The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.
Top Tips: Insider’s Guide to creating comics published
Just published by A & C Black, Robin Hall’s Trade Secrets is an excellent book about how to become a successful cartoonist or comics artist, featuring tips from a huge number of professional artists. It also features, with my permission,… Read More ›
DC Comics Collected Editions
A staggering 200 titles from the DC Comics backlist are showcased online now at www.dccomics.com/collect, each with cover art, three interior story pages, and content descriptions. The newly-posted site updates the previous version of the DC Graphic Novels webpage and… Read More ›
Stuffed down the back of a filing cabinet…
So I came across some old artwork the other day and wondered “What the heck is this?” Turns out it’s an unpublished first issue of G-Force, a character I created for Marvel UK back in the early 1990s. So… Read More ›
In Memoriam: Douglas Adams
Author Douglas Adams, who wrote The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, has died suddenly aged 49. Mr Adams died on Friday morning in Santa Barbara, California, following a heart attack, said his spokeswoman Sophie Astin. The author became a household name… Read More ›
Nicholas Courtney Is God!
Nicholas Courtney (Doctor Who‘s Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart) has taken on the role of God for The Next Seven Days, a new web site. The actor has lent his voice to some cartoons created by designer Daniel Cohen‘s father, stand up… Read More ›
Classic Captain Scarlet Book Campaign
An online petition has been set up to encourage Carlton Books to produce a Captain Scarlet version of Thunderbirds Classic Comic Strips. You can sign this petition at: www.ipetitions.com/campaigns/scarlet_strips/ • More details of the Thunderbirds Classic Comic Strips can be found… Read More ›
Dune TV film for the SciFi Channel US – Set Pictures Published
German SF news site sf-film.de features photographs from the shoot of the new $20 million six hour Dune TV film for the SciFi Channel US which started shooting in Prague on 22nd November 1999. The mini-series stars William Hurt as… Read More ›
Will the Real Captain Britain Please Stand Up?
Comics publisher Dez Skinn has uncovered an unusual piece of comics history – a design for Captain Britain by much-admired artist Tom Kerr. The design was intended for a Captain Britain comic Dez proposed to IPC Fleetway over two decades… Read More ›
In Review: Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island