Friday 29 October 2010

Reg Parlett's Hancock from film Fun use the link..

Being a big Reg Parlett fan it was a real treat to read some Hancocks strips from Film Fun..thanks to Nigel..go to the link now..

As you can see they really capture the 50's era..bombed out buildings..hip teenagers smoking in cafes..smoking adverts on money by smoking!
factory camps with knobbly knee contests..
all drawn with great details..

Wednesday 27 October 2010

The Dandy is back 100% Funny

From comicsuk forum heres who made The new Dandy..artists..writers.etc.
Hi all!

As a long-time silent lurker here, I thought I should finally contribute. I am Craig, and I am an editor of The Dandy. One of only four in 73 years, which makes me an incredibly lucky boy.

I'm glad you all seem to like the new direction. A lot of research, experience and plain hard work has gone into it since we kicked the project off, and its success as a comic is all down to its contributors, whether freelance or DCT-employed.

Some post here and some don't, some are long-standing Dandy contributors and others are entirely new to kids' comics - one thing unites them all: they have been heroic in their commitment to this project and I feel lucky to have been a part of it.

If you're interested, these are the contributors to issue 3508:

Nigel Parkinson - Harry Hill, The Phantom Pharter, Little Simon and chief Harry-knowing comics nut: His contribution has been incalculable - and should be applauded to the hills.
Jamie Smart - Desperate Dan, Pre-Skool Prime Minister, the Style Guide: Jamie's been a part of The Dandy for six years now, and when we came to set up the style guide, Jamie's name was first on our list. He was also author of a remarkable email to me which coincided, in emotion and timing, with the initial proposal for these changes.
Wayne Thompson - The Mighty Bork, Pepperoni Pig, Shao Lin Punks, Bananaman and Noel or No Noel: a remarkable artist and friend.
Lew Stringer - Postman Prat and Kid Cops: long-time champion of comics, artist and one of the first names on the list of new artists we hoped to get on board. Thanks for all the support, Lew.
Nigel Auchterlounie - The Bogies, Professor Dandy: great writer, artist and ideas man. Look out for much much more from Nigel in The Dandy. Also an early morning Sky TV superstar - cheers, Nige!
Duncan Scott - Simples!, Count Snotula and What's In Cheryl's Hair Today? - There really will be 101 meerkat episodes! Not so many of Cheryl's hair. Top guy and great artist.
David Mostyn - Dr. Doctor: Mr Mostyn is supremely talented as a children's book illustrator and also past Dandy artist. It's a huge pleasure to have him onboard again, and you can all look forward to some absolutely top-notch work from him in the near future.
Chris McGhie - iDad: Chris is very busy with things far more important than comics, but he always finds the time to help us out.
Alexander Matthews - Robot on the Run: Alexander is well-known in more grown-up cartooning circles, but new, I believe, to kids' comics. ROTR is, in fact, a serial (someone mentioned this earlier?), and it's a good 'un! Nice one, Alexander!
Andy Fanton - George vs. Dragon: a friend of Jamie's, recommended by him, and one of the first new artists we found for The Dandy. Doing more stuff as we speak.
Phil Corbett - Korky the Cat: Korky wasn't coming back until Phil and Chris (staff artist) combined their energies to fight his corner. Turns out it was good enough to make the cover, so what do I know?!
Garry Davies - TV Teaser: Great guy, simple idea, kids love it. What more do you want?

The following people work in the Dandy Office and their efforts have been unstinting, even when putting together Dandy Xtreme and working on this project:

Michelle, Ally, Katy, Mark and Chris.

Thanks to them all, and to you for reading.


I like the new Dandy it brings backa zaniness..silliness..and the artists all seem to really respond to this..a new freedom..

I liked Jamie's new strip Pre-Skool Prime Minister and Harry Hill best..
Also when he was young 'little' will be fun seeing new stars each week...another good thing the Dandy being weekly again..

Its a comic you want to keep and re-read..
Love the details in some of the strips which you can spot a second time..
All the other strips like Postman Prat..Robot on the loose..Kid Cops..the comic strips..Pepperoni Pig..Shao Lin Punks..Desperate Dan are the others I like..

Roll on next week..
Its better than The Beano now!!

Tuesday 26 October 2010

(Mitch) Roy Mitchell has died But lived life to the full..

Hi Peter

My name is Louise; I'm Roy Mitchell's daughter.

I came across your blog tonight and was so thrilled to see your 2008 entry about dad's War Cry job (his longest serving client of 30 years, as it happens!)

Anyway, I felt moved to let you know that sadly dad passed away five months ago.

He was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2007 and fought so bravely (and brightly) for three years. He was still working just a week before he passed away on Sunday 23rd May, making a grand total of 34 years in the cartooning business.

