A long time ago, in 2010, I made a comic strip, Champ 2010. It was a daily (mostly) strip following my year of no drinking. Someone shared it here and that was sorta fun. Anyway, I thought I'd share my new project, "Oh, Boy!". Also a daily comic. Thanks!
Merchant banker Alex Masterley is a greedy, ruthless, arrogant snob. No wonder Peattie & Taylor's daily cartoon strip about him has been a constant hit in Britain’s national newspapers for over 25 years. Few people realise, however, that the duo once also produced a spin-off series about Alex's financial advisers, which published 80 original strips over its three-year run. I played a (very) small role in making that spin-off strip happen, and this is its story.
Reg Smythe’s Andy Capp was the greatest British newspaper strip of the 20th Century, but few people realise how much of his own troubled childhood Smythe poured into Andy and Flo’s lives. Andy was essentially a portrait of Smythe’s wastrel father, Flo a version of his formidable mother, and their town a portrait of the pre-war Hartlepool where Smythe grew up. PlanetSlade's latest essay traces Smythe’s own biography, explores its parallels in Andy’s world, and considers the strip’s very early wife-beating jokes. There’s also a look at how the balance of power has shifted between Andy and Flo down the years, a discussion of the live-action sitcom starring James Bolam as Andy and my own analysis of just what made Smythe such an accomplished and stylish cartoonist. We also have new interviews with the three cartoonists continuing Andy’s exploits in The Mirror today.