The Black Iris by Russell Mark Olson

In Review: The Black Iris by Russell Mark Olson

By Russell Mark Olson Beginning life as an Inktober project last year, The Black Iris is a glorious film-in-a-book, rendered using only black India ink washes and a smattering of correction fluid. The book tells the story of the Black Iris, a World War Two resistance fighter and spy, on her attempt to smuggle plansContinue reading In Review: The Black Iris by Russell Mark Olson

Tripwire Awards winners announced at Portsmouth Comic Con, wins for ComicScene, Mister Miracle and more

The winners of the inaugural Tripwire Awards were announced at the hugely-successful second Portsmouth Comic Con at the weekend, at a ceremony hosted by comics writer Jasper Bark.Continue reading Tripwire Awards winners announced at Portsmouth Comic Con, wins for ComicScene, Mister Miracle and more

Awesome Comics Podcast #200 Little Heroes Fundraiser

Free Comic Book Day Awesome Comics Podcast #200 pop-up charity fundraiser is, well… Awesome!

The Awesome Comics Podcast #200 pop-up charity comic shop / raffle stash that’s being organised by downthetubes contributor Richard Sheaf as part of the events surrounding the Podcast’s live London broadcast on Free Comics Day includes some amazing items of original art, commission offers and much more, all thanks to the generosity of many amazingContinue reading Free Comic Book Day Awesome Comics Podcast #200 pop-up charity fundraiser is, well… Awesome!

Mutator, as realised by Russell Mark Olson in 2018 on the basis of the story outline by Paul Neary and Tom de Falco

Lost Marvel UK Projects: Mutator, created by Paul Neary and Tom DeFalco

During the tail end of the busy period in the 1990s when Marvel UK was developing numerous projects for the US Direct Sales market, one of the last unpublished proposed series was Mutator, which we’ve brought to a little bit of life on downthetubes thanks to Gateway City artist Russell Mark Olson. Mutator was developedContinue reading Lost Marvel UK Projects: Mutator, created by Paul Neary and Tom DeFalco

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