New comics magazine for the UK – COMICSCENE launches May 1st
It’s been quite a while since we’ve had a print comics magazine available in the UK. But from May 1st, all that changes, with the launch of COMICSCENE UK.
Calling itself “The new magazine for everyone that love comics”, ComicScene is a subscription-only magazine focusing on UK comics from the past, present, and future. The launch magazine, issue 0, is published by ComicFlix.org, based in Scotland, and headed up by Tony Foster. Full disclosure, one of the 20+ writers contributing is me, but having seen the launch issue, there’s enough great stuff in there to overlook my terrible ramblings.
From Tony Cox’s introduction:
“What encouraged this madness? Vinyl sales up again in 2017. That’s what inspired this magazine. 50% research and 50% gut reaction that people wanted a comic about comics.
But if you have an interest in comics, where do you go? Where is your voice? There’s none, really. Except on the internet. Blogs, vlogs, podcasts and websites. Hundreds of them. All of reasonable quality but slightly ironic, when you think about it. Why should one of the most progressive printed mediums – that spurns some of the most lucrative film, merchandise and gaming industries – find itself without it’s own printed magazine in the UK?”
Leading off the names, with his regular column, The Last Word, is the creator of 2000AD Pat Mills. and c0-creator of Judge Dredd John Wagner talking about his sci-fi football comic with Alan Grant and Dan Cornell, Rok Of The Reds. Also in the launch issue (deep breath…)
Nuts and Bolts – John Freeman on the comic scene, including the recent success of the Beano.
Changing Face Of Dan Dare – Richard Sheaf takes a monthly look at the Pilot of the Future.
How Comic Books Help Us Relive Our Childhood – Benoit Peeters.
The Prisoner – Stephen Jewell interviews Pete Milligan and Colin Lorimer on the new title from Titan Comics.
OK Computer – Luke Williams debates digital v print comics.
21st Century Flashback – Fred MacNamara on Thunderbirds.
Art Gallery – original unseen art with a story from Rufus Dayglo.
Shiver and Shake – Martin Dallard takes a look at a fabulous first issue!
Hatch, Match and Dispatch Valiant & Lion – David Moloney speaks to Chris Lowder and Steve MacManus about the merger of two great titles.
The Growth of Cosplay – Louise Saul provides an insiders guide to the growth of cosplay at comic conventions.
Creators Writes – Co Creator of Judge Dredd John Wagner tells us how his new character Rok of the Reds was developed.
The Cartmel Factor – Ian Wheeler takes a monthly look at Doctor Who comics, including the new series of 7th Doctor adventures from Titan Comics.
Free Comic Book Day – Richard Bruton on 2000AD Free Comic Book Day issues.
25 years of Batman Mask Of Phantasm – Tim Hayes looks back at 25 years of Batman animation as Batman Ninja hits the screens.
Captain Scotland – A new strip followed by an interlude by writer Tom J Farmer and art by Jose Rodriguez Mota and Valentina Mozzo introduces the new female Captain Scotland. (Catch up with the story so far at https://comicsflix.org/
Through the Looking Glass: The Secret History of Toxic – John McShane takes a look at Toxic and the influence Scotland has had on comics.
That Whooshing Noise: 30 Years of Deadline – Tim Pilcher speaks to the original creators of Deadline.
30 years of Tank Girl – Chris McAulay reads Tank Girl for the first time.
Remembering Steve Dillon – Joel Meadows on one of the creators of Deadline, Steve Dillon.
Judge Dredd v Batman – Karl Stock on the meetings of the Mega City Lawman and the Caped Crusader of Gotham.
Rachael Ball: Creator of Wolf – Tony Esmond takes a monthly look at Small Press.
Stuck in the 18th Century – Steve Tanner on the creation of Flintlock.
Fanscene – 50 Years of Fandom. David Hathaway Price takes a regular look at fandom over the last 50 years with the infamous Unicorn.
50 years of Apollo Landings – Stephen Jewell takes a look at the new graphic novel Apollo, launched a year before the 50th anniversary of the Apollo landings.
Collecting Roy of the Rovers – Richard Sheaf regular column on Roy of the Rovers and sport/adventure comics.
The Last Word – 2000AD creator Pat Mills writes his new and regular column.
The first issue proper will be out in August, with a monthly schedule. And of things to come in the future, we’re promised:
Judge Dredd v Judge Death, 2000AD, Halo Jones, Girls Comics including Tammy / Jinty / Bunty, 80 years of the Beano, Six Million Dollar Man v Mach One, Charley’s War, 40 years of Starlord and Misty, 50 years of fandom and comic con, 30 years of Hellblazer, Vertigo at 25, the new Doctor Who Jodi Whittaker, Superman at 80, Captain Britain / Mega City One / V For Vendetta and comics on the big and small screen, Miracleman, DC and Marvel in the U.K., European comics plus all the latest news and gossip from the comic, small press, cosplay and related media industry from some of the best writers in the business!
The magazine, as mention, is subscription only, and you can find full details of the deals at the ComicScene website. But the price for the magazine starts from £4.25 per issue for a PDF copy, with the full price print magazine at £8.50 an issue (including P&P) offered from £5.25 an issue with a 12 issue subscription at £63.00.