Archives for April 2012

Gary’s Garden!

Unless you’ve been hiding in a cave or locked in an airing cupboard or something, you’ll no doubt be aware of the amazingly fab weekly children’s comic The Phoenix! Rising from the ashes of the dear, departed DFC comic and running weekly since early January, The Phoenix is stuffed to the gills with gorgeous art, crazy stories, nutjob characters and some of the finest children’s comic creators these fine isles have to offer; including Neill Cameron, Jamie Smart, Patrice Aggs, James Turner, Simone Lia, Adam Murphy, Ethrington Bros, Kate Brown, Matt Baxter, Ricardo Tangle, Jamie Littler, Paul Duffield, Chris Riddell, Dave Shelton, Rob Davis, Garen Ewing, Daniel Harwell and plenty more to come (I’m looking at you Jim Medway, Sarah McIntyre, Nick Abadzis and Philip Reeve).

And little ol’ me! Yes, I have a jolly strip in there too; Gary’s Garden! Part autobiography, part made-up nonsense (well, mainly completely made-up nonsense to be fair), Gary’s Garden delves into my favourite thing ever – me spying on the comings and goings of all the little dudes and dudettes who dwell in my garden.

Amongst my various backgarden observations so far, we’ve had:

A spider with his tiny insect orchestra…

Apple worms getting on each others nerves…

A daredevil, rather obtuse caterpillar…

Lord of the jungle, Larry Ladybird…

A loopy squirrel hoarding his nuts…

and, out this very week, a menagerie of  looting critters emptying my kitchen cupboards (complete with groovy front cover…)

Photo ©Sarah McIntyre

And there’s more to come! Oh yes, June through to September/October will be crammed with more Gary’s Garden: we’ll have shed spiders, tadpoles, leaf bugs, hedgehogs, foxes and much, much more. There’s a whole world of loony toons living in my garden, and I’ve got my beady eye on ’em…

I’m having an absolute ball working on the Phoenix, so a big thanks to Ben and the team for giving me this opportunity to create my nonsense!

Don’t miss out on all the fun and get yourself a subscription or pick up a copy from Waitrose (or the growing list of selected independent bookshops/comicshops)!

Thank you!

New direction for National Geographic Kids strip!

As many of you may know, I’ve been writing and drawing comic strips for one of Britain’s top-selling children’s magazines, National Geographic Kids, for nearly four years now.

Every month my jolly comic strips tell the stories of famous people and places throughout history: from the life and times of Suffragette Emeline Pankhurst…

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Emmeline Pankhurst stands up for her rights!

To the achievements of Emperor Qin and his stunning Terracotta Army; to the archaeological wonder of Machu Picchu and to the brutal, but colourful history of our own British Isles…

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Robert the Bruce tangles with a spider.

Helping us along the way during the last couple of years, guiding us through the tricky facts and figures, we have our very own wily (and cheeky!) explorer, Max the Mouse!

A dragon takes Max on a ride through Chinese history!

Max has survived the rough and tumble of the Norman invasion of 1066, wrestled with Vikings Gods and unravelled the complexities of inventions such as televisions, phones and computers…

Max inadvertently starts a riot during the Industrial Revolution.

And now, in our exciting new feature, Max and I will be telling the stories of Animal Heroes and Celebrities! I’ve been pushing for us to tell stories about animals for a while now, because I loves drawing animals so much and this new strip is a perfect vehicle to work on.

Our first star is Laika, the first dog (and first Earthling!) in space!

The handsome, and very brave, Laika.

Along the way we have plans for daring dolphins, parachuting dogs,  and a whole menagerie of other gallant critters. So do please do buy a copy for yourself or your kids to uncover what shenanigans I’m up to every month in NGKids Magazine!

Thank you!