The Chinese collection at the British Anime Library includes an interesting series of around 100 comic books published during the 1960s in the People’s Republic of China. I think it is more useful to dissolve the boundary between fiction and fact: comic books exist in the world, and therefore the stories told in them are real and can inspire all sorts of political effects. There are efforts to engage with issues like climate change in comic books, but they often founder for the same reasons they fail to gain purchase elsewhere. This can then open into a wider discussion about whether the comic were right to portry certain nationalities in a certain way. At least one of my kids has one in hand daily, and they’ve learned so much from them.
And with a new career emerging in film and TV screenwriting in both the UK and the US, Tony’s also the screenwriter of the movie The Mild Bunch, with Colin Baker, Vicki Michelle and Frazer Hines attached to star in, The Nest, a US television show co-created with Supernatural and Stargate Universe actress Alaina Huffman, 52 Pickup for Richwater FIlms and Cartel, starring Craig Fairbrass.
The proportion of British copies was generally somewhere up to 5% of the print run but was probably much lower in the early days of Marvel and DC UK distribution, nearer 2-3%. Some UK collectors prefer UK pence editions of American comics as that ‘s what they remember as children. Other collectors prefer the purism of the cents copy, that an American comic should have an American cover price. Many 1970s Marvel comics were ND or Non Distributed in the UK and thus were always cover priced in cents.
On the other hand, you can put down a comic book that you are reading, and go on holiday for a week. When you return, the comic is right there, exactly in the same place – patiently waiting on you to turn the next page. It follows on from the above that reading a comic book is a more active process than watching a film. For most people it still feels better to have a physical book in your hands than to read the same story online.
Jane Wiedlin, guitarist for the classic female rock group The Go-Go’s, tried her hand at comic book writing in 2010 with a space opera” called Lady Robotika, illustrated by Bongo Comics co-creator Bill Morrison. David Frizell, a rock artist famous for his work with Avenged Sevenfold , jumped at the chance to illustrate the cover for the comic book. It’s my hope that these books teach readers about the people behind the hype,” says the company’s President Darren G. Davis.