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“Mr. Testy” book debuts from comics creator Paul Eldridge 

Mr. Testy by Paul EldridgeSatirising a line of famous children’s books Paul Eldridge‘s Mr. Testy is the kind of project that might strike a chord with fans of VIZ, or Keith Lemon.

An illustrated book rather than comic from this independent British comic creator this Mr Men parody features Gonad the Barbarian (“still the worst joke I ever made”, Paul notes).

“As you can imagine,” he tells us, “it’s perhaps not the most highbrow of humour, but people have shown an interest.”

Without spoiling thectale (it’s only a short book!) in Mr Testy – A Gonad The Barbarian Adventure, follow Mr Testy as he visits Jollytown and the delightful adventure that he experiences whilst there.

“Created very much in tribute to the great books themselves and dedicated to Mr. Men creator Roger Hargreaves, this particular book is in no way for children,” Paul cautions, “rather for those grown ups that have not really grown up.

“This year is the 45th anniversary of the very first Mr. Men book, Mr Tickle, and now we have a Mr Men book for those that were children all those years ago, but maybe now like a little more sauce.”

• Assuming Mr. Grumpy and Mr. Lawyer haven’t come after him, Mr. Testy is currently available from Paul Eldridge’s page on

About John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative" who is currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 25 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary, including DEATH'S HEAD II and WARHEADS. At Marvel he wrote strips for THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS, THUNDERCATS, DOCTOR WHO and co-created SHADOW RIDERS with Brian Williamson and Ross Dearsley. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. He has written comics for Marvel UK, Judge Dredd Megazine, Lucky Bag Comic, CGL (an Italian publisher), STRIP Magazine and ROK Comics; and edited some of Titan's British comics collections including Dan Dare and Charley's War. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.
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