ComicScene – a dedicated magazine to comics and comic culture – relaunches tomorrow, Saturday 22nd December – and will be on sale in selected WHSmith, McColls and all good comic shops across the UK.
Available from 1000 locations in the UK and Ireland, the first new issue leads with interviews with comic creators Brian Michael Bendis and Dave Gibbons and film director and producer Richard Donner about Superman at 80 and 40 years of Superman the Movie.
Writer Grant Morrison also talks about Klaus and the Crying Snowman, and of course features in the magazine’s celebration of DC Thomson’s SF title Starblazer, written by our very own Colin Noble. Grant was an early contributor to the long-running title that’s sadly ni longer published but 40 years on since its launch, is still fondly remembered.
Clearly in celebratory mood, ComicScene’s features also include “40 years of Star Lord” and “40 Years of Star Wars Weekly” (the latter written by Fantha Tracks contributor Mark Newbold), a run down of the best Christmas comics – and former Roy of the Rovers editor and book author Barrie Tomlinson brings you his ‘Perfect Annual’.
But there’s much more over 64 full colour pages! John McShane investigates the (Old) Fake News that led to curbs on comics in the 1950s, comics editor and writer John Freeman talks about the future of comics in 2019 is discussed,Fred McNamara talks to the team from digital comics distributor Comichaus, plus there’s material on Aquaman, Spider-Man, Stan Lee, Fight Club, Ian Wheeler looks at the launch of Doctor Who‘s Thirteenth Doctor in comics, Thunderbolt, The Rivers of London, Marvel UK’s Death’s Head, Whakoman, the Comic Price Guide, Alex Thomas looks at the Top 25 Small Press and Indie Comics of 2018… and 2000AD‘s Pat Mills reveals how to get work in comics today.
“ComicScene UK are very excited to be able to promote new, classic, indie, small press and all aspects of comic culture on newsstands across the UK, enthuses publisher Tony Foster. “We are starting afresh as we become accessible to potential new readers beyond subscribers and comic shops, so it is a good jumping on point for everyone.
“We never expected to be on the shelves of WHSmith or in comic shops less than a year after launch,” he continues. “The response to the magazine has been fantastic. We now have an opportunity to shout out loud what’s available for creators and comic publishers beyond our fan base.
“Hopefully the magazine will help pick up more casual readers and drive footfall into specialist shops, comic conventions and events, too,” says Tony.
“We hope all comic fans, comic shops and advertisers will continue to get behind the magazine and help ensure it has a successful future.”
• ComicScene Volume 2 Issue 0 is on sale from Saturday 22nd December 2018 price £5.99 and is an ideal jumping on point for all readers | Click here for a full list of stockist across the UK and Ireland
• Comic Scene Issue 1 is out 20th February 2019 and monthly thereafter
• Why not subscribe to ComicScene? There are some fantastic subscription offers at www.comicscene.tictail.com A six month subscription costs £5.83 a copy | 12 month subscription £5.50 a copy | 12 month digital subscription £2.50 a copy