It is that time of year when next year’s calendars are hitting the stores and the one to look out for at the moment is the Beano Retro Comic Art Calendar. With the weekly Beano falling into line with the new CBBC TV series Dennis and Gnasher series, older Beano fans should be pleased to see that the calendar features vintage Beano art selected by former Beano and BeanoMAX editor, Euan Kerr. For those readers north of the Border, it is the Brown clan’s turn to be featured in DCT’s softcover annual this year and they are of course also featured on the new Broons calendar for 2010.
From humour to adventure and good news for the girls – after all the Jackie compilation books from Carlton, DC Thomson have finally decided to publish a Bunty compilation book this year. Bunty For Girls: Golden Age Classic Stories costs £8.99 and includes the first adventure of Bunty favourites The Four Marys amongst many other strips.
All the DC Thomson items mentioned here are available via the DC Thomson website and postage is included on all the website’s prices. Also still available from last year is the slipcased reprint of the 1966 Hotspur annual which has been reduced in price to £8.49.
Away from DC Thomson and over (almost) to Look and Learn. Regular Look and Learn aircraft artist Wilf Hardy has produced many painted covers for UK air show brochures, as can be seen on Jeremy Briggs’ piece on him over on Bear Alley. A selection of these paintings for the annual air show at RAF Waddington have now been produced as special limited edition packs with proceeds going to the RAF Benevolent Fund and the RAF Association. The set of 14 A5 prints feature 10 paintings by Wilf Hardy, 2 by his replacement on the Waddington brochures Tim O’Brien, and two joint efforts. Price is £5 plus £1.50 UK P&P and they are available by sending a cheque payable to “Timothy O’Brien” to 15 Angelica Court, Bingham, Nottingham, NG13 8SU. There are more details about the packs on Tim’s website. If you like Hardy’s aircraft illustrations in Look and Learn then these are well worth purchasing.
And finally for now back to DC Thomson and their Waverley Books imprint which has had great success in the past few years selling Broons spin off books beginning with the high quality Maw Broon’s Cook Book. This year the new Broon’s books from Waverley have included The Broon’s Days Oot! and Maw Broon’s Remedies An’ Suchlike while October will bring The Broons’ Book of Gairdenin’ Wisdoms in time for Christmas. For those messy cooks who have been using both the Cook Book and its follow up the But An’Ben Cook Book, then Maw Broon’s But An’Ben Apron is also now available to buy from Waverley Books – “It keeps ye braw and clean!”
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.