Friday, September 14, 2012
Comic Cuts - 14 September 2012
When I do an obituary, I tend to write without much thought to the wordage requested, so my first draft is usually a lot longer than what you see in print. Rather than let these longer pieces disappear forever, I'm putting them together in an A4 saddle-stapled book. I wanted to set some limits on this project, so the first volume will cover 2009-10 and it is intended to cover cartoonists and comic strip creators who died in those years who had connections with British comics – which means quite a few European and South American artists are also included and my abilities to read/translate a wide range of languages are being tested to the full!
The book so far includes the following: Alan Hemus, Tony Hart, Robert Peacock, Jose 'Pepe' Gonzalez, Jose Casanovas Sr., Ron 'Nobby' Clark, Malcolm Douglas, Bernet Toledano, John Donegan, Adrian Kermode, Giorgio Bellavitis, John Ryan, Francisco Hidalgo, Roy Raymonde, Carlos Roume, Ricardo Garijo, Terry Challis, Xavier Musquera, Francis 'Smilby' Wilford-Smith and Geoffrey Bond. I'll post the names from the second half of the book next week, but this will hopefully raise your interest levels.
If this is a success, I'm wondering whether it might be a format that I can publish the A-Z of British comic book and story paper creators in. That, I suppose, would be my dream project, but it has been an almost impossible project to work on because of the time required to write even a single entry. But if I was to do it in bits... well, it's something to think about, although chances are I'd be staggering towards bankruptcy whilst complaining about how busy I was.
A feature I wrote on British comics that I wrote some while back has appeared in Spain in the latest volume of Del Tebeo al Manga: Una Historia de los Comics, compiled under the watchful eye of Antoni Guiral. This is volume 9 (of 12) – I contributed to volume 7 a couple of years ago and it's an amazing series of books. Such a shame that a similar series is unlikely to ever appear in the UK.
The first one arrived earlier this week from Alistair Moffatt. The White Feather Mystery is slim (16-page) booklet published in 1945 by Regency Press. The author byline is Margaret Williamson, although whether this is a real name or a pen-name is unknown. The bulk of Regency's output was written by B. E. M. Ward and the fact that Blanche Ward used that form of her name on a variety of different types of book (crime, romance, short story collections) makes me doubt that she would have adopted a pen-name for this one.
Richard Lion, permanently dressed in a red fleece and green scarf, topped with a red school cap, was an adventurous young lion cub who lived in the village of Gay with his mother and father. His best friends are Pug (a dog) and Henry (a baby kangaroo). Richard's adventures were many and varied: on holiday he helped free some magpies from an underground trap, he battled underwater pirates at Davy Jones' locker and met the Star-folk of Starland who rode on winged ponies. Richard reached these lands in a variety of ways, from meeting a magic fish to stumbling across a talking kite. Many other adventures took place around the village where Dr. Lion was kept busy with a stream of injured animals taken in by his young cub.
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