How Comics Work

Book Review: How Comics Work


By Dave Gibbons and Tim Pilcher Comic books are sufficiently large and popular that there are many books about making comic books. Therefore, to stand out from this crowd, a new book needs something different and this one has that: Dave Gibbons has worked successfully in comic books for over 40 years, is the first UK Comics Laureate, and, oh…

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Comic Book Shop: Dave’s Comics


I have confessed previously of my belief that Gosh! is the greatest comic book shop in the world. However, on a recent visit to Brighton, I finally visited a comic book shop that is a close second. And not just because it has my name in the title. Dave’s Comics is a shop so good it needs two separate shops,…

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Comic Book Box With Comics

Contemplating My Comic Book Collection


I’ve been contemplating my comic book collection, and the reason for collecting and having a collection and what it means to have approximately 9,000 comic books and trade paperbacks in a small house when the future is here and cloud-based comic books are the thing (the recent massive Marvel sale of Kindle editions of collections is surely an indicator of…

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Free Comic Book Day 2017 In London


I’m very lucky to live in London in general, but particularly on Free Comic Book Day: in the centre of town, three shops in very close proximity were all participating. What’s interesting to me is that I think that each shop represents different aspects of the comic book audience, so I thought I’d share my experience of the day and…

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Why I Migrated From Blogger To WordPress


Despite the fact that I haven’t posted to this site since November of last year, I do actually maintain this blog. It’s part of who I am, it is a collection of my thoughts and reactions at the time, and it’s a record of me on the internet, even though I am a completely insignificant speck on the massive blogosphere.…

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Notes On A Film: Suicide Squad


The US critics seem to have been particularly harsh towards Suicide Squad – I’m not sure what they were expecting, but it could have been anticipation that has built up over what seems like ages in a very clever marketing campaign to introduce mostly unknown comic book characters to the wider public. (And when writer/director David Ayer talks about making…

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