Downthetubes: Flips

By John Freeman | Assembling British comics and (mostly) British media bits I just happen to like.

Big Issue celebrates the life of “Tiger who came to Tea” author Judith Kerr

On sale this week from their street vendors is <i>The Big Issue</i> 1257, which cover features one of the most iconic images in children’s literature: art …

Comics

Zarjaz! Incredible celebratory 2000AD exhibition announced

Judge Dredd by Jake Lynch<p><b>Vice Press</b> – producers of numerous stunning <b>2000AD</b>-inspired posters – has teamed with the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic and <b>Thought</b> …

Judge Dredd

DC, Marvel announce Jack Kirby centenary publications, but what’s missing?

The Newsboy Legion and Boy Commandos Special #1<p>US comic publishers <b>DC Comics</b> and <b>Marvel</b> have both announced their plans to mark <b>Jack “King” Kirb</b>y’s …

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

Birmingham Comics Festival 2017 Event Line Up Details Revealed

Here’s the full schedule of events take place citywide for this June’s <b>Birmingham Comics Festival</b>, which include a free convention, exhibitions, film …

Comics

Throwback Thursday for Towel Day: When 2000AD’s Tharg went Hitchhiker’s

Since today (25th May) is <b>Towel Day</b>, the annual day of remembrance of <b>The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy</b> creator <b>Douglas Adams</b>, we thought we’d remind</i> …

Comics

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

LAWLESS collected

Rebellion are certainly putting out a lot of collections of strips these days. Next month sees the awesome <b>Lawless</b> Volume 1, with amazingly detailed …

Is Doctor Who staying on BBC One till at least series 15?

It looks as though there's no end in sight for our favourite Time Lord.<p>It sounds as though the future of <i>Doctor Who</i> is secure, with rumblings that the …

TV Series

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

This face filter technology can turn you into a statue or an oil painting

Are we looking at a face filter face off?<p>A team of researchers led by a professor at the Czech Technical University in Prague has created an AI-powered algorithm that can animate faces in the style of another photograph. In other words, a bidding war between Snapchat and Facebook is probably about …

Oil Paintings

How Hokusai achieved immortality

His pictorial encyclopaedia — currently at the British Museum — helped to shape modernism<p>The end, whenever it came, was always going to be too soon for Katsushika Hokusai. There was still so much to see. So much he had not painted. On his deathbed, Hokusai, attended by his doctor, said a prayer. …

Art

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

Terrorists Stalk Mega-City One in latest 2000AD, Nick Dyer’s art on Dredd shines!

On sale now in all good comic shops and newsagents (and various digital platforms) is <b>2000AD</b> Prog 2031, which leads with “<b>Judge Dredd: Sons of Booth</b>“, …

Comics

Leopard from Lime Street, Dracula Files and more coming this year as part of Rebelllion’s Treasury of British Comics range

<b>Rebellion</b>‘s first collection of the <b>Buster</b> strip <i>Leopard from Lime Street</i> goes on sale in all good bookshops from 13th July 2017, and is already …

Comics

Paul Cornell’s Saucer State Returns, Forbidden Planet London Signing on Friday

On sale today from IDW is <i>Saucer State</i> by Paul Cornell with art by <b>Ryan Kelly</b>, colour from <b>Adam Guzowski</b> and lettered by <i>2000AD</i> stalwart <b>Simon Bowland</b> – …

Comics

Give Me Five: John Ridgway recalls his time drawing Enid Blyton’s famous teen adventurers

Enid Blyton Adventures Issue One features “Five Go Down to the Sea”, adapted by Gail Bernard & Les Lilley; illustrated by John Ridgway<p>Artist <b>John</b> …

Comics

Search/Destoy: A Strontium Dog Fan Film Goes Live!

<b>Search/Destroy: A Strontium Dog Fan Film</b>, a terrific <b>2000AD</b> fan film from the makers of the excellent <i>Judge Minty</i>, is now free to watch online.<p>The film …

Comics

In Review: Sydney Newman – The Man Who Thought Outside the Box

<b>By Ryan Danes</b> <b><br>Publisher: eye-imagine-digitalentropy</b> <b><br>Out: Now</b><p><b>The Book</b>: Exactly where did the idea of <i>Doctor Who</i> come from? What did Canadian Sydney …

Comics

Titan’s Dan Dare collections resume later this year with “Mission of the Earthmen”

After a lengthy hiatus, we’re delighted to report <b>Titan Comics</b> is to resume the original <b>Dan Dare</b> collections first published under Titan Books …

Comics

Dark Horse and Valve Collect DOTA 2 Web Comics into hardcover collection

US publisher <b>Dark Horse</b> and <b>Valve</b> are to release a collection of comics that dive deep into the characters and history of <i>Dota 2</i>, the most played game …

Webcomics

Spider-Man Homecoming – New Pictures Released

om Holland is Spider-Man in Columbia Pictures’ Spider-Man – Homecoming<p>Here’s some new pictures from <i>Spider-Man Homecoming</i>, due in cinemas from 7th …

Superheroes

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 …

DC Thomson

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> …

Books

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

This week’s Beano – Making Waves, As Usual!

Cover by Nigel Parkinson<p>This week’s <b>Beano</b> (Issue 3885) features a great cover from <b>Nigel Parkinson</b> featuring Dennis the Menace and Roger the Dodger and …

Comics

Simon’s Cat set to storm US Licensing Expo (and his creator!)

Attendees at this month’s <b>Licensing Expo</b> in Las Vegas can look forward to a live drawing demonstration and meet and greet with award-winning …

Comics

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, …

Comics

Crowdfunding Spotlight: Dan Fadil – First Light by Tomislav Košta and Edinburgh’s Komic Brew

Edinburgh-based independent publishers <b>Komic Brew</b> have just launched a Kickstarter to fund publication of <i>Dan Fadil: First Light</i> by Croatian artist</b> …

Comics