Monday, October 23, 2017

Preview: INFINITY No.6

Not a comic, but a magazine that will appeal to many of you, Infinity is a British mag that is dedicated to classic film and television (with occasional articles on comics). Here's an advance look at issue No.6, which spotlights The Prisoner TV series in this, its 50th anniversary year. (Cover art by Mark Maddox.) There'll also be many features on other items too, as you can see from the cover. 

You'll find Infinity in WH Smith and selected newsagents. (My local Smiths still insists it's a children's magazine and stocks it with the nursery comics, but most sensible branches will put it next to 2000AD, SFX, etc.)

Infinity No.6 will be out on Thursday 23rd November. The current issue (No.5) is still available in shops and this is the cover to look for...

You can follow Infinity magazine on their Facebook page here:
https://www.facebook.com/ghoulishpubs/

If you're a fan of The Prisoner, this is the website for you:
https://www.theunmutual.co.uk

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Mick McMahon returns to Judge Dredd!

Cover by TIERNAN TREVALLION
Next week's issue of 2000AD (Prog 2054) sees one of the comic's original artists return to illustrate a one-off Judge Dredd story. The renowned Mick McMahon is back, drawing Lord of the Fyreflies, with colours by Chris Blythe. An instant collector's item! 

In fact, it's a very solid issue all round, with top class material from cover to cover. Here's a preview of the issue, courtesy of Rebellion...

UK & DIGITAL: 25th October 2017 £2.75
NORTH AMERICA: 25th October 2017 $7.99
DIAMOND CODE: AUG171917
COVER: TIERNEN TREVALLION

In this issue:
JUDGE DREDD: LORD OF THE FYREFLIES by rory McConville (w) Mick McMahon (a) Chris Blythe (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)


INDIGO PRIME: A DYING ART by Kek-W (w) Lee Carter (a) Simon Bowland (l)

SLÁINE: ARCHON by Pat Mills (w) Simon Davis (a) Ellie De Ville (l)


SINISTER DEXTER: AZTEC CAMERADERIE by SDan Abnett (w) Steve Yeowell (a) John Charles (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)



ABSALOM: TERMINAL DIAGNOSIS by Gordon Rennie (w) Tiernan Trevallion (a) Ellie De Ville (l)

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


Friday, October 20, 2017

See you in Loughborough!

This Sunday (22nd October) I'll be at Loughborough Comic-Con, at Loughborough Leisure Centre. As well as the guests listed above, there'll also be stars from television including Sophie Aldred, Hannah Spearritt, Danny John-Jules and more! Come along and join us!
https://en-gb.facebook.com/loughboroughcomiccon2017/

Out now from Panini UK...

MIGHTY WORLD OF MARVEL #14. On sale 19th October!
100-page special! Five fantastic stories! £3.99!
The Champions are born! Marvel's teenage heroes are striking out on their own, and they're going to do things their way! A hot new series begins by Mark Waid and Humberto Ramos!
The Black Widow returns – and now she's got the Weeping Lion working for her! By Chris Samnee and Mark Waid!
The Guardians of the Galaxy face a showdown with the dreaded Mother Entropy! By Jim Starlin and Alan Davis!
A Civil War II chapter! Nick Fury discovers the shocking truth behind the secret SHIELD cult! By Declan Shalvey!
A special Captain America adventure set in World War II by Stan Lee and Bruce Timm!

Featuring material first printed in Champions #1, Guardians of the Galaxy: Mother Entropy #5, Black Widow #7, Marvel 75th Anniversary #1 and Civil War II: Choosing Sides #5-6.

ESSENTIAL X-MEN #16. On sale 19th October!
76 pages of mutant mayhem! £3.99!
Storm is caught between Cyclops and Medusa as the mutant/Inhuman conflict accelerates! Don't miss ‘Death of X’ by Charles Soule, Jeff Lemire and Aaron Kuder!
Pslyocke battles her way across the world – and is ambushed by Mystique! By Cullen Bunn and Greg Land!
Featuring material first printed in Death of X #2-3 and Uncanny X-Men #14-15.

