Following up on yesterday’s post about the new Dandy, editor Craig Graham has kindly taken time out of his busy schedule to give fans a run down of the creative team behind the brilliant revamp revealed in Issue 3508, which sees Harry Hill now fronting the back-to-weekly frequency comic along with a cover price drop to £1.50.
• Nigel Parkinson is drawing Harry Hill, The Phantom Pharter, Little Simon and chief Harry-knowing comics nut.He began working in comics back in 1980, and started working on The Dandy in 1982 and The Beano in 1997, on strips such as Bea and Ivy the Terrible. He’s also occasionally drawn The Bash Street Kids.
“His contribution has been incalculable – and should be applauded to the hills,” says Craig.
• Jamie Smart draws Desperate Dan, Pre-Skool Prime Minister, and created the new comic’s the Style Guide. “Jamie’s been a part of The Dandy for six years now, and when we came to set up the style guide, Jamie’s name was first on our list. He was also author of a remarkable email to me which coincided, in emotion and timing, with the initial proposal for these changes.”
• Wayne Thompson draws The Mighty Bork, Pepperoni Pig, Shao Lin Punks, Bananaman and Noel or No Noel — “a remarkable artist and friend.” Wayne also drew Billy Whizz for The Beano (now drawn by Nick Brennan). Wayne had been drawing Agent Dog 2-Zero for Dandy Xtreme as well as Jak.
• Lew Stringer draws Postman Prat and Kid Cops. “Lew’s a long-time champion of comics, artist and one of the first names on the list of new artists we hoped to get on board,” notes Craig. downthetubes fans will know him for his work on TOXIC and as creator of Combat Colin for Marvel UK.
• Nigel Auchterlounie draws The Bogies (which were created by Mark Greenbaum and Paul Kell) and Professor Dandy. “He’s a great writer, artist and ideas man. Look out for much much more from Nigel in The Dandy. He’s also an early morning Sky TV superstar!”
• Duncan Scott draws Simples! 101 Ways to Use a Meerkat, Count Snotula and What’s In Cheryl’s Hair Today?. “There really will be 101 Meerkat episodes!” Craig assures us, “but not so many of Cheryl’s Hair. He’s a top guy and great artist.” Duncan has also worked for Hallmark Cards and The Beano (drawing strips such as The Neds) and TV Times.
• David Mostyn who has been drawing comics for 40 years and says he likes cats and red wine, draws Dr. Doctor. “David is supremely talented as a children’s book illustrator and also a past Dandy artist,” Craig notes. “It’s a huge pleasure to have him onboard again, and you can all look forward to some absolutely top-notch work from him in the near future.” (You can follow David on Twitter)
• Chris McGhie draws iDad. “Chris is very busy with things far more important than comics, but he always finds the time to help us out,” says Craig. He previously drew Bananaman for the comic.
• Alexander Matthews draws Robot on the Run. “Alexander is well-known in more grown-up cartooning circles, but new, I believe, to kids’ comics,” Craig reveals. Robot on the Run is, in fact, a serial, and it’s a good ‘un!” Alexander has drawn cartoons for The Guardian, Private Eye and many more magazines.
• Andy Fanton draws George vs. Dragon. “Andy’s a friend of Jamie’s, recommended by him, and one of the first new artists we found for The Dandy. He’s doing more stuff as we speak.
• Phil Corbett draws longtime Dandy favourite Korky the Cat, who Craig admits wasn’t coming back until Phil and staff artist Chris combined their energies to fight his corner. “It turns out it was good enough to make the cover, so what do I know?!”
“Drawing Korky means a lot to me as I grew up on comics,” says Phil in a blog post. “Korky was always one of my favourites and who would ever have thought I would get to be working with him.
• Garry Davies draws TV Teaser. “Gary’s a great guy. It’s a simple idea and kids love it. What more do you want?”
Behind the scenes, Craig also gives a tip off the hat to Dandy office staff Michelle, Ally, Katy, Mark and Chris. “Their efforts have been unstinting,” he enthuses, “even when putting together Dandy Xtreme and working on this project.”
Initial reaction to the revamp is very positive, Criag revealed over on ComicsUK yesterday. “A lot of research, experience and plain hard work has gone into it since we kicked the project off,” he says, “and its success as a comic is all down to its contributors, whether freelance or DCT-employed.”
• The first issue of the new look weekly Dandy is officially on sale on now