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Title: The Fleetway Files.
Post by: maryanddavid on 15 May, 2018, 09:29:14 am
I hope this is allright to post here, I think there may be some interest.
Hibernia's new Comic Archive is now available in print on the Comicsy website here http://www.comicsy.co.uk/hibernia/ (http://www.comicsy.co.uk/hibernia/)
I also have digital copies prepared , drop me a PM if interested.
The Fleetway Files will be of interest to anyone who likes British comics and Rebellion Treasury line, Here is the blurb!

New from Hibernia ‘The Fleetway Files’ the forth in its ‘Comic Archive’ series, available now to buy here: http://www.comicsy.co.uk/hibernia/
Fleetway File’s explores the publishing phenomenon that was IPC Magazine’s comic division. Formed in 1969, the comic division brought together different comic publishing houses under one group and thereafter published an avalanche of titles and creativity for the best part of two decades.
Fleetway Files looks at all facets of this time, from Girls and Humour to Football and Adventure, with interviews and contributions from all the main movers e.g. David Hunt, Barrie Tomlinson, Bob Paynter and the late Gil Page.
Fleetway Files also contains interviews with Scott Goodall, James Nicholas (Tomlinson), Ian Vosper, and a small contribution from the late Jan Shepheard, and much more.
The launch of the new Eagle and the genesis of its incarnation of Dan Dare is examined with the help of Barrie Tomlinson and David Hunt . West County eighties cosplayer, coffins in Kings Reach Towers and Dan Dare movie treatments are all included!
Incredible rare and never seen before artwork by Ian Kennedy and Vanyo is seen in the ‘Creating Comics’ section, looking at the original pitch and characters sketches of Wildcat comic and Battle’s ‘Storm Force’
For more rare artwork via Brazil we have a Sticker album featured, and why should we be interested? It’s fully painted by the incredible Ian Kennedy!
Massimo Belardinelli art collector Robbie Cox treats us to an amazing double page spread of previously unpublished Belardinelli artwork, intended for the short lived Tornado, curiously working from Brian Bolland designs!
If that’s not enough, in association with Rebellion we proudly have the ‘Treasury of British Comics Sampler’ 16 page section or ‘pullout’ in grand Whizzer and Chips tradition! Rebellion’s Ben Smith and Keith Richardson tell of Rebellions acquisition of the Fleetway archive and their plans for the future.
Also included courtesy of the Treasury line is the origin of ‘Hot Shot Hamish’, ‘Sergeant Strong’, Zenith’s ‘Amazing Three’ and more with art from British legends like Ken Reid, John Burns and Denis McLaughlin.
Written and Edited by David McDonald (Scream Zine ‘It’s Ghastly’, ‘Beyond 2000AD’ and ‘One Eyed Jack and the Death of Valiant’) with additions articles by Jenni Scott, (JintyBlog) and Matt Bowen (Buster Website)
Design and additional material by Richard Pearce and article editing by Mike Donachie, with a big thanks to Dez Skinn for some last minute proof reading, yes that Dez Skinn!
‘The Fleetway Files’ is Hibernia’s most ambitious offering, 106 pages plus cover, perfect bound, lavishly illustrated with colour throughout. All of Hibernia’s previous ‘Comic Archive’ sold out fast, so don’t miss out.
ONLY available in print from the Comicsy website here http://www.comicsy.co.uk/hibernia/
Please share far and wide. All Hibernia titles are limited print runs, get it here for £10.49 before is sells out!
Please allow 10 working days for delivery, it usually is much quicker, but on rare occasions can take a while.



Title: Re: The Fleetway Files.
Post by: Colin YNWA on 15 May, 2018, 09:51:55 am
This sort of news just makes my day and of course ORDERED!

Title: Re: The Fleetway Files.
Post by: TordelBack on 15 May, 2018, 12:19:24 pm
Thanks to a generous digital preview, I can testify to the vast scope and superb production values of this monster. If it wasn't from Hibernia I'd think I dreamt it.
Title: Re: The Fleetway Files.
Post by: Frank on 15 May, 2018, 01:16:30 pm
Hibernia's new Comic Archive is now available in print on the Comicsy website here http://www.comicsy.co.uk/hibernia/ (http://www.comicsy.co.uk/hibernia/)
I also have digital copies prepared , drop me a PM if interested.

