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Tricks of the Trade: Writing a Comics-inspired Novel, by Steve MacManus

Former Tharg, comics editor and writer Steve MacManus shares his experience of writing his first novel, The Sheerglam Conspiracy, a story set inside the world of 1970s British comics. 40,000 words long, it took 14 long months to write – and is on sale now… “Write about what you know” is a maxim generally considered toContinue reading Tricks of the Trade: Writing a Comics-inspired Novel, by Steve MacManus

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Steve MacManus parodies 1970s British comics in “The Sheerglam Conspiracy”

Former Tharg Steve MacManus is back on our reading list here in the downthetubes dungeon, this time with his first novel, The Sheerglam Conspiracy, a thoroughly scurrilous jab at the British comics industry in the 1970s. London, 1973. For 40 years, rival publishers Goodenough Publications and Tartan Editions have been the beating heart of BritishContinue reading Steve MacManus parodies 1970s British comics in “The Sheerglam Conspiracy”

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

Elmsworld by Steve MacManus. Cover photo of Susan by Steve Cook. Font used by kind permission of Rian Hughes, book design by Ryan Gale

School Daze at Dartington Hall: An Interview with Former Tharg, Steve MacManus

Steve MacManus began his career in 1973 as a sub-editor on the weekly comic Valiant, published by Fleetway Publications. He went on to work on Battle Picture Weekly and Action, before moving to 2000AD, which he edited from 1979 to 1987. Subsequently, he sought to establish a market aimed at older readers, launching the titles Crisis, Revolver and the Judge Dredd Megazine in quick succession.Continue reading School Daze at Dartington Hall: An Interview with Former Tharg, Steve MacManus

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Ron Smith – A Personal Tribute by Colin Noble

My appreciation of comic artist Ron Smith, who died earlier this week, is lifelong. His passing is a great loss to the British comics industry, and our community… On the afternoon of Wednesday 2nd October 1974, I was feeling a bit sorry for myself.  I had been off school for six weeks and I was boredContinue reading Ron Smith – A Personal Tribute by Colin Noble