Rebellion’s Monster Fun comic is moving a monthly soon, due to popular demand from readers.
Loved by children and parents, Monster Fun is the fang-tastic comic for children aged 7-12 starring a whole host of delightful and spooky characters, available from all good newsagents. Inside each issue, children can find laughter, mischief and mayhem; from the mishaps of Kid Kong and magical moments in “Witch Vs Warlock” , to the antics of Draculass, Hell’s Angel, Gums, and even the action-packed adventures of Steel Commando, and more.
From June 2023, the Dino-Scare Special, the anthology title will have new issues hitting newsagent shelves and subscriber’s doorsteps every month, responding to children, parents, and the comic’s longtime fans, who said every two months is just too long to wait for more mischief, more mayhem, and more Monster Fun!
“We’ve always known Monster Fun was special and once we started to outsell other comic titles on shelves last year within our first few issues, we knew Monster Fun needed to step up the frequency,” says editor Keith Richardson.
“In fact, over the last twelve months we’ve had so many readers get in touch via email and social media asking for more issues; and so many of us being parents ourselves we know moving to a monthly schedule fits in far better around busy family life. So just like our very own Frankie Stein, going monthly became a no-brainer!”
This announcement comes hot on the heels of big changes to Monster Fun subscriptions – now with lower prices, and brand-new exclusive gifts available just for subscribers who renew their subscriptions or join within the next year. This includes a bonus issue, the Spooky Subscriber Special, packed with highlights from the comic so far plus three brand new stories, puzzles, and activities.
Older fans of Monster Fun will love this issue too, with Sweeny Toddler making his return in another outing of his (in)famous Easter story, previously only available in a special edition version of Issue #1 from last year.
“We ’re all really proud of Monster Fun and how children are connecting with the comic; giving them a reading experience beyond standard books and novels,” says Rebellion CEO, Jason Kingsley. “We ’re building a community of readers that love our Monster Fun characters and creations, and we can’t wait to see what they all think of them – and new ones – over the coming months and years ahead!”
The move to a monthly schedule from June 2023 is just the latest update to the successful children’s comic, with Monster Fun starting 2023 with new stories and new characters inside its pages.
This includes the spell-tacular “Witch Vs Warlock” from Dexter’s Laboratory and Powerpuff Girls writer, Derek Fridolfs, alongside the modern reboot of the classic comic strip, “Gums”.
Offering an exciting theme to each issue, alongside puzzles and prizes, Monster Fun aims to excite, fright, and delight every young reader, with more new strips to come later in the year too, there is plenty for fans to look forward to.
The Monster Fun Dino-Scare Special hits shelves on the 7th June 2023, followed by the Horror Holiday Special on the 5th July 2023. Both issues, and Monster Fun on an ongoing basis, can be picked up in the UK from selected WHSmiths, Martin McColls, One Stop, Waitrose stores, and local newsagents.
New issues can also be bought via the Monster Fun website, where back issues, international orders, and subscriptions to the comic are also available.
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.