‘Quantum’ The Brand New UK Comics Anthology Launching To Newsstand From Time Bomb Comics In April
by Richard Bruton
Britain’s Time Bomb Comics brings new anthology Quantum back to the newsstands – it’s a brave new approach to independent publishing.
Time Bomb Comics has featured plenty here at Comicon in recent years – whether it’s with the brilliant Harker, its Bomb Scares anthology, or the recent collaboration with Anderson Entertainment, Spectrum.
That last publication, Spectrum: The Worlds of Gerry Anderson, saw Time Bomb succeed in bringing its comics back to the newsstands here in Britain, including the biggest newsagent chain in Britain, WH Smith’s, something they’re continuing to experiment with into 2023 with their newly announced bi-monthly anthology Quantum.
Quantum #1 will contain five stories and begin four ongoing serials, each one set in a world alternate to our own. Full details of the stories themselves and the creators involved will be revealed soon. Time Bomb also plan to feature original articles about British indie comics in each issue.
Steve Tanner, the head of Time Bomb Comics, had this to say about the move into the type of distribution that has died out over the years for the majority of independent publishers, with only the likes of 2000 AD and The Beano being able to absorb the extra costs of newsstand distribution.
“I think the response to Spectrum being on sale in WHSmith’s made us realise that there’s a whole readership out there that don’t buy comics online, at conventions or even comic shops. Quantum is what we’ve produced for those readers, but we’re hoping that a lot of our existing readers will come along for the ride – via their newsagent, of course.”
Moving back into newsstand is a huge commitment for the company, with Quantum intended to be available in comic shops and newsagents across the UK and select international retailers with distribution already secured in Germany, Sweden, Australia and the United States.
More than just a move into new distribution channels, Quantum is also part of Tanner’s long-term plans for the company, with him talking of Quantum being “a first step; some of the things we have planned long-term as part of the Quantum project are things that genuinely haven’t been done before. Not just by an indie UK comics publisher. Not by any comics publisher. Ever.”
Now that is intriguing stuff – what Steve means by that we’ll let you know when we find out!
Quantum will be available in retail newsagents and select comic shops in late April and will have new issues available every two months. More news as we get it!