Sold.


Title: Re: The Fleetway Files.
Post by: The Amstor Computer on 15 May, 2018, 03:12:52 pm
Delighted to see this out there at last - it's been a huge labour of love for all involved, and I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone thinks of it. There are probably enough anecdotes from the making of it to fill another Comic Archive alone, but my favourite was the last-minute intervention of Dez Skinn with a brutal (but fair) proof-read that picked up on the finest of details. Hopefully we managed to squash every mis-used em and en dash he spotted - I'll be seeing the damn things in my sleep for at least another month!


Title: Re: The Fleetway Files.
Post by: Daveycandlish on 15 May, 2018, 10:20:33 pm
Ordered!  :)
Title: Re: The Fleetway Files.
Post by: Krakajac on 16 May, 2018, 08:25:38 am
Mary & David - a quick question in relation to this title.

I have the previous Comic Archive issue, 'Beyond 2000' (which is awesome, by the way).

Does 'The Fleetway Files' have additional info in relation to 2000AD itself - or is it more focused on other Fleetway titles? (I couldn't find a 2000AD logo on the cover, so I'm assuming tooth takes more of a back seat this time around?)

Saying that, even if the 2000AD content is minimal - I'll probably still purchase it to find out more about that era! :)
Title: Re: The Fleetway Files.
Post by: maryanddavid on 16 May, 2018, 09:09:09 am
Very little 2000 AD content, it focuses on 2000 ADs stablemates. I don't think you will be disappointed.
Title: Re: The Fleetway Files.
Post by: Dandontdare on 16 May, 2018, 06:47:28 pm
ordered - I've bought a few HB titles and never been disappointed - great production values and an obvious deep love and knowledge of the materiel.
Title: Re: The Fleetway Files.
Post by: Prodigal2 on 18 May, 2018, 09:57:03 am
I won't bore anyone with a detailed review-just buy it. Money so well spent.

Title: Re: The Fleetway Files.
Post by: Bad City Blue on 18 May, 2018, 10:21:35 am
Ordered it but rather pissed off at £4.99 for shipping.

how do you justify such a charge?
Title: Re: The Fleetway Files.
Post by: TordelBack on 18 May, 2018, 10:25:02 am
Jeez lad, have you ever shipped anything between RoI and (I presume) GB?  It's insanely expensive (http://www.anpost.ie/AnPost/PostalRates/Standard+Post.htm).
Title: Re: The Fleetway Files.
Post by: The Amstor Computer on 18 May, 2018, 10:44:19 am
I don't think I'm speaking out of turn here, but re: P&P:

It's expensive to ship from Ireland in general, and has only become more so over the last couple of years. A combination of rising postage costs from RoI and the weight of this particular release bumped the P&P up this time, but as far as I'm aware the P&P charged to buyers is actually *less* than what David is paying per issue shipped though, so there is an attempt to mitigate that for customers.   
Title: Re: The Fleetway Files.
Post by: Bad City Blue on 18 May, 2018, 10:58:00 am
I don't think I'm speaking out of turn here, but re: P&P:

It's expensive to ship from Ireland in general, and has only become more so over the last couple of years. A combination of rising postage costs from RoI and the weight of this particular release bumped the P&P up this time, but as far as I'm aware the P&P charged to buyers is actually *less* than what David is paying per issue shipped though, so there is an attempt to mitigate that for customers.

Thanks - I didn't realise it was coming from ROI. If it's fair postage that's fine - I just get annoyed when it's used as a hidden charge
Title: Re: The Fleetway Files.
Post by: The Amstor Computer on 18 May, 2018, 11:06:34 am
Thanks - I didn't realise it was coming from ROI. If it's fair postage that's fine - I just get annoyed when it's used as a hidden charge

No worries! I appreciate where you're coming from - I hate getting hammered for extra P&P on things like eBay where it's sometimes used to make up for a lower price etc. Hope you enjoy the book when it arrives!
Title: Re: The Fleetway Files.
Post by: Woolly on 18 May, 2018, 07:38:55 pm
It goes without saying after all my previous posts praising the quality of Hibernia books, but this has been ordered without hesitation.

