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Dan Dare’s Number One Fan was … top Doctor Who artist Andrew Skilleter

<i>Merry Marvel Fanzine</i> #3, published by Tony RocheOrganised comics fandom in the UK is usually considered to have begun in the late 1960s when the …

Dreams are made of this: win a trip to Japan in annual “Manga Jiman” comic competition

The <b>Embassy of Japan</b> in the UK has just launched their annual comic-writing competition to find the best creators of comic short-stories, and this …

Manga

Creating Comics for Self Publishers: A Nuts and Bolts Guide, courtesy from Lancaster Comics Day

Here’s a “nuts and bolts” panel from this year’s <b>Lancaster Comics Day</b>, discussing ways comics – and books – are published outside the mainstream …

Comics

Kendal Calling: Ivan Petrus Adriaenssens on the Draw of War…

Art by Ivan Petrus<b>Here’s the first of this year’s “Kendal Calling” interviews, highlighting the work of comic creators attending this years Lakes</b> …

World War I

Eddie Robson and Rachael Smith share free Graphic Novels Panel billing for “Lancaster Words”

Comic creators <b>Eddie Robson</b> and <b>Rachael Smith</b> will be talking about their comics work at a free “<b>Lancaster Words</b>” <b>Graphic Novels Panel</b> on Saturday 8th …

Coming Soon: PanelxPanel, a new digital comic anthology

<b>PanelxPanel</b>, launching later this month, is a brand new digital magazine celebrating the medium we love: comics. Edited by <b>Strip Panel Naked</b> host, <b>Hass</b> …

Comics

New York Times bring city’s stories to life with comic tales

The <b>New York Times Magazine</b> has a new series featuring New York stories by a dozen outstanding comics artists, introduced by a marvellous tale from</b> …

Comics

Rourke of the Radlands back in “Fool’s Gold” for 100% Biodegradable

Coming to Issue 17 of the digital anthology <b>100% Biodegradable</b> is a brand new <b>Rourke of the Radlands</b> strip written by <b>Dave Hailwood</b> and me, <b>John Freeman</b> …

Comics

Fab 4000 comics project launches at Liverpool’s Cavern Club in style thanks to East of Eli, Chyler Leigh and many more

<b>Regular readers will recall recently spotlighted plans for bringing Supergirl star Chyler Leigh to Liverpool, a visit in support of THE FAB 4000, a</b> …

Comics

In Memoriam: Comics Letterer Albert Deschesne

<b>We’re sorry to report the passing of comics letterer, colourist and inker Albert Deschesne, whose numerous credits include District X, Nova and Tim</b> …

Comics

British indie comics project Comichaus gets set to launch a comics streaming app, closing in on crowdfunding goal

The British indie monthly anthology <i>Comichaus</i> has launched a Kickstarter to create an App to help “Discover Indie Comics” – and it’s already secured …

Comics

Comic creator Tommy Donbavand’s battle with cancer recounted in new eBook

Cover by Nigel Parkinson<p>In July 2016, award-winning author and comic creator <b>Tommy Donbavand</b> was coming to the end of a month-long stay in hospital, …

Remembering Marvel UK’s The Real Ghostbusters: An Interview with artist Brian Williamson

Marvel UK’s <i>The Real Ghostbusters</i> Issue 19. Cover by Brian Williamson<p>One of the first comics I wrote for on a regular basis, thanks to faith in me …

Comics

History Channel’s new Knightfall drama rides into Titan Comics

Image A+E Network/History Channel<p><b>A+E Networks</b> has partnered with <b>Titan Publishing</b> to develop original novels and an eight-part comic book series based …

TV

Scurry Up! It’s time for a massive Awesome Comics Podcast Catch Up!

Scurry by Mac Smith, interviewed in the Awesome Comics Podcast Episode 99<p>Yes, it’s time for another of those “Oh my God, we should have done this …

Comics

Opinion: Marvel Comics Can Learn From Hellboy

I don't envy any reader trying to jump into superhero comics right now. Sure, there's a wealth of great material out there, with decades of classic …

Comics

The Real Reasons for Marvel Comics’ Woes

A recent push for diversity has been blamed for weak print sales, but the company’s decades-old business practices are the true culprit.<p>Marvel Comics has been having a rough time lately. Readers and critics met last year’s <i>Civil War 2—</i>a blockbuster crossover event (and a spiritual tie-in to the …

Comics

Ten tips for freelance authors

I am a professional author who has been freelance for eleven years, and today I’m going to share with you a few of the things that I have learned …

Korky the Cat artist Charles Grigg honoured in his home town with special plaque

Charles Grigg<p>The late <b>Charles Grigg</b>, who drew <b>Korky the Cat</b> for <i>The Dandy</i> for 20 years and had a saucy sideline in seaside postcards, has been honoured …

The Famous Five at 75: The Comic Strip Stories

The Famous Five debuted in Look-In in August 1978, in a strip based on the TV series<p>As the author behind book series such as <b>The Famous Five</b>, <b>The</b> …

John Higgins talks comics in Liverpool

John HIggins<p>As part of the Open House Lightnight Liverpool evening of celebrations last week, <i>2000AD</i> artist <b>John Higgins</b>, creator of Razorjack, gave a …

Judge Dredd

Choose your own adventure for Britain with the London Graphic Novel Network

The <b>National Poetry Library</b> and the <b>London Graphic Novel Network</b> will be presenting a collaborative workshop next month at the Royal Festival Hall, …

Andersonic Issue 22 proves a model of a fanzine!

Issue 22 of the fabulous Gerry Anderson series/inspired zine <b>Andersonic</b> is on sale now available from their website (and eBay for a short period in …

Two Thargs descend on Stoke Newington for celebratory 2000AD chat

Steve MacManus. Photo: Steve Cook<p><i>2000AD</i>, the beloved weekly home of Judge Dredd turns 40 years old this year. As part of the <b>Stoke Newington Literary</b> …

First details of “Comic Book Hero: Working with Britain’s Picture Strip Legends” released

The first details of former <b>Tiger</b> and <b>Roy of the Rovers</b> editor <b>Barrie Tomlinson</b>‘s next book on British comics, <b>Comic Book Hero: Working with Britain’s</b> …

In Memoriam: 2000AD Comic Artist Edmund Bagwell (Edmund Perryman)

I’m sorry to report the passing of artist <b>Edmund Bagwell</b>, aka <b>Edmund Perryman</b>, who I first met as one of the team working in the Marvel UK basement …

Creating Comics: Aces Weekly and Beano artist Marc Jackson latest Comic Art Festival Podcast guest

The latest <b>Comic Art Festival Podcast</b> (Episode Four) is live and features an interview with <b>Marc Jackson</b>, who has written and drawn for <b>Aces Weekly</b> and</b> …

Edmund Bagwell 1966 - 2017

The Ten Seconders from 2000AD.I'm sorry to hear of the death of comics artist Edmund Bagwell, who has passed away at the untimely age of 50 due to …

Comics project for Syrian refugees picks up pace, seeks further backing and creators

Here’s a smashing comics project from the <b>Comics for Youth Refugees Incorporated Collective</b>, a US-based non-profit organisation that produces and …