Sunday, 26 June 2011
|Colours Nika, in the style of old seaside postcards|
Posted by NP at 11:26
Saturday, 25 June 2011
Last Year (on my birthday, thanks!) my latest Beano strip came in for a bit of Press attention from the late, unlamentable News of the World and others. When I initially heard the proposed name of the strip, I did have misgivings . . . but I felt we did a good job on it, Alan Digby, who wrote it, me, who drew it and Nika who coloured it, including all those crimson faces and steam the strip required.
Of course, it was all over-hyped and contradictory. How often do the press accuse The Beano and Dandy of being 'too Politically Correct', and here they are lambasting us for being 'defiantly un-politically correct'! Still, never let facts get in the way of a good story.
Cuddles and Dimples, quite the worst toddlers in the world, are no longer regulars in The Dandy- but they're still around from time to time- this month sees the publication of The Dandy Annual, and here's a typical frame from it. The Dandy annual traditionally features characters from throughout the comics' history, not just it's current incarnation.
Posted by NP at 18:33
Friday, 24 June 2011
"Gentleman Gene" Colan, as Stan Lee dubbed him in the 1960s, has sadly passed away after a long illness. On the right, a self-portrait of this, the most atmospheric penciller in American comics. His run on several Marvel titles in the 1960s, 70s and 80s is a masterclass in shadow and movement.
At left is original art of the first Marvel Comic I bought for myself- the first one I saw in a shop, and at 10d, a bit expensive in late 1966, but well worth it!
Read more about him on Mark Evanier's always excellent site here
Posted by NP at 22:17
Monday, 20 June 2011
Thursday, 16 June 2011
Yeah, not my choice of title.
It got a lot of (negative) attention, and one or two people liked it. Although 3 were published, I had drawn four - and as it's not remotely likely this last one will ever be printed, I thought it would be nice (is that the right word?) to present it here, without word balloons, but the story is fairly clear.
Coloured by Nika.
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
Alan Fennell on Thunderbirds, Stingray and Joe 90 comics. I was just about to have this cover on a Captain Scarlet comic when Fleetway noticed he was holding a gun, strictly off limits as it turned out, and, rather than crop it or put a caption across it, they pulled the plug- and, a couple of weeks later, cancelled the comic completely - ah, shame. Anyway, here it is, in public for the first time.
Friday, 10 June 2011
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Tuesday, 7 June 2011
Sunday, 5 June 2011
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Thursday, 2 June 2011
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