Furthermore, on the ‘Next Week’ page, eagle-eyed readers will spot a little preview of yet ANOTHER strip I have coming up, which begins in the very next issue! Joy!
The new addition is a mini-strip called ‘Iykan Si-Yu‘, featuring the antics of the world’s worst ninja and his sensei, O-So Wyz, which has given me an excuse to use up some Carrotty Kid-style jokes in lieu of the carrot himself appearing in the comic! (Hey, waste not, want not!)
So, for some stealth-based silliness, be sure to silently sneak down to your newsagent’s and pick up The Dandy next week!
THIS WEEK’S Dandy sees the introduction of the latest strip I’ve been working on, Bad Grandad, replacing George vs Dragon after their lengthy run ended last week.
Bad Grandad sees me entering new territory, as this strip was created and written in-house at Dandy HQ, whereas I’ve normally written all my strips myself so far. It’s proving to be a great experience, however, and the scripts (by Dandy deputy ed Michelle O’Donnell) have been brilliant, and forced me to draw stuff I might not otherwise have done, which is excellent.
Above you’ll see the first sketches of Bad Grandad I drew after I was approached by The Dandy to work on the strip. For Grandad himself, they wanted something along the lines of the old fellah from Pixar’s movie ‘Up‘ (i.e a dumpy old man) so I used that as the starting point, gave him a big, comedy nose (I like big noses, you’ll have noticed) a funky quiff and dressed him up in the sort of clothes I remembered my own grandad wearing a lot – blue jacket and trousers, waistcoat, tie etc…my own way of paying a bit of a tribute to my grandad, who himself rather loves cartoons and counts Tom and Jerry among his favourites!
I also added a smattering of Ronnie Barker to the mix for good measure.
They were delighted with the look of Bad Grandad, so we pressed ahead, and now the results of our collaboration can be seen in the all-new strip debuting in this week’s issue. HOORAY!
Hope you all welcome this geriatric japester into the comic, there’s plenty more life in the old rogue yet!
Don’t forget to bring biscuits though.
THIS WEEK’S issue of The Dandy (out NOW!) carries with it some terrible news, as it includes the last George vs Dragon of the current run. Awwwwww!
But wait! Before you storm Dandy HQ in protest, put down those pitchforks! Forget the flaming torches! Because there’s also news of my BRAND NEW full-page strip, which begins VERY SOON! Hooray!
It’s called ‘Bad Grandad’ and features the misadventures of the titular geriatric japester, as he makes life difficult for his poor, long-suffering grandson, Timmy. This is the first time I’ve had an ongoing strip that I haven’t written, as this series was penned by a wondrous wordsmith within Dandy Towers! I’m enjoying working on it, and I find having to draw stuff I might otherwise not have done is helping me to push myself a bit further, the results of which you should see as the run progresses. (Hopefully!)
Anyway, enough of my blitherings. Enjoy the last George vs Dragon this week, then brace yourselves for the 22nd of February to welcome Bad Grandad to the fold. Or he’ll thwack you across the bonce with his cane. TWICE.