Joe Matthews “Funny Monsters Comic” for kids continues

Funny Monsters Comic Issue 3


Fed up with the lack of new British humour comics being published by the major publishers, Joe Matthews decided to publish his own. Issue Three of Funny Monsters Comic is on sale now, featuring the  “Zackster – Kid Zombie” (this time at the beach and causing mayhem!), “The Bed Bugs” (investugating a mysterious hair) and “Werewolf Growl” as well as a text story, “Milly, Monster Hunter”, and some great activity page.

Every issue  comes with free stickers and trading cards as an enticing gift.

Funny Monsters Comic only has limited distribution but you can send for a copy by post simply by using PayPal ( £2 including p&p – or £3 for issues 1 & 2) – or you might want to head to Lancaster Comics Day on Sunday 14th June, where you can meet Joe and but all three issues!

Unfortunately, Joe’s hopes that the Co-op might be a welcome distribution avenue for the title have not borne fruit (which we mentioned when we plugged Issue Two), because of both set up costs and the amount the company wanted of cover price.

“The finances just didn’t add up,” Joe told me recently. “I sold enough to break even of Issue One, not counting getting any money for doing all the artwork, Issue Two sold well at cons and Christmas fairs, and I’m selling Issue Three as a bundle with Issues One and Two, which has gone down well so far. I’ve got a few more con appearances lined up so hopefully it will carry on.

“It won’t make me any money but that’s not what it’s all about. I’m looking forward to Lancaster: it sounds like it’ll be a good day.”

This is a terrific project launched on a shoestring that deserves support. Give it a try.

• For more information visit the comic’s official Facebook page; or follow Joe on Twitter @FunnyMonstersCo

Read a review of Funny Monsters Comic Issue Three on Lew Stringer’s “Blimey! It’s Another Blog About Comics” blog


John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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