A celebration Thomas & Friends cake and the first issue of the magazine published by Marvel UK as Tank Engine "Thomas and Friends" in 1987 and the current issue of "Thomas and Friends" (Issue 756)

Happy Birthday, Thomas & Friends – 30 Years Young!

The UK’s biggest specialist children’s publisher, Egmont Publishing, is celebrating the 30th birthday of Thomas & Friends magazine with licensing partner Mattel. The title is based on the popular railway stories by Reverend Wilbert Awdry (who I met as a youngster thanks to my father, a fellow priest) and his son, Christopher. Thomas & Friends magazine, hasContinue reading Happy Birthday, Thomas & Friends – 30 Years Young!

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Creating Comics: Marc Jackson, the Man from GOOF!

Earlier this year, comic creator Marc Jackson turned digital publisher and launched GOOF!, a new online subscription only title that features a host of comics talents. Three issues in, GOOF! is going from strength to strength, but it’s a project we have yet to give the attention it deserves, although we did trail its launch.Continue reading Creating Comics: Marc Jackson, the Man from GOOF!

A panel from “Team Toxic” for TOXIC Issue 300, written and drawn by Lew Stringer. The strip has appeared in every issue.

Time to celebrate: Egmont UK’s long-running comic magazine TOXIC hits 300

Buried inside a gaudy plastic bag on British newsstands right now is TOXIC Issue 300, but no-one seems to have noticed the landmark except some of its creative team – and Phil Boyce over at the Oink! blog, who posted a celebratory article… Rather than hanging our heads in complete shame at forgetting to plugContinue reading Time to celebrate: Egmont UK’s long-running comic magazine TOXIC hits 300

The main selection of kids' comics. All of Eason's shelves aren't too high and are within reach of children, unlike some supermarkets where the shelves can even tower above adults.

Northern Ireland’s newsagents put some of England’s to shame when it comes to Comics Retailing

Back in 2015, Oink! Blog creator Phil Boyce wrote a post in the early days of December encouraging readers to go and explore the comics shelves of their local shops, whether they were newsagents, supermarkets, comic stores or local corner shops, or to look into independently published comics and maybe go online and explore theContinue reading Northern Ireland’s newsagents put some of England’s to shame when it comes to Comics Retailing

Comics On Sale in Malta Airport on 8th December 2015. Photo: John Freeman

The British Comics Industry: Still Alive and Kicking, Despite Troll Claims to the Contrary

Phil Boyce runs the Oink! blog, dedicated to the original, cheeky, innovative comic that once featured the best of British talent, as well as extra posts on every aspect of the world’s greatest comic, creator info, behind-the-scenes shenanigans and more. He recently posted this article on the British comics industry and some of those deriding its current stateContinue reading The British Comics Industry: Still Alive and Kicking, Despite Troll Claims to the Contrary