Saturday, May 26, 2018

Have you visited my other blog?

Seems that some of you didn't know that I have two blogs. While Blimey! is for general comics news, my other blog, lewstringercomics focuses solely on my own work. I've been working in the comics industry for 35 years so if you're interested in my strips, past or present, please take a look and feel free to comment:
http://lewstringercomics.blogspot.co.uk 


Friday, May 25, 2018

Revealed: The new Roy of the Rovers

Rebellion have given us our first look at the all-new Roy Race who will debut in a brand new Roy of the Rovers comic strip serial in Match of the Day magazine on 5th June, running every week until 21st August.

The original Roy of the Rovers first appeared in Tiger comic No.1, back in 1954, and his exploits with Melchester Rovers proved popular for many years, even spinning the character off into headlining his own weekly comic, Roy of the Rovers, in 1976. The strip's combination of football drama and character driven plots made the strip a huge hit with loyal readers. As the years progressed, Roy married, and had children, and later suffered a terrible accident, losing his foot. Retiring from the game, his grown up son, Roy Jr, took on the mantle. 

The new series will be a complete reboot and a fresh start for the character for a new generation of readers, with a 16 year old Roy Race in a modern setting. The Match of the Day strip is written by Keith Richardson and Rob Power, with Lisa Henke illustrating. (Good to see a woman drawing the strip again, as the late Yvonne Hutton was the artist on Roy of the Rovers for many years in Tiger in the 1960s and 1970s.)

There will be new Roy of the Rovers graphic novels published by Rebellion, with the first due in the autumn written by Rob Williams with Ben Wilsher on art.

You can read more about it here:
https://royoftheroversofficial.com/news/444







Thursday, May 24, 2018

Wigan Comic Con - this Saturday!


Hopefully I'll see a few of you up North at Wigan Comic Con this Saturday, 26th May. I'll be bringing along my comics, and will be doing sketches on request, so drop by for a chat! 

More info:
https://www.facebook.com/WigancomicconNWCCEvents/

BATTLE is back... sort of. All-new comic from Rebellion

Battle Picture Weekly (later known simply as Battle) was one of the most successful UK comics of the 1970s, and enjoyed a long 13-year run, notching up over 600 issues. Now, Rebellion have revived the name and logo as a new imprint for a three-issue mini-series starting in August.

Sniper Elite: Resistance is the actual title of the comic, and it's based on the popular videogame. It will be in the American sized format and on sale through comic speciality shops. (No word yet on whether it'll be available in newsagents.) Written by Keith Richardson with art by Patrick Goddard, issue No.1 goes on sale August 29th. 

Although it's highly unlikely we'll ever see Battle or any other old comic revived as a weekly anthology comic, (those days are long gone) this is a good way to use the name for today's audience. It's not the first time the title has been associated with a licensed product of course, having used the Action Force name in the 1980s.

It's also interesting to see Rebellion getting into the American market directly. They've previously licensed characters to U.S. companies (such as IDW's Judge Dredd comics) but this approach seems similar to that used by Titan. Basically they're British comics, edited and created in the UK, but printed and distributed in the USA (and imported into the UK). Rebellion have done it before with their Free Comic Book Day editions of 2000AD but I think this is the first time they've done it with a mini-series.

You can find out more information on Sniper Elite: Resistance at the 2000AD website here:
https://2000ad.com/post/3545





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/





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