You know the old proverb about buses. Well I have a feeling that even that is not relevent to the comic scene so far this year. We here at ClearInk have already mentioned conventions going on in the London area (Kapow / BD Comics Passion / Camden Crawl / Comica) over the last few months. So what does the comic scene need? You guessed it. Another Comic Convention.
Strip Magazine as it is known in print (but you’d be advised to search its internet pseudonym Strip Comic Magazine if you want to avoid dancing girls) came onto the scene in October 2011. It’s an anthology series much in the same vein as 2000AD and is produced by Print Media Productions, a new
Lancasterbased publisher with strong links to the Bosnian and Croatian comic scene thanks to the founder Ivo Milicevic.
It’s had contributions from the likes of PJ Holden (Judge Dredd), John McCrea (The Boys), and John Ridgway (Commando and many more). At 68 pages it has enough room to offer up a pretty mixed bag of comic feed whether it’s old, new, funny or action packed. It has regular stories such as; the more nostalgic fantasy offerings of Age of Heroes (James Hudnall and John Ridgeway), Black Ops Extreme, which is very much in the vein of the older Commando comics along side regular one page slapstick jabs at superhero comics, Cosmic Patrol.
Forbidden Planet International is running a competition or maybe more accurately they have thrown the gauntlet down. Dan Franklin of Cape (now part of Random House) made some comments concerning the lack of good British illustrators out there for book publishers to turn to, and Sarah McIntyre recently posted up a strong response in opposition to his opinions… Continue reading