Orkney’s cartoonist Alex Leonard’s terrific tribute to Coronavirus heroes and heroines

Orkney’s The Orcadian newspaper paid tribute to the NHS and key workers on the Scottish island last week. They published a special edition on 9th April 2020 featuring a cover by the newspaper’s regular cartoonist, Orkney resident Alex Leonard.

The Orcadian - 9th April 2020 Cover - art by Alex Leonard - Supporting Orkney's Heroes

In tandem with NHS Orkney and Orkney Islands Council, the newspaper is pledging its support to Orkney’s heroes – those who are working to keep the island’s community safe and thriving during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Alex Leonard is the paper’s regular cartoonist, who has been drawing its “The Giddy Limit” strip since 2005, every week.

The very first episode of "The Gimpy Journal" by Alex Holland, published in 2005
The very first episode of “The Gimpy Journal” by Alex Leonard, published in 2005

“Back then, I think its safe to say, we did wonder how it would fare,” the paper notes on its website.

“Producing a fresh, new strip to a tight deadline every week for 52 weeks of the year, is no mean feat and we wondered whether there would be enough material out there for Alex to work with.

The Gimpy Journal by Alex Leonard (2013)
The very first “The Giddy Limit”, published in 2003

“But we needn’t have worried. Now, over 15 years on, ‘The Giddy Limit’ has become an integral part of Orkney life. This weekly, light-hearted look at life in the county has taken on a life of its own and its characters have become household names. Sometimes it’s poignant. Sometimes it’s satirical. But it’s always funny. And because of this, ‘The Giddy Limit’ has become a firm favourite with The Orcadian readers and is one of the first pages turned to when the newspaper comes out on a Thursday morning.”

To buy a copy of this special edition, published on 9th April 2020, visit The Orcadian web site here – be sure to make sure you ask for the specific edition

• A range of gifts and souvenirs featuring illustrations from Alex Leonard’s ‘The Giddy Limit’ cartoon series published in The Orcadian are available here

• Find our more about ‘The Giddy Limit’ and its creator here on the strip’s official web site: www.giddy-limit.com

With thanks to Colin Noble for spotting this

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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