This list features graphic novels and collections to be released in October 2014 by British publishers that we know of. It does not include reprints of US material, unless those collections are the work of British creators. Information from publishers and fans is always welcome to keep this page (and others like it) up to date.
Please note that while these dates are those announced by the publisher or which have been sourced from booksellers and other sources, publication dates may change. In some cases, the covers featured may be provisional.
Age of the Wolf
By Alec Worley and Jon Davis Hunt
Published: 23rd October 2014
In this debut graphic novel collection for writer Alec Worley and artist Jon Davis Hunt, humanity’s days are numbered. On a quiet day in London the peace is shattered as ravening werewolves appear from nowhere to rip the city and its populace apart.Rowan Morrigan is one of the few to reach safety and it is with dawning apprehension that it becomes clear she is our only hope, the last witch who, untrained as she is, may be able to hold the wolves back. In a story full of unexpected twists and turns that stretches across Rowan’s lifetime, nothing can be taken for granted.
Nikolai Dante: Love and War
By Robbie Morrison, John Burns, Simon Fraser & Charlie Adlard
Published: 9th October 2014
It is the year of the Tsar 2668 AD and the sound of wedding bells is in the air. Jena Makarov, the daughter of Tsar Vladimir the Conqueror, is betrothed to Mikhail Deriabin, media tyrant and patriarch of the House of Bolshoi. Nikolai Dante is less than happy with the announcement. Now, assigned to be Jena’s bodyguard, Dante has to protect her from more than his own passions as those who would seek to bring about war set their sights on Russia’s fairest…
Strontium Dog: Mutant for Hire
By John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra
Published: 28th October 2014
Zenith Phase 1
By Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell
Published: 23rd October 2014
The all time classic is back! Berlin, 1945: The allies unleashed the second world war hero Maximan upon the German super soldier Masterman. Maximan’s defeat was only kept secret by the nuclear bomb which destroyed both men. Forty-plus years later, and twenty years after a generation of ’60s British superpowered heroes came and went, the teenage pop star Zenith is the only superhuman left – and his only interest in women, drugs, alchohol and fame. So when he is contacted about the threat from the many-angled ones and the impending destruction of our world, his first reaction is to steer well clear. But the superhumans of the past have other plans…
Bear Alley Books
By Dave H. Taylor (script) and Enrique Alcatena (art)
Cover by Enrique Alcatena and Martin Baines
Published: 9th October 2014
Available from Bear Alley Books
Collected for the first time, “Arena” is set in the dark future of a 21st century in which corporations are all-powerful, protected by heavily militarized police forces and a legal system that removes dissenting voices by sentencing men to fight violent gladiatorial battles broadcast to the masses as entertainment from the Arena
Journalist Mark Sabor is sent to the Arena after criticizing the government. Even as he trains to fight, forces are at work to make sure he will never survive. Pitted against merciless opponents whose sole objective is to kill the newcomer any way they can, Sabor must use his wits and strength to survive.
But for Sabor the battle isn’t just about surviving. It’s about fighting back!
Trained in every form of weapon, the Arena warriors make a formidable army. Sabor becomes part of the resistance, searching for the truth about who controls the government and, through them, mankind’s fate. And when he discovers the truth, it will be a bigger shock than he could ever have imagined.
From the pages of The Crunch, “The Arena” marked the British debut of Argentina’s master of the fantastic, Enrique Alcatena, who turned Dave H. Taylor’s gripping scripts into a super-stylish science fiction epic. Although his artwork appeared anonymously, Alcatena built up a strong fan base in the UK in the pages of Starblazer, Warlord and Victor.
Meanwhile, author Dave H. Taylor was also responsible for scripting many of D. C. Thomson’s most popular characters, amongst them Alf Tupper the Tough of the Tracks, Billy the Cat and Starhawk. Together they created a memorable dystopian tale that still has the power to thrill.
