Friday, May 24, 2019

Cover reveal: DANDY and BEANO Annuals for 2020

D.C.Thomson have revealed the covers to their new annuals for the year 2020, (although they'll be published later this summer because annuals are always dated a year ahead). 

The Dandy Annual 2020 features a really nice cover by Ken Harrison, who has superbly captured the styles of the artists associated with each character. The logo is a nice variation of the one used in the comic in the 1970s (and on some previous annuals). The content is all-new, featuring classic Dandy stars. I've written/drawn three full page Keyhole Kate strips for the book. 

The Beano Annual 2020 has a cover by Nigel Parkinson. The logo is the new Beano design that started being used on the weekly a few years ago. Again, the content will be all-new.
The regular reprint collection this time is called Beano and Dandy: Chortle With Chums. At this small size I can't recognise who drew the cover (update: it's by Nigel Parkinson) but it's amusing to see it takes place at a comics convention! You may notice that Ginger is part of the gang too, so presumably the book reprints strips from The Beezer as well as the two titled comics. 
You can pre-order the Dandy and Beano Annuals as a "Double Trouble Pack" from the D.C. Thomson shop here:

Cover preview: 2000AD Prog 2133

On sale next Wednesday! 

UK and DIGITAL: 29th May 2019 £2.85
NORTH AMERICA: 29th June 2019 $32.80 (per pack)
In this issue:
JUDGE DREDD: NEW BLOOD by Rory McConville (w) Siku (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
THARG'S THRILLERS: THE CHIMERA by James Peaty (w) Brian Corcoran (a) Matt Soffe (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)
KINGMAKER: OUROBOROS by Ian Edginton (w) Leigh Gallagher (a) Ellie De Ville (l)
MAX NORMAL: HOW THE MAX GOT HIS STRIPES by Guy Adams (w) Dan Cornwell (a) Jim Boswell (c) Simon Bowland (l)
SCARLET TRACES: HOME FRONT by Ian Edginton (w) D'Israeli (a) Ellie De Ville (l)

Available in print from: newsagents and comic book stores via Diamond
Available in digital from: 2000 AD webshop and apps for iPadAndroidWindows 10

Monday, May 20, 2019

More classic collections from Rebellion!

A few years ago it seemed very unlikely that many classic British comic strips would ever be reprinted again but thanks to Rebellion's acquisition of the old Odhams / Fleetway / IPC archives there are now collections issued on a monthly basis. 

Two more books have recently been announced and this time Rebellion are delving even further into the archives. On 25th July we can look forward to Roy of the Rovers: The Best of the 1950s, reprinting the earliest strips from Tiger starting with issue No.1. (Specifically the book covers issues dated 11th September 1954 to 21st May 1955 and 20th August 1955 to 11th February 1956 inclusive so there's a lot of episodes here!)

CREATIVE TEAM: Frank S. Pepper (w) Joe Colquhoun (a)
RELEASE DATE: 25th July 2019
HARDCOVER, 148 pages
PRICE: £19.99 (UK)
ISBN: 9781781087176

A highlight for 2020 will be The Rise and Fall of The Trigan Empire, - just announced exclusively on The Hollywood Reporter website:

Written by Mike Butterworth and illustrated by Don Lawrence, The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire began in Ranger magazine in 1965, transferred over to Look and Learn when the two magazines merged in 1966, and continued until 1982 (the later years drawn by other artists). Some chapters of the strip have already been reprinted several times; abridged and edited in a couple of books in the 1970s, in Vulcan weekly in the 1970s, a book compiled by Mike Higgs for Hawk Books in 1989, and most recently in 12 expensive hardbacks by The Book Palace. The new collections promise to be more affordable. The first 304 page volume goes on sale in March 2020.

More info on these books soon!

Sunday, May 19, 2019

2000AD SCI-FI SPECIAL - cover reveal

Rebellion have just revealed the cover to this year's 2000AD Sci-Fi Special (or Summer Special for us older readers). The 52 page publication will be published on 19th June and will pay tribute to Carlos Ezquerra, co-creator of Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog, Major Eazy, and more, who passed away last year. It'll include the first chapters of Spector, written by John Wagner, a new series that Carlos had been working on before he died.

Lots of great stuff inside, and a cover by Mick McMahon! This £4.99 special is essential summer reading. More info soon!

The Magic of Roy Wilson

Comic Scene No.4 will be out this Wednesday, 23rd May, and one of the many articles inside will be a four page retrospective on the artist Roy Wilson that I've written.

Roy Wilson was one of the most influential humour artists in comics, and the feature is illustrated with various panel and covers of his that I scanned from my collection. One piece of artwork I supplied that wasn't used was The Sports Commentor's Nightmare, the frontispiece from the Radio Fun Annual 1952. Rather than let my scan go to waste I thought I'd post it on my blog today for you all to enjoy. (Click on the image to see it larger.) What a fantastic cartoonist Roy Wilson was! 

Don't miss Comic Scene No.4 on Wednesday, to read my article (and many other features). If your shops won't stock it (their loss!) you can order it directly from the publisher here:

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