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:
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/trigan-empire-comic-book-be-reissued-1211893

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:
https://getmycomics.com/comicscene



Saturday, May 18, 2019

PSYCHO GRAN returns again!

Psycho Gran was created by writer/artist David Leach way back in 1987 for Oink! comic and appeared on and off throughout its run. She then rested for years before returning in the charity comic Spirit of Hope in 2011, then in digital comic Aces Weekly in 2012, and her own digital comics published by Titan. 

Since then the octogenarian avenger has appeared in two issues of Psycho Gran Versus in full page illustrations, but now she's back in comic strip form in the first issue of Psycho Gran Comic Capers Cavalcade
The full colour 36 page A4 comic features Psycho Gran at her finest, in a collection of short stories where she enacts her own brand of justice to people who quite frankly deserve it. It often ventures into the absurd and surreal because anything can happen in this world! It's full of David Leach's over the top comic violence and is funny stuff indeed. A fine showcase of David's talents as a writer and cartoonist. 
People have been clamouring for more British comics so go for it! To buy a copy you can message David Leach directly for details at the Psycho Gran Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/PsychoGran/

...or you can contact the publisher Dead Universe Comics:
https://www.facebook.com/DeadUniverse

...or buy directly from David Leach at the comics conventions he attends. (He'll be at Macc-Pow! on Saturday 22nd June:
http://maccpow.co.uk



Cover preview: Next week's 2000AD

UK and DIGITAL: 22nd May 2019 £2.85
NORTH AMERICA: 22nd June 2019 $32.80 (per pack)
DIAMOND: MAR191963
COVER: JON DAVIS HUNT

In this issue:
JUDGE DREDD: NEW BLOOD by Rory McConville (w) Siku (c) (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)
SCARLET TRACES: HOME FRONT by Ian Edginton (w) D'Israeli (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)
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)


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





Friday, May 17, 2019

Tommy Donbavand

I'm very sorry to hear of the passing of writer Tommy Donbavand, who lost his long fight against cancer a few days ago. 

Tommy was a successful writer on The Beano, Doctor Who Adventures, and other titles as well as the award-winning author of the Scream Street books (now a TV series), a playwright, and a theatrical actor, to name just a few of his impressive accomplishments. 

Online, he documented his fight against his illness at the Tommy vs Cancer website, which was published in print and available from Amazon:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tommy-Cancer-Mans-Battle-Against/dp/1521903689

Tommy's memoirs of his battle are both harrowing and darkly comic, and I doubt many of us would have the same incentive and strength of spirit to do that in similar situations. A multi-talented, good man who earned a huge amount of respect from all who knew him or read about him. I never met Tommy but I had great admiration for his work and his strength of character when faced with such adversity. My condolences to his family and friends on their loss.

If you'd like to help Tommy's family financially you can donate via the JustGiving website here:
https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/tommyvcancer

Memoriums:
https://downthetubes.net/?p=107178

https://bearalley.blogspot.com/2019/05/tommy-donbavand-1968-2019.html





Recommended Reading: LEO BAXENDALE'S SWEENY TODDLER

My thanks to Rebellion for sending me a copy of Leo Baxendale's Sweeny Toddler, a very nice 100 page hardback collection. The book covers the start of the strip from Shiver and Shake No.1 (10th March 1973) up to Whoopee! dated 7th June 1975 which I think are all the Sweeny Toddler strips that Leo drew before Tom Paterson took over. There are also six "ghosted" pages that I noticed which the book mentions. I wasn't able to identify all the "ghost" artists although I'm pretty sure at least one is by Barrie Appleby.
As well as being a very funny collection, the book is significant because it's some of Leo's last work for mainstream comics before he went independent with Willy the Kid and Baby Basil. It's interesting that Rebellion have chosen to start their Leo Baxendale books with this one, but Sweeny Toddler was such a popular character that it's the obvious choice. I hope in future we'll see collections of Clever Dick, The Swots and the Blots (from when Leo took over the strip in March 1969) and selected highlights from Wham! A Grimly Feendish collection would be good too, but as Leo only drew about 20 of those, credits would have to be shared with Stan McMurtry and others. 

