Downthetubes: Flips

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

14-18 NOW "Traces of the Great War" international comic anthology announced

Kendal’s <b>Lakes International Comic Art Festival</b> has announced <b>Traces of the Great War</b>, a new and ambitious anthology publication exploring the traces …


How Marvel Comics Can Move Forward

As the company welcomes new leadership, it's time for the publisher to stop thinking of itself as the underdog.<p>With this week's news that John Nee is …


A Few Thoughts on The Human Beings Issue 4 from SJ McCune

<b>The Human Beings Issue 4<br>Written and drawn by SJ McCune<br>Published by Millicent Barnes Comics</b><p><b>“I’m already in a different place. I left where. I let the</b> …

Graphic Novels

London’s Lever Gallery to host Sixties-inspired “Uncovered” exhibition

London’s <b>Lever Gallery</b> – a commercial art gallery devoted to post-war lifestyle illustration – is to showcase a selection of rare, original cover …


2000AD-inspired Lawgiver convention returns to Bristol in May

Tickets for the <b>2000AD</b>-inspired <b>LAWGIVER 4</b> event at the end of May in Bristol are now on sale.<p>“If you enjoyed <i>2000AD’s</i> 40th last year,then this is the …


Could a Captain Britain TV series be back on the cards?

Could a possible barrier to a <i>Captain Britain</i> TV series now have been put behind the team who were working on such a “Producer’s Pitch” for such a …


Sneak Peek: Wild’s End: Journey’s End by Dan Abnett and INJ Culbard, out in June

BOOM! Studios has announced Wild’s End: Journey’s End, a full-length graphic novel conclusion to the celebrated, anthropomorphic SF trilogy, will


Star Wars: The Last Jedi Art Director Kevin Jenkins joins Portsmouth Comic Con line-up

With the news that Star Wars: The Last Jedi was the biggest film at the UK and Irish box office

Star Wars

In Review: Mockingbird: Nightmare on Another Planet by Flix Gillett

By Flix Gillett Self Published – Limited Print Run 128 Pages The Book: 128 pages of Mockingbird’s space adventures, collecting

Alice In Wonderland

Acclaimed Spainish comic artist Luis García Mozos retrospective exhibition announced

Spanish cartoonist, editor, illustrator and painter Luis García Mozos – perhaps best known in the UK for his work for


Cosplay 101: The Basics of Cosplay by Holly Rose Swinyard

Wearing costumes for fun is far from new and costume parades were an integral part of early comic and other


More early Marvel UK art goes under the hammer at Heritage Auctions, alongside iconic US Amazing Spider-Man cover

Following up on our report on how some art created for British comics helped <b>Heritage Auctions</b> profits soar in 2017, a number of early <b>Marvel UK</b> …


“I Realised at Once that this Was Something Special” – Legendary Artist John Stokes Talks About Classic British Comic Strip ‘Marney the Fox’, Working with Rebellion and His 50-Plus Years in Comics

<b>BROKEN FRONTIER AWARDS – BEST COLLECTION OF CLASSIC MATERIAL WINNER!</b><p>Having gained the rights to a host of Brit weekly comics of yesteryear, 2017 saw</i> …


Webfinds: The Forbidden Planet the Movie Facebook Group

There are some movies that stick in your head your whole life and for me (and George Lucas, Gene Roddenberry

Science Fiction

Glasgow's newest hotel gets unique comic book look from artist Frank Quitely

Mr Quitely – real name Vincent Deighan – the Glasgow artist best known for his work on Superman, Batman and the X-Men comics, has been commissioned …


Call For Papers: Retro! Time, Memory, Nostalgia - The Ninth International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference

The organisers of <b>Retro!</b> <b>Time, Memory, Nostalgia –</b> <b>The Ninth International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference</b> taking place at Bournemouth University …


Fumio Obata's thought-provoking "On the Palm of Unknown" exhibition opens in Whitehaven

A ground-breaking exhibition of comic art by <b>Fumio Obata</b>, <b>On the Palm of Unknown</b>, has gone on display at the Beacon Museum in Whitehaven, Cumbria, …

Duran Duran

In Review: 2000AD Prog 2064

The latest issue of <b>2000AD</b> is on sale today in all good newsagents, comic shops and a variety of digital platforms. With <b>Rufus Dayglo</b>‘s “<b>Bad Company</b>” …

Judge Dredd

Jim Baikie: An Appreciation by Alan Moore

<b>Alan Moore pays tribute to comic creator Jim Baikie, who died in December…</b><p>The first time I can across Jim Baikie’s art, without even knowing his name …


If a "The Avengers" TV Show Reboot is in the works, would a tie-in new comic be far behind?

Writer-directors <b>Shane Black</b> and writing partner <b>Fred Dekker</b> have scripted a TV pilot reboot for cult 1960s spy show <i>The Avengers</i> for Warner Bros. – but …


Cosgrove Hall Films exhibition continues at Sale’s Waterside arts venue until next month

<b>Ian Cullen</b> from the wonderful has kindly given downthetubes permission to feature some of his photographs of the free <b>Cosgrove Hall</b> …

The Arts

British auction house Vectis teases massive Bronze Age comics sale, rare "The Investigator" toy car offered

Coming soon from British auction house <b>Vectis</b> is a massive sale of thousands of predominantly Bronze Age Marvel and DC comics.<p>Bought from newsagents …

Isle of Wight

Blimey! The Blog of British Comics!

New Who<p>©BBC<p>No doubt you'll have seen this image already on social media, and it'll be in all the papers later today, but I thought I'd post it for …

Conan Returns to Marvel

Dark Horse No Longer Rules the Hyborian Age


Dunfermline Comic Con back in March, some ticket proceeds will support "Books For Schools" charity

<b>Dunfermline Comic Con</b> is returning to Pittencrieff Park on Saturday 3rd March 2018 for another day of comic book fun, promoted with a gorgeous poster …


Zoom Rockman announced as latest Lakes International Comic Art Festival patron

The <b>Lakes International Comic Art Festival</b> has announced its latest patron is cartoonist <b>Zoom Rockman</b>, who sprang to comics fame at a young age with …


It's time for another Awesome Comics Podcast Catch-Up! Comichaus secrets revealed! Books to look out for in 2018! And more!

The <b>Awesome Comics Podcast</b> continues to broadcast some great stuff about British comics and more. Once again, I’ve been a bit neglectful in keeping …


Transformers head to China, just as new prequel film teased

<b>Hasbro</b> has launched its <b>Transformers Autobot Alliance</b> interactive exhibition in China.<p>The initiative, created in partnership with <b>Cityneon Holdings</b> …


Dog Friendly! Lakes International Comic Art Festival Podcast chats with the Gluepot Books team

The latest episode of the <b>Lakes International Comic Art Festival Podcast</b> is online now and leads with an interview with sisters <b>Scarlett</b> and <b>Sophie</b> …