Just for the record, do you guys (and gals, presumably) do requests?
Its just that someone really needs to bring out a 'Best of OINK!' collection....
Title: Re: The Fleetway Files.
Post by: Professor Bear on 18 May, 2018, 08:37:29 pm
Ordered already, but thought I'd chip in and mention it to try and inject a sense of urgency to anyone sitting on the fence like I did with Hibernia's It's Ghastly and then found the bastarding things had sold out.  Rebellion may or may not have their own plans for a lot of this material, so you may grab it while you can.
Title: Re: The Fleetway Files.
Post by: maryanddavid on 18 May, 2018, 10:46:14 pm
Yep Bear, it will be sold out soon enough I reckon, fastest selling issue yet.
Amstor is spot on with the postage, with size of the book, the price increase on postage and the fall in value of sterling to euro, it has hiked up the postage this round by about 50%, blame it on Brexit :lol:
Title: Re: The Fleetway Files.
Post by: Colin YNWA on 19 May, 2018, 02:49:38 pm
Well its landed and while it will be a while until I'm able to say I read it there's a good reason for that. Its a monster. A bloody beautiful monster. Heavens knows how long it will take me to read through this, it took me all lunch to just flick through it!

It also looks great, a wide variety of content, but all nicely themed. I have to be honest if I compare the money I've spent on this to the money I could have spent on Comic Scene (if I hadn't picked it up for nowt at FCDB) and there really isn't much comparison. The Fleetway Files just looks the business and well worth the money I spent (not that much, especially when you consider postage. Can't wait to get stuck in.
Title: Re: The Fleetway Files.
Post by: maryanddavid on 19 May, 2018, 05:38:07 pm
Thanks Colin, looking forward to reading what you think of the content when you have had a chance to lol through it.  The look is all down to Richard, he really pulled out all the stops on this one. 
Always listen to requests Wolly, the next collection will have a page or so from Oink.
Title: Re: The Fleetway Files.
Post by: Bad City Blue on 19 May, 2018, 07:59:28 pm
Looking forward to reading this, I will most likely post a review as well
Title: Re: The Fleetway Files.
Post by: Frank on 19 May, 2018, 08:25:12 pm

It's a fantastic read and a great looking production. Barrie Tomlinson sounds like a real character; Alan Partridge, specifically:


(https://i.imgur.com/RWsdWtv.png?1)(https://i.imgur.com/HuH5rfD.png?4)


Title: Re: The Fleetway Files.
Post by: The Amstor Computer on 19 May, 2018, 10:31:26 pm
Glad it's going down well! David was very patient with my faffing with title page designs and layout tweaks, and I hope the design gels well with the content. I did rather enjoy getting the chance to do an Empire of the Sun pastiche with characters from the IPC humour comics... :-)

Barrie comes across as a thoroughly decent, slightly bonkers editor and someone who had a real knack for promotion. Earnest and quirky, very much like the characters and comics he had a hand in. I loved the details about the old Fleetway offices, with their luxurious offices, and the specifics about hand towels...
Title: Re: The Fleetway Files.
Post by: Frank on 19 May, 2018, 10:49:27 pm
I loved the details about the old Fleetway offices, with their luxurious offices, and the specifics about hand towels...

Changed once a week!  Whether they needed it or not.


Title: Re: The Fleetway Files.
Post by: maryanddavid on 25 May, 2018, 01:03:14 pm
Hey all, I hope you are enjoying the Fleetway Files!

I have been asked a few time about Digital copies, I am doing a pack of all four Comic Archives

For £10 you get 250+ pages of interviews and articles plus rarely seen artwork all in PDF Format.
To get the pack just send £10 by Paypal to doomlord@eircom.net Please mark all payments 'PDF' and include your email address. Just PM me here that payment has been sent and I will reply with the links to the PDF.
If its just 'The Fleetway Files' that's required, same instructions, but payment it £5.

