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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”


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 »

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 »

Mags In Bags: comic creator Alexander Matthews call for “VAT on Tat”

News stand chaos in the comics section, August 2013. Photo: Alexander Matthews

Following up on John Freeman’s post expressing joy at seeing a child ignore all the “mag in a bag” comic/ young persons magazines in favour of the cheaper, non-bagged Beano, comic creator Alexander Matthews very kindly gave us permission to re-post his solution to “plastic plethora”. He first posted this article in 2013, but his arguments are persuasive, and pertinent given ... Read More »

Egmont launches new look Bob the Builder magazine

Bob The Builder - September 2015

Egmont UK has just launched a new 32-page magazine reflecting the new-look Bob the Builder TV show which launches on Channel 5’s Milkshake slot in September. The new-look Bob the Builder magazine aimed at preschoolers aged 3-5 is packed with stories, posters and stickers, plus a great free gift. The first issue, on sale now, comes with stickers and a ... Read More »

In Review: The Troll by Martin Flink

Accent UK may be better known for titles about zombies and gunslingers but the rise of more family orientated comics conventions has led them to release The Troll  by Danish artist, storyteller and co-founder of the Copenhagen Comics Festival, Martin Flink. This is an unashamedly all-ages title that, being silent, can be read just as readily by early primary school ... Read More »

Signature set to roll out new “Chuggington Magazine” with five-piece train set

Chuggington Issue 1 - Cover

Signature Publishing, the UK’s fastest growing and multiple award winning children’s magazine publisher, is to  launch Chuggington Magazine, based on the hit young children’s show, later this month. Based on the high quality and action-packed Chuggington TV series, the magazine transports pre-schoolers into the exciting world of Chuggington, following the adventures of three young trainees: Wilson, Brewster and Koko. Packed with ... Read More »

Dennis Publishing launches Minecraft World

Minecraft Magazine Issue One - SNIP

Dennis Publishing, publishers of titles such as VIZ and The Week and owners of the Den of Geek website, has just launched Minecraft World, a non-licensed monthly print magazine based on the hugely popular cross-platform computer game. As downthetubes readers will know, Minecraft is a simple, intuitive, and completely addictive open-world game that has sold over 55 million copies worldwide, with thousands of ... Read More »

Egmont launches “World of Warriors” Magazine

World of Warriors Magazine #1

  Continuing its development of computer game-related titles, Egmont Publishing has launched Mind Candy’s World of Warriors in ‘Allabout’ Magazine. In November 2014 Mind Candy, the creators of the renowned online game Moshi Monsters, launched a new adventure and combat strategy game, World of Warriors. The game has gone from strength to strength, even being named as one of Apple’s Best Games of 2014, and now ... Read More »

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