Knit Your Own Broons
by Jackie Holt & Ruth Bailey
Published: 7th October 2014
The Broons have been making readers laugh for decades, so what better way to celebrate Scotland’s most-loved family than creating miniature woolly versions of your very own! From the authors of the much-loved Knit Your Own Scotland and Knit Your Own Britain comes this wonderful guide to knitting your own Broons family. With detailed step-by-step instructions on how to create Maw, Paw, Joe, Hen, Daphne, Maggie, Horace, the Twins, the Bairn and not forgetting Gran’paw, Knit Your Own Broons is perfect for knitters of all abilities and an ideal gift for fans of Scotland’s favourite happy family.
Bake With Maw Broon: My Favourite Recipes for All the Family
Published 16th October 2014
Always up to her elbows in flour or stirring bubbling pots of homemade jam, Maw Broon has been baking cracking cakes, braw biscuits and perfect pastry for her hungry family for years. And now, in BAKE with Maw Broon, she finally shares her secrets…
Following on from the bestselling Maw Broon’s Cookbook, Maw will show you how to bake a mouthwatering collection of sweet favourites, from shortbread to sugar craft, from Dundee cake to Edinburgh tart, and from black bun to clootie dumpling. Beautifully designed and easy to follow, Bake with Maw Broon is the definitive guide to traditional baking.
The Broons: Ceilidh Dance Party
Ever wanted to throw a ceilidh but don’t know where to start? Looking for some Scottish inspiration for a wedding or party? Or do you want to brush up on steps or learn a new reel? Braw! The Broons’ Come Tae the Ceilidh Dance Party will have you whirling and birling in no time!
Everyone knows Scotland’s favourite happy family can throw a party, so who better to guide you through the world of traditional Scottish dancing? This simple, easy-to-follow guide is fun for all the family, laying out the steps to the most popular dances found at a ceilidh, including the Dashing White Sergeant, Strip the Willow, the Canadian Barn Dance, the Gay Gordons and, of course, the Broons’ Reel.
Suitable for all ages, from the Bairn to Gran’paw Broon, The Broons’ Come Tae the Ceilidh Dance Party is the perfect guide to ceilidh dancing, the most fun you can have with a kilt on!
• If you’re a fan of Maw and The Broons, check out www.mawbroonshomeandkitchen.co.uk for more merchandise
Best Of Annuals
Along with a range of annuals and calendars based on their current titles such as The Beano, “The Broons” and Jacqueline Wilson Magazine, now on general sale, DC Thomson have revived some of their classic comic titles with a “Best Of” Annual line, currently only available as limited editions from the publisher’s online shop.
There’s not a huge amount of information on the content of most of these titles, but we’re assuming they assemble a good selection of material sourced from the archives for each title.
The Best of Beezer Annual
Humour comic The Beezer was first published in 1956 and ran until August 1993. Like its companion comic, The Topper, The Beezer was initially an A3 (tabloid) title, twice as big as most other comics, but shrank to A4 paper size in 1981.
The Beezer and Topper ceased publication as a weekly comic in 1993, unofficially merged with The Beano, where the bulk of surviving content from the comic (most prominently, “The Numskulls”) ended up. (Some also went to DC Thomson’s then other surviving weekly comic, The Dandy).
• There’s more about The Beezer on the fan site, The Beezer’s Golden Years.
The Best of Bunty Annual
First published in 1958, girls comic Bunty ran for a staggering 2,249 issues before the title folded in 2001, ending its days, briefly, as a monthly title. Its best know strip is probably “The Four Marys”, drawn by artists such as Barrie Mitchell.
There’s a long-running campaign for its return, which has a web site here (the site including a fascinating research report on children’s perceptions of comics, conducted in 2012) and a Facebook page here
The Best of Hotspur Annual
First published in 1933, The Hotspur was one of the hugely-successful “Big Five” boys comics launched in the 1930s and after a relaunch, initially as New Hotspur in 1959 the weekly title was published until 1981.