For the moment though, we have the Sweeny Toddler book, and very welcome it is too. Hopefully it'll sell well enough to guarantee more Leo Baxendale books... and a few reprinting Tom Paterson's Sweeny Toddler strips too!

Leo Baxendale's Sweeny Toddler is released on 25th July and will be ready to order soon from the Treasury of British Comics shop:
https://treasuryofbritishcomics.com/catalogue/

You can read my review of the book here:
https://lewstringer.blogspot.com/2019/04/preview-leo-baxendales-sweeny-toddler.html

Which humour strips of Leo's (and other artists) from Odhams, Fleetway, and IPC would YOU like to see collected? Post your thoughts below! 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

COMIC SCENE No.4 - Coming soon!

There's a new issue of Comic Scene published on 23rd May and you can see a list of the contents here:
https://comicsflix.org/2019/05/11/comicscene-issue-4-full-contents-reveal/

This time, I've written a feature about the great Roy Wilson, one of the most influential artists in British humour comics. The article runs across four pages and features samples of his strips and art at a nice readable size. I think it's important to keep the names of such artistic giants alive, not only for nostalgists but for modern readers who may never have heard of them. 

As you can see (if you clicked the link) there's a good variety of other features in the mag too, including articles on M.A.C.H. 1, Batman in the 1960s, Draculass, indie comics and much more!

Comic Scene should be available from WH Smith and various comic shops... but I know how some people are finding it difficult to find it. (My local Smiths has dropped it, despite it selling, and won't order it in. I've heard similar stories from others too.) 

In theory, shops should be willing to order Comic Scene for you, but if they refuse, how can you get it? The best option is to subscribe directly from the publisher... and you can get back issues from them too. Here's the link:
https://getmycomics.com/comicscene

Comic Scene is the only print magazine that is dedicated to supporting and promoting British comics, so please stick by it and... buy it! 



Monday, May 13, 2019

Back from the excellent OLDHAM COMIC CON


A Judge Dredd sketch I was commissioned to draw, and I wasn't going to argue with a Judge!
I had a very enjoyable weekend up North for the Oldham Comic Con which took place at the impressive Queen Elizabeth Hall in Oldham on Saturday 11th May. It was the third year for the show, but my first visit, and I was very impressed. 

Oldham Comic Con is a family run event by Dennis Whittle, his wife Sarah, daughter Amy, and a team of volunteers. (Big shout out to Michael Chandler for guest liaison.) They all looked after the guests very well, sending people to meet us at the station to take us to our hotel, then providing transport on Saturday to take us to the convention (and back to the hotel in the evening). Then, on the Saturday night, free entertainment courtesy of the band Blues Harvest and a nice buffet. Everything ran smoothly and we all had a great time.

The convention itself was very busy. As a free event it attracted seasoned comics fans as well as newcomers curious to see what it was all about. Speaking as someone who's been attending comic cons for 40 years I've noticed the change from the shows only appealing to male comic fans of 15 to 30 years old, to today's wider demographic that brings in lots of families and a more balanced ratio of male and female attendees of all ages. That can only be a good thing!

In case you were wondering, yes, Oldham Comic Con focuses entirely on comics, not actors, not wrestlers, just comics; a traditional comic con in other words. It's good that there are still shows like this, and it's not alone in that regard, with cons such as ICE, Macc-Pow!, NICE, Manchester Comic Fest, Comics Salopia, Worcester Comics Festival, Enniskillen Comic Fest and others also proudly flying the flag for the comics industry, along with multi-media shows such as LFCC and Preston Comic Con that have a good balance of comics and film/TV guests. (So when you hear people claiming "Comic cons ain't about comics any more" you can nip that myth in the bud.) 

