But today also sees the fifth anniversary of this very blog and to celebrate I'd like to welcome any new readers joining us from the just-launched, brand new Oink! Blog and Beyond accounts on both Twitter and Instagram. Howdy folks! The blog really has grown in leaps and bounds in ways I never would've thought imaginable when I first started it with that very first post, and there's big plans to come this year and I thought I'd finally let you in on some of them.
Oink!-wise itself the new social media accounts will be marking the dates of each issue all over again on the dates of their original releases and pointing to their write-ups here on the blog every fortnight. There's also going to be additional blog posts with insights and behind-the-scenes information, photographs and anecdotes collected over the past five years which will get coverage on specific dates. For many of these it'll be the first time they've seen publication anywhere!
There's new comics from David Leach and Lew Stringer to look forward to this year, as well as write-ups about previous releases not yet covered. There's also going to be a new series taking a closer look at the websites of Oink!'s writers and cartoonists, as well as the sites and work of key pig pals who grew up on the antics of Uncle Pigg et all and who then went on to successful careers in the UK comics biz and beyond.
On top of this will be a new focus on all the latest news surrounding the Oink! team and their new creative ventures, so if you're pining for new material from "Britain's Best" then subscribe to the blog, or follow on the aforementioned social media!
For those new readers joining us, back in 2015 when my coverage of each issue of Oink! went monthly (the comic had, I wasn't just getting lazy) I decided to fill the gaps with a fortnightly series of posts detailing the other titles I collected regularly in the 80s and 90s after Oink! had introduced me to the awesome world of comics. While attending the Enniskillen Comic Fest last year it came to me how the blog had reignited my passion for these classic comics and their specific modern day counterparts and so the blog had the words "and Beyond" added to the title and I began drawing up plans to expand it. You can read the original Beyond Oink! series by clicking here and see what all the fuss was about in sunny Enniskillen by clicking here.
The fantastic Ring Raiders has mostly been covered (click here to see the series from the beginning) with a few final posts still to come though, Big Comic had its first book unwrapped on Christmas Day last year and Marvel UK's The Transformers is currently being subjected to a photographic showing off on my own personal Instagram, with monthly round-ups right here on the blog. It's been a good start and I've really been enjoying it but it's time to crank it up a gear.
Above are some titles you'll be seeing more of as this year continues (Ghostbusters Answer the Call has already joined the Oink! cast here) and there's others which are figuratively waiting in the wings but there'll be more on them soon.
Alongside the regular posts returning (having taken a bit of a back seat while I prepared for something in my personal life and to have a large supply of fresh writings after the new social media accounts began) I've also been hard at work on the new sections on the blog to go alongside the Relive Oink! one you can see alongside Home and About under the logo, for all of the 'Beyond' comics covered already and those yet to come.
Busy times and I couldn't be happier with how this wee site has evolved naturally up to this point. Now it's time to grab it by the trotters and take it beyond what I ever could've foreseen five years ago. Thanks for coming along for the ride.