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2000AD Covers Uncovered

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Pete Wells has a great blog where he uploads as many logoless 2000AD covers as he can. Interesting to see the artwork without any barcodes, mastheads etc. An exhilarating glimpse behind the magician’s cloth.


Written by The Department of Illustration

July 31, 2009 at 8:08 pm

Posted in Comics, Illustration

Vice Magazine guide to comics

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cover_largeCheck out the Vice Magazine guide to comics, a big basket of articles, top tens and interviews including Al Jaffe, Chip Kidd, Anders Nilsen, Chris Onstad and Craig Yoe.

Get over there and read everything.

Written by The Department of Illustration

July 31, 2009 at 7:58 pm

Posted in Comics, Interview

Honorary Doctorate for Bryan Talbot

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Bryan Talbot, author of a huge number of books, including The Adventures of Luther Arkwright, The Tale of One Bad Rat and the Ouroboros of a book Alice in Sunderland has been awarded an honorary Doctorate from the University of Sunderland.According to comic historian Paul Gravett this is the first time that a doctorate has been given for work in the comic medium in the UK.

Bryan has being awarded an honorary doctorate for his “outstanding contribution to the Arts as writer and graphic artist” by Sunderland University.

“I’ve been saying that working on Alice in Sunderland was being like doing a Phd – not something I said lightly as my wife is a Phd and I saw first hand the sheer amount of work involved – it turns out now I was virtually doing one! The graphic novel did take a lot of time and one hell of a lot of research. I’m sure that the doctorate is mainly for producing this book, though they are going to cite the whole canon at the ceremony.”

If you look carefully at the image above, you can sneak a glimpse of Bryan’s new book ‘Grandville’, out soon. See the trailer below;

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July 31, 2009 at 6:34 am

Viz Media online manga magazine

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Check out Sigikki, Viz Media’s (The manga publisher, not the smutty British magazine) online manga magazine. In addition to news and reviews, Viz also offer the opportunity to read their latest manga online. This means that they can simultaneously release books in Japan and the West, and unusually, for free as well.

Written by The Department of Illustration

July 29, 2009 at 6:52 am

Posted in Manga, News

Golden Age Comics

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glamorous romances

Many of the comics from the Golden age have now come out of copyright. This means that the fantastic folk at Golden Age Comics have provided a huge number of these comics as guilt-free downloads. The site also works with the iPhone app ComicZeal which is, in my opinion, the finest comic app for the iPhone/iPod Touch.

Written by The Department of Illustration

July 27, 2009 at 6:39 pm

Posted in Comics, History

What’s on Earth Tonight?

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Written by The Department of Illustration

July 24, 2009 at 6:55 am

BICS gets Arts Council funding

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The British Comics Show (formerly the Birmingham Comics Show) has been awarded Arts Council Funding.

“This extra money will help us to enhance the BICS experience for all those attending the show, from fans to guests, and from retailers to publishers,” he added. “It’s a huge step forward for the show and for the medium of comics in the UK. It’s yet another sign of further recognition for comics as an art form and entertainment medium.” Shane Chebsey, BICS.

Visit Down The Tubes for further information, and visit the BICS site for information on the lineup this year.

Written by The Department of Illustration

July 23, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Posted in Comics, Events, News