The children's magazine section of a typical mid-range WHSmith, July 2017. Because WHSmith have given over much shelf space to non-magazine items in this store the comics are cramped and many are at adult height, limiting purchase choice for younger buyers - a far cry from past decades when all comics were within easy reach in newsagents to encourage a pocket money spend.

British Comic Sales Figures, Winners and Losers (January – June 2017): Publishers bullish, MEGA and LEGO titles on the rise

The latest sales figures for comics available on the UK new stand might on first sight make for depressing reading for both publishers and readers alike (the latter fearing for the cancellation of their favourite titles). But closer inspection of the consumer magazine figures for the first half of 2017 just published by the Audit BureauContinue reading British Comic Sales Figures, Winners and Losers (January – June 2017): Publishers bullish, MEGA and LEGO titles on the rise

Beano ABC 2016

Comics Circulation Figures For 2016 Released by ABC

February is the month when the Audit Bureau Of Circulations (ABC), who describe themselves as “the industry body for media measurement”, release the official circulation figures for Consumer Magazines that are registered with them. That includes comics and comics magazines published by Panini, Denis Publishing and DC Thomson. It should be pointed out that all theContinue reading Comics Circulation Figures For 2016 Released by ABC

"Overreaction Man" by Alex Collier and Steve Bright

DC Thomson’s EPIC! magazine gets a makeover, new strips launched 

Beano publishers DC Thomson have given their EPIC! magazine a spruce up, introducing new strips by VIZ’s Alex Collier, Steve Bright and Lew Stringer – and reviving an old Dandy strip by Jamie Smart. Aimed at 7-10s, the 48-page magazine (previously known as Dennis and Gnasher’s Epic Magazine), offers comic strip, behind-the-scenes TV and movieContinue reading DC Thomson’s EPIC! magazine gets a makeover, new strips launched