This Best of Hotspur Annual includes a variety of stories, including “Grasshopper Green”, “X-Bow”, “King Cobra” (a superhero-style character drawn by Ron Smith, recently revived in the digital Dandy as part of its RetroActive strip, and in STRIP Magazine) and “The Gun Doctor”.
The Best of The Topper Annual
The Topper was first published in February 1953 until September 1990, when it merged with The Beezer. The title absorbed two titles, Buzz and Sparky, during its run.
It’s best known characters are probably Beryl the Peril – a mischievous girl similar to The Beano‘s Minnie the Minx – and initial cover star Mickey the Monkey, but the comic featured and revived other famous DC Thomson humour characters, such as Sparky‘s Hungry Horace and the Bash Street Pups in “Pup Parade”, which has recently been seen again in The Beano.
The Dandy Annual 2015
It’s not part of the “Best of” range, despite being the demise of the comic, but with 112 pages of comics, puzzles, games and activities, The Dandy Annual 2015 is cracking value at £5.99 from DC Thomson’s online store – and is of course also on sale in shops and online book stores.
This year’s annual features Desperate Dan, Korky the Cat, Winker Watson and Brassneck and much more
The Beano Annual 2015
Join Dennis and Gnasher, Minnie the Minx, The Bash Street Kids, The Numskulls and Roger the Dodger for 112 pages of mischief, mayhem and menacing!
The Beano Annual 2015 features all your favourite characters from Britain’s best selling comic, The Beano.
Packed with comic strips, puzzles, games and gags, The Beano Annual 2015 is essential reading for the whole family!
Oor Wullie’s Secret Capers: Tales from PC Murdoch’s Notebook
Ello ello ello? What’s going on here, then? Why, it’s Oor Wullie’s Secret Capers! Over the years, PC Joe Murdoch, Auchenshoogle’s long-suffering local bobby, has borne the brunt of Oor Wullie’s escapades. But while the spiky-haired laddie and his pals Wee Eck, Fat Boab and Soapy Soutar have been giving poor PC Murdoch the runaround, he has collected their most ingenious escapades and playful pranks in his police notepad!
Take a keek inside Oor Wullie’s Secret Capers for an uproarious look at Oor Wullie’s most famous japes, from the the ‘cartie grand prix’ to the ‘moose-napping’ of wee Jeemy.
Perfect for all the family, this is sure to put a smile on the face of every fan of Scotland’s favourite son.
By Dilraj Mann
Set in the heart of East London’s blackening centre; a place where Monstazz lurk… Below the city’s creaking pavements, where the slabs sag from the weight of soulless new glass fronted apartment blocks, chain coffee shops and hoards of real estate agencies, the earth is beginning to crack. And from these fissures, like woodlice crawling from under ancient stone, the Monstaz emerge…
Tak Girl: Carioca
By Alan Martin & Mike McMahon
Paperback edition of 2012 hardcover
Published: 14th October 2014
After Tank Girl is rudely snubbed on a TV game show, she plots the death of the vulgar host in question unwittingly releasing the vengeance of his embittered wife and a gang of highly trained assassins as a result!
Modesty Blaise – The Grim Joker
Written by Peter O’Donnell
Art by Enric Badia Romero
As dangerous as she is desirable, Modesty Blaise, the cult creation of best-selling writer Peter O’Donnell, returns for three more devastating adventures! Features the classic stories The Grim Joker, A Present for the Princess and Black Queens Pawn.
Wallace & Gromit : The Complete Newspaper Strips Collection Volume 2
by Jimmy Hansen & Mychailo Kazybird (and others)
The continuing daily comic-strip adventures of Wallace, the world’s most famous inventor, and Gromit his ever faithful and resourceful canine companion. Packed with jokes, gags and gadgets. The strips appeared in The Sun, the UK’s biggest selling national newspaper. This volume collects the entire second year’s worth of material and features scripts written and drawn by some of the best names working in British comics today.