Generous Redeye editor Barry Renshaw has just sent us a comp copy of the re-launched British indie comics magazine – and it’s simply brilliant.
Relaunched as a pdf-only monthly magazine mainly focusing on the indie British comics scene, the mag comes crammed with news, reviews, features and stuff worth talking about, and is more than worth the measly £1/$1.50 cost of a download.
As well as a quick response to Marvel’s purchase of MarvelMan in the news section it includes interviews with Leah Moore and John Reppion on The Complete Dracula and the critically-acclaimed The Trial of Sherlock Holmes and artists Colton Worley and Aaron Campbell. Cartoonist and festival organiser Oliver Smith talks about throwing out the rule book for the British small press and building something better; New York born and raised illustrator Liz Baillie discusses her comics, her love for the Bouncing Souls and her Jabba the Hutt face; Ben Dickson talks to Garen Ewing about Rainbow Orchid blossoming under a new deal with publisher Egmont; Northern Irish illustrator Bridgeen Gillespie talks about curious rabbits, hissy fits and being open to interpretation; and as part of his 100 Days, 100 Cartoonists series, Citizen Badham talks to creators Adam Cadwell and Jim Medway about unconventional narratives, the value of the everyday and deflated balloons.
And as if that wasn’t enough, there’s The Secret History of… Irish Comix, in which Niall Kitson uncovers the growing Irish Comics scene ready for the international stage.
With great design and fascinating content, this is a terrific new start for Redeye and, in the continued absence of Comics International, well worth checking out. Highly recommended! Grab it now and tell your friends…
• REDEYE MAGAZINE ISSUE 2.1: 114 pages, colour, PDF format, 82mb direct download is available from enginecomics.com
This article was updated on 7th August 2023 to update the Engine Comics web link
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.