The Story of Aten by John Freeman & Gian Marco Ibba

Untold Tales: Lancaster’s Musicians’ Co-Op the inspiration for a comic adventure

Following up on the good news – locally, at least – that Lancaster City Council has pledged to work with the city’s Musicians’ Co-op to help secure their long-term future, revoking its eviction notice from a building much-loved organisation had occupied for decades, I thought you might like to see what was published of a comicContinue reading Untold Tales: Lancaster’s Musicians’ Co-Op the inspiration for a comic adventure

Lancaster Comics Day 2016 – Comics, Cake and REPAINTED Cybermen!

The Second Annual Lancaster Comics Day was a lavish and star studded event (smiley face). Full of eager comics buyers, readers, sellers, creators and cake, lots of cake (thanks, Katie White). Whilst not exactly a red carpet event, it evoked comics gatherings of years ago. Loads of comics, loads of art and a really friendly eventContinue reading Lancaster Comics Day 2016 – Comics, Cake and REPAINTED Cybermen!

Exploring Tapastic: The Weird and the Fantastic

As regular readers of downthetubes know, we regularly post new episodes of our SF adventure strip, Crucible, to the web comics platform Tapastic. The series, written by me, drawn by Smuzz and lettered by Jim Campbell (and which has had an absurdly long gestation period) started out as a creator-owned strip in STRIP: The Adventure Comics Magazine,Continue reading Exploring Tapastic: The Weird and the Fantastic

Skid Avenue by Team Sputnik

Really Heavy Greatcoat stars return in Team Sputnik’s new “Skid Avenue” web comic

Lancaster-based Team Sputnik’s brand new comic strip Skid Avenue is now free to read online, telling the story of John and Jo, a pair of ordinary folk who suddenly find themselves becoming part of the ‘squeezed middle’. Taking a wry and humorous look at the problems of just-getting-by in austerity-hit times, the strip is the latest brainchildContinue reading Really Heavy Greatcoat stars return in Team Sputnik’s new “Skid Avenue” web comic

Comic Creator Spotlight: Nick Miller’s "Political Logic"

Lancaster-based cartoonist and downthetubes chum Nick Miller – co-creator of the long-running The Really Heavy Greatcoat, which most recently featured in the much-missd Comics International, came up with this strip in response to the current national political dilemma in the UK facing the Conservative leader, David Cameron. Nick has illustrated everything from childrens’ comics toContinue reading Comic Creator Spotlight: Nick Miller’s "Political Logic"