Back to Oldham Comic Con, and the whole show had a very nice friendly atmosphere to it with lots of happy attendees. Dennis had invited a good range of guests from the world of comics, and there were exhibitors selling their own self-published comics too. It was great to catch up with lots of people in the industry and hang out with good friends Mike Collins, Aneke Murillenem, Laura Howell, David Leach, Phil Winslade, Ian Richardson, Martin Griffiths, Lee Townsend, Jenika Iolfreda, GM Jordan, Tim Perkins, Nigel Dobbyn, Dan Whitehead, Steve Tanner, Dan and Becky Cornwell, Michael Carroll, Al Ewing, Dave Millgate, Paul McCaffrey, Alan Cowsill, John Jackson, Brian Clarke, Joe Matthews, and to meet Amy Chu, Kevin Enhart, Ellen Stubbings, Keith Williams, Steve Austin, Baden James Mellonie and more! 

As often the case as shows these days I didn't take many photos but here's the handful I did take...
All set up and ready for the doors to open!
Lord Snooty sketch at the pencil stage.
Writer/publisher Dan Whitehead and his son.

John Jackson and Brian Clarke with their new comic, The Mancunian!

With my good friend and artist Aneke from Madrid at the evening party.
Artist/colourist Kevin Enhart all the way from France.
Saturday night entertainment from the band Blues Harvest.
If you have the chance to go to Oldham Comic Con next year I'd thoroughly recommend it! Don't just take my word for it though. Here's a review and lots more photos by Leonard Sultana...
http://theconventioncollective.com/connews/oldham-comic-con-3-review-interview-photo-gallery-al-ewing-panel


Friday, May 10, 2019

MIND WARS comes to the Megazine!

Next week's issue of Judge Dredd Magazine, on sale Wednesday 15th May, will be 64 pages of all-new material as usual, and also as usual it'll be bagged with a chunky reprint of a bygone strip. This time it's a reprint of a series a lot of people have been wanting for quite some time; Mind Wars, which originally appeared in Starlord weekly back in 1978!

Written by Alan Hebden, with art by Jesus Redondo and Ian Gibson, Mind Wars is sure to be welcomed by readers. Judge Dredd Magazine No.408 features volume 1, and the second volume concluding the series will be bagged with the following month's issue.  

There's lots of great NEW material in this issue too of course! Here's the info and a few preview pages...

UK and DIGITAL: 15th May 2019 £5.99
NORTH AMERICA: 15th June 2019 $13
DIAMOND: MAR191964
COVER: CLIFF ROBINSON (a) DYLAN TEAGUE (c)

In this issue:
JUDGE DREDD: THE CRAZY by Kenneth Niemand (w) Nick Dyer (a) John Charles (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)
LAWLESS: ASHES TO ASHES by Dan Abnett (w) Phil Winslade (a) Ellie De Ville (l)

STORM WARNING: GREEN & PLEASANT LAND by John Reppion, Leah Moore (w) Tom Foster (a) Eva De La Cruz (c) Simon Bowland  (l)

TALES FROM THE BLACK MUSEUM: JUST BUSINESS by Rory McConville (w) Neil Googe (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
THE DARK JUDGES: THE TORTURE GARDEN by John Wagner (w) Nick Percival (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)

Features: Geoff Senior interview, Abigail Bulmer interview
Bagged reprint: Mind Wars Vol.1

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

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Floor plan for OLDHAM COMIC CON

Here's the floor plan for Oldham Comic Con that takes place this Saturday, 11th May, at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham. As you can see, there's a great guest list this year and I'm proud to be part of it. 

I'm really looking forward to this show to meet readers past and present and catch up with some good friends in the business. Hope to see some of you there! It's free admission and open from 10am to 4pm! More info at the website:
https://www.oldhamcomiccon.co.uk

Most of us will be signing and sketching at our tables throughout the day but here's an itinerary of the talks that are taking place...

