Friday, August 18, 2017

Egmont launch new comic for girls

Egmont UK have recently launched DC Superhero Girls, a new monthly magazine based on the cartoon series of the same name. It includes a comic strip illustrated by Spanish artist Ferran Rodriguez and you can find out more about his work here:

DC Superhero Girls No.1 comes with cover-mounted gifts and a price of £4.99 (although subsequent issues will sometimes be £3.99 depending on cover mount). It also includes activity pages and posters of the characters. 

It's good to see a publishers wising up to the fact that superheroes appeal to girls as well as boys. "DC Super Hero Girls centres on the female Super Heroes and Super-Villains of DC as they explore their teen years and discover their Super Hero potential. DC Super Hero Girls taps into today’s zeitgeist moment of girl empowerment to deliver storytelling that promotes character and confidence, and empowers girls to discover their own true potential", says Egmont.

For more info, and to see the video ad for the comic, visit the Egmont website:

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Convention update

I can now reveal another date for my convention calendar as Preston Comic Con have just announced me as a guest for their event. It takes place on Saturday 23rd September at the Guild Hall, Preston, and you can find out more info here:

I have to point out that I did not draw the Beano cover shown on the advert. (It's by Nigel Parkinson.) I can only guess they used a Beano cover to grab people's attention. 

Here's the updated list of the rest of my convention appearances for this year...

9th September 2017
Holiday Inn,

23rd September 2017
The Guild Hall,

1st October 2017
Sports Connexion,
Leamington Road,
Ryton On Dunsmore,
CV8 3FL.

13th to 15th October 2017

22nd October 2017
Loughborough Leisure Centre,

To be announced. 
10th to 12th November 2017
More info soon.

25th/26th November 2017
Rivermead Leisure Complex

I've also been booked for two events for 2018 but I'll reveal those after the organisers have announced them. 

I hope to see you at some of these shows. I'll be there sketching and selling copies of my comics so drop by my table!

The return of Fighting American!

Cover by Duke Mighten.
Back in the 1950's Jack Kirby and Joe Simon, creators of Captain America, set about creating a new patriotic superhero. Fighting American was the result, and his short-lived adventures were published by Harvey Comics. The strips were fun, a bit crazy, and Fighting American and his assistant Speedboy fought quite a few Commies. Well, it was the 1950s! 

These days, with the political landscape of America being so dark, a President who's a narcissistic moron, and even Captain America being the leader of Neo-Nazi group Hydra, perhaps it's time for the re-emergence of an old hero for a bit of escapism. This October, British company Titan Comics will launch Fighting American No.1, bringing the hero forward in time to 2017! 

Here's the PR...

Writer: Gordon Rennie
Artist: Duke Mighten
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: October 11, 2017

The Cold War superhero returns – originally launched in 1954 by the creators of Captain America, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby!
When the 1950s heroes find themselves trapped in the modern world, how will they handle what society has become, and what dangers will they face?

With new villains to contend with and enemies from their past pursuing them, what daring adventures could Fighting American and Speedboy find themselves in now?

On sale in comics speciality shops across the UK and USA on October 11th, 2017, - Joe Simon's birthday. 

Out today from Panini UK

Panini's latest Marvel Collector's Edition comics are out today, available from WH Smith and selected newsagents (and comic shops).

Marvel Legends Vol. 3 #14. On sale 17th August 2017.

100-Page Action-Packed Special, Featuring Marvel’s ‘Big 3’ – Iron Man, Captain America and Thor! £3.99!

A Civil War II chapter! While the war is tearing the super-human community apart, Captain America tries to bring peace! 

Plus, A Civil War II chapter! Civil War II takes its toll. Can Iron Man and Captain Marvel come to an agreement that will end the bloodshed?!!

Also, The Asgard/Shi'ar War begins! To defeat Malekith, Thor must form a new League of Realms! 

By Nick Spencer, Jesús Saiz, Brian Michael Bendis, Mike Deodato, Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman!

Includes material reprinted from Captain America: Steve Rogers #6, Invincible Iron Man Vol. 8 #14, and Thor #12, 13 and 14!

Astonishing Spider-Man Vol.6 #27. On sale 17th August 2017. 

76 pages of action-packed arachnid-adventure! Only £3.99!

A Clone Conspiracy chapter! We finally learn the shocking truth: how did Ben Reilly become The Jackal?!

Also, Silk versus Spider-Woman! ‘Nuff said!

Plus, a Civil War II chapter! Iron Man asks Spider-Man the all-important question: 
Whose side are you on?!!
By Dan Slott, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Robbie Thompson, Irene Strychalski, Brian Michael Bendis and Nico Leon.

Includes material reprinted from Amazing Spider-Man #22, Silk #15 and Spider-Man: Miles Morales #6.

Doctor Who and the Bookshops

I thought I'd give a plug for Panini's wonderful Doctor Who graphic novels as I rarely mention them here. These weighty large size softbacks reprint the Doctor Who comic strip serials from Doctor Who Magazine into handy complete collections. There's often also behind-the-scenes features on the strips as back-up articles too.

There have been more than 20 books in this line published over the years, and the newest is Doorway to Hell, gathering recent 12th Doctor stories, including his encounter with the original Master! It'll be out in September officially, but the DWM team say you might find some in shops already.

As there are still older stories to be reprinted, you never know what will turn up in this series. The previous book was Emperor of the Daleks, collecting a 7th Doctor story from the 1980s issues of DWM!

I know a few fans have said they'd like to see some of the 3rd Doctor strips from Countdown / TV Action collected into a future volume. There are no plans to do that yet, as far as I know, but Who knows...? 

The idea of books collecting comic serials has been the norm in Europe and Japan for many decades, and it's good that the practice has been employed in the UK for a few years now too. I really think this is one way forward for British comics at the moment. With these Doctor Who books, plus collections from Titan, The Phoenix, 2000AD, and Rebellion's Treasury of British Comics line, and all the new graphic novels published by companies such as Self Made Hero, bookshops are becoming the place to go to discover comics. 
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