Friday, November 24, 2017

Next stop: Reading Comic-Con!

I've enjoyed travelling up and down the country this year (plus a visit to Northern Ireland) as a guest of various comics conventions. This weekend it's my 12th and final event of the year when I'll be at Reading Comic-Con on 25th and 26th November at the Rivermead Leisure Complex. 

I'll be bringing along my comics Combat Colin, Brickman, and Derek the Troll, plus my 7 Ages of Fan print, and I'll be available to do sketches on request, so visit my table and buy, buy, buy! Last chance before Christmas! Here's the banner to look out for...

More info about the Reading Comic-Con at their Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/readingcomiccon/

Are you ready for DWAYNE HICKENBOTTOM?

You may already be familiar with the work of Grant Perkins, from his Strax strip that ran in Doctor Who Adventures, and now he's unleashed his own comic, Dwayne Hickenbottom

As the intro in the comic tells us, "Dwayne Hickenbottom is is savior of Doxxville - but he wishes he wasn't. He wears the enchanted 'Warbots of Doxville' and fights against the forces of evil. Although he'd much rather just go home and have a cup of coffee."
The four issue mini-series is a well produced full colour comic that is a perfect showcase for Grant's distinctive style. There's a good design sense going on here and Grant's colouring is easy on the eye and compliments the art rather than swamping it (which isn't always the case in modern comics).
As yet, you won't find the comic in shops, but you can buy them by post if you contact Grant directly via his Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/thegrantperkinsart/

Alternatively, you can visit his table at various comic cons around the country. In fact, he'll be one of the guests at Reading Comic-Con this weekend (25th - 26th November). I'll be there too! See you there.
https://www.facebook.com/readingcomiccon/ 

TV21 revival now available to purchase on its own

The one-off revival issue of TV21, previously only available as part of a Supermarionation box set produced by Network, is now available to buy separately from the Gerry Anderson Store.

TV21 No.243 is a faithful continuation of the first series of TV21, which ended with No.242 in September 1969. Basically a sort of alternate universe version of what might have happened if it hadn't become the merged TV21 and Joe 90.

It's the same size as the early issues of TV21, but with more pages (24 in all). Contents are all-new, featuring strips by John M. Burns, Gerry Embleton, Martin Asbury, Mike Collins, Jimmy Hansen, Brian Williamson, Antonio Barreti, Martin Baines, Mark Wheatley, Martin Cater, John Freeman, Shaqui LeVesconte, and me, plus art by Paul McCaffrey, and a cutaway by Graham Bleathman.

There's a 'Black Friday' discount today, so if you're quick you'll be able to get it slightly cheaper. Set course for this website:
https://shop.gerryanderson.co.uk/collections/black-friday-17/products/tv21-special-edition-universe-edition-243

General Jumbo Saves Christmas!

Over on Beano.com, there's a complete General Jumbo story from the Christmas 1964 issue of The Beano! I threw out that issue over 50 years ago so it brought back memories to see it again. You can read it too, by visiting this link:
https://www.beano.com/posts/throwback-thursday-general-jumbo-saves-christmas-1964

This week's Astonishing Spider-Man

Here's a cover preview of the latest issue of Panini UK's Astonishing Spider-Man fortnightly. Available in WH Smith and selected newsagents. 76 full colour pages for £3.99. Go get it, tiger!

Astonishing Spider-Man Vol.6 #34. On sale 22nd November 2017. 
76 pages packed with arachnid-adventure! Only £3.99!

The Osborn Identity continues! Spider-Man and Silver Sable invade Symkaria to free it from the Green Goblin!!!

Also, Mole Man has captured Annie-May! Better watch out, here comes Spider-Mom (AKA Spinneret) to the rescue!

Plus, Spidey vs. Clash! And there’s big trouble in Shanghai!

By Dan Slott, Stuart Immonen, Christos Gage, Todd Nauck, James Asmus, Tana Ford, Hannah Blumenreich, Cale Atkinson, Gerry Conway, Ryan Stegman.

Includes material reprinted from Amazing Spider-Man #25 and 27 and Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #2.
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