The University of Dundee has released an audio interview with the late Jim Petrie, the artist best known for his work on The Beano‘s “Minnie the Minx”, documenting his career.
Conducted by Rhoda Miller, the recording is part of the University of Dundee Archive Oral History project. Jim’s work is currently the subject of an exhibition at the University, as we previously reported.
Jim talks extensively about his career, making the transition from teacher to working on The Beano – talking about how he first started on the comic, his creative process, and how he added detail to ‘lean’ scripts, written in that way at his request. He speaks enthusiastically about how freelancing enabled keeping his own hours and how much he was felt to being part of the comic’s creative team.
Comic artist David Sutherland and editors and writers Dave Torrie, Euan Kerr and Morris Heggie also feature in the audio project.
Dundee’s significant role in comic production is reflected in the comic collections held by the Univerity’s Archive. Ranging from comic strips in the ‘Dundee Free Press’ to complete runs of 2000AD and other Marvel and DC titles, the Archive’s list of our comic collections can be downloaded here.