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Hi and welcome to my blog about comics from other people’s childhood! It is dedicated primarily to British humour comics of the 60s and 70s. The reason they are not from my childhood is simply because I didn’t live in the UK back then (nor do I live there now). I knew next to nothing about them until fairly recently but since then I’ve developed a strong liking for the medium and amassed a large collection, including a number of complete or near complete sets. My intention is to use this blog as a channel for sharing my humble knowledge about different titles, favourite characters and creators as I slowly research my collection.

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Monday, July 20, 2015


Here is an educational piece explaining to the young reader how comics are made. I found it in Whoopee! Annual 1982. I wonder how technological progress has changed the production process and what is it like nowadays? Surely they no longer use those monster photographing machines? 

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  1. I remember it well, and the Toy Boy strip shown was drawn, unusually, by Mike Lacey. I don’t know who drew the other three pages, but I think they were done after Mike sent in his piece.

    These days most artists scan and email their work and the speech balloons are added electronically. I assume that the few artists who still send in original artwork, like Dave Sutherland, have their work scanned on flatbed scanners in the office.

  2. That's a rather simplified account of what went on. The artist doesn't quite draw the strip in ink in the way that is suggested here; he draws the strip in pencil and then inks it - a small but important distinction. I'm sure you know that of course, you having once been a cartoonist. (And perhaps you still are, for all I know.)

    1. I did my last cartoon some 20 years ago, I think.

  3. Very interesting! Hadn't seen this feature before. By the way, Andy, not all strips are lettered on computer, although most are admittedly. I lettered my strips for The Dandy Annual directly onto the artwork before scanning in into Photoshop to colour. (Same as I do for my strip in Doctor Who Magazine, and for Combat Colin in Aces Weekly.) Most Viz strips are also hand lettered onto the page. Several of us still letter the old way. The old technique isn't quite dead yet.

  4. PS: The figures remind me of the work of Malcolm Stokes but I'm not completely certain it's by him.