He lived his life to the full; 64 going on 24 - and as a friend said recently, he was quite unimaginable as an old man...

Thanks for making my heart happy with your wonderful blog.


Hi Peter

You're more than welcome to do that.

Let's continue to feel fortunate in having such amazing dads - some sadly don't have that privilege, eh?

All the very best - and keep blogging!

Lou x

We certainly had very talented artist Dads..and many fond memories..

See more info on Mitch at Bear Alley blog..

Sunday 24 October 2010

The Last stage 45 minutes later in two parts..Snowy Owl

Made the sky more red and grey..added water to the Owl which looses some details..

Then the last 15 minutes I add my pencils back to the drawing..then sign it..

I'm pleased with my choice of colours for the sky..good reds and pleased with the results..
So that is my process to draw a water colour pencil animal drawing and how long it takes....

Saturday 23 October 2010

The next Hour in two parts..Snowy Owl

I must admit it has been hard to show the workings of a drawing every half hour..
At this stage I've put masking fluid all round the Owl and quickly drawn in watercolour pencils the sunset sky and then added a wet brush..
As you can see the sunset was a bit faded and the trees weren't quite right..not dramatic enough,,

Next Half Hour I've done some more red yellow blue black penciling for the sky and it is looking better..the trees are now more in the background and faded..taken the masking fluid off which always rips the picture:( But I'll touch that up with drawing and shading in the next Half Hour also the Owl needs a wet brush next..
I also might make the top of the picture a bit darker..and add more yellow to the sky..

Wednesday 20 October 2010

Half hour drawing see it develop..The Snowy Owl
See the first Half hour of my drawing at the link..Seeing John Stokes Marney the fox with a beautiful drawn owl inspired me to draw one myself..
I thought I would show the progress in short spots...As you can see I do draw quickly..

1 Hour
I've made the face wider and moved the leg more back to push it forward more..
The Owl in my photo does have longer wings then I've drawn But I feel in art you can emphasise what you feel is more important for me its the face..But every artist is different..

1 Hour and 1/2

I've adjusted the wing to make it longer and started on the other wing..still debating what kind of background to do and whether to do it in colour..I sure do love the yellow eyes Snowy Owls have..

Saturday 16 October 2010

My Cards are on sell outside Kim's Bookshop Chichester..

My animal drawn cards are now being sold outside Kim's Bookshop in Chichester.
28 South Street

Which is a big break for all they have to do is sell them to be paid..:)

I am a regular customer there being a collector of old comic annuals..

On my main website ('ll be shortly adding paypal to my animal cards so you can buy them online for £2 each..postage free.

Wednesday 13 October 2010

Buster's Big Chief Pow Wow by Leo Baxendale

Buster 19th July 1969

Buster 3rd May 1969
I like the large lettering effects..

I must of missed this Leo Baxendale strip so here it is..
it gives a good idea if Leo was still drawing The Beano's Little Plum into the late 60's what it would look like...very good..

Friday 8 October 2010

My Poster cartoons when I was young..1986-87

These last two were inspired by a Beezer annual 1983..

I was born in you can work out the age I did these..:)
Was very inspired by early 1970's Beano comic annual covers which were painted loved the 1972..and when the best of Beezer came out with those amazing Banana Bunch poster pages by Leo Baxendale..also my Dad who did busy picture cartoon scenes..

This all lead to my creation The Giggle Gang..which I'll put up next time..

Wednesday 6 October 2010

Robert MacGillivray comic work..

A wonderful, truly original strip. Anybody who thinks that Doctor Who's police box is the ultimate in weird conveyances has obviously never seen this series!

- Phil Rushton

Returning to the amazing Mr. MacGillivray, here's the first episode of the very sinister 'Balloon of Doom' - surely one of the most disturbing children's stories ever to appear in a comic - or anywhere else for that matter!
...Brrrr!!! In my humble opinion that balloon exudes malevolence to a degree that makes Voldemort look like Harry Potter's kindly old uncle!

- Phil Rushton

Here to begin with, then, is the very first episode of the aforementioned 'Belle of the Ball' from 15th September 1979, showing how Belle Brown's ball first gained its amazing properties....Phil Rushton

Yet more MacGillivray weirdness - this time from the issue of Bunty dated September 19th, 1981: a kind of 'Honey I Shrunk the Kids!' in reverse'. No doubt it would have appealed to plenty of little girls who suffered from overly bossy mothers - especially if they also had an especial fondness for playing with dolls! Phil Rushton

See the whole stories at the comicsuk forum link..

Fairly certain the artist is Robert MacGillivray who did a great deal of work for both Thomson's and Fleetway. He was working for Thomson's as early as the 1930's eg 'The Tickler Twins in Wonderland' (Magic). One of his longest running strips was
'Lucky's Living Doll' in School Friend / June & School Friend. Kashgar