I have my tickets, I'm looking forward to taking a little trip- now I can't really offer a prize to anyone who guesses correctly where I'm going, because anyone who has read my blog will know- but here's a nice pic of me wandering through the Old Town back in 2005. Sunny and warm!!
Thursday, 28 March 2013
Posted by NP at 21:57
Thursday, 21 March 2013
In the meantime, here's a nice picture of a recent Robert Harrop model based on a design I did for them.
Posted by NP at 15:49
Saturday, 9 March 2013
Time to vote for the Beano, in this poll for the most important cover of the Twentieth Century! The Professional publishers association is celebrating it's 100th anniversary, and would like you to help celebrate by choosing your preferred magazine cover from the Top Ten they've selected.
Posted by NP at 17:27
Monday, 4 March 2013
Posted by NP at 23:06
My post a few weeks ago about my drawings back when I was a child reminded me of this photo, taken by our Dad, of my sister (on the left) and me (er, on the right...) on this day, March 5th, 1963- 50 years ago. It was the coldest winter ever- well, in living memory, anyway! The snow started to fall on Boxing Day, and it finally thawed on March 6th- this was the first day I'd been allowed out in weeks! Deprived of running about in the outside, I turned to sitting by the fire indoors with a piece of paper and a pencil! You can see the snow is falling- it fell several times over the months of hard, cold, deep ice- and I do look a little chilly. Look, I'm even wearing TWO hats! Better get back indoors and get drawing again!
Posted by NP at 22:24
Sunday, 3 March 2013
Got this missive a little while ago, thought I'd share some of it with you:
Dear Dandy People,
It was a great surprise and delight that I received (...) the last issue of the Dandy. (...) I really felt like a star being in the last issue. A few people who had seen it were more impressed by this than anything else I’ve done! (...)
All the best,
There's more, but this is what I'm publishing!
Posted by NP at 23:20
I first drew for The Dandy in 1983- that's thirty years ago (yikes!)- and the man who gave me the job was Ian Gray (far left) who I've written about here. But in 1985, while on a three day trip to Dundee, I made a bit of a breakthrough, thanks to Ian again, and also the self-proclaimed Comics' Genius, Jimmy MacKenzie (centre) who took it upon himself to give me sage advice and some blunt words of encouragement. Between the two of us, on a pub crawl in Dundee, we came up with a script which, despite the copious amounts of alcohol consumed, I managed to draw up the following morning before going into the DC Thomson office for 9am. Ro, (front), is the famous DCT touch-up artist and colourist, etc, the only permanent member of the team during the entire time I worked for The Dandy. I don't know why I wasn't invited to her Leaving Do last year. Must have been an oversight. On the right is Morris Heggie, who became editor in 1987 and, a scant 11 years later (!) offered me the Owen Goal strip, which really established me there, once and for all. He's now in charge of archives and special projects. Here's one for the archives, eh, Mo?! I don't know how Steve Bright got you all to pose for a photo in a pub, though. What are the chances?
Posted by NP at 22:48