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VIZ among Big Issue editor’s favourite reads

VIZ Promo

Best-selling humour comic magazine VIZ is one of Big Issue editor Paul McNamee‘s favourite reads, he reveals in an opinion piece for InPublishing magazine. He’s also a fan of Private Eye, Q – and the Church Times advertiser section. Celebrating the continuing success of some print magazines despite tumbling sales for many, Paul – whose own title, The Big Issue, ... Read More »

2017 Brussels Comic Strip Festival celebrates 60 years of Gaston LaGaffe (that’s “Gomer Goof” to his English fans)

This year’s Comic Strip Festival in Brussels will celebrate the 60th anniversary of famous Belgian comic character Gaston Lagaffe, organisers have announced. The gag-a-day comic strip was created in 1957 by the Belgian cartoonist André Franquin in the Franco-Belgian comics magazine Spirou. Taking place on 1-3rd September 2017, Brussels eighth Comic Strip Festival moves to the Palais des Beaux-Arts / ... Read More »

In Review: Football Earth – The Wild Side by Steve English

Football Earth - The Wild Side - Zebras

By Steve English Hardcover: 160 pages Publisher: Summersdale Out: Now The Book: In 2009 scientists discovered dolphins playing football with jellyfish off the coast of Wales. Some believe they have been playing this game for hundreds, if not thousands of years. And it’s not only dolphins that are football fans, but the entire animal kingdom! The Wild Side showcases the ... Read More »

Sneak Peek: Sink Your Teeth into Comic Book Slumber Party’s new title, Deep Space Canine

Dep Space Canine - Cover

Available to order now from Avery Hill Publishing is the British Comic Award nominated series, Deep Space Canine, produced in partnership with comics powerhouse Comic Book Slumber Party. Life in space can be tough – and when you’re balancing a hydro-herb habit, mysterious intruders and an impending reunion, things get even tougher. Luckily, Space Commander Greasy is not alone, and with the help ... Read More »

King Kong, wartime Beanos and banned Oz comics – quite a selection in latest ComPal comic auction!

Mighty World of Marvel 1 (1972) - with Hulk T-Shirt Transfer free gift

The latest Compalcomics online auction has just launched and offers a fantastic selection of wartime Beanos, pre-war Mickey Mouse Weeklies and copies of Glasgow / Northern Looking Glass, considered the world’s first “comic”, published in Glasgow in 1825. Plus, there’s the chance to get your hands on some rare underground comics, including a copy of the infamous Oz “Schoolkids” magazine that saw ... Read More »

DC Thomson celebrates as Beano sales figures climb in a difficult market

Beano - Cover dated 8th February 2017

We reported on the latest ABC circulation figures for British news stand comics earlier today, and we can now reveal that Dundee-based publisher DC Thomson is delighted the Beano, 110% Gaming along with other titles No.1 and The Scots Magazine are celebrating year-on-year growth. Despite hard times for consumer magazines across the board in the UK, weekly comic the Beano has reported sales ... Read More »

Crowdfunding Spotlight: The Penned Guin Treasury Edition on Kickstarter

Writer/artist Alan Henderson has been producing his newspaper style, three panel, humour strip The Penned Guin since early 2013. The characters are all, unsurprisingly, penguins and the humour, by Alan’s own admission, consists of “terrible puns and Dad jokes that really make you groan.” Alan has become a familiar face at conventions in Scotland and the north of England with his strips ... Read More »

The Independent celebrates modern British comics, offers Phoenix subscriber deal, UK news stand distribution costs revealed

The Phoenix is racked with teenage titles in WHSmith Lancaster (and not usually as prominently as it is in this picture)

British newspaper The Indpendent has published an upbeat article on modern British comics such as The Phoenix, which includes comments from Lew Stringer,  Jamie Smart and Phoenix editor Tom Fickling. Written by David Barnett, the article (“How classic comics gave way to garish magazines” – although that isn’t really explained) focuses on humour titles, so there’s no mention of 2000AD, the news stand’s other ... Read More »

The Dandy’s Korky the Cat hits, er… the catwalk! Thanks to top fashion designer Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney -2017 Dandy Collection SNIP

The Dandy comic may sadly be long gone but Beano Studios has teamed up with fashion designer Stella McCartney to bring some of its characters back into the public eye for her autumn 2017 collection. Korky the Cat, Dinah Mo and mischievous twins Cuddles and Dimples all feature on the print, which appears in 15 pieces of the designer’s ready-to-wear collection. ... Read More »

Something For the Weekend: Titan Comics Rolls Out Five New Titles, including new era for Doctor Who titles

It’s a busy week for Titan Comics with five, fantastic new launches​: Walter Hill‘s new Hard Case Crime series (and the inspiration behind the upcoming neo-noir movie starring Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver), The Assignment #1; Khaal​ #1 – Titan’s new violent space opera; Sherlock: The Blind Banker #1; and two Doctor Who titles – Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor Year Three ... Read More »

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