“Never Say Dai” creator Tim Harries dishes the dirt on a cartoonist’s life

Tim Harries - Newport Museum event - January 2016

New Statesman and South Wales Argus cartoonist Tim Harries will be giving a talk on his career and showing some of his original art at Newport Museum next week (Tuesday 12th January).

Organised by the Friends of Newport Museum and Art Gallery, the event will offer fans of his popular daily strip Never Say Dai the chance to chat with Tim about his work, which also includes cartoons for national newspapers, New Statesman, Reader’s Digest, Saga Magazine and others.

Newport residents will best know him, for that rare beast of today’s budget-stretched local newspapers –  the daily strip Never Say Dai. It’s a humorous reflection of local news and culture that has been a popular feature of The South Wales Argus since its debut 18 years ago.

Tim has drawn over 4,500 Dai strips to date, which centre on Dai Morgan, official middle-aged dad and head of the Morgan household (wife June, daughter Joanne and son Rhys). In reality, he’s head of the remote control and that’s about it. Such is life …

Many of the strips have been collected and Tim has a dedicated web page for the strip here. He’s also collected some of his work in a book, Random Acts of Humour, available from his own web site: www.timharries.co.uk

• Tim Harries: An Evening of Cartoons and Comic Strips Tuesday 12th January 2016, Newport Museum & Art Gallery. Doors open 6.30pm for 7.00pm start. Admission free to members of the Friends of Newport Museum and Art Gallery, £2 for non-members. To join the Friends visit the site here

Thanks to ProCartoonists for the heads up on this event

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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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