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downthetubes: Promoting British comics and creators

Last Updated: 10th May 2013
DownTheTubes was originally created to be a resource base for people seeking comics artists and writers but has mushroomed over the years to deliver British comics news, interviews and other features. 

As of May 2013, the main site featuring comics resources, interviews and other British comic related information is offline for financial reasons. Our apologies for this - we hope to bring the resources back online as soon as posible

Contributors include myself, John Freeman, Jeremy Briggs, Ian Wheeler, Alex Fitch, Richard Sheaf and many others. 
As a UK-based creative consultant I have had over 25 years experience of editing and writing, for both traditional and electronic media. My clients include publishers, web sites, mobile games content suppliers and others.

Please note that I do not claim to have direct contact with all the creators listed on my public resource pages, though I have worked with many artists and writers over the years.

Why is this site called downthetubes?

It's an archaic idea now, but I've often thought of the internet as a series of tubes, information plying down them. It turns out I'm not alone in this comparison; in 2006 now disgraced Alaskan senator described the Internet "a series of tubes" in an infamous 2006 rant when he was chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, a primary US legislative regulatory body that governs, among other things, the Internet. Apparently, this description of the Internet "encapsulates the generational digital divide", which makes me an old fuddy-duddy. Oh, well. (More about Senator Stevens' "Tubes" rants here)

downthetubes is also the name of that unpublished novel, part of which was realized as various RPG sessions many years ago. And now, a comic strip, by myself and Smuzz.

Art and Writing Samples Welcome

I am always interested in seeing artist and writer samples and am happy to do my best to try and promote British independent and mainstream comic publications.

If you are a published creator -- that includes self published -- and would like to be included on this site please send information about your blog or web site to

If you want, PLEASE SEND ME NO MORE THAN TWO samples of your strip work (cartoon or adventure strip) or include a link to your website or blog in the e-mail. I will e-mail you if I require more images. Please also send me contact details and information on whether you work using Illustrator, Photoshop and other computer programs; or if you work traditionally with pen and ink. Please also let me know which languages you speak and your usual rates of pay per page or illustration, thank you.

Please note that due to the volume of material received I may not be able to respond immediately to material sent. I cannot guarantee that I will be able to provide a critique of submitted material if you are looking for one.

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