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Death's Head versus Death's Head: Freelancing is Fun. Art by Chris Holmes

Death’s Head versus Death’s Head: because the battle never ends… Art: Chris Holmes

So. Today is my first day as a freelance comic keeping operative once more, with ROK Comics behind me and several projects in the works.

I’m excited but nervous. It’s been a fraught few weeks in the run up to this step back into the unknown, but I think, overall, it was for the best. The projects I’m working on now – which include developing this site into new areas, promoting the Lakes International Comic Art Festival and working with B7 Media on the new Dan Dare audio adventures – offer many challenges, but I’m more aware of the potential pitfalls to the freelance life than, perhaps, I was in the past. We’ll see.

I’d like to thank all the readers of downthetubes, old and new, for their continued support, and friends and business partners for their backing.

It’s going to be a challenge. But that’s what keeps us alive, yes?

See you in the funny papers.

John Freeman

1st March 2016

• Find out more about my past projects here

Death's Head versus Death's Head II art by Chris Holmes

Death’s Head versus Death’s Head: because the battle never ends… Art: Chris Holmes

Featured Art Information

• Based in Central Hawke’s Bay, the Death’s Head versus Death’s Head art above is the work of illustrator and designer Chris Holmes, which he freely acknowledges is a homage in itself to the Batman meme image inspired by a panel from World’s Finest #153.

• Check out Chris’ web site here and find him on Faceboook here. Here’s his blank meme art for you to create your own – just open the image in a new window to see it full size

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.

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