DEADPOOL UNLEASHED #7. On sale 19th October!
76 pages of the Merc with a Mouth! Three wild adventures! £3.99!
There's a new Mercs for Money team – but Domino is running it! Can Deadpool cope with his reduced status?! By Cullen Bunn and Iban Coello!
Deadpool the Duck tackles the sinister Roxxon Corporation! By Stuart Moore and Jacopo Camagni!
Deadpool and Hawkeye battle mind-controlled cosplaying assassins! By Gerry Duggan, Matteo Lolli and Jacopo Camagni!

Featuring material first printed in Deadpool: Mercs for Money #5, Deadpool the Duck #3 and Hawkeye vs Deadpool #1-2.

The Spirit of the Lakes

One spectacular comic I bought last weekend at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival was The Spirit, a massive (broadsheet) sized 12 page comic featuring strips by the top talent in the industry.

The one-off comic was produced for the Festival, to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Will Eisner, The Spirit's creator. With a wonderful cover by Becky Cloonan, each interior page features a tribute strip of The Spirit by the following creators:
Brendan McCarthy, Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, Graham Dury and Simon Thorp, Chris Samee, John M Burns, Sergio Aragones, Peter Milligan and Duncan Fregredo, Seth, Jason Latour, Johnathan Ross and Bryan Hitch, and a back cover illustration by Michael Cho.

There's also a tribute written by Neil Gaiman, and an article by Chris Murray and John McShane on how Will Eisner influenced a change in direction of British comics. 

The comic was edited by Sean Phillips and is truly a classy production. This deserves a place in everyone's collection, and if you'd like a copy you can buy one directly from the comic shop Page 45 in Nottingham or from their website:
http://www.page45.com/store/Spirit-Centenary-Newspaper-Lakes-International-Comic-Art-Festival-2017-.html#SID=272

Panini UK launch BEN 10 Magazine

Panini UK have just launched the first issue of a new Ben 10 Magazine, based on the popular Cartoon Network show. The 36 page mag, aimed at 4 to 8 year olds, includes a brand new 8 page comic strip drawn by Russ Leach (who was previously the artist on Doctor Who Adventures). Good to see new strip created for the mag instead of reprint.
Here's more info...

Follow the heroic exploits of Ben Tennyson, Grandpa Max and Cousin Gwen in the NEW official magazine. 10-year-old Ben does what any kid his age would do if he possessed the most powerful device in the universe, the Omnitrix – he uses it at every available opportunity!
This extra-special first issue will include a super-awesome free gift, plus the first episode of a BRAND NEW alien-bashing comic strip story. There's also a selection of villainous puzzles and fantastic prizes to be won!
Unleash your inner hero across 36 action-packed pages!


Issue Number: 1

Price: £3.99

Covermounted Gift: FREE blaster!

On sale: Thurs 18th October 2017

To see more of Russ Leach's work, visit his website here:
http://www.russleach.com/index.php

Panini Comics UK website:
http://www.paninicomics.co.uk/web/guest/home

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The first MINNIE THE MINX! (1953)

Over on Beano.Com this week they've uploaded the very first Minnie the Minx strip, when she debuted in The Beano back in 1953. 

The artwork is by Leo Baxendale, but it's from his early days as a cartoonist when he was still experimenting with his style. Minnie looks somewhat different to how we know her today, and Leo's style was less confident and not as distinct. 

Leo would of course go on to become the most influential artist in British comics from the 1950s to the present day, so it just goes to prove that artists should be given a chance to develop their styles, and strips should be given time to grow. 

See the full strip over at Beano.com here:
https://www.beano.com/posts/throwback-thursday-meet-minnie-the-minx

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A good weekend at the Lakes!

