Saturday, April 22, 2017

Preview: DANDY ANNUAL 2018

The weekly is long gone but the annual keeps on coming! Amazon have revealed the cover to The Dandy Annual 2018, which is a special 80th anniversary edition. Cover by Nigel Parkinson.

I have several pages in this book, and I'll show you previews over the coming months. For now though, here's a panel from a Keyhole Kate page I did. 

The Dandy Annual 2018 is scheduled for July (but more likely to be August or September in the bookshops). 

12 comments:

SID said...

Looking forward to it (though I want to enjoy the summer first).

Lew Stringer said...

Time becomes a strange concept when you're a freelancer. I'm writing a Keyhole Kate for the 2019 annual today!

Nick said...

Lew, I only buy the Dandy Annuals because you are in them - but they are great fun. By 2019, my niece and nephew should be old enough to read them. Christmas still seems a long, long way away though.

Lew Stringer said...

That's heartening to hear, Nick. Thank you. I have nine pages in the forthcoming 2018 annual. Not sure how many I'll have in the 2019 one but I've been commissioned for four so far. (Other commissions usually follow later.)

Anonymous said...

I will buy this out of loyalty and the fact that you contribute. But I have been collecting the 60s dandy books lately and they are so much better. Just shows I'm getting old I suppose

Lew Stringer said...

No argument there. I have a soft spot for 1960s Dandy comics myself and it was certainly on a high in that decade. I bought the complete run of issues from 1964 as that was the first year I read it. Superb work by Davy Law, Charlie Grigg, Eric Roberts, Bill Holroyd, Dudley Watkins, Jack Glass, and Ken Reid's last work for the comic.

SID said...

Snap! I also got a complete run of books/annuals from 1964 (as referenced on the first book rather than when it was printed so that would be 1963).

I also got to agree; I do like the current annuals but they don't compare to the books of the 60s and 70s.

Lew Stringer said...

Well, in our defence, times and tastes change. If the old styles were still popular today, Classics from the Comics would still be published. (And if comic styles never changed with the times they'd still look like Victorian comics.)

SID said...

True. We judge from own perspective though even that can change over time. Case in point: 70s American TV series. I loved them at the time but now find it funny how the good guys are so saintly and the bad guys are so comic book villains - so black & white. Now 60s American TV series I love.

So it's nice when there things you like just as much now as you did in the day. Example: The Dandy Book in the 60s and 70s.

Anonymous said...

You say tastes change but the characters are the same desperate dan winker Watson. If oor wullie and the broons can look pretty much like they did in the 60s why not korky the cat and the smasher. The winker Watson strips are especially a case in point.

Lew Stringer said...

If everything looked the same as it did 50 years ago they may as well use reprint, and no one wants that. Even worse would be telling artists to draw exactly like someone else.

Broons and Oor Wullie are read by an older audience who expect the comfort of familiarity.

Anonymous said...

Fair point. I guess I'm that older audience.

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