A montage of just some of the characters Comic Scene UK will cover.

ComicsFlix news site announces return of stripzine Atomic and a new, subscription-only comic magazine

Atomic Issue 11 Cover

The comics news site ComicsFlix has just announced two great new print titles – including Comic Scene UK, a subscription only monthly comic magazine – as part of a return for its team’s return to publishing.

Also in the works is a revival of the 1980’s/90’s stripzine Atomic in a one off summer special, following up on the online re-publication of every issue of the title last year.

Comic Scene UK will be a subscriber only, specialist monthly full colour A4 magazine offering news and articles on classic comics, reprinted material and information on new comics and creators. For fans and comic enthusiasts, it will also be a showcase for fandom and stripzines now and from the last 50 years.

A montage of just some of the characters Comic Scene UK will cover.
A montage of just some of the characters Comic Scene UK will cover.

The first 64 page issue will be available from 1st May 2018, just prior to Free Comic Book Day – and monthly from August. A limited print run or digital edition magazine ComicsScene UK will give a percentage of the profits from the title to provide free kids comic workshops across the UK.

“The editor of ‘i’ newspaper once said can you imagine if the internet had been invented first and then someone had the bright idea to produce a newspaper that brought all the best bits together in one place – how revolutionary and cool that would be,” says editor and publisher Tony Foster. “That’s ComicScene UK Magazine.”

“Like our ComicsFlix.org website it will be for comic fans of all ages, covering anything from Dan Dare, 2000AD, Misty, Beano, Roy of the Rovers, Judge Dredd, Captain Britain, Tank Girl, Miracleman, Doctor Who, reprint material and more,” he continues.

“There will be a big emphasis on news, 50+ years of fandom, new talent and small press comics. There will be some Europe, US and comic related coverage but the emphasis will be on the current UK comic scene and comic nostalgia. Articles will have room to breathe – and be enjoyed in the bath!

“After several years of community work it will be a good read and a fantastic opportunity for the comic community to contribute in comic workshops to encourage kids to draw and to employ professional artists to run those workshops,” he continues. “We have a target to run at least 20 workshops a year. All our auctions and published titles will contribute to that. It would be wonderful if comic fans out there could support it by joining the no commitment mailing list or subscribe in advance. A perfect gift for Valentines Day!”

Atomic is Back

ComicsFlix has also announced the return of classic 1980’s/90’s Atomic. Produced in Scotland, the title introduced such talents as Simon Fraser (“Nikolai Dante”/ Doctor Who/ Kingsman), Garry Marshall (Judge Dredd Megazine/ “Missionary Man”/ Roy of the Rovers) and John Erasmus (Accident Man). After celebrating its 30th birthday,last year the gang have agreed to come back together for a one off summer special for June 2018.

“Yes, the rumours are true. Atomic is back,” Tony enthuses of the planned 64-page special, which will be priced at £9.99. “ComicScene UK is going to reprint some of our classic strips and then there will a brand spanking new summer special with Simon Fraser, Garry Marshall, John Erasmus, Tom Walbank (Torso Tales, Bluesman), David Cairns (Cughead), Michael Duncan, Andy MacFarlane, hopefully John Miller (Girl With The Flowery Trousers) and a few more who have been harder to track down.

Graham Manley (Near Myths, Diceman, Judge Dredd) whose work appeared in the very first issue of Atomic has also agreed to do something new for us. We also have some new talent, a few big surprises and are calling out for submissions.”

If you want your work to appear alongside these comic professionals and you have an idea or portfolio and want to share it with us then e mail comicsflix@gmail.com with ‘Atomic Art’ in the title before the end of February.

For full details on Comic Scene UK and other ComicFlix projects and to fiund out how to take part or feature in Atomic, check out the web site

Check out the online archive of Atomic here

• An annual subscription to Comic Scene UK will be £8.50 each (£102 For 12 issues including P&P in the UK – US, European and Worldwidesubscriptions also available). Join the ‘ComicScene UK’ mailing list before the end of February and you will be sent further details and given a £6 per issue subscription offer if taken up in March (£72 a year), £7 per issue if subscription take in April (£84) or £8 an issue if taken in May (£96 a year). Support ‘ComicScene UK’ and commit during February and you will get ComicScene UK for £5 an issue, receive a free spud gun (a classic comic free gift) and get issue 1 for FREE – 13 issues for the price of 12! Paypal, bank transfer or cheque/PO preferred. Conditions apply.

 

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John Freeman

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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