This web site is occasionally visited by people seeking more information about London’s Tube, and leave disappointed, so I’m happy to report the ongoing success of a site that is actually about London Underground, written by friend, Mecca Ibrahim: http://london-underground.blogspot.com.
Packed with observations of Tube life, the web site and this spin-off blog has seen the creator interviewed on Australian National Radio over the bank holiday.
The site also resulted in a book deal a couple of years ago now off the back of the site called One Stop Short of Barking and there’s more writing on the way. (Click here to buy the book from Amazon.co.uk: it’s packed with observations of the weirdness of the Tube).
You don’t get the same opportunites to observe all human life in Lancaster like you do while on public transport (my commute these days is a 15 minute walk rather than an hour on a train every morning and evening, something I definitely don’t miss), although it was interesting to sit in an outdoor cafe with three cops at lunch time who exchanged pleasantries with a passing couple, smiling… and as soon as they were out of earshot, were on their radios, warning about the impending arrival of two of the town’s top shoplifters in the city centre.
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.