Crikey! regroups after Borders collapse

Crikey12.jpgThe editor of British comics magazine Crikey! has revealed the recent collapse of Borders UK has proved a bit of a catastrophe for the magazine, as the loss of that chain and its affiliates took away about 70% of its distribution.

No alternative distributive possibilities are available to the title at this stage, which means a ‘regroup’ for the title. The title’s sales are too small for Diamond to consider distributing it, for example – and the money the magazine has lost from the Borders collapse means they can’t currently afford to go into another high street chain.

“So we’re retrenching and regrouping and in the meantime going back to our old format for #13,” says editor Tony Ingram in a post to the downthetubes forum, “but there is one bit of positive news; we’ve been adding content to the website at, and we now have our own brand spanking new Crikey! forum there, too.

“All are welcome, so please don’t leave us talking to ourselves.”

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. 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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