Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Would you like an anorak?

I am so, SO excited about Anorak magazine. Currently this brilliant 'happy mag for kids' is only published in the UK, but I am collaborating with Cathy Olmedillas, Anorak's brilliant creator, to bring it to Australia. We're launching in March with issue 14 (the Daredevil Issue!), and our ultimate aim is to start a local edition before too long, printed here in Australia.

Anorak is brilliant, my boys love it and, ermm, so do I, it's aimed at 5-8 year olds and features brilliant illustrations, lots of creative stuff and the best stories. Oh I just can't wait! You can sign up here to be notified as soon as it arrives. In the meantime, I have 5 sample copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment telling me what was your favourite comic or mag as a child (if you had one). Please comment by 17 February to be in the draw!



28 comments:

KidStyleFile | Angela said...

Yay! Thanks for doing this, Allison, you so rock :) Angela x

Dianne said...

Anorak looks like something my 6 & 8 year old boys would love too! The colours and style remind me of the old "Comet", "Explore" and "Pursuit" magazines we used to get at primary school, I loved reading them. Dad used to come home from work on Friday nights with a "Donald and Mickey" comic in his coat pocket (and a packet of smarties if we were lucky!) for my sister and I. I still have the "Alice in wonderland" movie comic!
Dianne.

life and the memoirs said...

THANK YOU, THANK YOU for bringing Anorak to Australia! So perfect for the little boys in the family :) As a child, I wasn't 'into' comics, short stories and novels were more my 'thing'.

GemmaJoy said...

Thankyou for sharing. I'm a teacher and I'm always looking for fun things for kids to read. I dont have memories of reading comics but I love reading. Going to check it out now and I cant wait till it comes to Oz

Anna Bartlett said...

I think I have bought Anorak once before and the graphics were (and I can see they still are) amazing. My favourite mag as a kid was a 'Rupert Bear' magazine. Terrific stories, wierd characters and detailed images. Lovely memories.

Jodieplus2 said...

This mag looks very cool and I think kids will love it! My favourite comic growing up was the Archie & Jughead with Betty & Veronica. And also loved Richie Rich! Wow talk about bring back some memories..

norma said...

ohh! that looks terrific ..i grew up with the Princess magazine ...

louise35flower said...

My 12 year old daughter loves Anorak here in the UK, a great antidote to all the teen stuff that is thrown at her by mainstream publishers. Enjoy!

Bek said...

This magazine looks great! I used to enjoy Mad magazines, though not very wholesome. Most of it went straight over my head.

Sal Harris said...

would you believe we never had comics in our house as kids! always on the lookout for reading materials that aren't branded to hilt, so thanks sooo much for introducing Anorak :)

CurlyPops said...

What a super cute mag! I think my nephews would love it for sure... after I've read it first.

zofia said...

I've been dying to check this mag out! It would indeed be brilliant if you could start an Australian version.
I loved reading 'Cricket' as a child. We would borrow every issue the library had,and always be checking back for more!

DanielleQ said...

How fantastic! I went through a MAD magazine stage, trying to work out the humour, but mostly my best friend and I made our own magazines :)

michvanetta said...

This magazine looks amazing, I just know my girls and erm I will love it.

I didn't read through comics as a child, but I remember sneaking a look at my older cousins MAD magazine collection :)

Violet and Rose said...

Now, I would happily buy that magazine over the ones I get asked to buy in the newsagents. I often feel the need to pre-sensor some of them but never can because they always come wrapped in plastic!
As a child, I remember my dad bringing a heap of disney comics back from America. Definitely not wrapped in plastic with a free lip gloss!

kristyn said...

Wow, fantastic work!! Well done on having the foresight to get this to our shores. My 5 and 7 year old daughters would adore this.
As kids my brother and I used to snigger over Mad magazine satire, plus I pored over Archie comics wishing I was Veronica and wondering was a "zip code" and "sea monkeys" were!

kathy said...

My 8 year old would LOVE this mag - it looks right up her alley.
My fave comic - well kind of comic was TinTin. My brother and I devoured all of those books.
But I also loved the Archie ones as well Joise & The Pussycats too.
At primary school I loved getting Comet. Actually just subscribed it for Miss 8 as well. A blast from the past!

little t jane said...

i loved "cricket" and little lulu comics. this mag looks brilliant! my children & i would love a copy- thanks kindly for the chance! cheers

littletjane[at]gmail[dot]com

Alison said...

Thanks for pointing this mag out. I will get some for my grandchildren. Please don't enter me for the giveaway as I am in the UK and will be able to get it. Let someone else go for it.

Thanks :)

Maureen said...

I remember going to the newsagent on Friday afternnons and being allowed to choose a comic - 'Sooty and Sweep' were my favourites. I still recall the smell of the paper and the ink. Unfortunately I lost track of my copies from childhood but have been lucky enough to collect some more now I'm a grown-up!
I think these precious memories come back to me know when my 8 year old son keeping asking me to buy him Dr Who and Star Wars magazines now - and I give in!
Maureen

cathy said...

A quick note to say we are overwhelmed by the warm response from our friends down under. We thank you wholeheartedly and hope you enjoy our happy mag for kids.
Cathy - Anorak

Catherine said...

We cannot rave about Anorak enough! It was an instant hit with all our family and friends. We love the way it is produced, the quality of the writing and the amazing illustrations. As A teacher I cannot wait to use it with children in school and get them hooked too! Full of inspiration :-) It is a truly fabulous publication!

74 Lime Lane said...

This looks like a great magazine!
As a child though, my favourite was Archie!

Carly said...

Oh, wow – like so many Lark-y things this looks almost edible. Thre’s a lovely story about Maurice Sendak sending a drawing to a young fan who loved it so much he ate it; I’ll have to make sure that my sons don’t eat the Daredevil issue (or at least, they could share it with me…). Thanks so much for bringing Anorak to Aus. There weren't too many comics or kid mags around in the small country town where I grew up, but I do remember wanting to BE Lynda Day from Press Gang – oh, the glamour of the press!

Kristine said...

What a beautifully creative magazine! My favorite as a child was Highlights magazine, which is still enjoyed by my own children. I think they would really dig Anorak.

le @ whoopwhoop said...

what a fab idea .. I have 5 and 7 year old boys ... and worry about main stream negative media .. it would be lovely to have something super positive to offer them.

Now my mag as a wee girl was PINK .. heehee best le

belleandboo said...

It's such a good mag

Amanda said...

It surely looks different to the Total Girl which my girls try to persuade me to buy! Can't wait to see it Allison.
And like Le, my favourite mag growing up was Pink!