Nigel Parkinson, Cartoonist

Nigel Parkinson, Cartoonist
This is him, at a recent Comic Con

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

2020 on and off the road UPDATE MARCH 24th

While Nika and I started out back on the road again this year, and managed to do great events at Bolton, Liverpool, Walsall, London and Weymouth between February 22nd and March 14th, since then of course, all of our upcoming shows in March, April, May and June have fallen victim to cancellation, postponement and rescheduling as Covid-19 gives us all a hard time whether we catch it or not. Hopefully not. Other cancellations of some of these shows seem inevitable, but we hope to see you later though, we trust at one or other of these fine goings on.

 29 March: Bath RESCHEDULED 12 Sept

 12 April: Morecambe POSTPONED 

18April: Ellesmere Port POSTPONED 

 2/3May:PortsmouthRESCHEDULEDAug15-16

 9/10May: Cardiff POSTPONED

 16May: Oldham POSTPONED

 30May: Sheffield POSTPONED

                 6 June: Aintree 

13 June: Hull RESCHEDUED 8 November

21 June: Guildford CANCELLED

27 June: Macclesfield CANCELLED

18 July: Blackpool
19 July: St Albans 
24/25/26 July: London Olympia 
[Fri, Sat, Sun]
2 August: Truro 
15/16 August: Portsmouth 
5 September: Omagh, NI
12 September: Bath 
17 October: Bristol
8 November: Hull




Monday, 16 December 2019

2019 ... so far!

Anyone keeping track, here's my complete list of places I visited this year, 48 days at events. 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
8/9/10 March Liverpool with Nika
6 April Northwich with Nika
27 April  Wythenshawe
11/12 May  Enniskillen, Northern Ireland
18/19 May  Sheffield
1/2 June  Shrewsbury
8 June  Nantwich with Nika 
14 June  Paris
22 June  Macclesfield with Nika
29/30 June  Blackpool
20/21 July  Mottisfont
27/28 July  London
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 with Nika
1/2 Nov Malta
18 Nov Glasgow
23/24 Nov Reading
14 Dec  Stockport and Bury

This year I've hung out with old comics pals and finally managed to spend some time with some fellow cartoonists/artists/writers/illustrators who in previous years I only had time to nod at and shout "hello" to. 
2019 saw me finally get to more than wave at, for example David Leach (I supported his successful attempt to meet one of his heroes!) Mike Collins (he does more shows than I do, and he has a big friendly family!) Sonia Leong (the heart and soul of Manga in a sharp suit) and Paulina Vassileva (who could have predicted that late night chats in hotel bars in Heathrow and Cardiff would be real highlights of the year?!) 
Next year I've already been booked for some return visits, and some places I've never been before- Bath! Hull!! If you've ever wanted to say hello, please so, if I'm coming to a town near you. Most of the 2020 dates will also feature my colour artist Nika, and one or two surprises!

Starting in January, I'll be posting my itinerary for the year- keep checking back because I sometimes accept invites to events as little as two weeks before!

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!