Sunday, June 24, 2018

Photos from Macc-Pow! 3

A good time was had by all at Macc-Pow! in Macclesfield yesterday. This was the third annual event organised by Marc Jackson and it was another pleasant day. Thanks to all who chose to abandon the glorious summer weather to come indoors at Macclesfield Town Hall to see us!

Special thanks to Marc Jackson for putting on the show and to Jessica Kemp for interviewing David Leach and myself on our careers in comics. (I think an audio of the interview will be available as a podcast at some point.) 

The event was also used to launch Goof! the all-new online humour anthology comic that features strips by Emmeline Pidgen, Joe Matthews, myself and many more. It's available for just £1 an issue and you can find out all about it here:

Great to see friends old and new! Without further ado (because it's too nice a day to stay in) here are a few photos from yesterday...

Macc-Pow! organiser (and editor/publisher of Goof!) Marc Jackson...

Creator of Kane, Jack Staff, Mud Man and more, Paul Grist...

Jessica Kemp, editor of Missed Deadline...

Laura Howell, artist of the Beano's Tricky Dicky...

David Leach, creator of Psycho Gran...

Joe Matthews, creator of Space Dog for Goof!

Emmeline Pidgen, creator of Nona the Ninth for Goof!

Dan Whitehead, writer/editor of Ella Upgraded, Frankestein Texas, Hex Loader, and more!

Colin Mathieson  of Accent UK comics...

After attending four conventions in the Noth of England over the last few weeks I'm having a break for a while but my next con appearance will be at the mammoth three-day event London Film and Comic Con on July 27th to 29th at Olympia!

Friday, June 22, 2018

New! Beano: 80 Years of Fun

An unexpected arrival in WH Smith today was Beano: 80 Years of Fun, a 100 page bookazine celebrating 80 decades of the UK's longest-running comic.

Unlike more lightweight writings about comics, this is a proper magazine about the history of the Beano, with anecdotes and images proving proper information for readers young and old. The old policy of D.C. Thomson to cloak their artists and editors in secrecy is forgotten, with pages dedicated to background information on all the people to have edited the comic, and spotlight features on some of their top artists. It's nice that James Hansen is included, although tinged with sadness as he passed away just before this magazine was published.

As John Anderson's editorial informs us, this special focuses on eight issues of the Beano from across the years "to help us understand the wider socio-political landscape and cultural trends of the times". Peanut, the caricatured black boy who was the comic's original mascot, has been erased from history, with covers altered to make it look like he never existed. That will no doubt annoy some collectors, but in the current political climate of growing right-wing extremism perhaps it's for the best to avoid such outdated gross imagery.

There are some excellent rare items in this bookazine, including correspondence between editor R.D. Low and artist Reg Carter on the creation and development of Big Eggo! Being the current artist on the strip, I found this particularly fascinating. 

Priced at just £6.99, Beano: 80 Years of Fun is well worth buying, and a worthy addition to the history of comics. 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

GOOF! Brand new comic out this Saturday!

There's an all-new humour anthology comic coming this Saturday and you don't even need to leave your house to buy it! Goof! is a brand new online comic featuring a variety of strips - 30 pages in all, - and a subscription means it'll only cost you a pound an issue.

If you did want to leave your house, you could come along to Macc-Pow! at Macclesfield Town Hall, where Goof! will be launched with many contributors in attendance. Here's the info from publisher Marc Jackson...

"This weekend sees the launch of GOOF! issue zero, it’s like issue one, but it comes just before it! Like a bonus issue! More comics, fantastic! Featuring a feast of funnies created by an international line-up of cartoonists, all coming together to create something unique. At just £12 for 12 30 page issues, you’d be crazy to not sign-up and if you sign-up in person at MACC-POW! this Saturday then you get it for just £10!! Holy WOW! Only a GOOF! could come up with that idea! Don’t miss out, make yours GOOF! This Saturday!"

Meet all these characters and more in Goof! No.0 this Saturday!

© Jim Boswell

© Joe Matthews

© Clara Soriano

© Fulton Beal

© Lew Stringer

...and here's the info about Macc-Pow! Go to for the full details...

Out today from Panini UK

Marvel Legends Vol. 3 #25. On sale 21st June 2018.
76 Action-Packed pages featuring Marvel’s ‘Big 3’ – Iron Man, Captain America and Thor! £3.99!
A Secret Empire Chapter! Steve Rogers and Hydra have a vision for the world... and the world better fall in line... or else! 
Plus, The Search for Tony Stark begins! Tony has been in coma since the end of Civil War II... so how can his body just disappear?!! 
Also, Thor and the Odinson side-by-side against Apocalypse!
By Nick Spencer, Joe Bennett, Brian Michael Bendis, Stefano Caselli, Alex Maleev, Jason Aaron and Mahmud Asrar!
Includes material reprinted from Captain America: Steve Rogers #18, Invincible Iron Man #593 and Generations: The Unworthy Thor and the Mighty Thor #1!

Astonishing Spider-Man Vol.7 #004. On sale 21st June! 
76 pages packed with arachnid-action! Only £4.50!
Two Spider-Men for the price of one! Peter Parker and Miles Morales investigate just who is the other Miles Morales of Earth-616! 
Plus, Eddie Brock is Venom once again! Venom battles Scorpion – Round Two! 
By Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli, Mike Costa, Gerrardo Sandoval, and Tradd Moore.
Includes material reprinted from Spider-Man II #1 and Venom #6, 150-151.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

James Hansen

I'm very sorry to hear of the passing of the artist James Hansen (often known as Jimmy Hansen) who died on Tuesday 19th June 2018. Although I never met him, I had communicated with him several times on Facebook and of course I was well aware of his work for comics such as Whizzer and Chips, Buster, Beano, Dandy, Wallace and Gromit, and many more.

In a career spanning more than 40 years, Jimmy Hansen drew thousands of pages for British comics, working on strips such as The Bumpkin Billionaires, Ricky Rainbow, P5, a stint on Dennis the Menace, and Buster amongst others. He was the cover artist on Buster for the last several years of the comic, bringing a great sense of energy and fun to the strip, as he did with all his pages. 

In more recent times, he contributed the sci-fi strip Slash Moron to Aces Weekly, which he worked on with Bambos Georgiou and John Burns.

Tributes are starting to come in from people who knew and worked with him, remarking on his professionalism and friendliness. He was one of the top humour artists in the business whose work entertained countless readers over the decades. 

My condolences to James' family and friends on their loss. 

Here's a small selection of pages by the artist...

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