Oldham Comic Con 3 
Workshops and Panels 

10.30am onwards – drop in session in the chill out area on the balcony 
Karillapig – make your own super duper comic 
Ages 2-6 (guide only)

11am – 12 noon 
Nigel Dobbyn – “Tell us a story comic strip - working from a simple script and how to turn into a comic strip 
Ages 8 to adults 

12 noon – 12.45pm 
Al Ewing – Bringing back the Hulk 
Interview and discussion hosted by Dan Brazier 
All ages 

12.50am – 1.30pm 
Tim Perkins – Comic Workshop (Crash course in comic art)
All ages (chill out area on the balcony)

2pm – 3pm 
Keith Williams – American creator Keith has worked with everyone in the business and talks about 40 years + in comics! A MUST for all comic fans 
Interview and discussion hosted by Dan Brazier 
All ages 

3pm – 4pm 
Amy Chu – “It’s never too late!” Breaking into the business 
Interview and discussion hosted by Dan Brazier 
All ages


Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Preview: THE LEOPARD FROM LIME STREET Volume 2

The next book in the Treasury of British Comics series sees the return of the Leopardboy in another nice collection of strips from Buster (18th June 1977 to 15th July 1978). Here's the info and a preview strip...

CREATIVE TEAM: Tom Tully (w) Mike Western, Eric Bradbury (a)
RELEASE DATE: 13th June 2019 (UK)
PAPERBACK, 184 pages
PRICE: £14.99 (UK)
ISBN: 9781781086780
DIAMOND: APR191913

The ‘UK’s answer to Spider-Man’ returns in the second collection of this long lost classic from the hugely popular and long running Buster comic. After being scratched by a radioactive leopard, Billy Farmer discovered that he had somehow developed the powers of the mighty jungle cat. Life is getting tougher for Selbridge’s premier crime-fighter. The criminals are getting tougher, his the local newspaper editor is out for his blood and now his new leopard skin costume is turning him into a savage beast! To make matters worse, a girl from his school suspects his true identity! Is this the end for the Leopard from Lime Street…?


Available in print from: 2000 AD webshop, book stores, Amazon, and comic book stores via Diamond

Available in digital from: 2000 AD webshop & apps for iPadAndroid and Windows 10



Hey look! Comics!

It's been a while since I promoted my own comics on this blog so this is just a reminder that as well as working in mainstream comics I also self publish my own. There are several titles available, reprinting some of my strips from the 1980s and 1990s in nice slick comics with brand new covers! 

Currently available:

Combat Colin Nos.1 to 3, reprinting the stories that appeared in Marvel UK's Action Force and Transformers comics. Scanned from the original artwork and printed in sharp black and white on quality paper. Each issue has 40 pages.
Derek the Troll, reprinting the complete series that originally appeared in Warlock and White Dwarf magazines in the 1980s, PLUS the second half of the comic collects the complete Rock Solid, Space Hero, an early SF strip of mine that appeared in Swiftsure comic in 1985. 32 pages.

Pedantic Stan the Comics Fan, reprinting the strip that appeared in Speakeasy magazine in 1990. Co-created with John Freeman, who wrote the early scripts. 16 pages. 

There are also the last remaining copies of Brickman Begins! left. A 152 page pocket-sized soft back published by Active Images in 2005 that collected all the early Brickman strips from 1979 to 1996, with guest art by Dave Gibbons, Kevin O'Neill, Charlie Adlard, Alan Davis, Hunt Emerson, Mike Higgs, Tim Sale and many more. Intro by Alan Moore. 

They're available exclusively from me at my website here:
http://www.lewstringer.com/page7.htm



Monday, May 06, 2019

Next Saturday: OLDHAM COMIC CON!

Saturday 11th May is the date for your diary as Oldham Comic Con returns for its third outing. Taking place at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham, the event has FREE ADMISSION so come along and see us!

I'm pleased to say that I'll be one of the guests and there's some great creators coming along from the UK and beyond! Here's the full guest list:


Kevin Enhart
James Peaty
Kev Hopgood
Steve Yeowell
Michael Carroll
Phil Winslade
Nick Brokenshire
Martin Griffiths
Keith Williams
Amy Chu
Richard Piers Rayner
Steve Austin
Dave Taylor
Al Ewing
David Millgate
Ellen Stubbings
Mike Collins
John Davis-Hunt
Simon Myers
Ian Richardson
Aneke
Laura Howell
Lew Stringer
Lee Townsend
John Royle
Neil Edwards
Paul McCaffrey
Alan Cowsill
Joe Matthews
Dave Kendell
Tim Perkins
Nigel Dobbyn
Dan Cornwell

...and even more guests and exhibitors...


