These snapshots of the "teen" comics section of WHSmith Lancaster in 2017 indicate just how many comics are vying for space, and the different ways they are promoted with "pop out" bins and shelving stickers. Which seem to have worked for Commando, which has apparently sold out!

The British Comics Industry – Still in Decline or On the Up?

The state of British comics – and exactly what people mean by the “British comics industry” came into focus  in a couple of threads on social media over the weekend, with many older comic fans noting with dismay the dominance of the expensive polybagged comic on British news stands – often a product that onContinue reading The British Comics Industry – Still in Decline or On the Up?

Art from "Five on Kirrin Island" by Barrie Mitchell for the pilot issue of Enid Blyton Adventures Magazine

The Famous Five at 75: The Comic Strip Stories

As the author behind book series such as The Famous Five, The Faraway Tree and The Secret Seven, Enid Blyton’s books still sell in huge numbers and she regularly features in the top ten list of the best-selling authors in the UK. Many of her books have been adapted for comics, but The Famous Five – celebratingContinue reading The Famous Five at 75: The Comic Strip Stories

Egmont's comic archive arrives at Rebellion. Image: Rebellion

Egmont’s classic comics archive arrives at Rebellion, Roy of the Rovers collections already in the works

The surviving  bound comics volumes and comics art from the Egmont archive has arrived at new owners Rebellion‘s Oxford HQ, another step in the process of seeing some great British girls and boys comics material get back into print. 2000AD‘s owners bought Egmont’s classics comic titles first published by Fleetway Editions and characters earlier thisContinue reading Egmont’s classic comics archive arrives at Rebellion, Roy of the Rovers collections already in the works

Bing Magazine Issue 1 - Final Cover

Egmont to launch Bing magazine

Egmont will launch a new children’s magazine, Bing, as a regular monthly frequency publication later this month. Regular downthetubes readers may recall the company previously published its first Bing magazine as part of their pre-school Play & Learn titles, back in 2014. Bing is a pre-school television series from Acamar Films. First broadcast in 2014, the series is a firm favouriteContinue reading Egmont to launch Bing magazine

In Memoriam: IPC Managing Editor Gil Page

We’re sorry to report the passing of Gil Page, an editorial stalwart of Amalgamated Press, Fleetway, IPC and latterly Egmont, as that company’s Managing Editor. He passed away peacefully in his sleep earlier in the week, aged 79. “Gil was extremely professional in everything he did, but this likeable man never forgot his roots,” formerContinue reading In Memoriam: IPC Managing Editor Gil Page