Julius Zebra

Julius Zebra: Entangled With The Egyptians! (2017)

After being shipwrecked on the shores of Egypt and mistaken for a Horse God, Julius can’t believe his luck! Soon he and his bedraggled friends will be living it up in the city of Alexandria; preened and pampered like gods. Then a fancy boat procession will take them down the River Nile to Memphis where a lavish party will be thrown in Julius’s honour – as well as an obligatory tour of the Pyramids. BUT it is this very tour that seems to signal the end to their glorious fortunes in Egypt. On a visit to the Tomb of Cleopatra, Felix is unable to resist a rather lovely looking treasure for his rock collection… He pockets the jewel and immediately a curse falls upon the group. And so the ridiculous adventure begins where Julius fights for his life as the Egyptians come to unravel the truth and realize that he is not quite what they thought he was…

  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781406371802
  • Published: 05 Oct 2017
  • Price: £8.99

 

 

Julius Zebra: Bundle With The Britons! (2016)

From the celebrated creator of Julius Zebra: Rumble with the Romans! comes a hilarious romp and mad-cap story set in Roman Britain, cram-packed with jokes and bursting with action. Julius and his pals must go to the far-off and strange land of Britain to win over the crowds of Hadrian’s empire. But this will be no happy-go-lucky holiday. Instead of packing buckets and spades, our stripy hero and his friends will need all their wits about them if they’re going to survive their most wild and rebellious gladiatorial opponents yet – the Britons! With a guide to Roman numerals and a fun, factual glossary in the back pages, this is a fast-paced, funny and utterly bonkers introduction to all things Roman Britain.

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406373721
  • Published: 04 May 2017
  • Price: £6.99

 

 

Julius Zebra: Rumble With The Romans! (2015)

From the hilarious, celebrated cartoonist Gary Northfield – author of The Terrible Tales of the Teenytinysaurs! – comes a brand-new illustrated chapter book series set in Roman times! From a smelly watering hole deep in the heart of the Serengeti to the ferocious clamour of the Colosseum, join Julius Zebra and his motley menagerie of friends as they gear up to be … gladiators! Only if they win the love of the Roman crowds will they win back their freedom. But do Julius and his pals have what it takes to succeed in a world where only the meanest and toughest survive? Madagascar meets Gladiator in this exciting, action-packed and hysterically funny story brimming with entertaining Roman facts.

Format: Paperback

  • ISBN: 9781406365870
  • Published: 07 Apr 2016
  • Price: £6.99

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Derek The Sheep

Appearing between 2004 and 2011, Derek The Sheep is the Beano‘s first and only creator-owned strip.

In 2008, Bloomsbury published the first 13 Beano strips in a handsome book. It was also published in France by L’Edition de L’an 2, under the moniker Norbert Le Mouton. Derek’s book was chosen as Booktrust’s 2009 Booked Up Picture Book Option and listed as 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die.

In 2017 Gary reprinted a new edition of Derek The Sheep, as Derek The Sheep: Let’s Bee Friends, under his new imprint Bog Eyed Books. Further volumes will follow in 2018 and 2019, finally completing Derek’s acclaimed Beano run in book form.

          

                 

 

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Gary’s Garden

           

Ah bliss! Gary is chilling in his Garden. But wait!! Look CLOSER! Look what’s happening right under Gary’s NOSE…Grumpy Caterpillars! Space travelling ladybirds! Ninja Hedgehogs! PARP! What was that? An insect orchestra – wow! HAHAHA! And what’s that? It’s all the laughter coming out of GARY’S GARDEN – why don’t you come and see?

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“Without a doubt one of the best comic books I’ve ever read…Every one of these stories is utterly brilliant and made me laugh, though of course the whole book is a bit genius! 10/10” – Wondrous Reads

 

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Teenytinysaurs

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Is it possible to fly to the moon in a bubble of snot? Can you really have an argument with a cloud? Are there bogey monsters at the bottom of the garden? All these questions and more are explored in an hysterical and charming collection of comic strip adventures, following a teeny tiny gang of dinosaurs as they wind each other up and muddle their way through the myths and mysteries of prehistoric life.