Alan Byrom
Tom Ward
Markosia
Aly Fell
Neil Bhuna Roche
Sarah Elliot
Frisson Comics
Matt Soffe
Jenika
Art Ninetwo Studio
Dan Whitehead
Chris Sides
Carolyn Edwards
C L Raven
Austin Chambers
Reckless Hero
Chris Imber
Umar Ditta
Jon Laight
Dan Charnley
Neil McClements
Baden James Mellonie
Chris Askham
Paul PJ Johnson
Jay Martin
Owen Edmonds
Asa Wheatley
Sammy Ward
Foxhat
Mewa-chu
Nigel Twumasi

Find out more at the convention Facebook page here:

See you there!


Sunday, May 05, 2019

Review: INVASION 1984!

Although I was reading Battle comic in 1983 it was mainly for Charley's War, which I'd cut out of the comic to save, and discard the rest. I don't think I ever read Invasion 1984 which appeared in its pages then, or maybe I just skimmed through it. Either way, I remembered nothing about it. A pity, because revisiting it now I find it's a cracking story!

Rebellion have collected the whole Invasion 1984 serial into one book as part of their Treasury of British Comics line. It's a 128 page softback on matt paper that has a very nice feel to it and reproduces the art well. 

Invasion 1984 is written by John Wagner and Alan Grant under their R.Clark pseudonym, and illustrated by Eric Bradbury. The story is old school entertainment about an alien invasion and humans fighting back against impossible odds. It may appear unsophisticated to readers more used to ponderous "talking heads" strips but for anyone who wants a bloody good yarn that's fast-paced and full of action, this is perfect. 

I was surprised at the amount of devastation the aliens incur on humanity. At the time, IPC were still reeling from the fuss about how violent Action was, and although there's no gore there is death and destruction on a grand scale. The invaders gun down innocent civilians with such regularity it's impossible to keep a body count. The humans are no better; annihilating Glasgow in a nuclear blast in a futile attempt to destroy an alien ship. 

Eric Bradbury was a veteran artist at this stage and his pages have a suitably grim and gritty feel to the action and a perfect balance of black and white. He really was one of the greatest adventure strip artists of the 20th Century. John Wagner and Alan Grant were also highly experienced by this point and although the story might not be in the same league as most of their 2000AD work it's still an excellently crafted tale. 

If you're looking for a good entertaining alien invasion story with some great art, Invasion 1984! is for you. On sale in bookshops now, or directly from the publisher here:
https://treasuryofbritishcomics.com/catalogue/RCA-B0048


Friday, May 03, 2019

Preview: 2000AD REGENED SPECIAL

This year's Specials are coming thick and fast from Rebellion and the next one will be on sale on Wednesday 8th May... but you'll have to be quick to grab this one as it'll only be on sale for a week!

2000AD Prog 2130 will be titled 2000AD Regened, and is a 52 page Special suitable for all ages. (The usual tone and continuity will resume the following week with Prog 2131.) 2000AD Regened will look very different to the usual issue, and even has the return (for one week only) of the much-missed original 2000AD logo from the 1970s, updated and remastered. 

Here's the PR from Rebellion, plus sneak peaks at some of the strips within...

UK and DIGITAL: 8th May 2019 £4.99
NORTH AMERICA: 8th June 2019 $32.80 (per pack)
DIAMOND: MAR191963
COVER: NEIL GOOGE (a) GARY CALDWELL (c)

In this issue:
JUDGE DREDD vs GRUDZILLA by Chris Weston (w+a) Chris Blythe (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)


FULL TILT BOOGIE  by Alex De Campi (w) Eduardo Ocana (a) Ellie De Ville (l)

FUTURE SHOCKS: THAT WEIRD KID by Karl Stock (w) Brett Parson (a) Simon Bowland (l)

