THERE’S no Dandy out this week (last week’s issue is out until the 18th of April for the school holidays) but fear not! That nutty ninja, Iykan Si-Yu, is here to fill the gap, in these two strips that were rejected by Dandy HQ.
Well, I prefer to call them ‘deleted scenes’. So here we go – two deleted scenes from the current run of Iykan Si-Yu! Enjoy – and be sure to look out for further adventures of the world’s worst ninja when The Dandy returns in two weeks!
WHILE BRITAIN basks in an uncharacteristically sunny spring, and the days now stay lighter longer, along comes another issue of The Dandy to make everything brighter still!
This week’s issue sees one of my personal favourites in the current run of Bad Grandad, as I not only really liked the script but was really pleased how it came out. I had slightly changed my drawing technique with this strip, switching to thinner pens to allow for a slightly finer line and a bit more detail – not a huge shift, but something very eagle-eyed readers might notice!
Talking of Bad Grandad, I sat down and recorded myself drawing the geriatric japester for The Dandy’s YouTube channel last week. So if you want to learn how to draw him, enjoy the eight excellent minutes of video below! (WARNING: contains traces of my FACE).
Elsewhere in this week’s comic, there’s another episode in the life of the world’s worst ninja, Iykan Si-Yu, plus Mega-Lo Maniacs, a new series from everyone’s second-favourite Jamie (after the Jamie out of Jamie and his Magic Torch), Jamie Smart. And then there’s Not So Wise Owl, a new mini-strip by the fabulous Laura Howell. WHAT A FUN-PACKED ISSUUUUUUE!
The next issue of The Dandy won’t be out until Wednesday 18th April, so I’ll meet you back here in thre weeks. Deal? Deal.
FOLLOWING on from last week’s success in getting a radio sketch picked up for use by BBC Radio 4 Extra’s ‘Newsjack’ show, I thought I’d have another go this week and so submitted some more material. And blast my braces if they didn’t go and accept another of my sketches!
This time I sold a sketch based around the Archbishop of Canterbury’s recent announcement that he intends to resign soon, and mixed that up with the imminent return of Britain’s Got Talent to create…Bishop’s Got Talent! See what I did there? Genius, I know.
I’m really pleased with the way the sketch turned out, the Newsjack team did a splendid job of making it sound suitably Britain’s Got Talent-alike, and the performances were fantastic. Plus they kept my favourite terrible pun in it – ‘you’ve got to diocese it to believe it’. Hooray!
To listen to the sketch, click upon the following link where you can listen to the show on the ol’ iPlayer, or download it as a podcast to your listening device of choice. It’s about three-and-a-half minutes in, or thereabouts.
I’m thrilled to have got some work into the show again, bringing the grand total of sketches I’ve sold to the BBC up to a not-too-shabby three! I’m slowly forging a nice sideline in comedy writing, which I’d like to do loads more of in the future. In fact, I shan’t rest until they retitle the show ‘NewsAndy’. Or ‘DrewsJack’.