for when I'd be starting primary school. "And what happens then?"
I asked, curious about what lay before me. There then followed a
merely from the physical perspective.)
Henceforth, whenever any friends of my parents would
my thirties to find a similar experience to my own recounted in its
opening pages. How amazing is that? A story about a boy with
whom I'd been compared from an early age, and the very first
paragraph resonates immediately. Curiously, like WALT
the book), I've never been able to click my fingers.
name became 'Kid', which I've been called ever since. (The
story behind that can be found here.) Not everyone who knew
me was aware of the appellation 'though, only a particular group
of friends and acquaintances (and their families) who lived in my
neighbourhood. When I started freelancing for IPC's 2000
A.D. in 1985, I used it in the credit boxes because it was
easier to fit in the allocated space.
"Two is the beginning of the end." However, I refuse
to grow old. I'm going to be a "boy eternal" (as SHAKE-
SPEARE put it) and try my best to retain what KENNETH
GRAHAME calls "the spirit of youth" within me. In the end,
of course, it may not stave off expiration, but life is a hell
of a lot more fun along the way.