ANDERSON PSI DIVISION: SPELLCRAFT by Alec Worley (w) PJ Holden (a) Gary Caldwell (c) Ellie De Ville (l)

FINDER & KEEPER by Leah Moore, John Reppion (w) Davide Tinto (a) Pippa Mather (c) Annie  Parkhouse (l)

ROGUE TROOPER: SECRET OF THE KEEP by Cavan Scott (w), Nick Roche (a) Abigail Bulmer (c) 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

...and remember there are even more Specials to come with the 2000 AD Sci-Fi SpecialTammy and Jinty SpecialThe VigilantRoy of the Rovers 65th Anniversary SpecialScream and Misty Presents The Thirteenth Floor! 


Don't forget! DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE No.538 is out now


AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH NEW COMPOSER SEGUN AKINOLA – ONLY IN DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE 538!
This issue also includes:
A candid interview with Eric Saward, one of Doctor Who‘s longest-serving script editors’.
Former showrunner Steven Moffat discusses Eric’s legacy.
Robert Allsopp describes his unusual contributions to Doctor Who’s prop and costume departments – from the Sylvester McCoy episodes to the present day.
Alex Mercer describes what it’s like to be one of the current producers of Doctor Who.
Storyboard artist James Iles talks us through some of his stunning illustrations.
Jacqueline King – aka Sylvia Noble – answers questions from the TARDIS tin.
A tribute to Shane Rimmer, who guest starred in The Gunfightersin 1966.
Part Four of Herald of Madness, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends.
How one cosplayer became the War Doctor’s companion.
The Fact of Fiction explores the 1979 story Nightmare of Eden.
The Blogs of Doom, audio reviews, previews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!

Plus another Daft Dimension from me!


DWM 538 is on sale NOW, priced £5.99.





Cor!! Buster, don't miss out!

I was pleased to see that there was only one issue left of the Cor!! Buster Humour Special in the city centre branch of WH Smith Birmingham yesterday. It's sold well in shops near me too. All of which have placed it correctly in the children's section (next to Beano and Phoenix) and not on the top shelf next to Viz! 

Don't miss your chance to grab a copy, - but if you have difficulty finding it, you can order it directly from the publishers here:
https://treasuryofbritishcomics.com/catalogue/RCS1951

How's it selling in your area? What did you think of the special? Let me know by posting your comments below...





Wednesday, May 01, 2019

The TEMPEST - Penultimate issue!

I blogged about Cosmic Comics in my previous post; a comic reprinting some of Kevin O'Neill's earliest mainstream work. Now let's look at his very latest work, with a preview of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest No.5 which is out now, jointly published by Knockabout (UK) and Top Shelf (USA).

Anyone who thinks today's comics are inferior to those of the past clearly isn't looking very hard. Kevin O'Neill has produced detailed, top quality work throughout his career, and teamed with writer Alan Moore, comics don't get much better than this. 

Admittedly, your enjoyment of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest will be more enriched if you've followed the whole series. The comic is sophisticated and complex, but each issue is also a great deal of fun in itself. This isn't a throwaway five minute read like many comics. The story requires the reader to focus, and will reward them more with subsequent re-readings (and the forthcoming collection). 

Kevin's artwork brings us surprises and unexpected cultural references with every turn of the page. There are homages to literature, movies, comics, and more in a giddy mixture of the surreal, - and then things go 3D, and back again, and it's barmy and clever and you've never seen a comic like it. 

As regular readers will know, The Tempest features a homage to a different style of old British comic on the cover of each issue. This month Kevin has done a perfect spoof of Alan Class comics, right down to the "full 36 pages" and hand-lettered price (which due to inflation is 85 times what the one shilling Alan Class comics cost 50 years ago, but it's worth every penny). 

This issue also features a tribute to the late Denis McLoughlin. It's admirable that Alan and Kevin are doing these little essays on artists that most readers of their comics may not have heard of. The stories are always tragic, and reveal how publishers treated such great artists, but these stories need to be told, and I hope readers check out the work of the artists covered in this series. 

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest No.5 is in comic shops now, or you can buy it directly from Knockabout at their eBay store




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