Immediate Media Co has just launched PJ Masks Magazine, following the adventures of Connor, Amaya and Greg and their alter egos, Catboy, Owlette and Gekko – a crime-fighting trio who “sometimes make mistakes, but always try to do what’s right”.
PJ Masks Magazine follows the heroes of the popular children’s animated TV series on their missions with puzzle power and action challenges, arts and crafts and special hero training. The first issue has a free Action Pack, including a wrist launcher, camera, key fob and keys. Readers also get 65 stickers, a PJ Masks poster, a Cat-Car cut out and a 3D board game to make and play.
Aimed at 3 to 5 year olds, the magazine encourages children to learn valuable lessons along the way; supporting physical development, role play, imagination, creativity and understanding the values of friendship and teamwork.
Kids like superheroes, so what could be better for tykes than becoming superheroes themselves? That’s what happens at night for young friends Connor, Amaya and Greg. When they put on their pajamas and activate their animal amulets, they turn into their alter egos – Catboy, Owlette and Gekko – before embarking on adventures that are filled with action. Along the way, they solve mysteries and learn valuable lessons.
The animated series is based on the Les Pyjamasques book series by French author Romuald Racioppo.
“My favourite thing about the PJ Masks brand and our new magazine is that it helps little ones to develop their social and emotional skills,” says PJ Masks Magazine editor, Ruth Cassidy. “Inspiring stories and activities teach that even heroes can trip up if they’re too competitive, impatient or don’t tell the truth and that being a friend means helping, sharing and working together.
“And like all good hero stories, it has great villains too! It all adds up to a powerful, action-packed magazine with stickers, gifts, stories, posters and much more that little heroes and their grown-ups are going to love.”
• PJ Masks Magazine is on sale now in all good newsagents and supermarkets, priced at £2.99
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.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek 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.