British Comics

BBC Four’s “Comics Britannia” re-visited

Back in 2007, the BBC broadcast Comics Britannia, a three-part documentary series devoted to history of British comics – a welcome and major retrospective of our medium (if a tad simplistic for some commentators tastes), that prompted a lot of creators to suggest the Corporation should do more to cover it

Crikey! collection now available to pre-order from ComicScene UK

Before ComicSceneUK – available now in all good newsagents – there was a magazine which ran for 16 issues and covered all aspects of UK comic industry. Crikey! is remembered with much affection from comic fans and featured exceptional articles about UK comics during its run – and as previously reported, it’s risen from the ashes

Creating Comics: Why British publishers attempts to launch a graphic novels line keep failing, and how to do it better

Eisner Award-nominated editor, writer and publishing consultant Tim Pilcher ponders the problems getting a successful graphic comics line off the ground for British publishers… Lately I’ve been musing on why it is that traditional British book publishers have never really… Read More ›

That Was the Comic Week That Was: New Aces Weekly, Strontium Dog, Moomins – and a chance to get your work in 2000AD – and Mr Men!

It’s been a busy week, and not just in terms of stories posted on downthetubes. Among other things, I’ve been to London (not for London Film and Comic Con, which looked incredible, but to discuss an exciting comics project at… Read More ›

New comic art exhibition in Newcastle is an absolute delight for British comics fans

Regular downthetubes readers will recall our previous coverage of Comics: Explore and Create Comic Art at Seven Stories, the new exhibition at Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books in Newcastle – but now it’s opened, we can reveal… Read More ›

Creating Comics: The Comic Industry and the Downside of Working from the Belly of the Whale

Our thanks to comics writer, inker, letterer, editor and publisher Ian Sharman today for kindly giving us permission to post his thoughts on working in the comics industry, addressing why creators seem loathe to challenge some of its working practices… So, let’s… Read More ›

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