Nigel Parkinson, Cartoonist

Nigel Parkinson, Cartoonist
This is him, at a recent Comic Con (Photo (C) Alan A Andrew)

Monday, 30 September 2019

2019 in a nutshell

Anyone keeping track, here's my practically complete list of places I visited or am soon to visit in the nine months March-November this year. If it looks like a lot of travelling and time away from home, it is! If you saw me at a public event not on this list, let me know, I expect I forgot!
2/3 March   London Olympia
8/9/10 March Liverpool with Nika
6 April Northwich, Cheshire with Nika
27 April  Wythenshawe, Manchester
11/12 May  Enniskillen, Northern Ireland
18/19 May  Sheffield, S Yorkshire
1/2 June  Shrewsbury, Shropshire
8 June  Nantwich, Cheshire with Nika 
22 June  Macclesfield, Cheshire with Nika
29/30 June  Blackpool, Lancs
20/21 July  Mottisfont, Hampshire
27/28 July  London Olympia
3 August Wigan
10/11 August  Sheffield
17/18 August  Glasgow
24/25 August  Cambridge
31 August  Preston
7/8 Sept Cardiff
28/29 Sept  Norwich, Norfolk with Nika
3 Oct London
19 Oct Nottingham
 20 Oct  Buxton, Derbyshire with Nika
1/2 Nov Malta
18 Nov Glasgow
23/24 Nov Reading

Monday, 22 July 2019

Big Big Big Day Out

In the middle of a frantic summer of events, here's a quick look at something I did in May but which was only 'published', as a one-off colossal wall fixture, on Saturday! It's part of the Beano Time Travellers Exhibition and Trail at Mottisfont Hall, Hampshire. Here's NT person Helen proving just how big it is!
And here's one of the pictures from it, and a close up of me next to Dennis's head, if more proof were needed just HOW BIG the whole thing is!!

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Some months we do three weekends

By the end of 2019 if everything goes to plan, I will have done 67 Comic cons or other Comic-related events since Sunderland in February 2015, most with Nika.
Some places we've done more than once, so you can tell we must have left the place tidy. London, we did events in Baker Street, Kensington High Street, Waterloo and Olympia, and even all the way over in Docklands. Manchester saw us at Trafford Park, at Central, and I did a solo one at Manchester Library while Nika was in Greece letting the grandparents get to know her new son. In Liverpool we did the hotel where I had met my brother for the first time (true fact) and at the newly built Exhibition Centre, a 10 minute walk from home for me. This summer we'll be doing some places we've been before, like Blackpool, Macclesfield and London, and a lot of new ones like Shrewsbury, Norwich and Sheffield. You'll notice we haven't done any in North Wales, or way out West, so, if you're thinking of having an event, why not ask us! We're always very popular with the public!

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Untold, But Not For Much Longer

I hope to finally bring Part 4 of my untold secrets blog posts very soon- I've been negotiating. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

And on Monday I Drew...

Here's one of those 'other' projects I do. At Christmas INTU ran a competition for 'impossible' gifts- and one of them was "You're the star of your own comic book!" For the promotion I drew the 'Charlie's World' example. Last week the winner, Will, was announced, and on Monday I drew his gift. Eagle-eyed blogviewers will spot the distinct Ditko and Kirby influences at work here, to which I can only reply "Who else?!"

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

If It's Saturday It Must Be Slap-Up Feast Time

I started this Annual unofficial Beano/Dandy freelancers dinner
in 2009 and although we've missed one or two years, and some
invitees never do reply or attend, possibly suspecting a fiendish trap of some kind, we have had quite a few memorable moments.
This year we welcomed
Alan Ryan, Laura Howell, Lew Stringer, Nigel Auchterlounie, Danny Pearson, Barrie Appleby, Paul Palmer, Hunt Emerson, Emily McGorman-Bruce, Gordon Volke and Beano Betty herself, Claire.
We nearly had Sam Emms (Spectra), Tommy Donbavand, Andy Fanton, Hugh Raine, Leslie Stannage, Duncan Scott, Steve Bright, Nika Nartova and even Dave Sutherland too, but they all had to decline for various very good reasons!
Maybe next year we'll have all of them and even more.

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Comic Con Appearances for 2019

Here is a list of my Comic Con appearances in 2019.

Some will also feature Nika, my colour artist. 

2/3 March   London Olympia
8/9/10 March Liverpool
6 April Northwich, Cheshire
27 April  Wythenshawe, Manchester
11/12 May  Enniskillen, Northern Ireland
18/19 May  Sheffield, S Yorkshire
1/2 June  Shrewsbury, Shropshire
8 June  Nantwich, Cheshire
22 June  Macclesfield, Cheshire 
29/30 June  Blackpool, Lancs
27/28 July  London Olympia
3 August Wigan
10/11 August  Sheffield
17/18 August  Glasgow
7/8 Sept Cardiff
28/29 Sept  Norwich, Norfolk
20 Oct  Buxton, Derbyshire
23/24 Nov London Olympia

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Whatever Will Be

On November 1st 2000 I had an idea! For some reason, my sister's favourite song went through my mind, the Doris Day song, Que Sera, Sera. And then I imagined if Bea was asking her brother instead of Doris asking her mother, and voila, a 2 page feature for the Dennis the Menace Annual 2002, published in September 2001.

Here's the rough I sent to the Beano editor, and the finished page, just about the only Beano work I wrote, drew, lettered and hand coloured myself.

Monday, 31 December 2018

2019 NEWS

The news is out! 
I will be doing some Comic Cons in 2019, and if all goes to plan, Nika will be joining me for some!

Sunday, 25 March 2018

2018 In The Flesh

Fewer Comic Con appearances this year for me and Nika-  I've already done the first one, at Liverpool Exhibition Centre.

The next one is March 31st in Northwich, in Cheshire, nothing in April yet, let's see how this one goes.

Then we're doing Blackpool and Oldham in May, and in June, Macclesfield and a special event in Bradford which includes an appearance by just me at the Bradford Literary festival on 30th June. And in July we'll be somewhere or other.

There will be others, but for now that's the list. Nika fans should know she may not be at all or indeed any of these venues, as she now has an 11 week old to look after!