IT’S NOT all comics, comics, comics around here, you know! Well, it pretty much is, actually. Except for this post. This post is NOTHING to do with comics at ALL. OR IS IT? (No).
Back in September, I decided to take a wild punt and submit a comedy sketch to BBC Radio 4 Extra’s satirical comedy show ‘Newsjack’, which returned for a fifth series over the autumn. Newsjack is quite unique, as it has an open-door policy on sketch submissions, meaning that anyone is free to have a bash, even useless ol’ gimp-faced nobodies like myself! Hooray!
I had written some audio sketches before, for The Astonishing Adventures of Lord Likely, but in that case I was the commissioning editor, and I was all too happy to allow my stuff to be produced. This time, however, I’d have to impress someone who wasn’t me – a PROPER radio producer, no less!
And so, taking inspiration from the news that sub-atomic particles had apparently travelled faster than light, I wrote a little skit and sent it off, wondering if anything would ever come of it. At the very least, I’d given it a shot.
However, to my complete and utter delighted surprise, I was contacted the following week to be told my sketch would be appearing in the show, to be broadcast on the radio on the 29th September, 2011! HURRAH!
You’ll find said sketch handily located at the top of this post, performed by Newsjack regulars Justin Edwards and Lewis MacLeod. DOUBLE HURRAH!
I’ve always wanted to have a go at writing something for radio or TV and, as my very first attempt, I was rather pleased with the results, and was veeeeeery glad I gave it a shot.
The moral of this story? You never know until you have a go. So have a go!
Also, I rock. Hey, it’s my blog, I’m allowed to be arrogant. GO ME! OHHH YEEEEAH.
Sir Bruce Forsyth twirls onto the cover of this week’s BIGGER Dandy, as the comic adds four extra pages to its total, brining the page count up to thirty six! HOORAY!
But what’s in this super-sized comic, I hear you ask (in my head)? LET ME TELL YOU!
There’s more George vs Dragon joviality, as George lays his hands upon the mystical, dragon-slaying talisman ‘The Star of Power’ – is this the end for Dragon?
Debuting this week is a new mini-strip called ‘The Punslinger’, which is a collaboration between myself and that there Stu Munro, who came up with the original idea. Hooray! Get ready for some Wild West fun over the next six weeks!
All that for the same pocket-friendly price of £1.50! Didn’t they do well?
Inside you’ll find some great fireworks-themed strips, such as Harry Hill by Nigel Parkinson, Korky the Cat by Phil Corbett, and Postman Prat by Lew Stringer, all ready to make you go ‘ooooooh’ and ‘ahhhhhhh’ from the comfort of your own house.
Meanwhile, this week’s George vs Dragon is absolutely NOTHING to do with fireworks night, instead focusing on Dragon’s birthday – and a nasty birthday surprise is in store for him from a certain knight…
However, I did do George vs Dragon involving fireworks, but it saw print way back in July. Yeah, I know, that makes no sense. But seeing as it is now November the 5th, I thought I’d reprint it HERE for you to enjoy on the day itself! HOORAY! (Click to enlarge).
Happy Bonfire Night, everyone! And be safe!