IT’S LESS of a case of ‘trick or treat’ and more a case of ‘treat or treat’ in this week’s Dandy, as it’s a fun-packed Halloween special full of spooky delights!
I’m pleased to say that I’ve got two strips in this creepiest of comics, kicking off with the return of the world’s stupidest spook, Boo!, in a two-page tale of TERROR:
Boo! also gets the privilege of hosting this week’s contents page, so any fans of the gormless ghoul will be in for a treat! It’s only a one-off appearance for now, but if you want more Boo! be sure to let The Dandy know, and maybe he’ll float back into the comic in the future!
There’s also more George vs Dragon this week, with useless wizard Wirlin back to try and help George get rid of Dragon, with naturally rubbish results. Oh, Wirlin!
The terrifying treats continue throughout the issue, with spooky strips for Korky the Cat, by fearsome Phil Corbett, Harry Hill by nefarious Nigel Parkinson, Postman Prat, by loathsome Lew Stringer and a gruesomely grotesque Madvert for ‘My Little Zombie’ by scary Stu Munro.
So, why not be brave and pick up The Dandy, out NOW for a mere £1.50!
It’s FRIGHTFULLY funny! Mwah-hahahahahahahahahahahurgh*cough cough*hurrrrrrrgh.
IT’S HAPPENED! Almost a year after their first appearance in The Dandy, George and Dragon manage to sneak their way onto the front cover of this week’s issue (see above). HURRAH!
Meanwhile, inside the comic, George vs Dragon follows George’s latest hair-brained scheme to catch his fire-breathing foe, which involves setting up a (not so) cunning trap….
But don’t fret, he’ll still pop up in numerous cameos in my other strips, I’m sure. He always manages to sneak in somehow. But if you want to see him return in his own strip, then let The Dandy know – it’s your comic, chums!
Elsewhere in this issue we have more My Own Genie by Jamie Smart, Postman Prat by Lew Stringer, Bananaman by Wayne Thompson and another Turtle Wipeout by Stu Munro. PLUS! Some spooky-wooky Halloween themed gifts! WoooooOOOOOooooooh! All for just £2.50! BARG.
Talking of Halloween, next issue sees the return of stupid spook Boo!, in a one-off, two-page Halloween special. So be sure to pick that issue up as well…..IF YOU DARE! Mwaaaaahaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaa! (Seriously though, please do pick it up, it’s great).
LAST YEAR, in this very blog that you are now reading with your eyeballs, I wrote an entry about the closure of Cosgrove Hall Films, one of Britain’s best-loved animation studios, responsible for the likes of Danger Mouse and Count Duckula, among other classic cartoons.
Well, it seems like you can’t keep a good studio down, and Cosgrove Hall Films have risen like an animated phoenix from the cartoon ashes, as newly-formed Cosgrove Hall Fitzpatrick Entertainment.
This new enterprise sees the return of both Brian Cosgrove and Mark Hall in executive producer capacities, partnering up with Francis Fitzpatrick (of Jakers! fame), with Simon Hall as managing director. Currently, it seems they have two series on the cards, delightful-looking pre-school show Pip!, and comedy action toon HeroGliffix.
This is, of course, excellent news for the UK animation industry, and good news for fans of one of the nation’s most fondly-remembered studios. I had the good fortune to work with the original studio in developing my Carrotty Kid pilot (see below), and am excited to see the studio return purely as a fan of much of their old output, and because they’re such jolly nice folk!
Let’s wish them all the very best of British luck, chums!