• Insomnia Publications publisher Crawford Coutts has just done an interview on Jazma which covers how he came to found the company, his views on the comics industry and his big plans for the future. Read it here. The company also has two new previews of its titles on myebook.com: Damaged Goods by Richard McAuliffe and Mark Chilcott (right) and MILK by Stref, which has been earning plnety of attention, nit least from 2000AD scribe Alan Grant who describes the book as containing "some of the most beautiful, expressive art that I've seen in a long time. It deserves to be a huge commercial success".
• We missed Dave Gibbons "significant birthday" yesterday, but fellow professional Chris Weston didn't and marks it with a fab Birthday Card on his blog. "Dave Gibbons is The Governor," he insists, revealing the Watchmen, Martha Washington and Dan Dare artist and "has been a consistent inspiration and role model to me throughout my life and career." Hope it was a good one, Dave!
• Radio Times are running a promotion with iTunes where you can download 'Last of the Timelords' from series three of the new Doctor Who for free: www.itunes.com/drwhofree
• Darryl Cunningham is working on a new web comic, The Streets of San Diabolo, which you can read over on act-i-vate.com, along with Mugwhump the Great by Roger Langridge and many others...
• Forbidden Planet London will play host to a group signing to mark the release of the Torchwood: Rift War comic collection: Simon Furman, D’Israeli, Ian Edginton, Paul Grist and Brian Williamson are all due to appear on Saturday 25th April between 1 and 2.00pm.
• Tony Lee has confirmed he's writing a Land of the Lost comic with Sean O'Reilly for Arcana/Universal. The book will launch in June... that's the last we'll be hearing from him for a while, then... The story, based on the film, centres on Rick Marshall, his son Will, and younger daughter Holly, trapped in an alien world inhabited by dinosaurs, monkey-people called Pakuni, and aggressive, humanoid/lizard creatures called Sleestak. Geshundheit!
• Glenn Carter has posted a review of the much-lauded Tim Skinner: Total Scumbag on Comics Village.
• In the words of artist Shane Oakley (more about his latest project later): "If you're going cold turkey waiting for the next issue of Jack Staff, or never heard of the ridiculously talented Paul Grist, then drop everything and hurry your arse over to: http://www.bigcosmiccomic.blogspot.com". Don't argue with Mr Oakley. Go, go...
Compiled with thanks to Graeme Neil Reid and Nic Wilkinson. What, you're still here? Paul's waiting!
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