Cosmic Publications, previously publishers of Comics International (and, for a while, Dangerous Ink magazine), has been dissolved.
News broke after fans of Comics International spotted the dissolution of the company on the Companies House web site spelling an end, perhaps, to any further speculation that the much-loved comics news magazine created by veteran editor and publisher Dez Skinn might one day return.
Cosmic Publications bought Comics International from Dez after interest from several other publishers. Edited by Mike Conroy, sadly, the takeover proved problematic almost immediately, with late running publication and internal issues affecting production, before the magazine finally disappeared.
Despite several request for updates, downthetubes and other comics media made no headway with publisher Peter Boyce, who last claimed the title was “not dead” last September.
“Comics International dead?” Peter Boyce, also owner of Movie New Media told us. “It’s news to me.”
His comments came despite the lack of any regular issues, with the last publications being two Comics International Specials last July.
If the dissolution of Cosmic Publications means Comics International has now gone for good, will anyone step up and take on the title?
downthetubes understands that several companies have considered a new British-based comics magazine – aside, of course, from the British comics-devoted Crikey! – but have been waiting patiently to see if and when CI might return.
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.