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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Friday, 27 January 2012

Robin Hood's Schooldays

As a few sharp cookies amongst you guessed, the second strip I've produced for the forthcoming Dandy annual is Robin Hood's Schooldays. It was originally drawn by Ron Spencer in the '70s, in a style which pretty much reprised the Leo Baxendale-esque style he used when he took over Little Plum for The Beano in 1962 (thanks Wikipedia!)

It's a strip I always loved, as it combined a Bash Street kind of mentality and art style with Robin Hood, who was a big hero of mine as a kid. (I was released on parole in 1993 after serving five years for armed robbery*)

Anyway, here's a title panel from one of the strips.
(*Yes, that was a joke)

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Guess the strip!

Following on from this post, I'm happy to report that the 2013 Dandy annual will include, as well as the three two-page Winker Watson strips I mentioned, three one-page strips of another vintage Dandy strip, by yours truly.

Quite interesting facts about this one:
  • It'll complete a triumvirate of school-based strips for the Dandy (the other two being Winker Watson and Mr Meecher The Uncool Teacher, obviously)
  • It bears the same initials as another of my Dandy strips. 
  • And in this one I'm ghosting the style of the original artist, Ron Spencer (much more closely than I did the Eric Roberts style on Winker Watson)
Have you guessed it yet? Oh come on, I've practically told you! It is a lesser-known strip, but it was always one I loved as a kid. I have a vague childhood memory of feeling deliciously happy reading this strip in a summer special, on the beach. (Not that that's going to help you much)

PS The weekly Dandy really is a great comic now, btw, and if you haven't tried it on your kids yet, I really urge you to give it a go -- this great British institution needs support! It seems to have got rid of the celebrity-based stuff (which I have to admit was my least favourite part) and now really is a cracking kids comic!

Cripes! Bit text-heavy, this post -- here's the title pic from this week's Mr Meecher The Uncool Teacher (out now) to appease the image-hungry:

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

More Wilbur's Winker Watson on the way

The year has started well for me, being kept busy so far throughout January with comics work... 

First up, following on from his appearance in Mr Meecher the Uncool Teacher, I'm happy to announce that I've just produced three two-page Winker Watson strips for the 2013 Dandy annual. 
It was one thing to put Winker in the Meecher strip as a guest star, but getting to produce actual Winker Watson strips was a real honour. The editor let me do it my way, too, which I'm eternally grateful for -- so expect more of the slightly tongue-in-cheek treatment he got in the Meecher/Winker crossover strip.
Of course, we've got a bit of a wait, but not too long -- the annuals come out in about April these day, don't they?

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Classic guest star in Mr Meecher The Uncool Teacher!

I had a lot of fun doing this week's Mr Meecher The Uncool Teacher strip in the first Dandy of the new year -- out now! It involves one of my favourite classic Dandy characters, and I tried to give it the full retro comic feel -- toned with just one colour, old-style lettering, use of a ruler, Meech dressed up in the old-style mortar-board and gown...
 Cripes! You're going to have to wangle yourself a look at this one!

(EDIT 1st March: Have now added it to the comics section)

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Review of 2011

This has become something of a blogging tradition of mine (previous years here)
Here's a selection of my topical pocket cartoons from the year just departed... Some published, many not.
As ever, it's a far from complete retrospective -- just whatever topics I happened to make cartoons on. I drew far fewer pocket cartoons in 2011 than I have in recent years, and had some breaks from them altogether, as I was focussing my energies more on other projects -- particularly the comics.

Here are the cartoons. 

The environment...
Those ruddy banks...

Those ruddy cuts...


A couple of films that caught my eye...
Those ruddy lib dems...

Those ruddy superinjunctions...

 Marking the passing of a fellow cartoonist...


Those ruddy riots (and a few other things)...



 The end of Gaddafi...
This one will only be understood by Radio 4 listeners...

Happy New Year!