Monday, December 11, 2017

The Christmas DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE (2017)

Here's a cover preview of Doctor Who Magazine No.520, the Christmas issue, which goes on sale this week from Thursday 13th December at the usual price of £5.99.

This is the image of the polybag, so I don't know what the actual cover will be yet. The Christmas one always comes bagged, because it contains a free giant poster; this year featuring the 13th Doctor, who makes her brief debut on Christmas Day as Peter Capaldi bows out as the 12th Doctor (accompanied with David Bradley as the 1st Doctor). There won't be a new series of Doctor Who until Autumn next year, so tune in BBC One on 25th December at 5.30pm for this unmissable episode! 

I haven't seen this issue yet, so I can't reveal the contents (apart from what's described on the polybag cover) but I do know there's a festive Daft Dimension, 'cos I did it! Here's an exclusive preview of the first panel...

Saturday, December 09, 2017

The Christmas 2000AD - Big preview!

Thanks to the publishers, Rebellion, here's your first peek at the bumper 100 page Christmas issue of 2000AD (Prog 2061), - on sale from this coming Wednesday, 13th December...

UK & DIGITAL: 16th December 2017 £4.99
NORTH AMERICA: 16th January 2018 $13.50

In this issue:
JUDGE DREDD: ECHOES by Michael Carroll (w) Colin MacNeil (a) Chris Blythe (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)

BRASS SUN: ENGINE SUMMER by Ian Edginton (w) INJ Culbard (a) Ellie De Ville (l)

SAVAGE: THE THOUSAND YEAR STARE by Pat Mills (w) Patrick Goddard (a) Ellie De Ville (l)

BAD COMPANY: TERRORISTS by Peter Milligan (w) Rufus Dayglo (a) Dom Regan (c) Simon Bowland (l)

THE FALL OF DEADWORLD: AVA by Kek-W (w) Dave Kendall (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)

ACE TRUCKING CO. by Eddie Robson (w) Nigel Dobbyn (a) Ellie De Ville (l)

ABC WARRIORS: FALLOUT by Pat Mills (w) Clint Langley (a) Annie Parkhouse (l) 

STARLORD: WATCH THE STARS! by Kenneth Neimand (w) Henry Flint (a) Simon Bowland (l)

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

Remember that this issue will be on sale for three weeks, so the following issue won't be on sale until 3rd January!

Friday, December 08, 2017

Review: Yours, Yesterday

Jessica Lucas is a relatively new face on the comics scene. Although she was at Macc-Pow! and the Lakes International Comic Art Festival this year I unfortunately didn't get around to meeting her, so I ordered her new comic, Yours, Yesterday by post. A good purchase.

Yours, Yesterday is Jessica's first comic book, and it's a very impressive debut! I don't often go for autobiographical comics, but this one is very well crafted and compellingly told. Basically, it's about the emotional rollercoaster of a break-up, which is something that most of us can relate to at some point in our lives. No matter how old you are when it happens, the metaphorical kick-in-the-gut, self-doubt, and sorrow feels the same. Likewise, it's also a relatable book for the times some of us have done the dumping too, as it's a reminder of the guilt and upset caused.

Considering that this is Jessica's first comic, her storytelling skills are very good, and there's some sophisticated comics techniques at work here. For example (shown below) the depiction of a flashback scene, and how that crumbles when the memory turns sour. 

Without giving away too much, Yours, Yesterday is a story of heartache that has a positive resolution and the start of a new journey. I hope we'll see more comics work from Jessica Lucas in the near future!

You can buy a copy of Yours, Yesterday from Jessica's online store: 

...and you can find out more about her art by visiting her website:

The latest Marvel Legends - out now

Thor! Iron Man! Captain America! It's the UK comic that's the closest equivalent to Fantastic of the 1960s. Marvel Legends Vol. 3 #18. On sale now!

76 Action-Packed pages. £3.99!

Who will be in command of S.H.I.E.L.D. now Maria Hill is gone?!! Who is Captain America's latest ally?!! And who knows his secret?!!
Plus, Iron Man vs. Techno Golem and the Bio-Hack Ninjas! Round TWO!
Also, The Asgard/Shi'ar War reaches its conclusion! But there is no peace... only cosmic DEATH! Can Thor save the universe from the phoenix?!!
By Nick Spencer, Jesús Saiz, Brian Michael Bendis, Stefano Caselli, Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman!

Includes material reprinted from Captain America: Steve Rogers #11-12, Invincible Iron Man #5, and Thor #18!

The Christmas issue of Disney Presents

I said I'd show as many current Christmas issues as I could, and I don't know if this one will appeal to any of you, but if you have kids they might love it. The latest Disney Presents (No.116) from Panini UK is an Olaf's Frozen Adventure special. Here's the info...

Everyone’s favourite snowman takes centre stage in his own magazine and his own sticker album! As Disney’s new festive movie Olaf’s Frozen Adventure arrives in cinemas this magazine celebrates Olaf’s many other adventures too. Fun stories, puzzles and colouring, plus two brilliant competitions to enter with chances to win Anna and Elsa Toddler Dolls and a large Olaf cuddly amongst other prizes! This issue comes with Panini’s Official Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Album so you can start collecting. So, come on, get ready for an adventure!
Issue Number: 116
Price: £3.99
Covermounted Gift: Free Official Sticker Album and 4 sticker packets.
On sale: Thursday 30th Nov – 27th Dec 2017

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