My thanks to Julie Tait, Carole Tait, Sandra Wood, and the whole team for organising The Lakes International Comic Art Festival last weekend. It was a pleasure to be a guest again at such a well organised and diverse event. As always at such shows it's great to meet the readers, catch up with old friends, and meet new people too. Thanks to John Freeman, Marc Jackson, Davey Jones, Jim Stewart, Eli Winter, Steve MacManus, Rian Hughes, John McShane, Pete Renshaw, Jeremy Briggs, Hunt Emerson and Jane, Tony Bennett, Tim Pilcher, John and Sandra of Metaphrog, Emma Vieceli, Steve McGarry, Brad Brooks, Emmeline Pidgen, Andrew Jolly, Peter Doherty, Graham Dury, Simon Thorp, Charlie Adlard, Bryan Talbot, Steve White, and many more for being good company, even though I only saw some of you briefly. Hope you all enjoyed the weekend too.

I didn't get a chance to take many photos but here's a few...

Even the Clocktower looked good, despite the scaffolding, thanks to the huge banner promoting the show!

Kendal is a very picturesque town. The hotel I stayed in is a converted 18th Century tannery. (Far more comfortable inside than the exterior would suggest!) 

My thanks to everyone who attended my Comics Gold talk (a whirlwind presentation on the history of UK comics). Special thanks to John Freeman for co-hosting it.


The talks and interviews mostly took place at the Brewery Arts Centre (shown at the top of this post) with exhibitors a short distance down the road at the Clock Tower. (This photo was taken towards the end of the event when things were quietening down.)

Saturday evening gave us a chance to relax with live entertainment, including the band Blue Harvest at popular town centre pub Ruskins...

I missed most of the panels but on Sunday I did catch the prolific artist Steve McGarry giving a fascinating and entertaining talk on the history of football comics.

By 4pm on Sunday I had to dash off to catch my train home but I'd had a thoroughly enjoyable weekend! No doubt more in-depth reviews of LICAF will be appearing online soon so look out for them! (In fact, this one over at the Page 45 site is pretty comprehensive:
http://www.page45.com/world/2017/10/page-45-comic-graphic-novel-reviews-october-2017-week-three-lakes-festival-special/ )

All photos in this report ©2017 Lew Stringer.

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The next event I'll be at will be Loughborough Comic-Con, this coming Sunday, 22nd October, at Loughborough Leisure Centre. See you there!

Preview: MISTY Volume 2

The Scream and Misty Halloween Special comes out today featuring all new material, and in four weeks' time Rebellion will publish Misty Volume 2, featuring classic material from the 1970s. Interesting to see them revert to the original logo, as Volume 1 had a new logo designed for it. (See here.) I suppose it has brand recognition of sorts but I never thought it evoked a supernatural vibe befitting the comic. Still, it's the logo people remember so it's appropriate that it's back.

Misty Volume 2 will feature two complete serials, collected from the Misty weekly comic. Here's some info and preview images...

CREATIVE TEAM:  Malcolm Shaw (w) Mario Capaldi, John Richardson (a)
REGIONS: UK, North America, worldwide digital
RELEASE DATE: 16 November 2017
PAPERBACK, 114
PRICE: £13.99 (UK) $21.99 (US)
ISBN: 9781781086001
DIAMOND: SEP171851



Following up our hit first volume of the ‘horror comic for girls’ with another collection of two stories: The Sentinels and End of The Line. Misty was a revolutionary concept by 2000 AD’s creator Pat Mills in 1978 and left its mark on a whole generation of young women. The two identical tower blocks, known as ‘The Sentinels’ to the locals, stand tall over the town of Birdwood – but only one is occupied while the other remains mysteriously empty. When Jan Richards’ family lose their home they decide to hide out in the abandoned block so they can stay together, only to be sent into a parallel world where the Nazis conquered Britain in 1940… 

In End of the Line, Ann’s father was one of a group of engineers believed to have been killed whilst working on an extension to the London Underground but when she and her mother are invited to the opening of the new train tunnel, Ann discovers a mysterious time portal through which several workers are being kept as slaves by an evil Victorian called Lord Vicary.
Available in print from: book stores, Amazon, and comic book stores via Diamond

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Preview: THE DRACULA FILE

This Thursday, 19th October, Rebellion publishes the fourth in its Treasury of British Comics books with The Dracula File collected from the pages of Scream! (and Scream! Holiday Specials). As well as the strips, it features a brand new cover by Chris Weston, an introduction by Scream! editor Ian Rimmer, A gallery of Scream! covers that featured Dracula, and a back up article by Dave McDonald charting the history of the path that led IPC to publish Scream!

