Nigel Parkinson, Cartoonist

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

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Comic Con Appearances for 2019

Here is a list of my Comic Con appearances up until June 8th 2019, some of which will also feature Nika, the colour artist. 

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
28/29 Sept        Norwich, Norfolk
20 Oct               Buxton, Derbyshire

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!

April 27th, May 11th, May 18th and June 29th are the dates so far, so come along and see us!

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!

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Cuddles and Dimples, Snot Fair

The final page of an unpublished three page Cuddles and Dimples from 2007. Yes, they're knitting a snot jersey at Granny's house. Who knows why. Colours by Ruth

Friday, 5 January 2018

Channel4 News: Dennis Still a Menace

After several months Channel 4 finally did their Beano piece about focus groups with CEO Emma Scott bigging up the brand and reassuring parents. Meanwhile Jon Snow (no, obviously not that one) used the M word and our hurridly drawn, probably only to languish on the shelf and not used anyway
comic strip, was not used anyway. So here it is, exclusively. Written by Nigel Auchterlounie, drawn by me.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Revealed: Secret of The Pencil!

The Secret Life of The Pencil was published last week- a hardbound book of super-close-up photos of PENCILS! Not any old pencils though, these belong to artists, photographers, architects, designers, writers, why there's even a cartoonist or two. (Yes, I am in it, on the same spread as Peter Blake!) Most of those included you will have heard of; Gerald Scarfe, Paul Smith, William Boyd, Anish Kapoor, David Bailey, Tracey Emin and so on. And there are brief interviews and doodles and stuff. Who would have thought huge blow-ups of pencil tips could be a) so intriguing and b) all look so different!
These photos were in an exhibition in London a couple of years ago, and seeing my little pencil at the GIGANTIC size of 3 foot by 2 foot in the foyer was quite something!

Friday, 3 November 2017

4,000 Holes, 1 Comic Con

It's Saturday, 4 November, and I'm at the Blackburn Comic Con! But it's just me this time, Nika can't go because of a reason.
Anyway, come and see me, get a free badge, this is my final Comic Con of 2017!

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Never Say Never

A few years ago in 2011, after a 15 month run in The Dandy, I said I'd finished drawing Harry Hill and he wouldn't be back.
A few months after that, I drew him again in a Dennis the Menace story in The Beano.
In December 2012 I drew him again in the final print edition of The Dandy.
And now, he's back, in The Beano for one week only!

But never again!


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Colourists I Have Known

Although Nika has been my colourist since 2005, sometimes she wasn't always available. In 2007/9 she had a real job in Greece so I had to find other colourists. In 2006/7 Ruth did the job (and once in a while after that too, including a busy weekend in Leeds in 2013 doing a BBC event) and then she went and got a real job. So, in 2008, I was lucky enough to have Caroline here offer to colour for me. Oddly enough, she'd never coloured before, but was prepared to learn. And she did! She also had a real job too! She would come in to work for me after work and on her day off. Dedication or what. A lot of Cuddles and Dimples in Dandy Xtreme and Dennis The Menace and Lord Snooty III in The Beano were by her. Anyway, after a couple of years, she got another job that required commuting so I had to look for yet another colourist. Luckily, by then Nika had given up her job in Greece and had started colouring with Photoshop so she gladly became my full time colourist again, which she is today of course.
Caroline did a good job and not only that but in June 2009 she organized my 50th birthday do at which I introduced some friends to my Long Lost brother. So it was an interesting time.