The latest issue, in case you weren’t sure, celebrates women in comics with a selection of features (including a four page feature in Time Bomb Comics’ Flintlock title – find out more about that here).
There’s also an interview with Beano Studios Editorial Director Mike Stirling, talking about the comic’s digital aspirations (a feature that perhaps inspired the Financial Times to commission this item revealing how they’re using market research and a panel of kids to shape digital content and that although sales may be a shadow of what they were a decade ago, subscription sales are up 15%).
The Treasury of British Comics line from 2000AD publisher Rebellion is also featured and comics writer Leah Moore pays tribute to the legendary Leo Baxendale, who died recently; and there are interviews with artists Frank Quitely and Warwick Johnson Cadwell, whose currently working on Mr Higgins Comes Home, a new graphic novel project from Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, out in October from US publisher Dark Horse.
While there’s also a great selection of new comic, collection and new reference book releases, there’s probably not as much about British comics as usual. But it’s good to see Flintlock getting so much coverage in the magazine. I think it’s a great comic, so I’m very happy to see it featured – as is publisher Steve Tanner.
As ever with Comic Heroes, the body font throughout is large, the pictures big (and some of those are really pixellated – which is slightly embarrassing I’d say from a magazine that wants £7.99 of your hard-earned cash).
With comics pre-eminent in pop culture at the moment, it seems amazing that this is the only magazone out there devoted to comic (heroes) – so, go have a flick through it at a WHSmith store near you now.
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Richard Sheaf is a longtime contributor to downthetubes and has written for numerous magazines about British comics.