The Hotspur Press, Gloucester Street, Manchester-W

Comic Connections? The Hotspur Press, Manchester… no, sadly not

I’m sure many people have seen the derelict Hotspur Press building on Gloucester Street from the train as they travel through Manchester (or perhaps on their way to the Anthony Burgess Foundation, just around the corner) and wondered if there’s any connection with DC Thomson’s long-running, now defunct adventure comic title. (First published between 1933Continue reading Comic Connections? The Hotspur Press, Manchester… no, sadly not

Commando Issue 199 – The Silver Spitfire

Gordon Livingstone – An Appreciation by Calum Laird

Former Commando editor Calum Laird pays tribute to artist Gordon Livingstone, who died recently… When British comics lost Gordon Livingstone, they lost one of their finest servants. As I was lucky enough to work with him, on and off, for nearly 20 years I’d like to add a few recollections of a colleague and aContinue reading Gordon Livingstone – An Appreciation by Calum Laird

Gordon Livingstone in his garden, with the art that featured in Commando Issue 2786 "Protect or Die", published in August 1994.

In Memoriam: Commando comic artist Gordon Livingstone 

It is difficult to say how much artist Gordon Livingstone, who died recently aged 82, has influenced my appreciation of art. I first became aware of his work way back in December 1973, probably with the DC Thomson war comic Commando Issue 796, “Black Beret”. Since then, my love of art has grown and that love wasContinue reading In Memoriam: Commando comic artist Gordon Livingstone 

Creators @ Dunfermline Comic Con 2016

The inaugural Dunfermline Comic Con, held in the Scottish town’s Glen Pavilion on Saturday 5 March 2016, proved to be something of a runaway success. With all its tickets sold out in advance, the event was well attended by the public and for a first time event by first time organisers it attracted an impressiveContinue reading Creators @ Dunfermline Comic Con 2016

Commando No 4888 – Codeword – “Torch”

New Commando tale offers “Operation Torch”-inspired World War Two story

Here’s the lowdown on the latest issues of Commando (Issues 4887-4890), on sale this coming Thursday. These new issues are announced just as publisher DC Thomson also advertises for a new editor for the title, who “will play a pivotal role in determining Commando’s print strategy and leading the editorial and design troops into battle”. TheContinue reading New Commando tale offers “Operation Torch”-inspired World War Two story