afternoon, my eyes spied the latest issue of THE BEANO. Something
about it looked different, so picking it up, I perused its contents. Looks
good, I thought, so I decided to buy it, along with its companion paper,
the desperately doomed DANDY. (Which didn't look so good, it has
to be honestly said.) I was surprised to see that The Beano's 'new
look' also came with a new price - £2.
Let's explore that for a mo. The Beano has 36 pages; forgetting for
pages, that works out at a little over 5 pence per page, which is pretty
good value. It's still good value at just over 9 pence for each of the 22
pages of actual strip cartoons, but obviously the first option would be the
better of the two. That's to say that it's good value 'relatively speaking' -
whether the public perceives it as such is open to question.
The fact that The Beano has raised it's price by a quarter is worrying
since I bought it.) 50 pence is quite a steep rise, especially if it's in one
go. Comics usually only do this when circulation is falling - it's a way of
compensating for the loss of revenue from declining sales. We'll have
to wait and see whether this steep increase will scare away even more
buyers. You'd think that D.C. THOMSON would seek to entice The
Dandy's 7,000 readers by combining it with The Beano when the
former expires in a few weeks, but it seems not, apparently.
Also, after coming under fire not that long ago for describing
cover-mounted toys as 'gifts' when the regular price was increased
to pay for them, you'd think that Thomson's would take greater care to
avoid misleading advertising. '2 Huge Posters' declares the cover blurb,
but it's actually only one double-sided poster. Is there a difference? Yes,
there is. Two posters would be two separate posters which could be put
on display simultaneously. As only one side can be seen at a time, it should
have been described as what it was - a double-sided poster. A subtle
distinction admittedly, but an important one. Siblings thinking that
they'd have a poster each were bound for disappointment.
not only funny to read, but also to look at. It may well be a reprint for all I
know, but regardless, quality is quality.
the only artist since DUDLEY D. WATKINS to do full justice to OOR
WULLIE and THE BROONS. Nice simple layouts, clear storytelling,
immaculately illustrated - what more can I say? Now, however, let's
look at the other side of the coin.
minimalist layout (look at the 'classroom' - then recall the work that
LEO BAXENDALE put into the BASH STREET KIDS and THE
SWOTS & THE BLOTS), too many panels consisting of talking heads,
and poor perspective. (In the first pic, the teacher looks as if he's floating
above the pupils.) This is the standard of art I'd expect to see in a fanzine
insists on lurking around my site is such a big fan of this 'style' that
he tries to emulate it.) But, hey - it gets worse. Look below.
Sadly, nothing more need be said.