Frontline is an excellent introduction to the British small press scene - more clearly, British comics : title reclaimed. The opening news sections professionalism in its specialist information to match any trade magazine found in the newsagents and makes other sources (for locality's sake, Comics International), look like a very feeble joke, (its the way they tell them)
Interviews by Isambard Kingdom Brunel Shane Chebsey with the likes of Gary Northfield, Paul Rainey and
Matt Smith cater were interested and are written in a fine manner at just the right length to avoid frustrated reading. The London Zine Symposium review by Paul 'O Connell is a little twee around the edges but otherwise holds the standard well following on from Chebseys clear review of the UK Web and Mini Comix Thing.
Terry Hooper turns in "Crimson Cowl", an uninteresting five page comic strip were a figure resembling 'Moon Knight' erm..beats up some crooks. Its unappealing, uneventful and been done far better thirty years ago. A poor and bad choice poorly executed, and surely Hooper knows way better. Not sure what happened here. Dal Worrow writes a two page article on shopping his comics around various comic book stores in England, equalling "i got on a bus, i gave the comic book store some comics, I went for a pasty, I got on another bus for another comic book store, and....". Perhaps the final transmission before comics distribution in Britain goes through its next major industrial age. There are shorter pieces by Anneke Van Staun and Joe Butcher which entertain and attract to much amplified success.
Incoming rounds off with a six page reviews section were Graham Mogford reports on 13 comics hes read. This too, is twee around the edges and foolishly leaves off postal addresses. Otherwise, they're well written from study and consideration, and accompanied by illustrations, which always helps.
Incoming #6 is 32 pages with a colour cover and new UK format. (which as I understand it is about 86%A4 or 86% of A3 during the construction process) £2.95 from Shane Chebsey at Smallzone, Subscriptions@£18 for six issues or £24 for overseas readers. Available from 10 Cleveland Avenue, High Ercall, Telford, Shropshire, TF^ 6AH or shane@smallzone- comics-shop.com