The game doesn’t look too bad but the production values on the comic-magazine pale compared with other kids titles on the market, such as TOXIC! – which may look garish but at least is well designed – The Dandy and Wallace & Gromit.
This is yet another case of comics being “dumbed down”. When modern kids are considerably more sophisticated compared with my (ancient) generation, why do some kids comics seem to be created as if they’re being written for morons?
This formatying issue reminds me of the time Look-In decided to do away with comic strips drawn in traditonal form by the likes of Arthur Ranson and others and make every frame look like a TV screen. The garsish colours, unintelligible layouts and simplistic formatting of many of today’s British kids comics all smack of a lack of respect for the intelligence of the target audience who have grown up quite happy to read Harry Potter.
“I suppose it reflects other media,” my friend Lew Stringer notes. “Children’s tv is now full of noise and primary colours, whilst the local 6 o’clock news programmes look more like sixties Blue Peter.
“It’s a conspiracy to make us all too thick to start a revolution I tells ya!”
I’m with you, Lew!
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. 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 “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.