Monday, August 21, 2017

Preview: Doctor Who Magazine No.516

Here's the cover of the next issue of the official Doctor Who Magazine, which will be in the shops on Thursday 24th August. As you can see, it features Jodie Whittaker, who steps into the role during the Christmas episode this year (which sadly bids farewell to Peter Capaldi) and whose full series begins in Autumn 2018.

Casting a woman as the Doctor has been a controversial point, but most comments I've read have been positive and welcoming. Personally I think it's a brilliant move, and I'm eagerly looking forward to seeing what Jodie Whittaker brings to the part. After all, the Doctor is a shape-changing alien from a fictional planet. At the end of the 9th Doctor's life he mused he might even regenerate with two heads. Fans didn't seem to object to that notion, but put a woman in the role and some have gone ballistic! 

This issue of Doctor Who Magazine will of course be packed with features, interviews, news and reviews, plus the regular 12th Doctor comic strip. It'll also include another Daft Dimension by me, and I've made it topical. I think this will be the first time the 13th Doctor has appeared in a strip in an official Doctor Who publication, and she's not likely to appear in another strip until her series starts, so grab your collector's item copy this Thursday!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Full programme revealed for The Lakes International Comic Art Festival

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival takes place in Kendal over the weekend of 13th to 15th October, and the full programme booklet is now available to read online...
https://issuu.com/johnfsfreeman/docs/licaf-2017-programme-web-links

...or download as a PDF...
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6OAfjYkhjTkZWI4TW9aT2U5cTQ/view

I'll be doing a panel on Sunday 15th October on the history and evolution of British comics. Hope you can attend!

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is 100% devoted to a wide variety of comics. Here's the impressive guest list for this year...


To find out more, and to book tickets, see the festival website:
https://www.comicartfestival.com

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Dan Cornwell makes his 2000AD debut

Having built up a fanbase with readers who admired his artwork on football/SF comic Rok of the Reds, Dan Cornwell joins 2000AD next week by illustrating a new five-part Judge Dredd serial.

The story, War Buds, sees Dan working again with his Rok of the Reds collaborators, writer John Wagner and colourist Abigail Bulmer. It's an impressive mainstream debut, as can be seen from the preview page above. 

As readers of this blog will know, I was one of the many people who enjoyed Dan's artwork on Rok of the Reds and I'm very pleased to see him in 2000AD, a natural home for his work. Let's hope this five parter is the first of many contributions to the comic.

Here's the info for 2000AD Prog 2045, on sale Wednesday 23rd August.

UK & DIGITAL: 23rd August 2017 £2.65
NORTH AMERICA: 23rd September 2017 $7.99
DIAMOND CODE: JUN171887
COVER: CLIFF ROBINSON

In this issue:
Judge Dredd: War Bugs by John Wagner (w) Dan Cornwall (a) Abigail Bulmer (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)
The Alienist: Inhuman Natures by Gordon Rennie, Emma Beebie (w) Eoin Coveney (a) Ellie De Ville (l)
Greysuit: Foul Play by Pat Mills (w) John Higgins (a) Sally Hurst (c) Ellie De Ville (l)
Hope: ... For The Future by Guy Adams (w) Jimmy Broxton (a) (c) Simon Bowland (l)
Tharg's 3rillers: Mechastopheles by Gordon Rennie, Lawrence Rennie (w) Karl Richardson (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)


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

Available in digital from: 2000 AD webshop2000 AD iPad app, 2000 AD Android app, 2000 AD Windows 10 app


COVER: CLIFF ROBINSON

Friday, August 18, 2017

Combat Colin goes to second printing

Combat Colin No.1 has sold well since its launch at Macc-Pow! on 1st July. Stocks were running low so I've had a second printing done. The boxes have just turned up, and Stuart Gould at http://www.ukcomicscreative.co.uk has done another excellent job printing them. 

If you haven't ordered a copy yet and you'd like to, you can buy issue 1 directly from me at my online shop:
http://lewstringer.com/page7.htm

UK orders only at present. I'll work out international rates soon.

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:
http://www.ferranrodriguez.com/new-licenses-work/


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:
http://dcsuperherogirls.egmont.co.uk




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