Tube Surfing: Hi-Ex!, Insomnia, Commando and Francesca Cassavetti

The Scottish comics convention, Hi-Ex!, will be returning to Inverness in the Highlands over the weekend of 27 – 28 March 2010. We echo the sentiment in their new leaflet promoting the event, a quote for the SFX Blog stating “If UK comic cons were described as body parts, then Hi-Ex would be the heart.”

Staying with Hi-Ex and Scotland, we pass on our congratulations to Hi-Ex! co-organiser, Richmond Clements, who has signed with Edinburgh based publisher Insomnia Publications to write a Vigil bio-graphic novel about the life of Glasgow born Allen Pinkerton who founded the America’s Pinkerton National Detective Agency and who fought on the Union side during the Civil War. There are more details of the signing on Insomnia’s weekly Red Eye blog.

CommandoMag, DC Thomson’s official website for their Commando digest, has been in hibernation recently with just the details of the latest issues being added but we are pleased to report that it has sprung back into life recently with a daily feature Diary Of World War II which gives a brief glimpse of what was happening on the posting day seventy years ago.

The next Commando reprint book from Carlton, Battle Of Britain – Scramble! is due to be published at the beginning of October.

• And, finally, we welcome baby Arianna Law into the world. Dad, Steve, has been a long time supporter of downthetubes and we are pleased to say that despite being premature both mother and baby are fine – and dad isn’t getting much sleep. Having received a copy of Francesca Cassavetti’s The Most Natural Thing In The World as a present, they are now accosting their visitors with Francesca’s excellent book pointing out which page their life with a new baby has currently reached.

The downthetubes review of the book is here.

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as a freelance editor, as Creative Consultant on the new 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’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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