The second issue of Funny Monsters Comic, an independently-published humour comic from cartoonist Joe Matthews (which he tells us should have limited distribution through Menzies for its third outing next year) is on sale now – and it’s a Christmas cracker!
Fed up with the lack of new British humour comics being published by the major publishers, Joe’s decided to publish his own, and I was delighted to catch up with him during the Lakes International Comic Art Festival last month, where he kindly gave me a copy of the first fun-packed issue. It was a real treat to read and I immediately plugged it on Twitter.
The new 16-page Christmas-themed issue comes with free stickers and trading cards as an enticing gift, strips that include “Zackster – Kid Zombie”, “The Bed Bugs” and “Werewolf Growl” as well as a text story, “Milly, Monster Hunter”, and some great activity pages.
Funny Monsters Comic only has limited distribution but it’s great to hear that will hopefully change in 2015, when it will be on sale in Co-Op stores. Meanwhile, you can send for a copy by post simply by using PayPal (firstname.lastname@example.org £2 including p&p – or £3 for issues 1 & 2).
This is a great project launched on a shoestring that deserves support. Give it a try – it would make a fab stocking filler for kids for the upcoming festive season.
• For more information visit the comic’s official Facebook page; or follow Joe on Twitter @FunnyMonstersCo
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.