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

Annecy Film Review: ‘Loving Vincent’

This one-of-a-kind Vincent van Gogh biopic appropriates the artist's vibrant impasto style, using animated oil paintings to examine the mystery of …

Artists

Preview of 2000AD Prog 2036

Leading with a superbly illustrated cover by Chris Weston, <b>2000AD</b> Prog 2036 is another excellent issue. It goes on sale Wednesday 21st June, but you …

Preview: Judge Dredd Megazine No.385

It's always a good week when there's a new issue of <b>Judge Dredd Megazine</b> due, and No.385 will be in the shops this coming Wednesday, 21st June. Here's …

50 year Flashback: BEANO SUMMER SPECIAL 1967

When I was a kid, I'd wait until I was on holiday to buy the latest summer specials. Picking up this <b>Beano Summer Special</b> from a stall on Blackpool …

In Review: ELCAF 2017

<b>ELCAF 2017</b> – the East London Comic Art Festival – took place, for the second year, at the Round Chapel in Hackney, also utilising the nearby School …

Comics

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

Hammer Films and Titan Comics Captain Kronos #1 Covers Revealed

Captain Kronos #1​ ​Cover A: Mike Perkins<p>The covers from <b>Hammer​ Films</b>​ and <b>Titan Comics</b> new comic series, <i>Captain Kronos</i>​ have just been revealed – a …

Harrier Comics revival continues at CEPG, 1980s strips revived for the 21st Century, tentative schedule revealed

Denver-based publisher <b>CEPG</b> is continuing to roll out new editions of some of the 1980s <b>Harrier Comics</b> titles that offered many now well-established …

Comics

Raymond Briggs graphic novels among British children’s favourite book in new poll

The Snowman © Raymond Briggs<p>Two graphic novels by <b>Raymond Briggs</b> are in the Top 15 of a list of 20th century children’s books which are still being …

New Beano collaborations planned as the British weekly humour comic ramps up for its 80th anniversary in 2018

Beantown is reeling after <b>Minnie the Minx</b> was elected school president – and you can just imagine the mayhem that ensues in this week’s edition of …

Comics

“Dangerous Visions” returns to BBC Radio 4 with Kafka, Fahrenheit 451 and more

<b>BBC Radio 4</b> has more <b>Dangerous Visions</b> for its listeners, starting next week, offering a fifth season of dramas and readings presenting uneasy …

Literature

Marvel’s Spider-Man Game, out in 2018: Pictures

New pictures from the upcoming <i>Marvel’s Spider-Man</i> game have just been released, following a gameplay debut at the 2017 <b>Sony PlayStation Media Showcase</b> …

Gaming

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 …

Doctor Who Experience Closes in September, but Goes Out with a Bang

Filming location walking tours, starting 8th July, the addition of new props and other items are to be part of the final months for the <b>Doctor Who</b> …

TV Series

“Into the Unknown”, the life story of “Quatermass” creator Nigel Kneale, gets updated re-release

As writer of the legendary <b>Quatermass</b> television serials and a string of unforgettable TV plays, <b>Nigel Kneale</b> is one of British popular culture’s most …

Comics

Little Nightmares moves from game, to comic, to TV series!

<i>Little Nightmares</i> – not only a critically-acclaimed game but also a two-issue comic series from <b>Titan Comics</b> with #1 on sale now – is to become a TV …

Comics

More big comics action from Commando, the pocket-sized war comic!

Here’s the intel on the latest issues of DC Thomson’s <i>Commando</i> (Issues 5027-5030), on sale from Thursday 15th June 2017.<p><i>Commando</i> is sold in all good …

Comics

In Review and In Pictures: Lancaster Comics Day 2017

<b>Lancaster Comics Day</b> started in 2015 and has been running every year since. A small, friendly event, it has built up a good reputation in the comics …

In Memoriam: Adam West

We’re sorry to note the passing of<b> Adam West</b>, the actor who played <b>Batman</b> in the iconic eponymous TV show alongside <b>Burt Ward</b> as Robin, has died at the …

Adam West

Dan Dare artist’s wildlife art on sale on eBay

Best known to downthetubes readers for his work on the original “<b>Dan Dare</b>” strip for <i>Eagle</i>, <b>Desmond Eric Walduck</b> was also a talented artist – and one …

Comics

In Review: The Dan Dare Audio Adventures – Prisoners of Space

<b>Prisoners of Space by Colin Brake</b> <b><br>Directed by Andrew Mark Sewell</b> <b><br>Part of Dan Dare: The Audio Adventures Volume Two <br>Produced by B7 Media</b> <b><br>Distributed by</b> …

New Life for “Superhero 2044” RPG?

<b>Checker Book Publishing Group</b> has announced that it has purchased the publishing rights to the classic super hero themed role playing game <i>Superhero</i> …

Superheroes

In Review: Be Pure! Be Vigilant! Behave! 2000AD & Judge Dredd: The Secret History

<b>Written by Pat Mills</b> <b><br>Out: Now (Kindle)</b><p><b>The Book</b>: Pat Mills is the creator of <i>2000AD</i> and one of the comic’s top writers. He was also the creator of …

In Review: The Lost Fleet: Corsair #1

<b>Synopsis:</b> Imprisoned by the Syndics, Michael Geary’s one chance lies in Destina Aragon – determined commander of a regiment of hardened soldiers now …

Comics

Roy of the Rovers artist David Sque visits Lancaster for rare UK appearance this weekend

David Sque<p>This weekend <b>David Sque</b>, former <i>Roy of the Rovers</i> artist and illustrator of <i>Rise of the Invincibles</i> graphic novel, arrives in Lancaster from …

Comics

First Doctor Who “Lost Dimension” Crossover Covers Revealed

Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension – Alpha Cover A: ​Embossed TARDIS Foil Cover​<b>Titan Comics</b> has revealed covers for its an eight-book <b>Doctor Who</b> …

TV Series

ITV announces live action “Cowboy Bebop” series

<b>ITV Studios</b> has announced a joint venture to produce a live-action TV adaptation of Japanese cult anime series <i>Cowboy Bebop</i>.<p>The project springs from …

Anime

Dan Dare goes to the Seaside for new exhibition

Herne Bay’s <b>Seaside Museum</b> is currently host to a Dan Dare exhibition, supported by the Dan Dare Corporation who own the character, which runs until …

Kent