Tuesday, 18 June 2013

The Ballad of Pete and his Pimple

One of the enjoyable things about working for Oink! comic was its flexibility and openness to ideas. Here's a Pete and his Pimple half pager I did for issue 29 (back in 1987) which, to suit the music theme of the issue, had its dialogue done as a spoof of the lyrics to 'Yesterday'. I was quite pleased with the result and also that I could get away with such a downbeat ending in a children's comic.

As the early issues of Oink! had high production values and were printed on glossy paper it allowed the artists to render the strips a bit more lavishly than the limitations of the newsprint comics. This strip was embellished with a grey wash and black crayon. Click on the image to see it larger.

This is scanned from the original artwork, and if you'd like to own it I have it up for auction this week along with a few other pieces on eBay. (Click here.) Bidding ends on Sunday 23rd June. Good luck!


TwoHeadedBoy said...

I'm reminded of Buster Gonad somewhat - great "below-the-radar" stuff there!

Lew Stringer said...

I see what you mean but Buster Gonad was definitely not on my mind when I created this strip. Pete's pimple was usually on his nose, but I just wanted a change to keep it amusing.

TwoHeadedBoy said...

Well it worked, had me chuckling :)