Doctor Who leads June’s new series in ‘Illuminations’

Illuminations - Free Webzine

Worth waiting for, we have the latest edition of our free webzine, Illuminations!

Featured this month is the arrival of Titan‘s brand new tandem Doctor Who series, plus all of the big debuts heading your way from Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, IDW and a whopping two-pages of Indies!

Biff evaluates the collectible nature of comics in Biff’s Bit and we have the Top 10 Bestselling Graphic Novels listed to boot!

Click on the image below to open the pdf file, then either read it online or save it for later (file size is 3.41MB, so you may have to wait a couple of minutes to load, depending on your connection speed).

Visit our Illuminations page, for previous issues.

Get ready for FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2014!

Free Comic Book Day 2014

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY takes place on Saturday, May 3rd 2014.

There will be a number of events taking place in store and online (some of which will be announced nearer the date), details of which can be found on our dedicated FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2014 page.

This year marks the largest FREE COMIC BOOK DAY with close to sixty free comics available to choose from, including fan-favourite and new comic book characters that encourages readers to explore the fun and excitement that comics have to offer. There’s a free comic book for everyone’s taste from superheroes to action/adventure and all-ages favourites, including titles such as 2000 AD Special, Archie Digest, Bongo Free-For-All, Grimm Fairy Tales, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Hello Kitty And Friends, Mega Man / Sonic The Hedgehog, The New 52: Futures End Special, Rocket Raccoon, Spongebob: Freestyle Funnies, Teen Titans Go, The Tick, Transformers vs GI Joe and V-Wars.

So that everyone can enjoy some great free-reading, there is a limit of six free comics per family.

We are also running a competition to colour a picture of Finn, Jake, Princess Bubblegum and Lady Rainicorn from Adventure Time! The entry voted best by ACE will win a 6-Issue Subscription to a comic book of their choice and we will put our favourite entries on display instore and on our Facebook page.

For more information and to download the image, visit our FREE COMIC BOOK DAY: COLOURING COMPETITION page.

Make sure to bookmark the FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2014 page and check back often as new items are added.

‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’ Hits Cinemas This Weekend

Captain America

Marvel‘s Captain America: The Winter Soldier arrives at UK cinema’s this weekend!

Whether you’re planning on seeing it, or have already been, are you caught up on Cap’s adventures in print? If not, you can catch up with the current available graphic novels, or you can subscribe to Captain America with one of our brilliant 6-Issue Subscriptions!

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Selling everything you need for a perfect party, from balloons and banners to fireworks and fancy dress costumes, MegaPartyShop.com have got the lot (they’re also a great, independent, local business and a bunch of thoroughly nice chaps!)

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Biff’s New Year Bit

Biff's Bit

To round January off, we thought we’d present you with the musings of our illustrious leader on the year ahead in comics, lifted straight from January’s edition of our free webzine, Illuminations (which you can learn more about here).

Biff’s Bit: New Year Musings…

The year 2013 saw quite strong growth for our mail order and shop sales and I believe the industry in general saw an increase in sales. More and more people are becoming accepting of the medium of comics. This is partly driven by the plethora of comic based movies, a large part by The Big Bang Theory, and a considerable part by digital comics and web only comics.

For 2014 I see an increase in sales again , driven by the independent market more than the big two. Marvel, I feel, have got themselves embroiled in a self defeating arc of never ending number ones and re-launches. All I can report is that each time they re-launch, the spike in interest gets smaller and smaller and the drop off is bigger within a few issues. They, Marvel, seem to be chasing or creating a niche market of customers who only buy into a title for one to four issues and have a short attention span.

DC having ditched past continuity are in danger of creating a new continuity which is semi-entwined with pre 52 stories and will ultimately chase itself up it’s own tail.

Both houses are creating planet destroying story lines that then lead on to further, bigger planet destroying story lines which in a short time will have eliminated all life on planet earth.

Whereas these stories keep new readers intrigued for a few years they have lost the art of creating the soap opera world which kept the readers coming back month after month after month, in fact for decades.

Happy 2014!The task of keeping readers interested and drawing in younger readers to the medium is falling to the smaller publishing house.
Boom have a truly excellent stable of all ages comics: Adventure Time, Peanuts, Garfield, graphic novels like City In The Desert and Beautiful Scars.
IDW have My Little Pony, Ghostbusters, TMNT, Samurai Jack, Powerpuff Girls and Popeye.

Bongo Comics have The Simpsons and Spongebob Squarepants.

Archie Comics continue to excel and sales for us of these comics have tripled in the last year.

PaperCutz have a continuing all ages output of which The Smurfs is the most prominent. Finally Kodansha and VIZ publish a large range of all ages Manga titles. They bring in customers who have watched the cartoons on television or the web.

To keep the adult reader interested the range continues to grow.

Image have a great stable of titles covering all genres by seasoned professionals and talented newcomers. They have now established a great back catalogue of graphic novels and are number two for us in sales of trades. DC are number one for trades at the moment.

For violent senseless entertainment Avatar reign supreme with Crossed, Uber, God is Dead and more.

For more cerebral output then Fantagraphics and Top Shelf continue to push the envelope and have many award winning titles and creators. This year from Top Shelf sees the next instalment of Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s League stories, Nemo The Roses Of Berlin.

Oni Press have the awesome Letter 44 series, Wasteland and Sixth Gun, all absorbing books.

Cinebook continue to release English language editions of European best sellers like Iznogoud, The Scorpion, XIII, Pandora, Lucky Luke to name a few.
I finish with a boost for one of the top independent creators Terry Moore, whose current hit is Rachel Rising, up to #24 and going strong, maybe a TV series or movie in view.

All in all a strong field, more than enough to keep the growth continuing.

Marvel and DC may stumble but there are many to take up the baton should that ever happen. They should take a few moments out and look at what their competitors are doing and sharpen their acts up before a rot sets in that cannot be stopped.

Final observation is that when creators work for the bigger companies they are on a treadmill that can sap their creative spirits and not produce a large salary. Small independent creators such as Terry Moore can produce just one extremely well drawn and well written book a month and still create a healthy salary. They also benefit from the back market with trades of their previous work.

If you are feeling a change from the super hero market is what you need then check out Previews and the publishers I have mentioned above. It will not be a waste of time.

Biff

March’s New Series and One-Shots in New ‘Illuminations’

Illuminations - Free Webzine

There’s a new look for the first Illuminations of 2014!

But despite the shiny exterior, you will still find all of the hot new series beginning in March, which includes Buffy The Vampire Slayer, American Vampire, Star Slammers, Tales Of Honor, Daredevil, Silver Surfer and the return of Stray Bullets!

There’s also the pick of the upcoming new graphic novels, a look at Batman: Hush and Biff’s New Year musings in Biff’s Bit.

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