Over on Comics Down Under, Kevin Patrick recently paid tribute to Australian musician Smoky Dawson, who died last month but who was at one time famous enough to be the star of his own comic.
“Even if you’re not a fan of country & western music, you cannot deny that Smoky Dawson, who died Thursday, 14 February 2008 at 94 years of age, made an indelible contribution, not only to Australia’s country and western music industry, but to Australian popular entertainment,” feels Kevin. Read the full tribute…
Comics Down Under is devoted to the history of Australian comic books, from the 1930s and 1940s to the present day. Each installment looks at a different aspect of Australian comics’ history, ranging from landmark characters and their creators, to profiles of publishing companies and interviews with current Australian comic writers and artists.
While apparently not updated as regularly as Steve Holland’s British comics history blog Bear Alley, Comics Down Under has some fascinating articles on antipodean comics history and is well worth a browse, especially given the number of British comics characters and indeed, comics, published there.
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.