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Cartoonist, comic stripper, and book illustrator. Appears every fortnight in Private Eye (Forgotten Moments in Music History), has also worked for Penguin, Random House, The Times, Spectator, Reader's Digest, The Beano (Billy Whizz) and The Dandy, to name but a few.
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Tuesday, 4 December 2012

The Dandy is dead! Long live the Dandy!

Yes, the final print issue of The Dandy is now on the shelves, on its 75th anniversary -- featuring 75 strips plus a pull-out facsimile of the first ever issue. This one's got collector's item written all over it. (Probably shouldn't have done that to my copy -- it's going to reduce its value, isn't it? Gah.)

My contributions to the final issue include a reprise of Robin Hood's Schooldays (which I first drew for the 2013 Dandy annual -- also on sale now), a Mr Meecher the Uncool Teacher mini-strip, plus...



Unlike Robin Hood's Schooldays, The Badd Lads and Billy Whizz, where I've tried to ghost the original artist's style, with Jack Silver I've made no attempt to draw like Bill Holroyd, and have drawn the strip in my own style. I wanted to do a gentle spoof of the original, and reinvent it with a wacky humour and a more cartoony style. It was a lot of fun.

There are tons of great strips, old and new, in there -- reportedly (I haven't actually seen a copy yet, reports are it's quite hard to get hold of -- so don't waste any time!)

The good news is, The Dandy is carrying on in digital form, boldly going where no comic with a 75 year history has been before -- and today also sees the launch of the new online Dandy. I'd take a day or two to soak up the final print issue and then check it out, if I were you, it seems a little buggy just now, but I'm sure they'll soon get it all running smoothly.

I'm working on a strip for that, too, as we speak. (Or rather, I should be, if I wasn't writing this)

The Dandy is dead! Long live the Dandy!

4 comments:

  1. You still got Bill's marsuvian policeman and the grizzlebum perfectly - plus the joke against the marsuvian policeman at the end.

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Andy, and I'm glad you found something Holroydian in the general bastardisation.

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  2. Wilbur, will Mr Meecher be going digital? I hope so!

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    1. Nice to hear from you, Mr Birch. The strip I'm working on for the DigiDandy is a new thing, there's been no talk of Meech appearing on there as yet... but thanks for the thought.

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