(UPDATED 29th September): Launching in October and featuring different content each month, This Is is a series of magazines designed to cover topics that are trending and popular with kids right now.
Maria Welch, Head of Publishing for Magazines at DC Thomson Media said, “We have a wealth of talent in our magazine teams who are passionate about creating content to engage and inspire kids and we’ll channel all of that expertise into making This Is an unmissable magazine.”
Issue One is This Is Halloween, a spook-tacular magazine packed full of everything kids need to get ready for Halloween. Inside you’ll find monstrous makes, creepy comics, foul facts and heaps of games, quizzes, puzzles and jokes!
Editor Elliot George (also editor of Epic) told downthetubes This Is Halloween was put together by a mixed team, who work across a number of titles including Epic, 110% Gaming, Shout and Beano. The comic strips were written in-house by the magazine editorial team and were drawn by Alan Ryan and additional feature illustrations were drawn by Laura Howell. The cover images were sourced by the title’s design team.
This Is Halloween comes complete with four free gifts that will horror-ify your costume!
“We’ve seen the popularity of Halloween boom in the UK in recent years,” notes Gareth Whelan, Children’s Publisher for Magazines at DC Thomson Media. “Children are really embracing the tradition and This Is Halloween encapsulates the spirit of the celebration with brilliant jokes, stories and more.”
Egmont have successfully published a similar title, All About, while Titan also utilised a similar format for their Totally… magazine.
• This Is Halloween is on-sale from 4th October at all truly terrifying supermarkets and newsagents priced £3.99.
DC Thomson is known for having a bit of fun at Halloween; here’s a test they did when they lit up their London offices for the celebrations, back in 2015…
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.