downthetubes: Revamped and Renewed

downthetubes logoWe’re pleased to report that our ongoing changeover to an all-new design for is proceeding fairly well. The aim is to now make this the first ‘point of entry’ for downthetubes and wind down our ‘Blogger’ blog as soon as possible.

Our original site is also back up, lurking in the background for those of you who missed it at: Some items from the old site have been duplicated elsewhere on the net, for easier access (see below).

We hope you like the new site. It’s still a work in progress – inevitably with such a major change there will be things that need tweaking as we get more conversant with the platform it’s built on. But it will mean we can have more people doing articles – either news or features. I should also soon be able to ‘blend in’ the Forum eventually, making the whole DTT site more coherent!

I’m still looking for people to write articles for downthetubes. At present, juggling my day job of ROK Comics and freelance work on STRIP Magazine means I’m quite busy, so apologies if I have been slow at posting stories about your work on the blog. If you’re a creator attending upcoming comic events, we’d love more ‘insider views’ on these.

My Current British Comic Sales Figures  is now on GoogleDrive. I hope you find this useful, although it is always depressing to read compared against these figures for 1960s and 1970s Comic Sales.
I often get asked questions about the state of the British comics industry, and I’ve moved my very general and opinionated piece to a page on this blog. If you’re a journalist looking for more information on our energized but, it would seem to the outsider, embattled industry as it competes for the pounds in teenagers wallets, I hope this remains a useful resource.

My resources for colleges and course teaching comics in the UK is also a page on this blog: Learning the Comics Art

Any posts relating to Creating Comics can now be found in one ‘Category’ on the new site, and I plan to create a section for this. There are a lot of other great, although US-oriented comic creation bogs and websites out there which are much more active in this area, including Tim van de Vall’s impressive site.
If you’re interested in the new comic strip, Crucible, which I’m co-creating with Smuzz for STRIP: The Adventure Comic Magazine, there’s a behind the scenes blog here and some additional stories from the world of Crucible at

Discussion of British comics and creating comics continues here on the downthetubes forum: new members welcome!

Once again – a very special thank you to those of you who responded to our temporary crisis by sending donations, which will enabled the transition to a new service and help fund the current costs of the site, including this forum. I was very touched.

Thanks for your time and your shared passion for British Comics!

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