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Did MAD Magazine’s cover boy Alfred E. Neuman hail from… Iowa?

MAD Magazine's Alfred E. Neuman by Norman Mingo

Alfred E. Neuman is the fictitious mascot and cover boy of the American humour magazine MAD, a face that had drifted through US pictography for decades before being claimed by the title’s editor Harvey Kurtzman, and later named by the magazine’s second editor Al Feldstein – but a chance discovery by author Van Reid in archive pages of the Daily ... Read More »

Dinosaur Action set to celebrate 100th issue with Top Dino Facts, Dino Blaster and More

Dinosaur Action Issue 100 - Cover SNIP

British publisher Signature Publishing’s Dinosaur Action magazine celebrates its milestone 100th issue next month. Launched in 2007 as Dino-Mite, the title became Dinosaur Action in 2013. It was Signature Publishing’s first children’s magazine and has since gone on to sell over 1.2 million copies at retail and is available in over 8,000 stores across the UK, from the largest grocery supermarkets to the ... Read More »

Space:1999 FX director Brian Johnson interviewed in latest Andersonic

Andersonic Issue 20

The latest issue of the top Gerry Anderson-inspired fanzine Andersonic is on sale now and headlines a new interview with Brian Johnson, Space:1999‘s visual effects director, designer of the iconic Eagle transporter now getting plenty of attention from modellers thanks to Round 2 Models, who have just released a 1:48 scale model, complementing their other releases. Brian also talks about his work ... Read More »

Latest issue of Illustrators spotlights Brooke Boynton Hughes, Septimus Scott and more

Illustrators Issue 13

The latest issue of Illustrators, the sumptuous art quarterly presenting the world’s finest illustrators, will ship from publishers Book Palace Books at the end of January. Artists featured in issue 13 include: Mitch O’Connell – the “world’s best artist” bares his soul Septimus Scott – the swashbuckling septugenarian Jeff Miracola – the busy artist whose life and work are inspirational ... Read More »

Missing in Action: Marvel UK’s “Just William” Project

Just William character designs by Maureen and Gordon Gray

A comics company lives or dies by its catalogue, and back in the 1980s and 1990s Marvel UK, like others, was always considering new ideas from editors. Some fell at outline stage, such as my proposed roleplaying game magazine (suggested following the release of a licensed Heroquest one shot). Others, including several developed by Tim Quinn, got a little further down ... Read More »

The British Comics Industry: Still Alive and Kicking, Despite Troll Claims to the Contrary

Comics On Sale in Malta Airport on 8th December 2015. Photo: John Freeman

Phil Boyce runs the Oink! blog, dedicated to the original, cheeky, innovative comic that once featured the best of British talent, as well as extra posts on every aspect of the world’s greatest comic, creator info, behind-the-scenes shenanigans and more. He recently posted this article on the British comics industry and some of those deriding its current state and has kindly given us ... Read More »

DC Thomson Bags Rights to “Twirlywoos”

Twirlywoos

DC Thomson has signed a deal with DHX Brands to publish a Twirlywoos next year, based on the hit CBeebies preschool show devised and produced by Ragdoll Productions’ Anne Wood, whose creator credits also include Rosie and Jim and Teletubbies, with lead creative and writer Steve Roberts and producer Chris Wood. The Twirlywoos are four small, bird-like characters who are inquisitive, ... Read More »

Crowdfunding Spotlight: Breaking the mould with Save Our Souls magazine

Save Our Souls - Strip Samples Image

Save Our Souls is a stunning looking new British magazine currently seeking crowdfunding of £3000 to launch, which will feature written articles by brilliant writers and journalists, alongside some of the best short comics and illustration you can find. The magazine is being edited by David Ziggy Greene, best known for his years of illustrated journalism, who has also created ... Read More »

Redan extends “Bag-O-Fun” line with new BOj title

BOJ Promotional Image

Redan Publishing has announced it will release a BOj Bag-O-Fun story and activity magazine early next year, based on the hit pre-school TV show shown on CBeebies that launched last year. Redan already licences Boj for its hit multi-character titles Fun To Lean Friends and Fun To Learn Favourites, and plans to  a dedicated Boj magazine on 11th February 2016, with a Boj figurine ... Read More »

New Cartoon Network magazine launches this week

Cartoon Network Issue 1 - SNIP

Panini UK is to launch a new, monthly Cartoon Network magazine on Thursday (15th October), featuring Adventure Time, The Amazing World of Gumball and Ben 10 – related content, as well as the channel’s many other shows. The first issue of the new 36-page magazine will include four free gifts and will include puzzles, stories and activities devoted to the irreverent humour ... Read More »

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