Back in 1994, comic artist Mike Perkins was just starting out on his illustrative career and was represented through Patrick Kelleher of Temple Rogers Artists’ Agency, aka Temple Art Agency. At the time, Pat was celebrating 40 years in the business and, as a surprise, fellow artist Jon Haward rounded up some of his artists to contribute to this illustration for Pat.
Featured in this terrific montage is work by Ron Smith (2000AD), Jon Haward (EAGLE), Mike White (Action, 2000AD), John Gillatt (Roy of the Rovers, Billy’s Boots), Jim Eldridge (Bunty, Roy of the Rovers), Mike Perkins (The Swamp Thing), Don Lawrence (Trigan Empire), Barry Glennard (The Beano, Buster), Mike Western, who wasn’t one of Pat’s artists, but he wanted to contribute, and Chris Weston.
While it’s a little sad that many of the artists who contributed are no longer with us… what a wonderful line-up!
As the late Roger Perry recalled here for downthetubes in a feature on artists’ agents, Pat Kelleher and his father – and then, later on, Pat’s son Danny, too – had operated out of an office in Chancery Lane, London.
“The structure in which their office had been situated was a rabbit-warren called ‘Breams Building’,” Roger related, “and due to the high cost of renting office space, a second artists’ agency called Rogers & Co – run by brothers, Jack and Dick Wall – had shared the running costs. I believe that in later years, the two agencies had become amalgamated. Dick Wall (of Rogers & Co) was the father of Sheila Wall who had worked alongside Dennis Bosdet and Bernard Daniels at Linden Artists – wheels within wheels within wheels, huh?”
Special thanks to Mike Perkins for sharing this ahead of his Lakes International Comic Art Festival appearance this weekend