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Post by MLP* on Fri Oct 01, 2010 8:09 pm

Looks like 2000AD and Clint will have some competition soon :

http://stripcomicmagazineuk.blogspot.com/


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Post by tony ingram on Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:01 pm

That actually looks worth picking up...

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Re: Strip Magazine

Post by Spiff_B on Mon Oct 04, 2010 1:51 pm

Colourised Hookjaw, interesting.

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Post by tony ingram on Mon Oct 04, 2010 1:54 pm

Very interesting, hopefully it will be the first of many-I can think of a few strips I'd like to see in colour. As long as they do it properly, and not the way Quality Comics did back in the eighties with The Steel Claw, Cursitor doom and various 2000AD strips...

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Re: Strip Magazine

Post by Spiff_B on Tue Oct 05, 2010 1:53 pm

I picked up a few murky QC Rogue Troopers!

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Post by tony ingram on Tue Oct 05, 2010 2:06 pm

In the end, they gave up and started printing them in black & white. Some of their colouring decisions were very odd, and characters would frequently change colour between pages. I think my favourite was a page of ABC Warriors in which someone refers to Hammerstein by his nickname, 'old red eyes'...in the same panel in which we get a close up of him, complete with bright yellow eyes!

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Re: Strip Magazine

Post by felneymike on Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:12 pm

I doubt Clint can be classed as "competition" for 2000AD and this. Even Poot is better!

Mind you not sure i like the look of the Warpaint story, leave the "magyk" and "earth power" and "runic echantment" nonsense to 2000AD please! They can't seem to tell any story today without falling back on a load of cod-pagan vegan earth-mother leyline* nonsense.

*-Leylines, an ancient concept first dreamed up in 1925! I have comics that are older than them!

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Re: Strip Magazine

Post by kembel on Sun Feb 13, 2011 8:07 pm

Any idea when this hits the shelves? I see the novel Iron Moon from the same publishers is now due in March, but any news of this magazine yet?

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Post by tony ingram on Sun Feb 13, 2011 8:55 pm

It all seems to have gone rather quiet...

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Re: Strip Magazine

Post by felneymike on Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:50 pm

Apparently an "Issue 0", as the Yanks love to so, will be appearing at Bristol. The Iron Moon is supposedly out in comic shops that get their stuff from Diamond. This doesn't seem to include Forbidden Planet as when I asked for it in there they didn't have a clue. But I'll try again.

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Re: Strip Magazine

Post by tony ingram on Thu Mar 24, 2011 8:29 am

Doesn't anybody just start a new series with #1 anymore?

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Re: Strip Magazine

Post by THEDRUNKENMASTERTWO on Mon May 16, 2011 8:00 am

issue zero hot stuck in france and wasnt available at the Bristol comic expo

theres a pdf here, i've had trouble downloading it, will try again later.

http://stripcomicmagazineuk.blogspot.com/2011/05/read-strip-magazine-issue-zero.html

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Post by tony ingram on Mon May 16, 2011 8:25 am

Bit of a fiasco, I have to say, given that Bristol was supposed to be their big push.

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Post by THEDRUNKENMASTERTWO on Mon May 16, 2011 7:55 pm

to be fair to them, its not their fault, its due to a strike in france, nothing they could do about it, in fact more people were in the Strip panel on Sunday than for Bryon Talbot's Grandval one after. issue 1 due in October

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Re: Strip Magazine

Post by MLP* on Thu Aug 18, 2011 5:51 am

A somewhat disappointing development. The title will not (initially) be available in newsagents :

http://downthetubescomics.blogspot.com/2011/08/strip-magazine-on-course-for-october.html

Bit much to expect people to subscribe to a title without having seen it first.

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Post by tony ingram on Thu Aug 18, 2011 7:08 am

Not actually surprising though, given the cost of getting a title into newsagents these days.

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Re: Strip Magazine

Post by THEDRUNKENMASTERTWO on Thu Aug 18, 2011 8:07 am

well at least we can find it in comic shops Smile

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Post by MLP* on Thu Aug 18, 2011 8:29 am

tony ingram wrote:Not actually surprising though, given the cost of getting a title into newsagents these days.

Yeah.
Was kind of hoping the comic would find a "new" audience on the high street though.

If it's only in comics shops it'll just be the likes of us picking it up. Smile

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Post by tony ingram on Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:54 am

I think they're still hoping to get high street distribution later, but I'm dubious as to whether sales will support that. I hope they succeeed, but I'm not wildly optimistic.

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Post by MLP* on Sun Nov 13, 2011 4:28 pm

Picked up issue 1 of this new British anthology comic.
The format is essentially a modern take on a 70s boys comic or a Junior Megazine.
Like the Megazine there are certain economies involved, so there's a reprint, articles and a "reader submitted" strip.

Black Ops Extreme is the opening strip. Sadly I don't think either the strip or the cover are P J Holden's best work, and the attempt to introduce the whole team at once just makes the storyline very muddled. Old School 2000ad would have done it more crisply by putting clear mugshots of the characters with their bios underneath at the top of the very first page.

Hookjaw is great as ever and it's a testament to the quality of the original strip and the remastering that it fits seamlessly alongside the new stuff.

