Sunday 31 December 2023

10th Annual Christmas Roundup 2023!

 Hard to believe I've been doing this for ten straight years now!

Hope you had a best holiday season whatever you celebrate or don't. Now let's get into this year's treats.

Let's begin with Doctor Who Magazine, as The Doctor came back with a bang this Christmas. Here's our traditional Lew Stringer strip:

There was also a multi-part strip featuring the Fourteenth Doctor and Donna (in between the TV stories The Star Beast and The Wild Blue Yonder) bouncing around in time, appearing at a Morecambe and Wise Christmas show...

(RIP Glenda Jackson)

...and at a young Donna Noble's Nativity performance:

To Fulchester now for a quick run through of Viz strips.

(RIP Annabelle Giles)

Not much festive in 200AD this year but there is this:

Now for a cluster of my favourite Private Eye cartoons of the Christmas issue:

To The Beano then, where this year's running plot concerns a rogue elf who abandons his North Pole post to hang in Beanotown and Santa gives chase.

This year's Beano Christmas Special featured the town being stuck in a Groundhog Day style time loop, which soon gets boring (hey, like that Xmas episode of Lois and Clark: Twas the Night Before Mxymas!)

I've saved till last a new treat this year, as we now have a new regular UK comic: Monster Fun!

Yes, after a few specials to test the market, Rebellion resurrected the classic comic with some old favourites given a new spin. Here are some highlights of the Xmas issue.

A particular delight is a new version of Worldwide Weirdies, as originated by the great Ken Reid.

That's it for this year. Have a great 2024 and who knows, I might actually be able to put out some new blogs (crosses fingers, touches wood).

Thursday 19 January 2023

9th annual Christmas round up 2022

 Merry Christmas Slipperettes! (Yes, I KNOW!)

Another year slips by with almost no activity here. I am getting to grips with my anxiety disorder but still find it hard to get things done.

That said, I'm a sucker for tradition so let's have a look at 2021's Beano Christmas special. And when Santa goes missing, suspicion falls on Minnie. Because of all the times she's kidnapped him.

Dangerous Dan recruits the whole gang as secret agents but then has to wipe their memories at the end.

And now a selection of images from the Beano published in Christmas week.

Bananaman faced the menace of the Snowman. Who we last saw in Danger Mouse...

Not much Christmassy imagery in 2000AD or the Megazine but I did enjoy this return of an old favourite.

And Lew Stringer gave us another Dalek Christmas in Doctor Who Magazine.

Till we meet again. 

Monday 27 December 2021

Eighth Annual Christmas Round Up 2021

 It's time for another round up of UK comics and cartoons!

Let's start with a cluster from Private Eye.

In Doctor Who Magazine Lew Stringer shows us some time-travel shenanigans that is 100% canon to me now.
The Doctor herself saves a panto.
Panto is also the subject of the running story in The Beano as the kids are tasked with the school play. Find out how they got on at the end of this selection.

Minnie's Mum gets a Kyle Rayner-style surprise.

The Beano Christmas Special has a through story about elf revolution. And Santa does not get kidnapped this year. The elves do.

And finally a spattering of Viz.  

And that rare heart-warming image of 8-Ace's family is how we'll leave it for this year.

Happy Holidays to all!