Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Ivy on a trike!

Here's a preview of the Ivy the Terrible strip I drew for today's Beano, prior to it being lettered by the DC Thomson staff. The comic is the shops now for just £2. 

Anyway, it's 3.45 a.m. and I've just sent off a strip to one comic, now it's time to catch a few hours sleep before I set to work on an Ivy half pager for a future Beano. Then I have to write a feature for a magazine, and sort out images for my talk at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival on October 18th. More on that next week. Busy times!


Spencer said...

It's good to be busy, Lew!

Mark said...

The other day I asked if you did any work in this years Beano and Dandy annuals and you told me you did.

I bought the books and read them and enjoyed them. I had not read a modern British comic ever. Well, since about 1999. I only read American comics and old British comics like Viz.

I was surprised at how good they were. I had heard that modern British kids comics like the Beano was "not as good as they used to be" but the characters are now more three dimensional and interesting and like real people.

The quality of the art and the paper is much better too.

I guess what I am saying is I enjoyed the two annuals even if they were for kids so there was no sign of Suicidal Sid or those utterly Pathetic Sharks as I would enjoy in Viz.

Lew Stringer said...

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\outl0\strokewidth0 \strokec2 I'm really pleased that you enjoyed them, Mark. All of us working on the comics and annuals enjoy what we're doing and I think that comes across in the stories now. \
I think that some of the critics who condemn modern kids comics are influenced too much by their nostalgia. Yes, there were many great strips 40 or 50 years ago, but there was also a lot of pedestrian work too which gets overlooked with the Rose tinted glasses effect.

Lew Stringer said...

Yes, I'm not knocking it, Spencer. It had been a bad 12 months so all the work is appreciated.