Wednesday, May 23, 2018

TOXIC No.306 - out today

In the latest issue of Toxic, our heroes Team Toxic go to a mad planet, fight robots, and daft things happen. Hopefully it'll appeal to the demographic of 7 to 12 year old boys. It's the sort of thing that I liked at that age anyway, which is always the guideline I use when creating strips. 

This issue has 40 pages, plus an 8 page pull-out Avengers poster magazine, that fold out to a poster four times the page size. 

There's also a bunch of other goodies bagged with the mag. This is the foil bag to look out for...

That's Toxic No.306, out now, at £4.99. 
http://www.toxicmag.co.uk/on-sale-now/





BEANO No.3936 out today

Issue No.3936 of the Beano is in the shops today. (Does anyone out there have every issue?) Another 36 pages of all-new material featuring the long-running Beano stars. You can see a taste of the contents here:
https://www.beano.com/posts/inside-beano-no-3936

It also includes another Big Eggo strip by me.

Beano No.3936, available from newsagents and supermarkets across the UK!


Monday, May 21, 2018

Cover reveal: DANDY SUMMER SPECIAL 2018

Here's the cover to this year's Dandy Summer Special, as revealed on the D.C. Thomson website this week. It'll be published on June 13th but you can pre-order it from the publishers themselves:
https://www.dcthomsonshop.co.uk/our-brands/dandy/dandy-summer-special-2018.html

I understand the contents will be entirely all-reprint again, as they have been for the last few years, but it'll be interesting to see what selection of stories have been chosen. 

The cover, by Ken Harrison, is brand new, and in the fine tradition of Summer Specials of old.

The Beano Summer Special is already out, and contains all-new content. It can also be ordered from the publisher.


Dandy Annual 2019 - cover reveal

D.C. Thomson have revealed the cover of The Dandy Annual 2019, set to go on sale this August. Once again it will have 112 pages of all-new strips featuring the top Dandy stars from the comic's long history such as Desperate Dan, Brassneck, and Keyhole Kate. The cover art is by Ken Harrison.

The book will of course be available to buy on its own, but at the moment you can pre-order it with the Beano Annual 2019 as a discounted "Double Trouble Pack" from the D.C. Thomson shop:
https://www.dcthomsonshop.co.uk/our-brands/the-beano/double-trouble-pack-2019.html



Sunday, May 20, 2018

Preview: BELLA AT THE BAR Vol.1

July's release from The Treasury of British Comics will be Bella at the Bar Volume 1, a collection of the first year of Bella stories that first appeared in Tammy weekly from 1974 to 1975. (There's also a back up strip reprinting a Bella story, That Barlow Kid, from a Tammy Annual.) A favourite amongst many collectors who read it at the time, this softback book is sure to be a winner. 

Here's the PR from Rebellion, along with a preview of the first episode...

CREATIVE TEAM: Jenny McDade (w) John Armstrong (a)
REGIONS: worldwide & digital
RELEASE DATE: 12th July 2018
PAPERBACK, 114 pages
PRICE: £10.99 (UK)
ISBN: 9781781086254
DIAMOND: MAY183143

Bella’s gymtastic adventure begins here! Bella Barlow is a young orphan with ambitions to be a world class gymnastic. She has the talent, but is hampered by her cruel Uncle Jed and Aunt Gert who constantly exploit her for their own selfish gains. While out cleaning windows for her uncle’s business, Bella comes across an exclusive school with a great gymnastics programme. A kind teacher named Miss Mortimer would happily accept her, but the young athlete faces great opposition from her guardians and the horrible snobbery of the school’s headmistress.






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

Available to pre-order now directly from the publishers:
https://treasuryofbritishcomics.com/catalogue/RCA-G0005



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