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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

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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”

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New writers joins the Commando team!

Brand new Commando (Issues  5115 – 5118) from DC Thomson are on sale in all good newsagents this Thursday. Storming Messines Ridge, blasting Bettys in a Buffalo, tunnelling under the trenches with Maori Miners, and defending a Scottish island from an infiltrating U-Boat… it’s all in a day’s work for this release’s heroes! This set alsoContinue reading New writers joins the Commando team!

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Comics For Valentine’s Day: Celebrating 40 Years of Action and Bullet

Valentine’s Day is usually considered a time for lovers, but this year – 2016 – it’s year for lovers of Action… and Bullet, two British boys’ comics celebrating their 40th anniversary. Although, sadly, neither of course are still being published, both left a lasting legacy that fans and comics historians have been arguing over for almost as long.Continue reading Comics For Valentine’s Day: Celebrating 40 Years of Action and Bullet