Nigel Parkinson, Cartoonist

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

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Vote Vote Vote

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.
This Beano cover, drawn by David Parkins, certainly was unique- since I first linked to it on Twitter last month, many friends and acquaintances of mine that I didn't know when it was published in 1999 have replied saying how it grabbed their attention in the shop like no other comic had before. Some were youngsters who had outgrown comics, some were mature folk who had no interest in comics (there are such people- most of the people I know, in fact), but every one of them bought one or sometimes more copies that week. So the cover had the desired effect. The Beano one was a radical shift from 'good design' or 'great drawing' or 'cool colours' or 'great image' into brand new territory- huge, billboard advertising style WOW factor. It's not even clear it's a face at first glance. The day it was published I bought 6 copies (OK, I not only had an interest but I had a page in it!) against my normal 1. No wonder it topped the sales chart that year, vindicating editor Euan Kerr who took a big chance with it. Vote for The Beano! and vote DAILY!!

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