Here's more info and images, courtesy of Rebellion...

CREATIVE TEAM:  Gerry Finley-Day, Simon Furman, Ken Noble (w) Eric Bradbury, Geoff Senior, Keith Page (a) John Aldrich, Peter Knight (l)
REGIONS: UK, worldwide digital
RELEASE DATE: 19 October 2017
PAPERBACK - 101 pages
PRICE: £15.99 (UK) $19.99 (US)
ISBN: 9781781085998
DIAMOND: AUG171921



Fleeing vampire hunters from behind the iron Curtain, Count Dracula returns to Great Britain with an unquenchable thirst for blood! Unable to accept that the supernatural defector has slipped through his fingers, Rumanian KGB officer Stakis decides to defy his disbelieving superiors and destroy the unholy horror that has plagued the world for centuries. Will 1980s London become the Count’s permanent, new feeding ground? Written by 2000 AD stalwart Gerry Finley-Day and featuring Eric Bradbury’s nightmarish vision of horror’s greatest icon, The Dracula File is a book that you can really sink your teeth into!

Available in print from: book stores, Amazon, and comic book stores via Diamond
Available in digital from: Treasury of British Comics webshop

COMMANDO comics out this week...

Brand new Commando issues 5063-5066 are coming soon, featuring Motor Boat malaises, Commando bomb disposals, Heinkel hesitations and Ypres revenants all to test the mettle of our men at war!


5063: Home of Heroes: The Crew

What was better for a crew at war: the men to be specialists or jacks of all trades? That was the question that faced Lieutenant Frank Temple on his new Motor Boat. Surely to be the best at your job was key to success and survival, but, indeed, with so few men aboard if something happened how would they cope without an able replacement? So, when Frank decided to give his new men extra training for the different positions he thought he was doing the right thing, but his crew weren’t very happy…

With stylish accompanying art from Vicente Alcazar, Ferg Handley’s stiff-upper lip rivalry between Frank and his second in command Steve Hewitt is lovingly brought to life.

|Story | Ferg Handley | Art | Vicente Alcazar | Cover | Janek Matysiak |



5064: Gold Collection: Spy Trap

Mission Brief: parachute into Germany to defuse a British bomb buried in the ruined interior of a feared Nazi prison and rescue to the British agent held inside. Time to detonation: twelve hours.

Commando Lieutenant Phil Searle always stayed cool under pressure, that’s why he was so skilled at defusing enemy bombs and mines. So, naturally, he didn’t flinch when his C.O. volunteered him on a mission to defuse an unexploded bomb in a German prison, or to rescue the British agent held there. But what did throw Phil was his partner on this mission, Helmut Malke, a Jerry with a habit of disappearing right before trouble started…

With Gentry’s combination of big personalities, ‘Spy Trap’s tension is just as high-octane, with enemies around every corner in Bielsa’s detailed artwork and guns aimed right on our hero in Penalva’s bold cover.

|Story | Gentry | Art | Bielsa | Cover | Penalva |
Originally Commando No 396 (April 1969) Reprinted No 1147 (1977)



5065: Action and Adventure: Wings of Woe

Flying from a young age with hopes of becoming a pilot, our hero is instead assigned as a bomb aimer and navigator, but strives to rise in the ranks and take control of his aircraft.  His name is Jurgen Loden and he flies in a Heinkel...

