Nigel Parkinson, Cartoonist

Nigel Parkinson, Cartoonist
This is him, at a recent Comic Con.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Spilling The Beans

I have decided to go ahead and spill some beans after years of being considerate and generous. I'm going to get a bit real on here. Soon!

Thursday, 1 December 2016

From Reading to Manchester

We went to Reading last weekend - very chilly spot!- and spent two days sitting next to and chatting with Living Legend Simon Donald, (him off the Viz magazine) There's one hard working fellow! This Saturday and Sunday we zoom over to Manchester, to the Sci Fi Con at Bowlers Trafford Park. where not only me and Nika but John Wagner and Carlos Esquerra will be saying hello to comic fans!

Monday, 31 October 2016

Salonica! December!

Another overseas Comic Con for me and Nika on December 17/18! Thessaloniki, in Greece! Come along, even if you're not Greek!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Further Events!

Me and Nika will be appearing at the big MCM London Comic Con at Excel in docklands Friday afternoon 28 October, Saturday 29 October all day, Sunday 30 October up till about 4, and I'll be doing a big Beano Talk on the Friday at 2.30.
Then we have Reading Comic Con November 26/27.
We're doing For the Love of Sci-Fi con on 3/4 December in Manchester, believe it or not!

And, for our last Con of the year, an overseas con  for the first time on 17 and 18 December!

We'll be announcing some 2017 shows before long, so keep checking in!
Come on and see us, don't say we never came round your way!

Monday, 3 October 2016

Menacing in 3D!

After many months of planning, discussing, drawing, brainstorming, tweaking and plotting, now it can be revealed!! The new Dennis and Gnasher TV series will be a bit different!
This isn't even definitely the way he'll look, there have been a lot of adjustments over the past 21 months and there will be more still over the next six months before the first of the new 11 minute shows will be ready!
So, stand by for action, and mark December 2017 in your diary!

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

New Beano, So Beano

The revamped Beano hits the shops right about now. We feel we've got it just about right. It won't shock old readers. It won't annoy newer readers. It will attract brand new readers. All the favourites will be there at some time or another, and right from the start there's Dennis The Menace and Gnasher, Minnie The Minx, Roger The Dodger, The Bash Street Kids, Billy Whizz, Calamity James, Tricky Dicky, etc etc. There will be a long 4 page story every week featuring a different character or characters. First up, of course, is Dennis The Menace.

And here's a bit of a sneaky look at a rough attempt at a new logo I did back in March. Not bad. Might work!

And here (right) is my initial design for this year's annual cover.
These roughs are quite detailed, as now that The Beano is just the core of a much bigger organization that includes unique digital media and will eventually include new TV shows (and more!!!) a lot more people have to have a say in how The Beano will look than just the editor. It's a slower process, but it always ends up with me drawing fast to meet the deadline!

On Sunday 25th September trusty Colourist Nika and Top Beano scribe and Numskulls curator Nigel Auchterlounie made a public appearance delighting Beano fans of all ages at a Top Secret So Beano Experience in a deep, deep basement in central London.

Here is a short look at the mad Beano mayhem that ensued and even a glimpse of the two Nigels (and Nika, but only the top of her head is visible behind me!) as we all steamed through endless requests of sketches of Beano characters much to the excitement of all those present!
Watch a brief video here

Monday, 8 August 2016

Sheffield cancelled

Sorry to announce that Nika and I have been uninvited to Showmasters Film and Comic Con this weekend, and won't be appearing, due to space restrictions. I know this will disappoint some but it's not our decision. If you've bought tickets expressly to see us, contact the organisers for a refund.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Interview in Manchester

If you'd like to, you can see part of one of my interviews at MCM Comic Con Manchester on You Tube by clicking HERE

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Manchester Day 1

A busy day in Manchester today at the MCM Comic Con. Apart from meeting a lot of nice people, I did an interview and a bit of a masterclass at 1030 and then a completely unexpected talk with slides at 1300! Still, I managed to fill the allotted time with me talking so a good day! I wonder what I'll be doing tomorrow?!

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

What I'd like to do

I've been asked many times "What character or strip would you like to revive from Comics' Past?" And I could never decide. There are so many great characters in Comics Limbo. But I've finally boiled my choice down... to three... don't know if I will ever be able to do these, but I'd love to!

1. THE NERVS Specifically the grotesque Ken Reid version that ran in SMASH! in 1968/9. Imagine that kind of thing in colour! All the blood vessels, bile ducts, sinews... it would be lovely to draw.

2. GRIMLY FEENDISH Leo Baxendale's Gothic Creep of a Crook... oh, there is SO much I could do with him.  If ONLY there was some way to get it going.

3. BRASSNECK I'm envisioning a kind of Steampunk, Heath Robinson Brassneck, lots of silly detail and cogs and levers and wires and steam... possibly set in 1964 the year of his debut... or better yet, 1890...
So there we are, my dream list.
Anyone up for it?!