Who says British comics are dead? Certainly not long-established cartoonist Joe Matthews who has put his time and effort into independently producing his own new children's comic which will be available in selected newsagents from this week. Funny Monsters Comic is the title, and it features a mixture of strips and puzzles with all-new characters, all created and illustrated by Joe himself.
The strips are:
Zackster, Kid Zombie, featuring the 'life' of a young zombie.
Don't Let The Bed Bugs Bite! featuring the critters that live within a grubby teenager's mattress.
Milly, Monster Hunter, - a two page prose story of comedy horror.
Werewolf Growl, - a boy who becomes a werewolf.
It's a fairly even split with the contents, with puzzles and activity pages taking up half of the comic. It's a slim publication, - only 16 pages, - but is bagged with two trading cards, stickers, and sweets. Priced at £2 for an independent comic, that's a reasonable price.
So how can you get hold of a copy? Joe explained:
"The comic goes out next week and will be in around 3000 corner shops around the Midlands and North West. People can also send a message on my Facebook page if they want one and I can send them one without the sweets for £2 inc postage."
Joe will also be selling the new comic at various comic conventions and shopping centres etc. "I will be at the following venues sketching and selling Funny Monsters Comic: Sunday 28th September Stoke-Con-Trent, Saturday 11th October The Living Deadcon, Liverpool. Saturday 25th October Preston Comic Con, Sunday 26th October Wheatsheaf Comic Con, Rochdale, Monday 27/28th Millgate shopping Centre Bury. Wednesday 29th October Bay View Shopping Centre, Colwyn Bay. Thursday 20th October Leeds St Johns Shopping Centre. Friday 31st October Kelsalls Bookshop, Littleborough. Friday 31st Oct evening at the Baum for Rochdale Ghost Walks. Sunday 16th November Bolton Comic Con."
Issue 2 is scheduled to be a Christmas issue but for now let's give the first issue our support. It's easy for critics to bemoan that comics aren't what they used to be, but here's a guy who's actively doing something to try and change that, with a brand new title that's not all 'filler' and not based on a toy/TV/movie.
New comics for children are a rarity these days, especially ones from an independent publisher, so I hope comic fans (and their kids of course) get behind this admirable venture in order to keep it going and for it to develop.
Funny Monsters Comic No.1, - on sale this week!