Tuesday, 28 January 2014
FROM THE ARCHIVES - UNPUBLISHED COMIC STRIP...
My first-ever strip appeared in my local newspaper around 1975 or '76, I think. (I'm sure it pre-dated my GORDIE GOOSE full-page strip in the BOOTS NEWS.) It was called EK KID, consisting of a single tier of three panels, and earned me £5. To be honest, it wasn't very good, but hey, a fiver back then wasn't to be sniffed at. Mr. ERIC BARR (now sadly deceased) was the discerning editor who tried to encourage a relatively recent school-leaver in developing his talents.
By 1984, my latest creation - PERCY PROON - EK's No 1 LOON - had already made a couple of appearances in the local rag, so I produced a third helping for possible publication. It was rejected for being "Too verbose and too violent", though this could simply have been Mr. Barr's coded way of telling me it just wasn't very funny. I never got a chance to do any more, for later that same year I met IPC's STEVE MacMANUS at a Glasgow comic mart, who promised me some lettering work on 2000 A.D. A couple of months or so later, at the beginning of '85, my full- time career working for the 'big guns' had begun.
However, that wasn't the last to be seen of Percy. When I was re-sizing strips for the WHIZZER & CHIPS and BUSTER comic libraries, I would often draw in 'EK's No 1 Loon' to fill up space. (There are a few examples below). Regarding the above strip, it was drawn with a felt-tip marker and lettered with a fountain pen, and is a nice, clean, nothing brilliant drawing. If I were doing it today, I'd vary the thickness of the outlines and give the characters circles around their eyes, because 'dots' alone restrict facial expression to some degree.
Anyway, the above strip has finally made its debut after thirty years of languishing in a cupboard. Hope you like it. (First one to say "You should've left it in the cup-board" gets slapped!)
Posted by Kid at Tuesday, January 28, 2014