'Informative and very entertaining, The Fleetway Files is the definitive guide to the most glorious chapter of British comics publishing.' -Keith Richardson

'Chock full of keen insights and witty anecdotes, these fab files are great news for every reader!' -Steve MacManus
Title: Re: The Fleetway Files.
Post by: Bolt-01 on 25 May, 2018, 01:17:35 pm
PM Sent.
Title: Re: The Fleetway Files.
Post by: Frank on 26 May, 2018, 10:57:53 am

Reading through a few more of the excellent features, it's difficult to find an IPC/Fleetway executive who doesn't count the success of their Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles cash-in title as a personal triumph.

Success has many fathers, but failure is a bastard.


Title: Re: The Fleetway Files.
Post by: Dandontdare on 29 May, 2018, 03:57:17 pm
I've only dipped in and out so far, but this book is a treasure - packed with good stuff!
Title: Re: The Fleetway Files.
Post by: maryanddavid on 29 May, 2018, 04:18:25 pm
Glad you're enjoying it DD!
Title: Re: The Fleetway Files.
Post by: Bad City Blue on 29 May, 2018, 04:22:54 pm
Been devouring this since Friday. Fantastic stuff!
Title: Re: The Fleetway Files.
Post by: Bad City Blue on 29 May, 2018, 04:56:03 pm
okay, here's the review.

I wanted to put a link to where it can be bought but the Hibernia page doesn't have it listed at all.

If you let me have a working link I will add it.

http://cool-stuff-you-will-like.blogspot.com/2018/05/the-fleetway-files.html
Title: Re: The Fleetway Files.
Post by: Bolt-01 on 30 May, 2018, 09:50:11 am
It 'was' on Comicsy- but I've just been to get the link and its gone-- so I assume this is no longer available in print?
Title: Re: The Fleetway Files.
Post by: maryanddavid on 30 May, 2018, 10:09:43 am
Yup, print sold out, I should have some more copies available next week.
Digital copies are available.
For £10 you get 250+ pages of interviews and articles plus rarely seen artwork all in PDF Format.
To get the pack just send £10 by Paypal to doomlord@eircom.net Please mark all payments 'PDF' and include your email address and I will reply with the links to the PDF.
If its just 'The Fleetway Files' that's required, same instructions, but payment it £5.
Great review, delighted you liked it!
Title: Re: The Fleetway Files.
Post by: The Amstor Computer on 01 June, 2018, 10:45:56 am
okay, here's the review.

I wanted to put a link to where it can be bought but the Hibernia page doesn't have it listed at all.

If you let me have a working link I will add it.

http://cool-stuff-you-will-like.blogspot.com/2018/05/the-fleetway-files.html

Glad you enjoyed it! My comp copies arrived this morning - thanks, David! - and I'm really happy with how it's turned out. There's always a bit of trepidation waiting to see what the print copies look like (I live in Scotland, while David and the printers are in Ireland, so I work "blind" to an extent) and whether I've made any mistakes during pre-print.

There is one cock-up that will annoy me for ages, but it's unlikely to ever be noticed by anyone but me (somewhere in the book I've used a font one point larger than I should for a single caption - prize if you can spot it ;) ) and the rest of the book is exactly as I'd hoped it would look in print.

Very happy with the look of it, which I hope complements the wealth of material David has written and pulled together, and happy to see it selling so well and being enjoyed.

On to the next one now!
Title: Re: The Fleetway Files.
Post by: Colin YNWA on 24 June, 2018, 09:31:13 pm
Well its taken me a while but finally finished this the other day - its been my bus read for the last few weeks, a postion greatly reduced in quantity over the last few years as I travel a lot less and listen to more podcasts.

Still its such a solid engaging read that it would have taken me a while to get through in any circumstance - such wonderful value for money. Its funny around the same time I got this I got Comics Scene 1, which at 48 pages cost less but offers significently less bang for your book. The latters scattergun approach, throwing you from theme to theme in short article to short article - and some poor decisions it has a feature on the various artists of Dan Dare with barely any visuals! Mark it as far inferior to this beast. I know it is a different beast but the comparison held up in my eyes.

The Fleetways Files only lacks a solid introduction giving you a grounding in the history, rather throwing you straight into the good stuff. Minor complaint to say the least cos the good stuff is so good and there's so much of it.

Wonderful read and an amazing elevation of the already fantastic Hibernia brand.

Thanks David (and co.)