Friday, June 21, 2019

Advance Preview: TAMMY AND JINTY SPECIAL

Rebellion are spoiling us with the number of specials they're publishing this year, and the latest is the Tammy and Jinty Special, reviving the 1970s girls' comic, which will be in the shops on Wednesday 26th June.

Featuring a great variety of art styles, the special reboots classic characters for a modern generation and includes new ones too. Rocky of the Rovers (Roy's sister) makes her debut by Rob Williams and Lisa Henke, and The Enigma Variation brings us stunning artwork by DaNi from a script by Grain McEntee. 

The most controversial will probably be Bella of the Bar, with the photo-realistic style of John Armstrong replaced by a more cartoony approach by Venessa Cardinali (script by Rachel Ball). Basically though, this is a Tammy and Jinty for today's readers, and the styles reflect that, so hopefully it'll be appreciated by old and young alike. 

Here's the PR from Rebellion, along with a few preview pages...

UK, NORTH AMERICA and DIGITAL: 26th June 2019 £4.99/$7.99
DIAMOND: APR191915
COVER: LISA HENKE (front) KIT BUSS (back)

In this issue:
JUSTINE, MESSENGER OF JUSTICE: SOME "MINO" TROUBLES by Emma Beeby (w) PJ Holden (a) Dearbhla Kelly (c) Jim Campbell (l)

ROCKY OF THE ROVERS by Rob Williams (w) Lisa Henke (a) john Charles (c) Jim Campbell (l)

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION by Andy W. Clift (w+a) Mike Stock (l)
IN THE COLD DARK by Matt Gibbs (w) VV Glass (a) Mike Stock (l)
MAISIE'S MAGIC EYE by Kate Ashwin (w) Kel McDonald (a) Mike Stock (l)

SPEED DEMONS by Sarah Millman (w+a) Jim Campbell (l)
DUCKFACE by Rachael Smith (w) Yishan Li (a) Jim Campbell (l)
THE ENIGMA VARIATION by Grainne McEntee (w) Dani (a) Jim Campbell (l)

BELLA AT THE BAR by Rachel Ball (w) Vanessa Cardinali (a) Jim Campbell (l)



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

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On to other matters, as I said the other day, I won't have time at the moment to write the reviews I'd intended to do as I suddenly have a lot of work on with tight deadlines over the next few weeks. That means this blog will be inactive for a short while. Normal service will resume sometime in July. 

You can keep up with my latest work over at my other blog here:
http://lewstringercomics.blogspot.com





New artist joins 2000AD

Cover by Tula Lotay.
A new artist makes her debut in 2000AD next week as Aneke Murillenem begins drawing her first series for the weekly comic. Written by Emma Beeby, the new story sees Judge Anderson return in Martyrs

Aneke, a resident of Madrid, has previously worked on titles such as Red Sonja for Dynamite and Wonder Woman for DC's New Talent Showcase, and will shortly be illustrating the Age of Conan: Valeria mini-series for Marvel. 
Aneke at the recent Comics Salopia event in Shrewsbury.
2000AD has a great line-up right now, with work from talent such as Staz Johnson, Ian Edgington, D'Israeli, Simon Davis, Tiernen Travallion and more. Here's the PR from Rebellion and a few preview pages for the next issue, on sale Wednesday...

UK and DIGITAL: 26th June 2019 £2.85
NORTH AMERICA: 26th July 2019 $32.80 (per pack)
DIAMOND: APR191908
COVER: TULA LOTAY

In this issue:
JUDGE DREDD: THE SAMARITAN by Kenneth Niemand (w) Staz Johnson (a) Chris Blythe (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)

SCARLET TRACES: HOME FRONT by Ian Edginton (w) D'Israeli (a) Ellie De Ville (l)

THISTLEBONE by TC Eglington (w) Simon Davis (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)

ANDERSON, PSI-DIVISION: MARTYRS by Emma Beeby (w) Aneke (a) Barbara Nosenzo (c) Simon Bowland (l)

ABSALOM: TERMINAL DIAGNOSIS by Gordon Rennie (w) Tiernen Trevallion (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






Tuesday, June 18, 2019

It's MACC-POW! this Saturday!

I hope you'll be joining us at Macclesfield Town Hall this Saturday, 22nd June, for Macc-Pow!, the town's annual celebration of comics!

As well as myself, guests this year include Nigel Parkinson, Rachael Smith, Hunt Emerson, David Leach, Jessica Lucas, Gary Northfield, Roger Langridge, Nick Brokenshire and many more! Always a friendly, comics-focused event and it's free admission!

To find out more, visit the website here:
http://maccpow.co.uk


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NOTE:
On to other matters, I won't have time to write the reviews I'd intended to do this week as I suddenly have a lot of work on with tight deadlines over the next few weeks. That means that, apart from a scheduled comics preview that will go live this weekend, this blog will be inactive for a short while. Normal service will resume sometime in July. 

You can keep up with my latest work over at my other blog here:
http://lewstringercomics.blogspot.com






Monday, June 17, 2019

COMIC SCENE No.5 out this week

The fifth issue of Comic Scene will be on sale in selected branches of W.H. Smith, McColls, and various comic shops from this week. The 80 page issue features more comic strips than usual with a complete Captain Cosmic adventure, Flintlock, and more, in celebration of it being a 'Summer Special' edition.

Speaking of which, I've written a potted history of UK Summer Specials for the issue, illustrated with classic covers from the past scanned from my personal collection...

Articles by other writers include Spider-Man in the UK...

...Sweeny Toddler...

...and an exclusive on the forthcoming Tammy and Jinty Special, plus lots more!
You can order your copy of Comic Scene No.5 from the following link, or better still, subscribe!
https://getmycomics.com/ComicScene



Sunday, June 16, 2019

Preview: 2000AD SCI-FI SPECIAL 2019

This year's 2000AD Summer Special (sorry, Sci-Fi Special, - but it is a Summer Special really) will be in the shops on Wednesday 19th June, with 52 pages for £4.99. This edition really is special, because it's dedicated to the memory of the truly great Carlos Ezquerra, co-creator of Judge Dredd and a much-missed artist who contributed so much to comics over the past 40 plus years.

Calling the comic a 'special' is no idle boast when it kicks off with a new cover by Mick McMahon! Inside, there's the welcome return of Robin Smith drawing a Judge Dredd story. I haven't seen Robin for many years so it's a pleasure to see his work gracing a comic again.

Pride of place in the special though is Spector, the new strip that writer John Wagner and Carlos were working on at the time of Carlos' passing. The 2000AD Sci-Fi Special brings us all 20 pages that were completed, plus John's scripts for parts three and four to give readers a sense of the direction the series was heading in. 

Carlos Ezquerra was a wonderful, distinctive artist, and a fine human being to spend time with. This special is a nice tribute to the man and his work and I'm sure will be warmly received by readers. Don't miss your copy this week!

UK, NORTH AMERICA and DIGITAL: 19th June 2019 £4.99/$7.99
DIAMOND: APR191909
COVER: MICK MCMAHON

In this issue:
JUDGE DREDD: NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM by Alan Grant (w) Robin Smith (a) Matt Soffe (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)

FIENDS OF THE EASTERN FRONT: STRANGE MEETING by Guy Adams (w) Dave Kendall (a) Ellie De Ville (l)

SPECTOR by John Wagner (w) Carlos Ezquerra (a) Jim Campbell (l)

WULF STERNHAMMER: VALHALLA by  Michael Carroll (w) Patrick Goddard (a) Simon Bowland (l)

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

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