Thursday, June 22, 2017

Two from Titan

New this week from Titan Comics are the latest issues of Anno Dracula 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem and World War Tank Girl

Anno Dracula 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem No.4 is written by Kim Newman and illustrated by Paul McCaffrey. Fantastic artwork, and deserves to be seen by as large an audience as possible so spread the word! 

World War Tank Girl No.3 by Alan Martin and Brett Parson continues the irreverent, adults-only saga of Tank Girl in World War 2. Funny stuff, with top class art by Brett Parson and a retro homage to comics of old. 

Both comics were published yesterday so hopefully your nearest comics shop may still have them. 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

50 year Flashback: BEANO SUMMER SPECIAL 1967

When I was a kid, I'd wait until I was on holiday to buy the latest summer specials. Picking up this Beano Summer Special from a stall on Blackpool prom in 1967, accompanied by the sea air and the sounds of seagulls and trams, was all part of the holiday experience. It also provided something to read in the guest house during the inevitable rainy days. 

Let's take a look at a few pages from this wonderful special. The cover artwork is by Dudley Watkins, showing a seemingly reckless Biffo the Bear leaping off the pier, but there's a safe resolution on the back cover...

Inside, the 32 tabloid sized pages were packed with all-new strips and features. The layout was often interesting, with strips sharing space, such as this spread with Punch and Jimmy by David Jenner alongside Dennis the Menace by David Law...

Most of the strips had a holiday theme of some sort. This Roger the Dodger page by Robert Nixon shows an old-style railway carriage and a stereotypical boarding house landlady...

This special had a good selection of adventure strips too; General Jumbo, The Q Bikes, and a great full colour centrespread with The Iron Fish, drawn by Sandy Calder...

A really nicely illustrated Lord Snooty and His Pals story by Dudley Watkins...

A very funny Dennis the Menace page by David Law...

...and what I think may be the very first Bash Street Dogs story, simply titled Dogs' Tale. The dogs had appeared in a few Bash Street Kids episodes in the weekly, but this is months before they achieved their own Pup Parade strip. You'll notice that they look a little different to how they appeared in the regular series. Art by David Sutherland...


That was a few pages from the 1967 special. Don't forget that the current Beano Summer Special is in the shops now!
Cover by Nigel Parkinson


All artwork in this post ©D.C. Thomson and Co. Ltd.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

It's a comics themed month in Birmingham!

A reminder that there are various comics-related events taking place in Birmingham throughout this month as part of the Birmingham Comics Festival. The one I'm attending is the Birmingham Comic Art Show next Saturday (24th June) at Birmingham City University, along with other comics guests, but here's the full line up of events that are happening in other venues...

https://birminghamcomicsfestival.com/bcf-2017-events-listing/

Preview: Judge Dredd Megazine No.385

It's always a good week when there's a new issue of Judge Dredd Megazine due, and No.385 will be in the shops this coming Wednesday, 21st June. Here's a preview, thanks to those folks at Rebellion...

UK & DIGITAL: 21 June 2017 £5.99
NORTH AMERICA: 21 July 2017 $13
DIAMOND CODE: APR171918
COVER: PHIL WINSLADE

In this issue:
Judge Dredd: The Third Person by Michael Carroll Carl Critchlow (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)

Tales from the Black Museum: Bite Sized by Rory McConville (w) Andrew Currie (a) Annie Parkhouse

Havn by Si Spencer (w) Henry Flint (a) Eva De La Cruz (c) Simon Bowland (l)

Anderson, Psi Division: Dragon Blood by Alan Grant (w) Paul Marshall (a) Dylan Teague (c) Simon Bowland (l)

Lawless: Long-Range War by Dan Abnett (w) Phil Winslade (a) Ellie De Ville (l)

Features: 
New Books: Skizz, One-eyed Jack, Be Pure! Be Vigilant! Behave!
Obituary: Edmund Bagwell


Bagged reprint: 
Necrophim: Civil Warlord by Tony Lee (w) Lee Carter (a) Annie Parkhouse 


Available in print from: UK newsagents and all good comic book stores via Diamond 

Preview of 2000AD Prog 2036

Leading with a superbly illustrated cover by Chris Weston, 2000AD Prog 2036 is another excellent issue. It goes on sale Wednesday 21st June, but you can see preview pages here now, courtesy of Rebellion...

UK & DIGITAL: 21 June 2017 £2.65
NORTH AMERICA: 21 July 2017 $7.99
DIAMOND CODE: FEB171836
COVER: CHRIS WESTON

In this issue:
Judge Dredd: The Fields by Rob Williams (w) Chris Weston (a) Dylan Teague (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)


Brink: Skeleton Life by Dan Abnett (w) INJ Culbard (a) Simon Bowland (l)


Defoe: Diehards by Pat Mills (w) Colin MacNeil (a) Ellie De Ville (l)


Grey Area: Back in Black by Dan Abnett (w) Mark Harrison (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)


Hunted: Furies by Gordon Rennie (w) PJ Holden (a) Len O'Grady (c) Ellie De Ville (l)


Available in print from: UK newsagents and all good comic book stores via Diamond 

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