Oli’s Comics Reviews for Cross Hatch

(Updated after short break 27/3/08, with apologies to Oli Smith and Oliver East): Trains Are Mint creator Oliver East is letting UK small press publishers know someone at alternative comics blog The Daily Cross Hatch “has taken leave of their senses” and asked him to write a column on the comics scene in the UK and Europe.

If you want to send Oli comics to review here (UK and European comics only, please) e-mail Oli for his postal address at: east@rollingstockpress.co.uk

The Daily Cross Hatch was created with the intention of spotlighting the absurd amount of talent currently toiling away in the world of alternative comics, and bringing into focus some of those artists attempting to break into this largely thankless field.

Their goal is to provide information in the form of news stories, interviews, reviews, and features, in order to keep fans a bit more connected into the goings on of this sometimes enigmatic field.

“We’re also attempting to keep things relatively ‘underground.’” say the editors. “We love tights and taglines as much as the next blog staff, but let’s face it, if that’s what you’re really looking for, there are more than a few places around to appease your needs.”

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.

Categories: British Comics


4 replies

  1. John,

    It’s Oliver East (Trains Are … Mint) doing the Daily Crosshatch thing, Not Oli Smith (London Underground Comics)!

    But the email and web address you put up are right – too many Oliver’s leading the small press. We need to ration the names.


  2. I’m not sure if Mr Smith would appreciate being mistaken for me.

  3. It’s not Oli Smith, it’s Oliver East, who is based in Manchester not Camden. Both very nice chaps though.

  4. Thanks to everyone who pointed this out — amended now. I always thout there were too many Johns in comics but too many Olis? Never.

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