IF YOU picked up the bumper, Christmas issue of The Dandy (and if not, WHY not?) then you’ll have seen my festively-themed episode of George vs Dragon, based around the Christmas carol ‘Silent Night’ (except with ‘night’ changed to ‘knight’, because I’m a genius!).
However, that strip was actually my SECOND attempt at a seasonal special this year, and now I can share with you the original strip I drew up for the Christmas issue, which was passed up on in favour of the strip which saw print, possibly because this one isn’t all that funny. But I’m still quite pleased with the artwork in it.
So yeah, here it is in all its rejected glory, for you to enjoy with all the other Christmas leftovers!
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IIIIIT’S CHRRIIIIIISTMAAAAAAAAAAS, as big-sideburned Brummie Noddy Holder once sang. And how right he is, for Christmas is just around the corner, which can only mean one thing….it’s time for The Dandy’s Christmas Special!
And something about a holy baby.
But yes, The Dandy’s Christmas Special is out NOW, and I’m delighted to say I’ve been gifted with as many strips in this year’s issue as there were Wise Men – THREE! Yes, THREEEEE!
Firstly, there’s a festive George vs Dragon, which takes the form of a reworked Christmas carol, much like last year’s ‘Knight Before Christmas‘. This year, it’s ‘Silent Night’ that gets the medieval makeover, in a strip I call ‘Silent Knight‘. GEDDIT?????
Elsewhere, I have two seasonal mini-strips in the issue! The first of these is called ‘Rude-olph’, and features Santa’s rudest reindeer:
As well as more festive fun from the likes of Desperate Dan, Mr. Meecher, Bananaman and Postman Prat, this week’s Dandy also sees the final ever Harry Hill strip, which adds a touch of sadness to proceedings. Harry Hill has been front and centre of the new-look Dandy since its revamp in October 2010, and has been great fun, I thought. Nigel Parkinson’s art has never been less than stellar, and his writing has similarly sparkled, along with that of his ocassional co-writer, Sean Baldwin. I’ll be sad to see the strip go, but hope Nigel and Sean both get something new to work on in the New Year!
Anyway, let’s not all get too sad and start crying into our Cherryade and Eggnog. It’s Christmas! So rush out and pick up the 44-page Dandy special, replete with 7 groovy gifts, NOW!
£3.99 in all good-tiding newsagents.