Earlier in the year we announced a challenge for downthetubes readers to come up with their interpretation of 1970s spooky ITV show Sapphire & Steeel, after it was revealed that Luther creator and Doctor Who script writer Neil Cross is, hopefully, to re-make the show. Sadly, we didn’t get a huge response to this competition, unlike our Doctor Who and Dan Dare challenges, but Nigel Auchterlounie, Davey Candlish (his art above), Simon Daly and Tony Luke stepped up the plate and sent in some great art. You can view it all here.
My favourite of those received was Simon Daly‘s quirky strip “Weird Stairs Swirly Time”, but I’m going to send everyone who entered something by way of a prize.
Says Simon: “I wish I could put more time into this. I agree with your readers, I could get really stuck into a new Sapphire & Steeel comic. But, if we want more weird British 70s/80s sci fi like the TV we grew up with we can just make our own right? That’s why I just launched Giant Space Owl. It’s a comic that’s influenced by all that good stuff.”
Check out the strip on the web comic platform Tapastic here, where you’ll also find a host of other great stuff, including Crucible, created by myself and 2000AD artist Smuzz, Man from Space by Marc Jackson, Mike Garley’s Allied Avenger and Nick Miller’s Worry Man – and much, much more.
British Comic Characters Made New Competition!
Our new competition is one we think more of you will enjoy, because everyone has their own ideas on this front. We want you to give us your “New Look” to a classic British comic character of your choice, be it Black Max, Doomlord, Steel Claw, The Spider or I-Spy. No decade is off limits, no character – apart from Dan Dare, who we’ve already done.
• Please send your entries to the downthetubes at email@example.com – no high res files, ideally 1600 pixel width at least and no web links. Entries must be received by 12 noon on Thursday 26th November 2015. Good luck! As usual, the prize will be a random book or comic from our archive!
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.