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Tuesday, 14 September 2010
UK Annuals deep discounted, exclusive extras at some retailers
It's the season for UK annuals - another sign that retailers are warming up for Christmas that is as regular as Sky screening festive movies in July and UK Gold airing Victoria Wood Christmas Specials this week.
For comics fans, only the Beano and Dandy annuals seem to offer cover-to-cover comic strip (with the Beano offering art by the likes of Hunt Emerson and Laura Howell, to name but two); other annuals are largely quiz, text and pin up heavy, possibly re-using material from regular titles.
As well as discounts on cover price, some retailers are going all out to encourage sales of annuals, which began to go on sale at the start of last month.
Supermarket chain Sainsbury's, for example, is only now promoting a wide range of annuals - many published by Egmont - in well-placed 'dump bins' at store entrances. Their copies of the Beano annual - on sale for just £5, with a '2 for £8' offer – come shrink-wrapped with a facsimile edition of Beano #1.
• Andy Capp Annual 2011
Created by Reg Smythe in 1957, "Andy Capp" became one of the most popular British newspaper comic strips. Jobless Andy creates havoc for his long-suffering wife Flo, spending most of his time in the pub playing darts and snooker, or getting into fights on the football pitch. This new, full-colour collection from Titan Books features hundreds of Andy Capp strips from the "Daily" and "Sunday Mirror Archives".
• Club Penguin: The Official Annual 2011
Puzzles, activities, mazes, crafts and memory games; plus, create your own submissions for The Club Penguin Times with how-to-draw activities and tips for writing your own newspaper stories and poems.
• The Girls' Annual 2011
Told you. Indeed, when it comes to annuals, there are plenty for girls and boys... This one's described as "suitable for fun-loving girls who want to fill their days with activity and adventure" and includes imaginative things to make, games to play, treats to cook and puzzles to solve.
• The QI Annual, 2011
Featuring cartoons, jokes, facts and games from Stephen Fry, Alan Davies, Phill Jupitus, Jo Brand, Clive Anderson, Rowan Atkinson, Bill Bailey, David Mitchell, Rob Brydon, Sean Lock, Jimmy Carr and many more.