Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Roy Mitchell (1946-2010)
He also contributed to Express Newspapers, Mirror Group, TV Times, Chat, Take a Break and the Crown Prosection Service's CPS News, as well as drawing strips for IPC's humour titles. His strips included "Rambling Rhymes" (Whoopee, 1982), "Freddy 3-D" (Whizzer & Chips, 1983), "Micro Mates" (Whizzer & Chips, 1984), "Animalad" (Whoopee, 1984, continued in Whizzer & Chips from 1985) and "Paper Boy" (Buster, 1992-94). Other strips included "Project Pete" for the monthly Project magazine. His cartoon "Wheels" appeared weekly in a Dubai paper.
The Christie Hospital and Aid to Hospitals Worldwide. The book sold over 1,000 copies.
Educated at Darlington Grammar School and a former teacher, Mitchell devised and ran a number of cartoon seminars and workshops and for some years tutored cartoonists via a home studies course, The Cartoon Academy.
Mitchell was also the lead singer with rock 'n' rollers The Cadillacs, a band who have been around for over 40 years, not all of them with Mitchell although he was the longest serving member of the current line-up.
Mitchell was diagnosed with bowel cancer in March 2007 which, according to his daughter Lyn, he fought bravely and brightly for three years. He was still working up to a week before he passed away.
The Cadillacs live at Sale Masonic Hall, February 2010.