Last Halloween I pitched a mini-strip called ‘Horrornation Street’, not an original idea – I think a similar strip was in Shiver & Shake – but I thought it was a funny idea nonetheless. The Beano asked me to turn it into a puzzle instead, which I did.
It was never printed, and since it contains Ken Barlow I doubt it ever will be – so here it is in it’s entirety for the first time!
Unfortunately I was going to miss the deadline for completion. A communications cock-up meant finished it anyway, the day after it went to print. My own fault, but that’s a lesson I won’t need to learn twice!
It was amazing to see my (sort of) idea drawn by another artist, especially Lew Stringer, who I had been a fan of since first reading Combat Colin in Action Force comic back in the late 80s then moving on to Viz‘s Felix And His Amazing Underpants and the aforementioned Pathetic Sharks in the early 90s.
I finally wrote a bit of a fan letter to Lew recently. He told me he was working on a new Pathetic Sharks for Viz and that even though he’d been in the business for over 30 years, he still considers himself a newbie compared to the ‘proper’ artists he grew up with.
Something tells me I’ll be feeling the same way if I’m still drawing in 30 years.