… as in five days of being in Scotland, where the only sight of the World Cup was a brilliant cover for the Scottish Daily Mirror urging Trinidad and Tobago on. Ooh, and I will admit to checking the score of that match but other than that, being in a farm cottage miles from anywhere surrounded by soay sheep, who will stampede but it’s only away from you, as fast as possible. Apparently they’re impossible to herd with sheep dogs which does not surprise me, we had visions of poor collies looking well over ten trying to do it when they were only two) and visiting the Cairngorm reindeer herd pretty much beats the World Cup easily.
Had a wonderful break really, even if I did come home to the usual spam mountain (does anyone really order red pills from someone they’ve never heard of?). Plenty of interesting Star Trek news though, inevitably just after I’d filed my news copy for Star Trek Magazine — the fan film Gods and Men which is being directed by Tim Russ sounds quite interesting.
In the ‘real’ post was a copy of Comics International #197, complete with an all-new Really Heavy Greatcoat especially for the magazine and the second of four Doctor Who features (one not by me) which I think came out rather well. The magazine’s getting something of an overhaul as it approaches its 200th issue, living up more to the “International” in the title, I think.
Over at Virtual-Lancaster , it seems plans to switch to a content managed based site are coming along nicely. That’s welcome news, it’s something we’ve been trying to do for well over four years…
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. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 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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