Friday, July 30, 2010

Thank Dai It's Friday

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This was published on Tuesday in the South Wales Argus. There's been an overwhelmingly positive response to the Superdragons project in Newport, and I've personally seen many families following the dragon trail, taking pictures and posing next to them - great fun for all involved and heartening to see such support from the community. Unfortunately the dragons have also attracted the attentions of a minority who seem determined to ruin the fun by deliberately attacking them. - at one point 10 dragons were off the streets for repairs. I can't imagine what pleasure the vandals get from this, but as my strip shows, I'd love to see the dragons fighting back.

Go, Dragons, go!



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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday


This week's bloke is comic book writer Harvey Pekar who sadly died on July 12th. You can read plenty about his long career in comics on his Wiki page. I'll readily admit I hadn't read much of his stuff despite watching and thoroughly enjoying the American Splendor film - something that needs to be rectified with a trip to Forbidden Planet!

Nib Nerd Section: Pentel brush pen, grey pitt pen, white pencil, drawn on large envelope.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sheep Calendar Cartoon revisited

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It's been a while since I showed any of these, so here's another cartoon from the 2010 Funny Side of Sheep Calendar. The sheep calendar in particular was great fun to draw - my Gren influences shining through!

I've got various 2011 calendars coming out later on in the year, and also some greetings cards - in fact, here's the link to add the 2011 Sheep Calendar to your wishlist!
 

Friday, July 23, 2010

Thank Dai It's Friday

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Strip 3365 from June 2009. Is it just me who has problems with these self service tills? If it's not a problem with it not actually scanning properly, I usually find I have an "unexpected item in the baggage area". Oh, the hours I've spent attempting to scan a french stick! I should write a book. Entitled 'How to Scan a French Stick'.


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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday

Artwork (c) Cathy Simpson

Ah, a slightly late SLBloke today - apologies! To make up for my poor timekeeping, here's a guest bloke courtesy of illustrator Cathy Simpson. She explained to me that he's actually 'The Old Man with a Beard' from the Edward Lear limerick. He's certainly strange looking (and I mean that in a good way! :)

Thanks to Cathy for sharing it with us..

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Saga Magazine July Issue


This is published in the July issue of Saga Magazine and is another gag that did the rounds for quite a while before finally finding a home. It was actually drawn for an 'Art' themed exhibition at the 2008 Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival.

It's a pun of course, and they're generally considered weak material to base a cartoon on, but I guess this one just seemed too fun *not* to do!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Thank Dai It's Friday

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This strip is No3111 from 13 Aug 2008. This is my local park - it's very nice and is indeed award winning, but the way those squirrels are swanning about the place! Or is it swans squirreling? I've confused myself... ignore me, just read the strip.


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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday

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Another week, another bloke, although he's not particularly strange looking, I admit (maybe the hair flirts with 'unusual' :). It started out as a sketch on a bit of old cardboard (which proved a bit tricky to pencil with any great success on, hence the 'ridge' effect noticable on the hair). I had a pic of Paul Weller I was copying, but it got lost in translation the more I noodled with it, but not enough to rip it up in some artistic strop. Heh.

I fabricated the pose, so if he doesn't smoke, apologies for the slur...

Nib Nerd Section: Pencil and blue watercolour ink. Old bit of cardboard.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Bloghorn covers Superdragons



There's a post on Bloghorn by fellow cartoonist and PCO member Royston Robertson about the Superdragons which you can find... here!

I'll post a bit more about the Superdragons trail as and when it happens.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Thanks Dai It's Friday

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Double dose of Dai this week. These are from March 2010, and are inspired by the Free Hugs campaign that's been going on for a few years. I'm not absolutely sure the first one is a realistic portrayal of Newport, but hope springs eternal.

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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday


Here's today's bloke. Now I didn't set out to doodle someone who looks a little bit like Clint Eastwood, but that's what I appear to have done. It's the eyes - those permanently squinty eyes. Go ahead punk...

Nib Nerd Section: Done with a Pentel Brush pen, and colour added with some old, long forgotten Magic Markers. Plus a hint of Tippex for luck...

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Dave Parker Interview

Dave and I at the CCGB Party 

Last April I attended the Cartoonists’ Club 5oth Anniversary Party, and had the opportunity to chat with a cartoonist I greatly admire, Dave Parker.  We talked about his long career in cartooning and I was amazed to find he’d already been a professional cartoonist for 13 years before I’d even been born! I was also gobsmacked to learn how many cartoons he’s produced. I think the term ‘prolific’ barely describes Dave’s accomplishments in the world of gag cartooning!

Dave was kind enough to answer a few quick questions about cartooning and his career…

When and how did you start cartooning?

Dave: I first started cartooning as a schoolboy. I drew cartoons for the Church Lads Brigade. Looking back they were TERRIBLE but I suppose somebody out there liked them! My father was a bus driver and I was persuaded to draw cartoons for the Bristol Omnibus magazine.
  I first began getting paid for my efforts when Julian Phipps started up Cartoon Sketch in the old Daily Sketch and I was paid the princely sum of 10/6 per cartoon! That was around 1954 so that makes it 56 years in all I have been a professional cartoonist!


  
Were there any particular cartoonists that influenced you?

Dave: I have many favourite cartoonists, among them Sax, Honeysett, Albert, McLachlan, Bill Tidy, Mike Williams, Trog, Larry, etc.


 

You're known as primarily a gag cartoonist - how has the market changed over the years?

Dave: I don't suppose the gag market has changed much, just faded away most of it!



After such a long career, you must have drawn a LOT of cartoons! Any idea how many?

Dave: Over the years I have appeared in all the National Press and my scrapbooks contain almost 11,000 cartoons. So I guess I may have drawn way over 30,000!

 

How do you produce your cartoons? Traditional methods? Digital? A bit of both?

Dave: I use digital methods nowadays and I think my stuff looks better for it - although I'm still a novice on the computer!



Out of the thousands of cartoons you've produced, are there any particular favourites?

Dave: My own favourites? I dunno!

 
Thanks to Dave for the interview and permission to use his artwork.

(You can find another interview with Dave from 2006 by Rod McKie on the excellent Cartoon Fiend blog. Well worth checking out)

Monday, July 05, 2010

6 Music Saved


Well, what delightful news this is! http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment_and_arts/10507286.stm

"The BBC Trust has rejected the BBC's plans to close the digital radio station 6 Music. In his initial response to the BBC strategy review, BBC Trust chairman Sir Michael Lyons said that the case for the closure of 6 Music had not been made"

I'm a regular 6Music listener and the only way this could be even better news is if they announce Adam & Joe returning very soon. I also enjoy the Collins and Herring Show which currently occupies the A&J Saturday morning slot, so I'm a bit torn. I know, let's keep them all!

Friday, July 02, 2010

Thank Dai It's Friday

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Strip 1417 from 6 March 2003. Man, those lips are slightly repulsive...

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