Nigel Parkinson, Cartoonist

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

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Uh-Oh! It's Her!

I've been drawing Minnie the Minx in the Beano every week since October, and haven't mentioned it here. Perhaps I should. It's been a great pleasure to draw the little minx, it was always a favourite strip of mine in The Beano, and I'm fairly sure some of her pages from 1958, 59, 60 by the legendary (but real) Leo Baxendale, are amongst the very best and very funniest pages I've ever seen.
Although I've only been doing Minnie regularly for six months or so, I have drawn her before. Minnie The Minx was one of the first pages I drew for the Beano in 1998, ghosting Jim Petrie for five or six episodes, includng a two-parter where Minnie travels to the USA and meets her cousin, who turns out to be an even worse minx. I also did one where Minnie appears on 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'.
More recently, I ghosted a few Ken Harrison-style Minnies and usually feature her in BeanoMAX every month where she appears alongside Dennis, Roger, and some of the Bash Street Kids. 
So when I found out that I would be drawing a regular Minnie, it didn't feel any different at first- but now I feel very honoured to be doing it. Recently, I drew some annual pages too. Most of them have been written by Iain McLaughlin who wrote for Jim Petrie and Ken Harrison too, and he relished devising Minnie's crazed antics.


Peter Gray said...

I like the different title panels you've been doing..which is all part of the fun..

Harry Rickard said...

Minnie the Minx is one of my favourite things in The Beano currently - the other being Dennis the Menace! Keep up the brilliant work! :D