Many sportsmen belong to those groups and societies from where they learn much from coaches and senior experts during their innocent era of young league sports at the small sporting club. The figures for 2008 did get a nice boost from the launch of High School Musical, based on the Disney TV movie series (which will almost certainly sustain its circulation in the latter half of 2008 thanks to the theatrical release of High School Movie 3) but I’m still unsure where the optimism comes from that makes (unnamed) “experts” predict that sales of comics are set to increase a further 21% to reach £165 million by 2013 (this figure is quoted in the Herald report linked above). The latter figure is particular worrying and Dandy is probably only sustained because Beano-Dandy is considered a unit as far as advertising is concerned. The talent line-up for the latter is very impressive: Steve Bright, Nick Brennan, Nick Miller, Lee Healey, Duncan Scott and Lew himself.
In 1998, the league established the Steve Hamilton Sportsmanship Award, presented annually to a male or female student-athlete of junior or senior status who best exemplifies the characteristics of the late Morehead State student-athlete, coach and administrator. A high school student-athlete who wants to play in the college sports team should follow these entire required criterion selected by the colleges. Senior Hassan Abbas made the first team, and junior Zach Taylor is on the second team. The first issue appeared in 2007 with sales of around 110,000. The last available figure was down a fraction to around 104,000 as the title settled. A good example of this is Teletubbies which, in 2002, was selling over 100,000 copies per issue but has since declined to its current figure of just over 30,000. A similar pattern can be seen in the sales of Tweenies, Balamory and the now-defunct Fimbles, all CBeebies regulars.
We have since seen a couple of books featuring “Roy of the Rovers” (The Best of Roy of the Rovers: The 1980s, The Bumper Book of Roy of the Rovers) but little else, so let’s keep our fingers crossed that the floodgates open in 2009. 꽁머니 추천 -delayed The Bumper Book of Battle is now scheduled for March and the winter schedule will hopefully see a few more. According to a report by market research company Mintel, children’s comics and magazines have seen a rise in sales of 72% in the past five years, up from £79 million in 2003 to £136 million today. New titles coming to the market, such as Dr Who Adventures and In the Night Garden, have proved popular but old favourites such as the Beano and Dandy also have strong circulation figures today. Although I can only offer estimates, the circulation of The Beano ten years ago was around 230,000 and around 100,000 for The Dandy.
That’s still down from this time last year, but vital if Dandy is to survive to see its 75th birthday in 2012. Not such good news for BeanoMax which is down 19.4% y/y. 2009 will at least start off on a much more positive note, with the release of the aforementioned SF book and the last two volumes of the Trigan Empire collection coming out. Today’s figures (see here for the last report I did on circulation figures for January to June 2008) are around 60,000 and 20,000 respectively. The best anthologies are in equal parts wonderful and frustrating: wonderful to be able to dip into a wide variety of comic strips that you might not otherwise see; frustrating that you only get a taste of something when you want to read more. Orion released a second book of material based on the old Eagle comic, this time concentrating on the centre-spreads that appeared in the original comic.
Book Palace Books put out two reprints this year and both have done well enough for more titles to be planned. The real problem was distribution: the first issue emerged in late 2007 with a blaze of publicity here in the UK and not nearly enough copies to supply the demand. As you would expect, getting a few enthusiasts together (and I think you could describe Geoff, Stuart and myself as enthusiastic!) generates a thousand possible projects because the first question isn’t “What books are commercially viable?”, it’s “What books do I want on my shelf?” We’ve already put out a couple of feelers relating to other strips and if anything comes of them, you’ll be the fourth to know (behind me, Geoff and Stuart). Terms such as “2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa”, “2010 FIFA World Cup”, “2010 World Cup”, “Football World Cup” and similar derivations thereof are also protected against unauthorized use and subject to applicable laws in the various jurisdictions. You can find some samples of some of the strips at the Comic Football website. EA Sports also announced that NCAA Football 2010 will provide one of the longest running football video game. The board game can entertain two to four players who will have to complete the board game in an hour.g