Egmont to launch Bing magazine

Bing Magazine Issue 1 - Final Cover

Egmont will launch a new children’s magazine, Bing, as a regular monthly frequency publication later this month.

Regular downthetubes readers may recall the company previously published its first Bing magazine as part of their pre-school Play & Learn titles, back in 2014.

Bing is a pre-school television series from Acamar Films. First broadcast in 2014, the series is a firm favourite with pre-schoolers across the UK and one of CBeebies’ highest rating shows. Winner of a 2015 International Emmy Kids Award and nominated for a Children’s BAFTA and Broadcast Award, Bing celebrates the noisy, joyful, messy reality of life for pre-schoolers – and those who care for them!

Egmont pitches the new Bing monthly magazine as “packed with stories and activities featuring Bing and his friends, as well as lots of colourful stickers to use throughout the pages. The brilliant free gift with the launch issue is a garden play set with a watering can, trowel, fork, shears and a Froggy soaker – perfect for outdoor-loving Bingsters.”

“We have published Bing as a one-shot magazine on several occasions in the last year,” notes Laura Adnitt, Publishing Director of Egmont’s Pre-School magazine portfolio. “Each time it has been a hit and I’m delighted that we are now able to launch Bing as a monthly frequency magazine.

“The magazine content gives Bingsters an opportunity to engage with their favourite characters through print with interactive puzzle pages, stickers and stories.”

Bing magazine is for children aged 2 – 5 years and launches on 20th July 2016, priced £3.99 in supermarkets and newsagents

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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