Desperate to live up to his older brother and idol, a German fighter pilot in the First World War, Jurgen wants nothing more than to defend his country, but when he sees the destruction his bombs inflict he begins to question the Nazi cause.

A compelling perspective from George Low, with detailed artwork by Rezzonico and a suitably stunning aerial cover from Ian Kennedy, ‘Wings of Woe’ is a stand out issue for any collection.


|Story | George Low | Art | Rezzonico | Cover | Ian Kennedy |



5066: Silver Collection: Dead Men’s Revenge

Lying under rubble from a fallen building, Nick Gray’s life was slowly draining. That’s when he saw them. Hazy wraiths in uniforms from the last great war. They were at Ypres, they told him. Betrayed by their C.O. they were court martialled and executed on the ground Nick’s broken body lies on. “It’s not your time,” they tell him. Nick must complete the task given to him by these revenants if they are ever to be at peace…

A dark number from Ian Clark, ‘Dead Men’s Revenge’ deals with sacrifice and the young men of World War Two being haunted by the heroics of the past generation which they must live up to. Combine that with artwork and cover by Ibanez and this eerie issue really packs an equally supernatural and poignant punch.

|Story | Ian Clark | Art |Ibanez | Cover | Ibanez |
Originally Commando No 2647 (March 1993)




Monday, October 16, 2017

Preview: JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE No.389

A quick preview of a few pages from Judge Dredd Megazine No.389 out this Wednesday.

UK & DIGITAL: 18th October 2017 £5.99
NORTH AMERICA: 18th October 2017 $13
DIAMOND CODE: AUG171918
COVER: NICK PERCIVAL

In this issue:
JUDGE DREDD: DEFROSTED by Rory McConville (w) Paul Davidson (a) Chris Blythe (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)

ANDERSON: NWO by Alan Grant (w) Paul Marshall (a) Dylan Teague (c) Simon Boland (l)

DEVLIN WAUGH: BLOOD DEBT by Rory McConville (w) Mike Dowling (a) Simon Bowland (l)

LAWLESS: BREAKING BADROCK by Dan Abnett (w) Len O'Grady (a) Ellie De Ville (l)

DOMINION by John Wagner (w) Nick Percival (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)


Features: 
New Comics: Scream! and Misty Special
Interrogation: Simon Furman
Interrogation: Leonardo Manco
New Books: Comic Book Hero

Bagged graphic novel: Tharg's Terror Tales by Arthur Wyatt, Al Ewing, Nicolas Jean, Alec Worley, John Smith, David Baillie (w) John Cooper, Tiernen Trevallion, Cliff Robinson, Yann Valeani, Warren Pleece, Graeme Neil Reid, Mark Harrison, Edmund Bagwell, Will Morris, Tom Foster, Peter Doherty (a) Ellie De Ville, Simon Bowland, Peter Doherty (l)



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

DWM 518 preview

Here's a quick preview of Doctor Who Magazine No.518, in shops this Thursday, 19th October. Packed with news, reviews, interviews, and more. Plus another Daft Dimension from me! Don't miss it!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Your advance preview of the next 2000AD!

2000AD Prog 2053 will be in the shops on Wednesday, but you can see a few preview pages here right now, courtesy of Rebellion! 

UK & DIGITAL: 18th October 2017 £2.75
NORTH AMERICA: 18th October 2017 $7.99
DIAMOND CODE: AUG171917
COVER: BEN WILLSHER

In this issue:

JUDGE DREDD: ADAPTIVE OPTICS by Arthur Wyatt (w) Simon Roy (a), Annie Parkhouse (l)

GREY AREA: HOMELAND SECURITY by Dan Abnett (w) Mark Harrison (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)


SLÁINE: ARCHON by Pat Mills (w) Simon Davis (a) Ellie De Ville (l)


INDIGO PRIME: A DYING ART by Kek-W (w) Lee Carter (a) Simon Bowland (l)


ABSALOM: TERMINAL DIAGNOSIS by Gordon Rennie (w) Tiernan Trevallion (a) Ellie De Ville (l)


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