Beano 3977 - Cover

New Beano offers free copy of 2019 annual in limited distribution promotion

This week’s Beano (Issue 3977) is getting a limited distribution promotion, offering a bagged, free copy of the 2019 Beano Annual with purchase at participating WHSmith stores, which appear to be those at railway stations and airports. It got a good “box out” to grab attention in the comic section of stores such as theContinue reading New Beano offers free copy of 2019 annual in limited distribution promotion

Cartoonist Kev F. Sutherland dutifully tries to make a silk purse out of a pig's ear on The Apprentice

In Review: The Apprentice does Comics… Badly

A fleet of four black cars, sixteen wheelie suitcases, early morning phone calls and a bunch of bold claims. If downthetubes is covering this show, it can only mean one thing… over on The Apprentice, they tried making some comics. And they did – but oh, dear, what a disaster… The Apprentice is back onContinue reading In Review: The Apprentice does Comics… Badly

New Striker comic distribution stymied by WHSmith, but the publishers have a cunning plan…

The new Striker football comic – its launch the result of a hugely successful crowdfunding campaign earlier this year – has been hit by distribution problems that mean Issue 3 will now not go on sale until next week in newsagents. Melding its photostrip-style lead story with features on the Striker World League, a traditional lineContinue reading New Striker comic distribution stymied by WHSmith, but the publishers have a cunning plan…

ComicScene UK #1 - Cover SNIP

Crowdfunding Spotlight: Can you help get ComicScene UK into WHSmith and other newsagents?

The new ComicScene UK magazine has launched a crowdfunder to get the magazine into over 600 shops across the UK on a monthly basis. They need to raise £5000 plus for the upfront cost to do this. Declaration of interest – I’m one of the writers on the title and I helped get the titleContinue reading Crowdfunding Spotlight: Can you help get ComicScene UK into WHSmith and other newsagents?

WHSmith Lancaster - 17th August 2018 - Junior Titles SNIP

British Comic Sales Figures, Winners and Losers (January – June 2018): Beano on the rise, Peppa Pig continues to party to high sales

Report by John Freeman and Jeremy Briggs The latest sales figures for some comics and children’s magazines available on the UK news stand for the first half of 2018 have been published by the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC). There are winners and losers as ever, as consumer magazines in general continue to battle for readers, andContinue reading British Comic Sales Figures, Winners and Losers (January – June 2018): Beano on the rise, Peppa Pig continues to party to high sales