“…Very charming, VERY funny, and beautifully drawn…” Philip Reeve, author of Mortal Engines, Goblins and Oliver and the Seawigs. More here.

“One of our funniest family reads this year.” Playingbythebook.net More here.

“Exuberant, ebullient and stoopid to boot, this has stampeded to the top of my Babel of books to be recommended to all young and impressionable minds” Stephen Holland, Page 45 More here.

The Terrible Tales of the Teenytinysaurs! is an absolute gem of all-ages storytelling – vibrant, animated and utterly endearing.” Andy Oliver, Broken Frontier More here.

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BOOK LAUNCH BLOG POST July 2013

It must be said, that the last two or three months have been pretty hectic, what with the launch of my jolly new book Terrible Tales Of The Teenytinysaurs, and all the events that I’ve been organising, or invited to, around it.

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I was greedy enough to have TWO book launches for Teenytinysaurs, the first on the day of the launch, 2nd May at the brilliant Bookseller Crow in Crystal Palace (complete with Teenytinysaurs cardboard cutouts!).

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AAIIEE! Big dinosaurs roaming Crystal Palace! (Nothing new there, then…)

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Alex Milway and his daughter Cecily tuck into their homemade dino biscuits!

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Some loverly flowers from my editor Lizzie Spratt at Walker.

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Fleecestation in the house. And what a beautiful Stegosaurus hat! (Photo © Sarah McIntyre)

Then I had ANOTHER one nice ‘n’ central on the 31st May at Gosh Comics, the most awesomest comic shop in London! (FACT!)

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Getting stuck in to some obviously hilarious drawings at my Gosh launch! (Photo © Nicky Evans)

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Scrummy Teenytinysaurs cakes made by my very own sister! (Photo © Lauren O’Farrell)

Both Bookseller Crow and Gosh have been fantastic support for me over the years, with Derek The Sheep and The Phoenix, so I was really chuffed to have launches at two of my favourite shops. The two events were brilliant and we sold plenty of copies at both, so thank you to everyone who came along and to John, Justine and Karen at Bookseller Crow; Tom, Julia, Hayley, Josh, Andrew, Steve and Mike at Gosh and to Hannah and Paul at Walker for making it all possible.

(John at Bookseller Crow even told me that if it wasn’t for the fact that someone’s proud dad had bought 40 copies of their son’s book, Teenytinysaurs would be their no.1 bestselling book for the last two months! Woohoo! Get in!).

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A small selection of the (probable) billion copies sold so far.

If you missed my brillskillz book launches, then keep an eye on my events page for exciting appearances at Festivals and Comic Cons around the country! Bring Tangfastics!

And if you’re STILL not convinced that you need a copy of Teenytinysaurs in your life (how very dare you), then check out these cracking reviews from Philip Reeve, Forbidden Planet, Page 45 and Playing By The Book (including mindblowing home-made video!). I also did a little interview about the book with fellow Fleece Station studio mate, Sarah McIntyre!

Check out my teaser work-in-progress gallery!

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Nat Geo Kids

Writing and drawing comic stories about Heroes and Heroines from history for National Geographic Kids since 2008. Many stories reprinted in Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia and South Africa. Winner of “Best Magazine Feature” at the National Geographic Awards in Washington, 2012.

Albert Einstein                                                                           Amelia Earhart

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Martin Luther King                                                                     Anne Frank

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Captain Scott                                                                             Emmeline Pankhurst

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Workshops

I regularly visit schools and libraries, teaching kids of all ages and abilities how to draw comics and cartoon characters.

A write up of a recent visit to Colman Junior school!

Due to the popularity of Julius Zebra, I am in extremely high demand for schools and libraries, so bear with me as I fight through my emails. If you don’t hear back from me after a week, then please do give me a friendly nudge!

Please fill in the form below to request more details, thank you!

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The DFC

Little Cutie appeared in the much-loved, and much-missed, DFC weekly comic in 2008-2009.

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Mini Comics

I’ve been making crazy little mini comics since 1999. More details soon!

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…)

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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!