When Caterpillars Collide!

Godzilla versus King Kong? No, no gentle readers! This – a battle between Marks and Spencer’s Colin the Caterpillar and Aldi‘s Cuthbert the Caterpillar – is what everyone has been waiting for!

Cuthbert the Caterpillar  By Jim’ll Paint It

Yes, responding to a request from fan Danny Page, the Bristol-based artist working as “Jim’ll Paint It” rose to a challenge to paint the two high street insect-inspired adversaries, kaiju style, bringing their current trademark legal battle to life in style.

As you can imagine, despite bigger stories this week (something to do with football, apparently), Jim’s kaiju conflict has quickly gone viral after he posted it to his social media, including his Facebook page and on Twitter.

Jim describes himself as “a human male from Bristol, England”.

He is best known for his popular ongoing social media project Jim’ll Paint It where, using an archaic version of Windows Paint, he takes requests from his followers and turns them into bizarre and often intricately detailed paintings.

The Artist Formerly Known As Prince having a fight with Prince Harry over who is least known as Prince now. In the background we can see the The Queen, and Queen (the band) also fighting over a similar thing. Requested by Lee Wheeler
The Artist Formerly Known As Prince having a fight with Prince Harry over who is least known as Prince now. In the background we can see the The Queen, and Queen (the band) also fighting over a similar thing. Requested by Lee Wheeler

His work has previously been retweeted by many of his subjects including Sir Alan Sugar and Phillip Schofield. He has produced artwork for clients as diverse as National Geographic and Transform-A-Snack and featured in The Guardian, The Independent and Vice.

Roses are Red Violets are Blue I actually really like Predator 2
Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, I actually really like Predator 2

Among his other creations is a series of labels for That Boutiquey Rum Company, an experimental image generator for BBC Three and two animated shorts for video game parody channel Mashed.

Electric Dreams by Jim’ll Paint It

In 2014 he published his first book, Electric Dreams, which compiled his earliest work. The follow up, Of Mouse and Man was released in 2019.

When he is not painting he enjoys watching obscure horror films and playing old video games.

Check out the Jim’ll Paint It web site here

Definitely T-shirt weather again – get a good one and help support the work that Jim does

• See the latest from Jim and make your own requests on social media: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Retail Gazette – Caterpillars in court: What retailers can learn from M&S and Aldi’s copycat row

Read Misha Begley’ review of Godzilla vs. Kong here on downthetubes

Thanks to Iskander Islam for spotting this!

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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