I normally use Free Comic Book Day to highlight some of the best titles currently available or focus on a particular imprint. I am well beyond the age when I can tolerate standing in queues for long periods, so I don’t indulge in Record Store Day or Free Comic Book Day Promos any more. I’m really not a fan of single flimsy issues, my preferences is for ’Trade Paperbacks’ with a litle more story arc, and usually includes special issues, cover art variations etc. Both Record Store Day and Free Comic Book Day have become a little bit of scrum of late, and there’s just too many ’Ebayers’ in the midst rather than bonafide fans and collectors - hucksters looking to make a fast buck by reselling immediately online. So I use those days generally to celebrate the medium, and acquire an album or issue or two that I had overlooked or else try out a new series - of course by way of collected Trade Paperbacks.
For this particular day I am shining a light on lesser known imprint Cinebook - a UK publisher which translates Belgian and French material largely from the imprints Dargaud, Dupuis, and Le Lombard. A large number of the children’s titles they offer I read in my youth in Iceland - translated into Icelandic of course - series like : Lucky Luke, Marsupilami, and Spirou & Fantasio. I am currently largely interested in the more mature / adult series on offer.
Pictured above are 6 of my favourite series - either first or latest edition. Namely : Aldebaran, Largo Winch, Orbital, Thorgal, Valerian and Laureline, and XIII. For me Aldebaran is more than one series - it really encompasses - Aldebaran, Betelgeuse, Antares and The Survivors, as well as sister series Kenya and Namibia.
Cinebook is most definitely one of my favourite imprints, and to date I have read or am in the process of reading 36 of their series, as follows (alphabetical):
Note that the only Comic Book Store in London that properly / fully stocks Cinebook is Gosh! Comics at the bottom of Berwick Street in Soho. Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue has Valerian and Laureline and a few others, as does Orbital Comics on Great Newport Street, Convent Garden. If you’re after Cinebook though you should really head for Gosh!