Monthly Archives: August 2014

Pat Cancer: The Big Brother Specials

When my close personal showbiz pal, Pat Cancer creator and star Chris R Wright, unexpectedly entered the Big Brother house earlier this year I decided to keep our Pat Cancer comics going to drum up support and keep the character alive.

As Chris himself usually writes the strip I recruited a series of willing guest writers and we bashed out a few strips on the theme of the show.

Below are all the Pat Cancer Big Brother specials. Three were written by Chris’ chum and Stalled, Freak Out, Small Town Folk & Mug-Bop co-star – Mr Movies himself – “Quirky” Dan Palmer.

Chris’ actual real life big brother, Nick Wright, was coaxed out of hiding to write one and school pal, Beano artist and all round funnyman, Andy Fanton provided the finale.

There’s one mildly offensive one by myself in there too for good measure…

Pat Cancer BB 1

Pat Cancer BB 2

Pat Cancer BB 3

Pat Cancer BB 4Pat Cancer BB 4Pat BB 6 A huge thank you to all the Chris fans on the Chris R Wright To Win Big Brother Facebook page and to both @ChrisRWrightBB and @CHRISTOWINBBUK on Twitter for all the support. Thanks also to all Chris’ fans for all the likes and retweets and finally a great big THANK YOU to all the writers involved – (plus an apology that I didn’t get time to use all the fantastic scripts they sent!)

As well as blogging and drawing the Pat strips, I also knocked up a few campaign posters for CRW, which you can see below – click the posters to see the originals!

Wright Night 2

ElmStreet

Beastie Boys

Hard Days Wright

WrightThing

Shitty Woman

With Big Brother over and Chris back in the real World, Pat Cancer will return to ‘normal’ soon, unless he enters the Celebrity Big Brother house of course, but that would never happen… 

Chris Logo 2

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Great News Inside!

Remember how whenever a comic would end it would always have ‘Great News Inside’ splashed across the cover, only to tell you the comic was ending that week? Well, sadly today marks my last day as a full time cartoonist. I’ll still be drawing and writing in my spare time, but just not as a career.

This last ten months has been a blast and I’ve been given the opportunity to do some amazing things and work with some amazing artists. A childhood dream came true when I was allowed to draw Minnie The Minx in the mini strips How To Train Your Parents and Breaking Dad, as well as writing for Nigel Parkinson’s Minnie in The Beano Summer Special.

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BakingDad

I was apprehensive when first asked to write both Little Plum and The Nibblers, as I wasn’t that familiar with the characters, but the inimitable Hunt Emerson (who draws both strips) is an amazing artist whose ability to take my stories to another level with his fantastic artwork has been both a jaw-dropping joy and a privilege to see. The talented swine!

Nibblersed

When I was offered the chance to write the iconic Gnasher & Gnipper I very nearly gnashed the Editor’s hand off, I’ve been writing most of the Gnasher strips for the past seven months for Beano legend Barrie Appleby. Seeing Barrie draw my scripts is like hearing The Beatles perform a song you’ve written.

Gnashed bits

Other highlights include writing Bash Street Kids for the legendary Dave Sutherland, Bea for Nigel Parkinson, a Grinch parody for the infuriatingly talented Laura Howell, as well as drawing puzzles featuring my all time favourite characters: Calamity James, Billy Whizz, Les Pretend, and Pup Parade.

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I also got to bring back Gnasher’s kids, Dennis’ pet spider Dasher, Walter’s pet poodle Foo Foo, make more obscure references to films than you could possibly imagine, draw Alex Matthews’ Nuke Noodle clothes-lining zombies, kill Jedward and – amazingly – bring The Dandy back from the dead…

LivingDandy

Next year you’ll read some of my writing in both The Beano & The Dandy Annual, which is easily the career highlight of any Beano artist or writer, but If I had to pick a current highlight, this would be it: Hunt Emerson’s Little Plum in my script of ‘The Guffalo’.

Guffalo

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So, as I return to a ‘real job’, I just want to say thank you to Craig, Mich, John & Mark at The Beano for all the work and help they’ve given me, to Steve Beckett, Wayne Thompson, Hunt Emerson and Lew Stringer for all their advice and support and to all the readers who’ve read my work over the past ten months.

And finally, to Sarah Trinder & Andy Fanton, without whom none of this would have happened.

See you in the funny pages and remember – everyone we know loves The Beano!

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