Even before Free Comic Book Day 2019 is over, copies of Rebellion’s Treasury of British Comics free Funny Pages sampler of British humour comics is now being offered on eBay for a staggering £9.95.
It’s not the only FCBD 2019 title on sale online for eye-watering amounts, and I know that for some people, buying online might be the only way to get a copy of some FCBD titles, but £9.95, for a comic sold at cost to retailers for under £1?
That’s one heck of a mark up, and the copies we found were re-priced from £4.95 earlier in the day, although we do acknowledge this is the only way for some to get a copy and some commentators on social media were unsurprised by the price.
Plus, Funny Pages is, of course, great fun – and a wonderful primer for anyone wanting to read some terrific British humour comics, but it is all reprint material. (Lew Stringer has details of which strips feature here on his blog).
For comparison, the all-new Cor!! and Buster Special costs just £4.99 direct from the publisher – £3.99 if you buy it digitally!
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.