Panini’s new 36-page children’s magazine based on the popular new animated series The Lion Guard launches in the UK this week (Friday 28th July), aimed at kids aged five to seven.
The animated series premiered in April, continuing the story of The Lion King film, focusing on the adventures of Simba’s son, Kion and his group of friends. The series has been accompanied by a number of tie-in merchandise releases, including figures, stickers and more.
The new title aims to encourage imaginative play, early years learning, show the importance of friendship and working as a team – and features stories, puzzles, crafts, posters, competitions and more.
“We are delighted to be working with Disney on this fantastic new property and hope to mirror the current success on screen to print,” said Jess Tadmor, head of marketing at Panini.
“Our strong editorial, creative design and retail support make a great launch platform for a roaring success.”
The Lion Guard has already been launched in Europe in Bulgaria, Poland and Spain.
• The Lion Guard monthly pre-school magazine will launch at £3.99 with each monthly issue carrying a £2.99 price tag
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.
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