"The Victor Files"

DC Thomson teases new “The Victor Files” project

DC Thomson Media is clearly ramping up its “Heritage Brands” output, teasing an impending announcement for “The Victor Files” – a reference to one of the Dundee-based company’s most popular weekly boys adventure comic titles, published between 1961 and 1992Continue reading DC Thomson teases new “The Victor Files” project

Commando and British Comics Swap-Meet - September 2019

Commando and British Comics Swap-Meet announces special guests

The next Commando and British Comics Swap-Meet is just six weeks away, taking place in Watford, Hertfordshire, on Saturday 28th September 2019. The event will see thousands of Commando comics assembled under one roof – and some special appearances by some British comic creators, including former 2000AD artist Mike Dorey, writer Alan Hebden and, hopefully, former Tharg Steve MacManusContinue reading Commando and British Comics Swap-Meet announces special guests

Victor Drago and David Farrarr

Comics Inspiration: How Celebrities have inspired the look of some Comic Characters Part 2

After my first article about the use of real people in stories, who should I be chatting to but comic artist Mike Dorey, who was kind enough to point out two examples of his work where he used the likeness of a couple of actors for his look… The first one is “Victor Drago“, theContinue reading Comics Inspiration: How Celebrities have inspired the look of some Comic Characters Part 2

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

Battleground Picture Library 41 - "Moonstrike!" SNIP

Collecting Comics: The Strange Case of the War Comic Cover “Twins”

Richard Sheaf and I recently investigated the way British war comics used to re-use cover art, and this article reveals how two British comic companies used the same art on different titles… For those of you familiar with my Nothing But a Fan blog, you may also have heard of Vic Whittle.  Don’t worry ifContinue reading Collecting Comics: The Strange Case of the War Comic Cover “Twins”