Monthly Archives: June 2014

Intergalactic Idiocy In The Beano.

This week’s Beano is the most Munro-packed issue yet! Joe Jupiter crash-lands on planet trampoline on the puzzle page, plus there’s Gnasher & Gnipper, Little Plum and Bea (which I wrote) and more boyband bad jokes in Pun Direction – but it all starts with Joe Jupiter on the cover!

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Joe Jupiter started life as a reincarnation of Spaceman Jim from The Dandy when I noticed The Beano was short of a science fiction character. The idea is to have a recurring character in the puzzles and the cosmic clot is due to run for ten non-consecutive weeks.

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Jawsome: Joe Jupiter flees from a Shark-Infested Fireball From Another Dimension!

Elsewhere Dad is reading Bea a bedtime story and she’s kicking up a stink, Harry faces the chop in Pun Direction, the Butcher has hired a crack security team from The Beano vaults in Gnasher & Gnipper and Little Plum is having a rotten time, as this week’s strip is all in rhyme.

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This Little Plum strip – a parody of The Gruffalo – started life in 2010 as a pitch for a 2 page story in The Dandy and I’m glad I finally got to see it in print. Hunt Emerson has done an amazing job bringing it to life and this is definitely my favourite Little Plum strip so far.

The Beano is available in Sainsbury’s, WH Smith, Asda and all good newsagents now, priced two quid.

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Freshly dropped Pat for Chris R Wright.

If you’re a fan of Channel 5’s Big Brother you’ll no doubt be enjoying the antics of “loveable oddball” Chris R Wright, described by Lionel Blair as this generation’s own Rodney Bewes.

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Chris R Wright – TV’s Mr Chuckles.

Once described by Sky Movies as “Marvellously punchable”, funnyman Chris is a distinctive artist/writer/performer notable for embracing off-beat character roles in films such as Faintheart, cult horror comedies Stalled, Freak Out and Small Town Folk (which he also co-wrote and produced) and stylish British noir thriller Emulsion.

Chris recently completed work on Gutpunch, a short film with Justin Edwards (The Thick Of It, Misfits, Black Books) and Rufus Jones (Toast Of London, House Of Fools, Terry Jones in Holy Flying Circus).

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The Wright stuff – Chris’ movies, click the image to buy ’em.

In addition to his work as an actor, Chris is a professional illustrator and performs stand-up comedy with his gloriously downtrodden character ‘Pat Cancer‘, as well as putting his hand to writing and producing.

Earlier this year Chris asked me if I’d like to collaborate on some cartoon strips featuring Pat Cancer. I’ve known Chris for ages and I’m a huge fan of both his art and films, but it’s undoubtedly my love of the well-to-do weirdo Pat that made me say yes.

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Chris had never written comics before, but I have to say his scripts are hilarious. He sent me a shed-load and I don’t think there’s a bad one in the bunch! There’s more Pat strips to come (and I expect you’ll be seeing a lot more of Chris from now on too)!

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To celebrate Chris’ appearance in Big Brother, I roped in long-time Wright-collaborator/co-star, Stalled & Freak Out writer and Small Town Folk star Dan Palmer, to write a few Pat Cancer Big Brother specials. Here’s the first one!

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You can see Chris‘ beautiful biro art HERE and why not take a moment to sit and muse with the ever genial Pat Cancer himself HERE or follow Pat on Twitter. You can also follow Chris himself on Twitter or contact him through his website.

If it’s Chris R Wright comedy clips & short films you’re after, just pop back to the start of the blog and click on all the multitude of links as you go, but here’s a little something special to leave you with – Chris’ first onscreen role!

Big Brother is on Channel 5 weeknights at 10pm or you can follow all the action from the house HERE  and HERE.

Stalled is available now on Netflix, iTunes, Blinkbox, Amazon in HMV stores on Bluray & DVD and on DVD in Asda for £5 now.

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Faintheart is available on DVD, (but is on the Film4 channel quite regularly).

Freak Out & Small Town Folk are both deleted, but available from various sellers on Amazon & eBay.

 

 

 

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Sarah & Duck.

Forget Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead and Game Of Thrones, the best show on TV at the moment is on CBeebies – the BBC‘s digital preschool channel – and it’s about a girl and her waterfowl friend: Sarah & Duck.

Created by Sarah Gomes Harris and Tim O’Sullivan and loosely based on Gomes Harris’ childhood, this traditional animated series follows the idiosyncratic adventures of Sarah, a happy-go-lucky trombone-playing seven year old girl (voiced by Tasha Lawrence) and her best friend Duck, a deadpan Mallard with a serious bread addiction (voiced by an unnamed duck).

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Sarah & Duck, cooking up a treat on cBeebies.

Sublimely narrated by The Thick Of It‘s Roger Allam, the series centers around the relationship between the two main characters and the charmingly surreal adventures they have together. Along the way we meet a quirky cast of supporting characters, such as Scarf Lady (a dotty, knitting-mad matriarch voiced by Downton Abbey‘s Lesley Nicol) and her companions the cockney jack-the-lad Bag (her knitting bag) and her grumpy pet Donkey, as well as an excitable Umbrella, bizarro World Sarah & Duck: John & Flamingo, the Ribbon Sisters, Plate Girl (Jet Girl to Sarah’s Tank Girl), Scooter boy, a talking cake, a rainbow with a mustache and a button-collecting bug.

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Scarf Lady & Bag rock out with Sarah & Duck.

The show is visually stunning. Beautifully designed, with an iconic style of it’s own, yet with a soft hand-drawn quality reminiscent of classic shows like Mr Benn and Ivor The Engine. The plots strongly revolve around the theme of learning through play, but their frequent abstract tangents, surreal situations and emphasis on humour make Sarah & Duck as enjoyable for adults as it is for children.

In the episode ‘Sarah, Duck & The Penguins’ Sarah & Duck visit the zoo, as Duck decides he wants to be a penguin for the day. Duck’s failed attempts to ‘speak’ penguin are hilariously met with cold indifference from the blank-faced penguins and the narrator concludes that being a penguin wasn’t all it was “quacked up to be”. Sarah & Duck’s fourth wall breaking reaction to this pun is one of the funniest pieces of animation I’ve seen in a long time.

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“Your meal, Sir” “Just put it on the bill”.

I’ve been a big fan of the show since I saw the very first episode, so you can imagine how excited I was when The Beano accepted my pitch for a parody ‘Madvert’ entitled Sarah & Velociraptor.

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The page was an absolute pleasure to draw, I loved every minute of it. I recently tweeted it and the official Sarah & Duck Twitter account gave it their seal of approval, which was a real thrill.

I’m very pleased with the finished work, but if I could draw it again I’d definitely cram in more of the shows characters and maybe have Duck fighting off the ‘raptor, as I wanted to draw him too, but as Sarah Gome Harris herself said on Twitter “This is quite eventful!”

Sarah & Duck is produced by London-based Karrot Entertainment, using computer-assisted animation techniques and the CelAction2D package. The first series consists of 40 episodes, with each episode lasting 7 minutes. A second series of 40 episodes starts this summer. Lots Of Shallots, a DVD featuring the first 10 episodes, is available HERE and HERE, or you can buy the whole first series for just shy of £30 on iTunes, Amazon Prime and Google Play.

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You can tune in to Sarah & Duck every day on CBeebies at 5.10pm, or catch up with the week’s episodes on iPlayer.

The Beano is available every Wednesday in WH Smiths, Sainsbury’s and your local newsagent.

 

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