23 November. The British Comic Awards 2013 will be awarded at Thought Bubble today. Here are the shortlists. Already announced, Garen Ewing's The Complete Rainbow Orchid, won the Young People's Comic Award.
... other winners are: Best Book: Glyn Dillon's The Nao of Brown; Best Comic: Winter's Knight Day One by Robert M. Ball ; Emerging Talent: Will Morris (The Silver Darlings); Hall of Fame: Leo Baxendale.
21 October. The daily Wallace & Gromit strip that has been appearing in The Sun for many years will be coming to an end at the end of the week. The final strips are written by David Leach, drawn by Jim Hanson & Bambos and coloured by Jim Burns.
8 October. Blogger seems to be having some problems with its text lists, which means I'm having problems adding updates to the Rolling News. The problem was first reported on 2 October and on the 3rd we were told "There's a bug in gadgets that is bng investigated. We are hoping for a quick fix." Well, apparently the collective power of Google employees crossing their fingers and hoping wasn't enough.
Another Robin Annual author, Jane Gross contributed to no.7 (1959). I can find nothing else about her beyond the fact that she also wrote a book for Hulton Press under their 'Robin Books' banner. Seems odd that an unknown would be supplying a novel to Hulton as all the other Hulton comics tie-ins related to strips appearing regularly in the weeklies. The two stars of the book, a young girl and her black cat, appeared in two strips in the Annual released the year following. Perhaps there was an intention to run the characters regularly as a strip but, for whatever reason, it didn't work out.
The artwork was by Paddie Spratley... and you can readallvery little about her below.
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