Tuesday, 26 February 2013
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Monday, 25 February 2013
Saturday, 23 February 2013
Read all about it here, at 419 eater
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Wednesday, 20 February 2013
Tuesday, 19 February 2013
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Monday, 18 February 2013
I think I've drawn for every edition of the BeanoMAX- someone will tell me if I'm wrong- and for most of the time, it's been a long, multi-part story, always featuring Dennis the Menace, and generally Minnie the Minx and some if not all of The Bash Street Kids. The longer story format allows for some bizarre things to be included- a shark hunt and a journey to the centre of the earth to name but two. This months BeanoMAX has another long story, and this dramatic cover, and, guess what, NEXT month's BeanoMAX will ALSO have a long story- and this one may be the wildest of the lot! I've just read the script, and it's going to be a good one!
Posted by NP at 18:00
|Richard and his wife, Ann|
I met him a couple of years ago in Bournemouth at the unveiling of a plaque commemorating his comedy hero, Tony Hancock. He was suffering quite badly from emphysema at the time,and confessed he'd been a chain smoker for most of his life.
We shared a nice moment when, the following morning at breakfast, he noticed I was drawing a double-page spread of the Bash Street Kids (deadlines!!), and, turning to his wife, said "what a marvellous talent to have. I did love The Bash Street Kids, I looked forward to getting the Beano every Thursday. Imagine being able to draw lovely characters like Plug and Fatty all day!" I was frankly amazed that he would recognise what I was doing at all, but then he truly astonished me by turning directly to me and saying, with that famous chuckle: "Wilfrid's my favourite, with that jumper up to his nose!" A true connoisseur of The Beano!
I asked him about an old TV show he made in 1963-5 and he happily discussed it with me, saying he'd like to see it released on DVD but he thought the soundtrack was too degraded and hard to listen to. I'm happy to say the problem was fixed, as I took delivery of a double DVD set (Network) of 'Marriage Lines' just last week.
Sadly, his own health couldn't be fixed, and he died today, aged 79. He gave a lovely chat about Hancock at the Dinner the evening of the plaque unveiling, and shared some of the moments he felt made him special. Then he said " Most of all, he just made you happy to spend half an hour in his company!"
Same as you, Richard!
Posted by NP at 13:08
Sunday, 17 February 2013
On the right is part of one of the pages that got me work with DC Thomson and IPC (Fleetway) back in October 1980. Some progression since 1965 (only 15 years!) but not enough- though there's a definite sign of ability- nice brushwork, and the colouring was what was particularly noted by Bill Stirton at Thomson's. The colours were done with Windsor & Newton inks. It was never published (obviously!) so I guess it's my copyright.
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Thursday, 14 February 2013
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Wednesday, 13 February 2013
If you're wondering why the delightful Lee Meriwether is being interviewed dressed as a cat woman... then you're on the wrong blog! Here's the former Miss America in an informal TV chat about her role in the Batman movie, and an exciting new science-fiction show about a tunnel....takes you right back, doesn't it!
Posted by NP at 23:40
But... was there more point to this recent meeting than a cheery hello and a nice chat? Funny you should ask....
Posted by NP at 13:38
Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Count Arthur Strong, [left] that paragon of confusion, annoyance and belligerence, is much appreciated by we cartoonists. Click on the video link here to find out why.
On the left is a pic from 2009 by Colin Fawcett of me with Count Arthur's real-life creator/writer, Mr Steve Delaney.
And stay tuned to this blog for more exciting developments regarding Count Arthur Strong very soon. Oh, and Buy The Beano.
Posted by NP at 21:47