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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William Shakespeare

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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!

Derek at AbbeyFest!

Fear not if you’re going to miss Derek’s dynamic debut at New Cross Turn Left – for the show is performing at AbbeyFest in August! His dates are the Tuesday 9th, Wednesday 10th, Thursday 11th and Saturday 13th August, all at 2pm.

Prices are:

Full Price Tickets: £7.00 per seat
Concession Price Tickets: £5.00 per seat
Adults: £7
Children: £5
Family Ticket: £20

Box office 0208 767 8886

Woohoo!

If you work at a school or library and fancy having Derek strut his stuff for your kids, then do get in touch with Legend Theatre or even me for prices.