(LINKS UPDATED since first posting): As regular readers know the main downthetubes web site is currently down due to excessive data charges. I’m in the process of securing a new ISP and we’ve had a very kind offer from a UK publisher to host the site which will enable us to get back up and running at some point in the next couple of months.
In the mean time, I’m finding alternate homes for some of the features I know get a lot of visits from comics fans.
A very special thank you to those of you who responded to our hopefully temporary crisis by sending donations, which will help fund the current costs of the site – the forum and other services used to promote the site via social media. I was very touched.
Note that all the links below were updated to their current locations in January 2014
My Current British Comic Sales Figures is now on GoogleDrive. I hope you find this useful, although it is always depressing to read compared against these figures for 1960s and 1970s Comic Sales.
I often get asked questions about the state of the British comics industry, and I’ve moved my very general and opinionated piece to a page here. If you’re a journalist looking for more information on our energized but, it would seem to the outsider, embattled industry as it competes for the pounds in teenagers wallets, I hope this remains a useful resource.
My resources for colleges and course teaching comics in the UK is also a page on this blog: Learning the Comics Art.
My articles on to writing and creating comics have been moved to this site and there’s a page here which details our main features on this front. Please note, there are a lot of other great, although US-oriented comic creation blogs and websites out there which are much more active on this front, including Tim van de Vall’s impressive site.
If you’re interested in the new comic strip, Crucible, which I’m co-creating with Smuzz for STRIP: The Adventure Comic Magazine, there’s a behind the scenes blog here and some additional stories from the world of Crucible at http://crucible-comic.blogspot.co.uk
Discussion of British comics and creating comics continues on the downthetubes forum: new members welcome!