The Superheroes Monthly Issue Two - cover by Garry Leach

Batman comics in Britain – a brief guide, and an appeal for information

Batman has been named as the first inductee into San Diego Comic-Con Museum’s Character Hall of Fame, part of the celebrations surrounding the Caped Crusader’s 80th anniversary, also marked by the release of Detective Comics #1000 by DC Comics, prompting me to have a scurry through British comics history to find the Caped Crusader’s firstContinue reading Batman comics in Britain – a brief guide, and an appeal for information

Comics Britannia - image © BBC

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 itContinue reading BBC Four’s “Comics Britannia” re-visited

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Comics Zine Crikey! makes an unexpected comeback

If you’re a fan of the new ComicScene UK magazine, then as a fan of British comics you’ll know there were a number of magazines down the years in a similar vein – Fantasy Advertiser, INFINITY, Speakeasy, for example, and Crikey!, too. Well, Crikey! Is about to make a comeback- as collections… thanks to TonyContinue reading Comics Zine Crikey! makes an unexpected comeback

Young fans, unfazed by bad weather, at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Photo: LICAF

From The Trenches and In Pictures: The Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2018

This year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival – the weekend-long event in Kendal, Cumbria, now in its sixth year – saw dedicated comics fans brave Storm Callum in their hundreds to enjoy a weekend of creator events, exhibitions (some still on), steampunk, book launches and more this weekend. For me, it was a bit ofContinue reading From The Trenches and In Pictures: The Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2018

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Sneak Peek: Image Comics “Traces of the Great War” anthology launches this weekend at Lakes Festival

Poet Simon Armitage, Edmond Baudoin, Victoria Lomasko, Dave McKean and the UK’s Comics Laureate Charlie Adlard are among creators whose work features in a new international comic anthology – Traces of the Great War – which gets its launch during the Lakes international Comic Art Festival this weekend. Published by Image Comics, Traces of the Great War is an ambitious anthology of newContinue reading Sneak Peek: Image Comics “Traces of the Great War” anthology launches this weekend at Lakes Festival