Hush, Hush is a prelude for for a graphic novel from the same publisher and Ex-Agent, although it has some very nice artwork, is a one off "pilot". I'd question the wisdom of having either in the first issue as I think they should have included as many ongoing strips as possible, giving them the best chance of hooking the maximum number of readers to return next month.

Strongest strips so far are Warpaint and Recovery Inc.

Age Of Heroes has some wonderful John Ridgway artwork but the story is all set up so it's impossible to judge at this point.


The articles largely promote graphic novels from the same publisher. I can see this potentially becoming dull in future issues.

There's also a couple of one page funny strips.
Overall I think the biggest lack so far is in strong identifiable leading characters. There isn't a Dan Dare or a Judge Dredd yet. I guess to some extent Hookjaw gives the title some name recognition but I think it needs more strips based around a strong anti-hero or anti-authority character rather than a bunch of strips based around some interesting but not all that immediately arresting concepts.

Seven full length strips for £2.99 certainly compares favourably with the Megazine or even 2000ad. I'd suggest it's a title worth supporting for any fans of old school British adventure comics.

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Re: Strip Magazine

Post by tony ingram on Sun Nov 13, 2011 4:50 pm

I've ordered it through my local comic shop but I won't be picking it up for another week (my local comic shop being 15 miles away)...


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Post by MLP* on Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:18 am

Seems issue # 2 will also be shipping late.

I'm sure it's "circumstances beyond our control" and all that but still very unfortunate and not likely to help the title find an audience.

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Post by tony ingram on Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:35 am

MLP* wrote:Seems issue # 2 will also be shipping late.

I'm sure it's "circumstances beyond our control" and all that but still very unfortunate and not likely to help the title find an audience.
I agree. My local comic shop still hasn't received their order, BTW...

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Re: Strip Magazine

Post by MLP* on Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:35 pm

The good news is it will be available on the high street from May.

The bad news is, this will likely mean a price rise :

http://stripcomicmagazineuk.blogspot.com/2012/01/strip-magazine-to-go-uk-news-stand-in.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+StripMagazineUk+%28Strip+Magazine+UK%29

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Post by tony ingram on Tue Jan 31, 2012 4:12 pm

Anything that gets more original comics into the high street again is good news.

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Post by MLP* on Fri Feb 10, 2012 4:24 pm

Issue 3 has finally turned up.

Interesting that Black Ops Extreme seems to have been bumped as lead strip in favour of Warpaint. I wonder if that, combined with the one page "Strip Intel" explaining what the strip is about, suggests that it's not connecting with the readership ? Certainly after three issues the characters and premise haven't really clicked with me at all and I think it's the weak link in the comic.
On the plus side, I actually prefer the fill in artist Nick Dyer to PJ Holden. Also enjoyed Dyer's other strip Black Dragon. I can see why they have picked this up for a series as it has the kind of strong leading character that Strip seems to be short on and packs a lot of action into a few short pages. Dyer's art recalls early McMahon or Cam Kennedy which is never a bad thing.

Elsewhere Recovery Inc has vanished altogether just as it was starting to show some promise which seems very unfortunate (missed deadlines perhaps ?)
The Devil's Heritage is an intriguing replacement though.

Enjoyed the article on Star Lord a comic which always seemed to me to have been killed off before its time (although 2000AD has been much the stronger for it ever since !)

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Post by tony ingram on Fri Feb 10, 2012 4:33 pm

Star-Lord was outselling 2000AD at the time it was cancelled. The decision was made purely on the basis that Fleetway felt the market couldn't support two sci-fi comics and Star-Lord was more expensive to produce. A shame, as it was a great comic.

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Re: Strip Magazine

Post by MLP* on Tue Mar 20, 2012 6:09 am

Still no sign of # 4.

I really hope they get these distribution problems sorted out before they go newsstand.

I've enjoyed reading the comic but the long delays between issues are gradually sapping my enthusiasm for it.

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Post by tony ingram on Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:19 am

The trouble is, by now sizeable chunk of the potential readership will not know that it's still being published so they won't look for it and therefore won't buy it when it does come out. It's kind of a self fulfilling prophecy.

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Re: Strip Magazine

Post by MLP* on Wed Mar 28, 2012 5:59 am

Issue 4 finally comes out next week :

http://downthetubescomics.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/strip-magazine-4-on-sale-next-week.html

Issue 5 will be double sized to catch up.

I just hope that when vol 2 launches they'll have it all sorted out. Mainstream retailers (and their customers) may be less forgiving of the constant delays.

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Post by tony ingram on Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:48 am

MLP* wrote:Issue 4 finally comes out next week :

http://downthetubescomics.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/strip-magazine-4-on-sale-next-week.html

Issue 5 will be double sized to catch up.

I just hope that when vol 2 launches they'll have it all sorted out. Mainstream retailers (and their customers) may be less forgiving of the constant delays.
Trouble is, a lot of people already think it's been cancelled, from what the guy at my local comic shop says. Let's hope they actually look for it...

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Re: Strip Magazine

Post by MLP* on Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:41 am

My copy of issue 4 turned up today.
Not sure about "Shimon of Samaria". Looks like something from Look & Learn and seems out of place (and dated) compared to the rest.

The next issue is listed as coming 29th March 2012. Shocked

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Re: Strip Magazine

Post by MLP* on Sat Jun 02, 2012 8:41 am

More delays :

http://stripcomicmagazineuk.blogspot.co.uk/

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