The Future 꽁머니 Of Children And Sports – Sports

See here for my own take꽁머니 on the failure of the series. Since I began charting the circulations of children’s comics here on Bear Alley, BBC Worldwide have always managed to top the pre-school charts, with Toybox in 2007 and In the Night Garden in 2007-08. Although both titles got off to a very good start-ten years ago, Toybox sold over 200,000 copies per issue-both titles have had a disastrous year. And a little frustrating because, fine as it was, looking back over the glories of the past seven decades made me wish that Thomson would risk, perhaps through its book publishing arm (Waverley Books), reprinting collections of individual strips: a whole book of Leo Baxendale’s “The Bash Street Kids”, “Minnie the Minx” and “Little Plum”, or David Law’s “Dennis the Menace”, or Ken Reid’s “Jonah”. Although there’s no schedule as yet, some of the projects being worked on include a reprint of Arturo Del Castillo’s “The Three Musketeers”, which appeared in Film Fun (1961) and Lion (1963-64), a book possibly called Images of War (which was originally planned to be called The Art of War but that has been used recently), a third reprinting some of the best of Ron Embleton’s work from Look and Learn, plus the long-awaited book Geoff’s been working on about Fortunino Matania.

Orion released a second book of material based on the old Eagle comic, this time concentrating on the centre-spreads that appeared in the original comic. The storylines for the first issue (and two stories apiece in the second and third issues) were written by T. C. H. Pendower, at the time a popular writer of crime novels꽁머니 under his birth name, T. C. H. Jacobs. Two other sharp declines, CBeebies Animals (down 17,094) and Lazy Town (down 12,294) may be put down to the figures settling as both titles were launched within the past 18 months. The Eagle Annual of the Cutaways was reviewed here on Bear Alley favourably, with one or two reservations, by Steve Winders. The TV show the comic is based on was returned to the popular “Bedtime Hour” slot in August 2008 and one might have expected a rise in circulation given its prominence in the schedule (CBeebies highest viewing figures are from 5.30-7.00pm). However, with only 80 shows to offer perhaps boredom has set in with the target audience-the show did not manage a single entry in the Top 10 viewing figures for the channel in the week a series of 20 new episodes began broadcasting.

Teletubbies lost a quarter of its circulation and is down 31% y/y. Egmont’s Noddy Magazine could be for the chop if sales continue to decline, down by a quarter this half-year and 39% y/y. Another BBC Worldwide title, Bob the Builder, also saw losses of 13,918 sales, a quarter of its circulation. Please note that the chart only covers titles where circulation figures are available and there are a number of comics and children’s magazines on the newsagents shelves which do not make the list. Always try to opt for the latest technology as the equipment you are buying today may get outdated in few years. There really is no way to get around the impact that superhero movies have had on the movie industry in the last couple of decades. That’s still down from this time last year, but vital if Dandy is to survive to see its 75th birthday in 2012. Not such good news for BeanoMax which is down 19.4% y/y.

A couple of titles have bucked the trend: Egmont’s Disney and Me and Disney Fairies both made gains, the former up nearly 10,000 copies per issue and the latter regaining most of the ground it lost in the last half-yearly figures-perhaps benefiting from Disney’s strong promotion of Tinkerbell as a brand. The stories were scripted by Leonard Matthews, former sub-editor and now full-time editor of Knockout. Comet strip ran for only a matter of weeks between August and November 1949 and the Australian comic stumbled in the latter months of 1949. It lasted only six issues and that could have been all that was heard of Thunderbolt had he not been revived in Knockout in 1958 where his adventures ran for just eighteen months, some early episodes drawn by Ian Kennedy. These stories, like the tales which ran in the Australian comics, were drawn by Hugh McNeill, better known as a humour artist in the pages of The Beano, The Dandy and especially Knockout, where he drew “Deed-a-Day Danny” and “Our Ernie” amongst others.

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