Nigel Parkinson, Cartoonist

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

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Dennis The Menace

A Christmas quiz now for the stuck-indoors amongst you (including me today, explaining the sudden blogging glut) When and by whom were these drawings done?
a) In 1969 by Davy Law? b) In 1988 by Dave Sutherland?  c) In 1999 by Yours truly?

Yes, of course, the answer is none of the above! They were drawn about six months ago, by me. But how so, I obviously don't hear you ask; hasn't Dennis undergone at least two image revamps since he looked like that? Yes, he has, and in the world of merchandising, that doesn't bring in 30, 40, 50 and 60-somethings who are on the look out to buy something of a brand they recognise from childhood. So these little fellows were designed for cufflinks! How smart they must make one feel!

Edited to show this lovely photo of a similar item (click to view larger)


Andy Boal said...

The third Dennis was the only one that looked like yours, because Dave Sutherland never put highlights on Dennis's jumper! VERY well done, I really must say.

Simon Williams said...

Great work! That's the Dennis I grew up with :o)

Also, just want to say how much I enjoy your work on both the Beano and the Dandy! The Beano Christmas special with the Bash Street Kids was awesome... I loved the expressions you drew on Plug :o)

Best wishes,


Anonymous said...

Spare a morsel of your enormous wisdom for a clueless 19-year-old who grew up with the revamp after this one: how exactly does one display drawings such as these on the unsuitable medium of cufflinks?

NP said...

Unsuitable, Swirlythingy? They look eminently suitable! (Although this is a different picture of Gnasher it gives a good idea)

Anonymous said...

Aha! Thanks a lot for posting a picture. I just couldn't visualize how the drawings were meant to be displayed on cufflinks, and whether they were intended to be etched into the metal or what. (I also confess I wasn't entirely sure what a cufflink was.) Thanks again!