festival goes virtual, Cavan Scott’s Shadow Service teased, and remembering Marvel’s Carol Kalish

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Coming this August, Shadow Service is a new fantasy espionage series to be published by US publisher Vault Comics, written by Cavan Scott and drawn by Corin Howell. Cavan chats with Tripwire’s editor-in-chief Joel Meadows here about the new project. “At its heart is a supernatural secret service known as MI666 which I’ve been writing on and off for years in short stories,” Cavan teases, “some of which have seen publication but most have not…

Cavan also introduces the project here on YouTube.

Carol Kalish at the October, 1982 Minneapolis Comic-Con. Image: Alan Light

• There’s an absolutely fantastic tribute to Carol Kalish by Chris Arrant on GamesRadar. Carol was an incredible direct sales and marketing pioneer at Marvel whose life was cut tragically short in 1991 aged just 36. Chris reveals her impact on Marvel in detail, but in my memory, not covered in the interview, I recall she was a fierce advocate for Marvel UK and what editors Dan Abnett and Steve White were doing on their respective titles. Her loss was a huge blow to many at MUK.

• Independent British comics publisher Markosia Enterprises is looking for recommendations for a Foreign Rights agent or agency that can represent their now 300+ IP’s to overseas publishers.

“Our IP’s are primarily graphic novels,” says Harry Markos, Publisher, “but we also have novels and children’s books in our catalogue, which is growing each month.”

Markosia was established in 2005 and has become one of the UK’s leading publishers of graphic novels. Based in London, they have produced a diverse range of comic books and graphic novels that span almost all genres.

Animation Resources has created a lesson plan based on Preston Blair’s classic book, Advanced Animation.

The course – which has openings for only limited numbers based on a strict application process – is designed to teach students the fundamental skills that animation professionals use in their jobs each and every day. The course covers volumetric drawing, construction, clear silhouettes, line of action, posing, expression and much more.

This course is valuable for other types of artists as well. Cartooning and illustration require the same fundamental skills. It’s never too late to brush up on the fundamentals. Find out how to apply here

• The 2020 BFI London Film Festival (7-18 October 2020) will be the first ever edition of the Festival to be widely accessible across the UK, with 50 Virtual Festival Premieres to be enjoyed at home.

Adapting to the extraordinary challenges of the year, the Festival will deliver up to 50 Virtual Festival Premieres in a programme, to be announced in full on announced at an online launch on 8 September 2020, that offers audiences the opportunity to see the best new cinema from around the world and with that same texture LFF’s audiences love, including fiction, documentary, animation, artists’ moving image, and restored classics from the world’s archives. Every film will be presented with an intro or Q&A, and the programme will also include a range of free-to-access additional works and events to include: an international short film programme, Screen Talks with major filmmakers and actors, salons and roundtables and a brand new Virtual Exhibition of XR and Immersive Art.

The BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express hopes it will prove the most accessible version of the festival to UK audiences yet, with film lovers given an opportunity to connect for a unique and innovative festival experience, enjoying both live and digital screenings across the 12 days of the Festival. More details here

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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