Tube Surfing: 20 August 2008

• Comics artist Dave McKean was one of the guests at the very damp last night and despite the weather the event was sold out and went very, very well., according to Joe Gordon at Forbidden Planet International, who has Edinburgh Book Festa full repor on their blog. “I’m now looking forward to this Friday’s gig with Alan Grant, Bryan Talbot and Hannah Berry,” he says. “It’s only second year the world’s biggest book fest has had comics events and it seems to be going very well – staff are all very enthusiastic and it was again a good mixed audience, not just the comics folks, all very encouraging.”

• Knockabout Books, in association with Gosh! Comics, are celebrating the release of the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers Omnibus with three UK signings by Freaks creator and counter-culture legend Gilbert Shelton. Mr Shelton will be making the following appearances:

12 September 2008:
OK Comics, 19 Thorntons Arcade, Briggate, Leeds LS1 6LQ – 3pm-5pm

13 September
Gosh! Comics, 39 Great Russell St, London WC1B 3NZ – 2pm-4pm

14 September
Dave’s Comics, 5 Sydney St, Brigton BN1 4EN – Time TBC

The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers Omnibus represents the definitive collection of the definitive underground comic: 624 pages (including 224 in full colour) for only £20. The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers themselves are legend; published in 15 languages, with world-wide sales of over 40 million comics and countless items of merchandise, it’s the seamless mix of slapstick and satire at the heart of these strips that have kept them so vital for the past 40 years.

Signings by the Paris-based Shelton are few and far between, so don’t miss this opportunity to meet a true comic (in every sense of the word) genius.

• In movie news, Tom Cruise has just attached himself to the comic book movie Sleeper, based on the Wildstrom/DC Comics title. The film is about an operative whose fusion with an alien artifact makes him impervious to pain. An intelligence agency places him undercover in a villainous organization where he falls for Miss Misery, a member of the group.

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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