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Tube Surfing: 19 July 2008

  • Tom Spurgeon of the Comics Reporter interviews British comic creator Daniel Merlin Goodbrey here. ‘What little I know about the writer and cartoonist Daniel Merlin Goodbrey intrigues in a way that it’s surprising I didn’t interview him a long time ago,’ confesses Spurgeon, in his introduction to the interview. ‘He’s a considerable presence within webcomics and is a generally prolific cartoonist in that realm, perhaps best known in the on-line world for developing the Tarquin Engine. Goodbrey’s a “new media lecturer” — which sounds fantastic — and done a number of works in hypercomics, yet he’s also written an old-school, print-bound Avengers short story, and has just completed another such assignment for Marvel.’ (Above right: a page from Necessary Monsters by Goodbrey and Sean Azzopardi)

  • Richard Bruton has written 100 comic reviews for the Forbidden Planet International Blog. To celebrate this feat, he’s created an index of his reviews, which you can find here.
  • And congrats to British cartoonist Jim Medway. He’s a dad! Down the Tubes wishes Jim and his family all the best. Jim Medway self-publishes via his own Paw Quality Comics and is a regular contributor to children’s comic The DFC.

  • Cartoonist Oliver East has posted the cover to his second book, Proper Go Well High, over at his blog. Proper Go Well High will be released by new British independent comics publisher Blank Slate Books, the company that released East’s first collection, Trains are Mint, reviewed here by Down the Tubes.
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      The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

      John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

      He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

      Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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