Nigel Parkinson, Cartoonist

Nigel Parkinson, Cartoonist
This is him, at a recent Comic Con . . . in GREECE!

Sunday, 19 February 2017

On the Road AGAIN

Me and Nika are on our travels again this year, visiting Comic Cons where you can get a free badge or comic and see us drawing!
29 April    Edgbaston, BIRMINGHAM
6, 7 May    ENNESKILLEN, N. Ireland
3 June   WIGAN
17 June MerseyCon, LIVERPOOL
23, 24 September   LEEDS Thought Bubble
4 November    BLACKBURN
We may have some others to announce over the summer and into autumn, we're still deciding!
One show we WON'T be doing, as usual is the MCM Comic Con in Liverpool on 12/13 March, so anyone expecting us to be there, we won't be!

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Judgement Day!

 Yesterday (Tuesday) I had the considerable pleasure of attending to the tricky problem of helping to select the winners in a country-wide cartoon competition for British Gas, in a top secret London location (it was near the pub). I can't tell all the details yet but I can inform you we all worked hard (especially Sinead!) and were very impressed by the entrants. Anyway, stay tuned for the big news soon!

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Mapping Our Progress

In the last 22 months, me and Nika have done 22 Comic Cons or other events where our company
Red&Black Comics Ltd has sent us to draw, talk, give away free stuff and meet Beano fans. We've done Sunderland, Newcastle, Glasgow (twice), Kendal, York, Bolton, Southport, Liverpool, Manchester (City Centre and Trafford Park),  Birmingham, Belfast, Dublin, Cardiff, Reading, Exeter, Brighton, Bournemouth, London (Baker Street and Docklands) and Thessaloniki. And come to think of it I did a solo in Edinburgh in June too. Dunno where Nika was. Down the shops I expect.

In 2017 we're doing Birmingham and Enniskillen for sure, others to be announced or when and if we get invited. So if you've ever wanted to see us draw The Beano characters, and we haven't been to anywhere local to you, why not ask your neighbourhood Comic Con to ask us if we'll do it.   We probably will!

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Dennis in Greece

 Phew! What an experience!
We knew we would like the people, the food, even the weather, after all, Nika lived there more than 15 years and I've visited there more than a dozen times, but we had no idea that one of our most exciting, friendly and enthusiastic Comic Cons of the past 22 months would be in the cool city of Thessaloniki, Greece!

Normally at Comic Cons we spend most of the day heads down, drawing, meeting Con-goers and sometimes doing presentations, interviews and masterclasses in drawing. Here, we did all that and more! The cartoon class was a spectacular success, everyone there did a great job and intently followed what I demonstrated, going on to create new drawings of their own! I must admit our two shows were both great, and I, modestly, was very entertaining in my way, as was Nika in her way. You can see our different ways above.

It was an excellent weekend of events and fascinating new comics and graphic novels, from Greece and France (the events were in the French Institute) most of which we don't see in Britain but are of world class standard and deserve to be seen more widely. Thanks Nick Roxx Ztar Dalampiras and all the guys, it was a very good event and we were pleased to be invited!  And thanks to my Thessaloniki pals George and Georgia and Nikita, Yannis and Taris and Tassos and Stamos too, and most especially Maria (left) for all her help, great company and fantastic hair.


Monday, 5 December 2016

Spilling The Beans

I have decided to go ahead and spill some beans after years of being considerate and generous. I'm going to get a bit real on here. Soon!

Thursday, 1 December 2016

From Reading to Manchester

We went to Reading last weekend - very chilly spot!- and spent two days sitting next to and chatting with Living Legend Simon Donald, (him off the Viz magazine) There's one hard working fellow! This Saturday and Sunday we zoom over to Manchester, to the Sci Fi Con at Bowlers Trafford Park. where not only me and Nika but John Wagner and Carlos Esquerra will be saying hello to comic fans!

Monday, 31 October 2016

Salonica! December!

Another overseas Comic Con for me and Nika on December 17/18! Thessaloniki, in Greece! Come along, even if you're not Greek!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Further Events!

Me and Nika will be appearing at the big MCM London Comic Con at Excel in docklands Friday afternoon 28 October, Saturday 29 October all day, Sunday 30 October up till about 4, and I'll be doing a big Beano Talk on the Friday at 2.30.
Then we have Reading Comic Con November 26/27.
We're doing For the Love of Sci-Fi con on 3/4 December in Manchester, believe it or not!

And, for our last Con of the year, an overseas con  for the first time on 17 and 18 December!

We'll be announcing some 2017 shows before long, so keep checking in!
Come on and see us, don't say we never came round your way!

Monday, 3 October 2016

Menacing in 3D!

After many months of planning, discussing, drawing, brainstorming, tweaking and plotting, now it can be revealed!! The new Dennis and Gnasher TV series will be a bit different!
This isn't even definitely the way he'll look, there have been a lot of adjustments over the past 21 months and there will be more still over the next six months before the first of the new 11 minute shows will be ready!
So, stand by for action, and mark December 2017 in your diary!

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

New Beano, So Beano

The revamped Beano hits the shops right about now. We feel we've got it just about right. It won't shock old readers. It won't annoy newer readers. It will attract brand new readers. All the favourites will be there at some time or another, and right from the start there's Dennis The Menace and Gnasher, Minnie The Minx, Roger The Dodger, The Bash Street Kids, Billy Whizz, Calamity James, Tricky Dicky, etc etc. There will be a long 4 page story every week featuring a different character or characters. First up, of course, is Dennis The Menace.

And here's a bit of a sneaky look at a rough attempt at a new logo I did back in March. Not bad. Might work!

And here (right) is my initial design for this year's annual cover.
These roughs are quite detailed, as now that The Beano is just the core of a much bigger organization that includes unique digital media and will eventually include new TV shows (and more!!!) a lot more people have to have a say in how The Beano will look than just the editor. It's a slower process, but it always ends up with me drawing fast to meet the deadline!

On Sunday 25th September trusty Colourist Nika and Top Beano scribe and Numskulls curator Nigel Auchterlounie made a public appearance delighting Beano fans of all ages at a Top Secret So Beano Experience in a deep, deep basement in central London.

Here is a short look at the mad Beano mayhem that ensued and even a glimpse of the two Nigels (and Nika, but only the top of her head is visible behind me!) as we all steamed through endless requests of sketches of Beano characters much to the excitement of all those present!
Watch a brief video here