Downthetubes: Flips

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

Lakes Festival Focus: Comics Writer John Ferguson, creator of "Saltire"

<b>Every year, in the countdown to the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, we bring you a series of interviews with guests at the event. Over 70 are</b> …

Comic Books

In Preview: "Adrift" by John Tucker

<b>Adrift</b> <b><br>Created by John Tucker</b> <b><br>40 pages – Black and White – £2</b> <b><br>Launching at Thought Bubble Festival this month</b><p><b>The General Idea</b>: This is a world exactly …

The Walking Dead

Beano gains Guinness World Record for Finish the Comic Strip” competition

<b>Beano</b> has achieved a new <b>Guinness World Records</b> title at the opening of the new <b>V&A Dundee</b>, launching the world’s largest competition to finish a …

World Records

Dan Dare and Comic Book Movies in the Lakes Festival Podcast Spotlight!

In a bumper episode of the <b>Lakes International Comic Art Festival Podcast</b>, <b>Ian Loxam</b> and <b>Nikki Bates</b> chat to <b>Andrew Mark Sewell</b> and <b>Richard Kurti</b> of <b>B7</b> …

Comic Books

New Frank Hampson exhibition opens in Southport, launch event next week

Following up on our earlier post, an exhibition of art by Dan Dare creator Frank Hampson has just opened at The Atkinson, in Southport, Lancashire – …

Southport

Collecting Comics: The Strange Case of the War Comic Cover “Twins”

<b>Richard Sheaf and I recently investigated the way British war comics used to re-use cover art, and this article reveals how two British comic</b> …

Cover Art

Orbital Comics announces "Art of Arthur Ranson" exhibition

<b>Orbital Comics</b> in London will be hosting an exhibition by British comics legend <b>Arthur Ranson</b>. The show will run from 5th October to 4th November …

In Review: We Shall Fight Until We Win: a Century of Pioneering Political Women

<b>Edited by Laura Jones, Heather McDaid & Sha Nazir<br>404 Ink / BHP Comics</b><p><b>Review by Joe Gordon</b><p>Two small Indy Scottish publishers, BHP Comics (who are also …

A choice of two Who

As revealed on <b>The Times Ladies</b> Twitter page (https://twitter.com/thetimeladies_) the next issue of <b>Doctor Who Magazine</b> gives the buyer a choice. You …

Jodie Whittaker

JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE celebrates 400 issues!

Any British comic in living memory that reaches 400 issues is worthy of respect, and <b>Judge Dredd Megazine</b> celebrates its 400th issue milestone on …

Judge Dredd

In Review and in Pictures: Edinburgh International Book Festival 2018

<b>Joe Gordon reports on this year’s annual Books gathering in Scotland’s capital…</b><p>I’ve just been enjoying a couple of weeks at the world’s largest …

Graphic Novels

Lakes Festival Focus: graphic reportage illustrator Victoria Lomasko

<b>Every year, in the countdown to the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, we bring you a series of interviews with guests at the event. Over 70 are</b> …

Lake District

Comic Scene Issue 2 Celebrates 80 Years of The Beano, giant-size Christmas Special announced

<i>ComicScene UK</i> has also launched a £5000 crowdfunder to help meet the costs of getting the magazine into 600 newsagents across the UK. There is less …

Comic Books

Britain’s Coolest Comic Convention Returns to Birmingham on Saturday

With the autumn convention season now in full swing it’s time for the spotlight to shine on England’s Second City once again as flocks of comics fans …

Judge Dredd

Creating Comics: Marc Jackson, the Man from GOOF!

<b>Earlier this year, comic creator Marc Jackson turned digital publisher and launched GOOF!, a new online subscription only title that features a host</b> …

Artist John Higgins joins Lakes International Comic Art Festival line-up

Award-winning comic artist <b>John Higgins</b> has been added to the line up for this year’s <b>Lakes International Comic Art Festival</b>, running 12th – 14th …

Comic Books

Lakes Festival Focus: Kripa Joshi, creator of Miss Moti

<b>Every year, in the countdown to the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, we bring you a series of interviews with guests at the event. Over 70 are</b> …

Lake District

Comics and Beer? No-one’s going to find that attractive, right? But if you do...

For those of you who once shocked the French in Angoulême during their annual BD Festival by drinking bars dry, and those of you who’ve laughed when …

Schadenfreude

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest #1 reprints in comic shops now, along with #2

It’s a Top Shelf Two-in-One! Issue #1 of Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill‘s final project, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest sold out …

Comic Books

Goldsboro Books announces "Capital Crime", comics convention-styled crime fiction festival for London

A comic convention style crime and thriller festival is to launch in London in September 2019, a new project from <b>Goldsboro Books</b>.<p><b>Capital Crime</b> – …

Popular Fiction

Malta Comic Con announced First Wave of guests for tenth anniversary celebrations in December

<b>Wicked Comics</b> has announced its first guests for this year’s <b>Malta Comic Convention</b> in December – and the First Wave includes a number of British as …

Comic-Con

New Nemi hardback collection, "Sugar and Reptiles", released in English

There’s great news for fans of <i>Nemi</i>, the Norwegian comic strip by <b>Lise Myhre</b>, last seen in the UK in the <i>Metro</i> newspaper before the publishers stupidly …

Reptiles

In Review – ‘Luisa: Now & Then’ by Carole Maurel (adapted by Mariko Tamaki)

By Carole Maurel Adapted by Marino Tamaki Published by Humanoids Softcover Trade 272 pages – 7.6 x 10.2 in – Colour EAN 9781594656439 $29.95 – £22.99 …

Time Travel

Doctor Who series 11: The Chase’s Anne Hegerty reveals bosses ‘lied’ about Bradley Walsh’s new role ’They’d known for months!’

The Chase star Anne Hegerty has revealed she was just as shocked to hear about Bradley Walsh’s new role on Doctor Who as the rest of us.<p>The popular …

TV Series

Mr. Men's Newest Doctor Who Book Will Regenerate Into a Little Miss Title for the Thirteenth Doctor

Penguin<p>In 2016, inspired by a growing number of fan art collections that depicted characters from <i>Doctor Who</i> drawn in the style of Roger Hargreaves’s …

TV Series

The 2018 Lakes International Comic Art Festival: A Quick Primer

A world of comic art will be arriving in Kendal for the <b>Lakes International Comic Art Festival</b>, 12–14th October, 2018. downthetubes readers know this …

Comic Books

New "TV Years" magazine celebrates the 1980s with look back at Doctor Who, Spitting Image and more

<i>TV YEARS</i>, a brand-new magazine about old telly is on sale now in all good newsagents – and includes articles by a host of great writers, including</i> …

TV

Creating a Tumult - Lakes International Comic Art Podcast talks creating comics with John Harris Dunning and Michael Kennedy

In the latest episode of the <b>Lakes International Comic Art Podcast</b> hosts <b>Ian Loxam</b> and <b>Nicole Bates</b> chat to the creators of the SelfMadeHero published …

Lake District

In Review: ‘The Needleman’ by Martin Simpson

<b>Created by Martin Simpson<br>Published by Soaring Penguin Press</b><p><i>“Needlemen are the dark enforcers of a dystopian city of slaves. For one particular</i> …

Books