Words From Beyond: Lady Penelope Artist Frank Langford Part 1 – Tardis Interview

Frank Langford is a familiar name when it comes to comics having illustrated fan favourites like Thunderbirds’ Lady Penelope in the 1960s and BBC TV’s Doctor Who in the 1970s, yet when Gordon Blows interviewed him in the third issue of his fanzine Tardis in February 1976 his comment about his future was “I haveContinue reading Words From Beyond: Lady Penelope Artist Frank Langford Part 1 – Tardis Interview

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Lakes Festival Focus 2017: An Interview with 2000AD Comics Artist Mark Sexton

The countdown has begun to this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival in October (13th – 15th). We’re delighted to continue our “Kendal Calling” interviews with 2000AD comic artist Mark Sexton, who’s coming to the event all the way from Australia along with a number of others forming a Caravan of Comics from Down Under… MarkContinue reading Lakes Festival Focus 2017: An Interview with 2000AD Comics Artist Mark Sexton

Willy the Kid meets the Loch Ness Monster by and © Leo Baxendale

In Praise of… Leo Baxendale

Leo Baxendale is a British cartoonist who should need no introduction to downthetubes readers. Not only was the creator of the classic Beano strips “Little Plum”, “Minnie the Minx”, “The Bash Street Kids” and “The Three Bears”, but he was instrumental in the creation of the much-loved Wham!, published by Odhams Press, in  1964, andContinue reading In Praise of… Leo Baxendale

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Lakes Festival Focus 2017: An Interview with artist Michael Cho

I’m delighted to present our second “Kendal Calling” interview of 2017, this time with artist Michael Cho, in the run up to the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in October, highlighting the event’s many international and British guests. (Tickets are on sale now). Michael Cho is a cartoonist and illustrator based in Toronto, Canada. MichaelContinue reading Lakes Festival Focus 2017: An Interview with artist Michael Cho

Desert Island Mash Up Cartoon by John Freeman

Creating Comics: Cartoon Cliches Exposed

Beano comic creator Nigel Auchterlounie has pointed me in the direction of an edition of New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff‘s “Cartoon Lounge” podcast entitled “Trop de Tropes“, webcast last year, in which he looks at the history of the cliché in cartooning. Enthusing about some, such as desert island gags (which first appeared inContinue reading Creating Comics: Cartoon Cliches Exposed