Norbert le Mouton

Norbert le Mouton aka Derek the Sheep(via Blimey! It’s Another Blog About Comics): Gary Northfield’s popular Beano (and first creator owned) strip Derek the Sheep has been collected into a 64-page softback book for the French market.

Published by Actes-Sud-l’An 2, the full colour Norbert le Mouton album collects the early Derek material.

Sales of the French edition at last month’s Angouleme Festival were apparently brisk, according to Gary, who owns the rights to the character.

Bloomsbury will be publishing a Derek the Sheep hardback this September in the UK. “It will comprise the same stories (as Norbert le Mouton)” says Gary, “but with Beano-esque speech bubbles as opposed to handwritten, and with a totally different cover”.

View pages from Norbert le Mouton
Visit Gary Northfield’s web site
Pre-order the Bloomsbury Derek the Sheep hardback


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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