Friday, 1 March 2013

A feast of fun

  
Welcome to my new blog, lewstringercomics. Unlike my previous venture, Blimey!, this new blog will not be covering the history of British comics but will, as the title implies, focus solely on my own work. (More or less.) Most comic creators have their own blogs these days so I thought it time to join in. I'll try to keep it lively, so no nodding off at the back there.  

Firstly, here's a preview of what I have in print this week. At the top of this post is one of the illustrations I drew of 'Fatty' from The Bash Street Kids for a feature in the latest issue of The Beano. Below is another feature page I did for the same issue; Ninjabread Men! I never expected to be asked to draw a cookery page for The Beano but it was good fun to do. D.C. Thomson supplied the script and I illustrated it and also designed the page so I thought I'd show the screen grab here. Look at the time I finished it; 3.00 A.M. in time for the deadline later that morning. We Beano artists are a dedicated bunch. Well, either that or insomniacs.



This is only a low resolution scan of course, for copyright reasons. If you want to see it in clear legibility, buy The Beano! Here's the cover to look out for, by Nigel Parkinson. Lots of good stuff in there these days for only £2.00.

Cover art by Nigel Parkinson

Blimey! took up a lot of time in researching old comics, writing reviews etc, and ran for six years. I don't really have time to devote to that any more but this new blog won't take up as much time. (Basically because the info is already in my head, if I can remember it!) 

I won't be updating this blog as regularly as I did with Blimey! but I'll be using it to promote my latest comic strips and to look back at my work over the past 30 years. I'll be showing some of my old strips plus character sketches, previously unseen artwork and suchlike. There's a few obscure items I found recently that I'd forgotten about so I'll share those here in a few days. (And if there's any particular strips of mine you'd like to see, please let me know. Yes, I even do requests... within reason!)

Thanks for visiting the blog. I hope you'll stick around! Please leave comments if you wish. 

20 comments:

Phoenix said...

Under the circumstances I think this is a sensible move, Lew. You can focus on your current work, and also see it in the light of your total output so far. What's not to like? It's a win win situation. I wish you the very best of luck with it.

Lew Stringer said...

Thanks Derek. Much appreciated.

George Shiers said...

Hurrah! A new blog - I look forwards to futher updates!

I drew a Ninja Bread Men strip a while ago. I created the character and sent the idea off to a friend, who wrote the script! Looks like you beat me to getting it printed though! :D

Harry Rickard said...

This is a really nice thing to see and I'm quite a fan of artist blogs where they just talk about their work - whilst I enjoy reading comic history things, I like getting away from that and instead hearing about what's currently occurring. I'm very glad to see this blog now existing!

Marc Jackson said...

Great to have you back Lew!!

Anonymous said...

Please could you add my blog to your blog list..thanks..

You're on my blog list and will be interesting how this new blog will be different...

Great you are back..

Peter Gray in the library..;0)

Anonymous said...

Someones got an inflated view of their own importance. Your old blog got 354 followers and this one got 3. People liked your scans of old comics not your own uninspiring doodles.
You made a mistake giving up the blimey one for this.

Lew Stringer said...

It took six years for my previous blog to build up 354 followers. This one's only been going for two days!

Come back and do a head count again in 2018.

(And, no, I don't have "an inflated view of my importance". I'm simply trying to promote my work and be entertaining at the same time. You know, like most people who have blogs do. If you don't like it, don't read it.)

Anonymous said...

2018? Thats 5 years off not 6. Someone can't count.
I'm sticking by what I wrote. This blog won't get as many followers as yr other one.

Lew Stringer said...

I wasted too much time communicating with trolls like you in the past. If you don't like my work why are you hanging around here? Just to wind me up? Pathetic! No further comments from you will be published.

Harry Rickard said...

I'd really appreciate it if you were to include my comic blog in your blog list! :) http://www.wizzkid97.wordpress.com/

Tiniebras said...

Hooray! Lew is back! Please ignore the anonymous trolls Lew. Like you said they're just here to get a rise out of you. People who actually care about comics care about your work. Cos its awsome!

Lew Stringer said...

Thanks Tiniebras. Much appreciated!

Ozzy70 said...

I'm gutted to hear you have been sacked from THE BEANO Lew. I was liking Rasher and the Horror Nation Street page was awesome. May I wish you well in whatever you do next.

Lew Stringer said...

Where did you hear that? I'm still drawing for The Beano. (Right this moment in fact.) They have a pile of Rasher strips still to use, plus artwork for Pranks pages.

Thanks for your good wishes anyway.

Ozzy70 said...

Somebody told me at the Cardiff expo and your not in the comic this week so . . .

Lew Stringer said...

It's complete nonsense. Perhaps you could e-mail me privately to let me know the name of the person who told you that tale?

Captain Storm said...

Hi Lew , just dropped by to wish you well. I think we both know who the anonymous poster is. Quite right to just ignore and get on with what's important in life , such as ignoring him :-) All the best ,

The Cap.

Lew Stringer said...

Thanks Cap!

Anonymous said...

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