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Iiiiiiiiiit’s Chriiiiiiiiistmas!

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Well here it is, Merry Christmas, everybody’s having fun – or so Seventies sideburned seasonal songsters Slade once sang. And they were right, everybody WILL be having fun once they get their hands on the slew of festive funnies coming your way from D.C Thomson this year! Firstly, we have the Beano Christmas Special, which isn’t to be confused with the weekly comic’s Christmas issue (more of which in a…
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Having A Bash At It

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This week’s issue of The Beano (issue dated 16th July) sees the first in a short run of Bash Street Kid strips that I scripted, the second time I’ve been charged with penning tales of mischief for class 2b. This week, the kids go a bit sci-fi as they find themselves lumbered with a holographic teacher!  As ever, it’s a complete honour to work on one of The Beano’s most…
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Gimme Five

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Just over five years ago I was unemployed, having been unceremoniously ‘let go’ from my job working in a call centre. To be honest, it was a job I hated, but nonetheless I needed to find work again pronto, lest I find myself eating cardboard and sawdust for the near future. I decided that (as well as applying for all sorts of other jobs) this ‘break’ in employment was as…
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One in the Eye

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Regular readers of this blog will know that I recently had a cartoon published in Private Eye magazine (issue 1396, number fans), a cartoon I can reproduce here given that the said issue has since gone off sale. You can see the cartoon above, a response to the terrible Charleston shootings of a few weeks back. I don’t want to over explain the cartoon or anything (a picture speaks a…
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When Pant-Man Met Ant-Man

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Another Wednesday has rolled around (as it seems to do on a weekly basis), bringing with it another new issue of The Beano! HOORAY FOR WEDNESDAYS! This week’s issue includes two strips that I worked on, which I will go on to talk about in more detail once I’ve finished this sentence, right…about…NOW. The first strip I’ll talk about is Roger the Dodger, on which I took  over writing duties…
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Guns and Ruses

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Well, today is a pretty exciting day for me in my career, for today (Wednesday the 8th of July) sees the publication of my first ever cartoon for Lord Gnome’s esteemed organ, Private Eye! I’m absolutely overjoyed to finally get in the Eye, primarily as it’s been one of my own, personal favourite reads since I was 16, but also because it represents the last of my initial career aims….
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Ants In Your Pants

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No sooner has one of my Beano mini-strips concluded its run, then another begins! While Jurassic Play Park became extinct last week, this week sees the start of my new silly series – Pant-Man! It is, as you may have guessed, based on the Marvel Comics character (and soon-to-be-star of the not-so big screen) Ant-Man. Do you see what I did there? Ant? Pant? Ah, suit yourselves. The series follows…
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A Joke 65 Million Years In The Making

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While Jurassic World has been gobbling up the box-office like a particularly ravenous T-Rex, some other dinosaurs have been rampaging through the pages of The Beano these past few weeks. The dinosaurs in question are those in my latest Beano strip, Jurassic Play Park, a strip inspired by the latest in the Jurassic Park franchise. I absolutely LOVED the first Jurassic Park movie. I can still remember seeing it on the…
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Don’t Dodge This!

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    IN THE pantheon of classic Beano characters, Roger the Dodger must be one of the most well-known, ranking up there alongside Dennis the Menace, Minnie the Minx and The Bash Street Kids. Created by Ken Reid in 1953, Roger has been a near mainstay of the comic ever since, his numerous dodges illustrated by a roster of some of the country’s finest cartoonists – Reid himself, Gordon Bell,…
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Knights To See You, To See You Knights

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It’s St. George’s Day, everyone! And what better way to celebrate the occasion than with news of the return of George vs Dragon? Ah-ha, that’s a trick question – there clearly is NO better way. Yes, George vs Dragon, the series I created back in 2010 for The Dandy comic and which is based on the PROPER TRUE STORY of St. George’s life, is making a glorious return this year, in not one but…
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