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Comics Zine Crikey! makes an unexpected comeback

Crikey! Volume OneIf you’re a fan of the new ComicScene UK magazine, then as a fan of British comics you’ll know there were a number of magazines down the years in a similar vein – Fantasy Advertiser, INFINITY, Speakeasy, for example, and Crikey!, too.

Well, Crikey! Is about to make a comeback- as collections… thanks to Tony Foster at ComicScene UK.

Crikey! was a magazine which ran for 16 issues, covering all aspects of UK comic industry. While it wasn’t perfect – there are some articles better consigned to history for some appalling research – it is remembered with much affection from comic fans and featured some exceptional articles about UK comics during its run.

Now, almost a decade since Crikey! finally appeared on the shelves as a regular magazine, publisher Glenn B Fleming has finally succumbed to the British comic reading public’s demand. Crikey! The Great British Comics Magazine will be re-printed in four A4 volumes, all featuring the best of Crikey! (Which hopefully means there’ll be some editing or excising of its weaker elements).

To be collected in four perfect bound books, produced in association with ComicScene UK, look forward to plenty of articles about your favourite British comics, your favourite annuals and, of course, your favourite creators!

Volume One, running to over 200 perfect bound pages, will contain the very best articles from issue #1 through to issue #5, including material on artists such as Frank Bellamy, Don Lawrence and Ron Embleton, and characters and strips such as Adam Eterno, “Lady Penelope”, Andy Capp and lots more.

The other three volumes will appear at regular intervals throughout the year and can be pre-ordered at www.comicscene.tictail.com in print or PDF format.

Volume Four will also boast material from an unpublished hundred page special, along with issues 15 and 16 of the regular magazine, with brand new articles and interviews. This will include an unpublished exclusive interview with comic creators Bryan and Mary Talbot.

Glenn and the Crikey! team poured heart and soul into the original title, so it’s good to see the material they gathered getting a deserved reincarnation and spruce up.

• The perfect bound print copy Crikey! Collected Volume 1 can be pre-ordered here for 1st February 2019 release date and is retailing at £20 each plus £5 postage. There will be a £5 discount in February.  You can get the PDF delivered to your inbox for £10.

• All 4 volumes are available pre order here for £80 plus free postage. £35 for the complete set as PDF. For International postage costs, get in touch with Comicsflix.org at comicsflix@gmail.com

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as an editor, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years. His credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel UK and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines. He also edited STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics, including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare” for Tian Books. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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