downthetubes in 2013: Crunching Numbers

The Beano gets a Top Gear makeover courtesy of guest star and editor TV presenter Richard Hammond this week. Image © DC Thomson
The Beano got a Top Gear makeover last year courtesy of guest star and editor TV presenter Richard Hammond – and the news became our top story for 2013. Image © DC Thomson

Happy New Year to you all and the very best to creators popping by, as they start work on their many new projects for 2014. We’re already hearing about some great new titles and strips destined for publication by British comic publishers in the coming months and, day jobs permitting, we’ll endeavour to keep you posted on as many as we can.

2013 was a year of change for downthetubes.net, and a positive one, we think, with our move to our new site in early June. Visitor numbers have increased through the year, thanks in no small part to generous plugs for various stories on various social media sites from our followers. (Our top referring sites were facebook, twitter, reddit, the old downthetubes blog and kasterborous.com).

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. Since we changed our format in June 2013, the main downthetubes site has been viewed about 95,000 times. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, we’re told it would take about four days for that many people to see it.

In 2013, there were 928 new posts, written by a wide and growing range of contributors, increasing the total archive of this site to 3,408 posts (not including features and other items on the original site, which lurks here).

The busiest day of the year was 6th November with 5,699 views. The most popular post that day was Beano gets a Top Gear makeover thanks to guest editor Richard Hammond.

These are our posts which got the most views in 2013. Thank you for visiting!

 

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as an editor, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years. His credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel UK and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines. He also edited STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics, including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare” for Tian Books. 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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