SAVE THE DATE! JULY 9, 2016 IS DOCTOR WHO COMICS DAY!
In anticipation of this worldwide Whovian event, PREVIEWS caught up with Titan Comics’ Direct Sales & Marketing Manager, Ricky Claydon, who discussed this year’s hotly anticipated new Doctor Who comics event…
PREVIEWS: What Is “Doctor Who Comics Day”?
Ricky Claydon: Doctor Who Comics Day is an annual event inspired by Titan’s Doctor Who comic books. It’s a chance for Whovians, comic readers, and retailers to unite for day of events and promotions to celebrate Doctor Who comics! Last year’s Doctor Who Comics Day tied-in with a five-part weekly crossover series by Paul Cornell and Neil Edwards (Four Doctors — available as a trade collection now!), and saw Doctor Who fans get the chance to celebrate at over 2900 locations at comic stores, bookstores and libraries. Doctor Who Comics Day is now in its third year, and everyone at Titan is working really hard to make this year’s event even bigger with new comics, collections, signings and events across the globe!
PREVIEWS: When does this year’s event take place?
Ricky Claydon: This year’s event will take place on Saturday, July 9, 2016 and will tie-in with a special five-issue Doctor Who event comic, starring the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors from Titan’s four ongoing Doctor Who series, and featuring one of the Doctor’s most iconic foes — the Cybermen! These tragic cyborgs celebrate their 50th anniversary this year, so what better way to commemorate the occasion than with a series featuring as many different kinds of Cybermen as possible!
PREVIEWS: Can you tell us more about the event comic?
Ricky Claydon: It’s a five-part, bi-weekly adventure entitled Supremacy of the Cybermen, penned by George Mann (Eighth Doctor, Dark Souls) & Cavan Scott (Ninth Doctor, Vikings), with art by Alessandro Vitti (Secret Warriors, Captain America & Hawkeye). As well as starring the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors, the series will also feature their comic companions — Gabby, Cindy, Alice, Rose (Billy Piper) and Captain Jack (John Barrowman)! The series features five connecting covers, with issue #1 including a number of variant covers to collect. Fans and Retailers can order both issue #1 and issue #2 from this month’s issue of PREVIEWS, and they can look for more details on issues #3, #4 and #5 in June’s edition of PREVIEWS.
New to this year, we’ll be running nine exclusive one-page teaser stories that will run in Titan’s four ongoing Doctor Who series in the two months prior to launch of the event comic. Dire things are happening to the Doctors up and down the timeline, and these bite size glimpses will tantalize fans until the main event! Stay tuned for more news.
PREVIEWS: What else is happening on Doctor Who Comics Day?
Ricky Claydon: In addition to various signings and events at comics stores, we’ll be releasing special Doctor Who Comics Day variants across our Doctor Who comics line and Doctor Who Comics Day merchandise — including a Titans Cyberman toy figure, T-Shirt and mug — only available from participating Direct Market comic stores! We’ll also have new hardback and trade paperback collections available featuring the Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors.
Also, Titan will be supplying stores with a cool Doctor Who Comics Day event poster and freebies to give away on the day, and stores that sign-up to participate in the event will receive a downloadable pack with helpful ideas to celebrate the day — including tons of cool printables, quizzes, posters, and even reading group discussion materials; Doctor Who Comics Day is all about reaching out to the wider community of fans of all ages, so we make sure that our retailer partners are well stocked with things to help deepen fans’ love of comics.