During Christmas 2015 I wrote up a rather lengthy post about my observations of the UK comics industry and how, contrary to some people's 'alternative facts', it was very much alive and enjoying success as it continued to evolve in the modern world. It may be a completely different beast compared to what many of us grew up with, but that could be said of our own childhood comics compared to those our parents may have read. Just as the music industry has changed so much, just as the TV industry is changing, so too are comics. Just as I said at the time the UK industry is leading the way and I'm very happy to see this still being reported in the wider comics press.
All the proof you need is right there in the world of new graphic novels, new digital comics, new small press titles... new, new, new... The tired old arguments apparently still pop up, devoid of any facts and still pushing the excuse that just because it's different than the comics industry of old that must mean it's dead. By that regard so are the music and TV industries. Foolish, isn't it? But they're in the minority and you can read exactly how I feel by clicking here to read that old post, which I was thrilled to see shared on large comics sites and social media at the time. But back to the present and the reason for this post.
Now it's the turn of Broken Frontier, the superb comics news site established way back in 2002, packed to the brim with writers from across the world with a particular desire to read and enjoy independent and creator-owned titles. Andy Oliver is one such contributor and has written a piece on the British comics industry, using appropriate terminology in the headline which should strike a chord with fans of a certain British TV show:
Expertly put and an interesting read, click on the picture above or right here to go and read Andy's article, then go and check out Oink! writer and cartoonist Lew Stringer's take on this on his Blimey! blog too. Both pieces do a superb job of summing up the modern UK industry, how exciting it is, the vast volume available out there now and how much is constantly being crafted.
One word of warning though, you may want to hide your credit card/debit card/Apple Pay app or whatever you use to buy your comics before clicking on the links above. This could get expensive!