Nigel Parkinson, Cartoonist

Nigel Parkinson, Cartoonist
This is him, more hirsuite than ever. 2015. That's his actual pencil too.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Bolton, First Stop! And Then...

2016 is already shaping up to be a vintage year.

In case you've forgotten, Dennis The Menace first appeared in The Beano 65 years ago next month! That may well be noted in the usual places, I suspect. (Gnasher didn't make his debut until August 1968!)

And myself and Nika will be doing you sketches of The Beano stars as well as giving away badges and comics and all kinds of stuff at various events this year:

Saturday Feb 13th Bolton (we'll be giving a little talk and demonstration here too!)

Saturday/Sunday March 5/6 Cardiff- our first time in Wales (and my first time in Cardiff, though not Nika's strangely enough, she made a school visit from Greece in 1995!)

Saturday/Sunday June 25/26 Exeter

July 2/3 Glasgow where I'll also be presenting this year's award for Outstanding Contribution to Comics!

We'll also be at one London show at least this year, one in Liverpool, another in Birmingham, most probably Bournemouth in August too, and excitingly, shows are being finalized in France, Spain and Greece!

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Sunrise And Sunset

It's been sunny!
And warm.

And, working on the 2017 annuals as I am this week, I was up at sunrise the shortest day and took my brother Dave and his family for a quick tour of our home town. Looks good at either end of the day!

2016 Is Going To Be Interesting...

2016 is looking like it's going to be a bit of a milestone year; In March, we should have a really good idea of just how interesting it will be. But for now, all I can suggest is that, if you're interested, keep an eye on The Beano. I know I will.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

New! Newcastle this weekend!

On Saturday and again on Sunday, me and Nika will be doing our best to celebrate The Beano in the mighty city of Newcastle, so come and join us and see how we draw Dennis The Menace, Minnie The Minx, a Bash Street Kid or two...even Dangerous Dan!

It's our last convention appearance this year, having done Sunderland, Glasgow, Dublin, Birmingham, Kendal, Liverpool, Belfast up to now. We have four or five dates for 2016 lined up already, and if we can arrange it, two especially interesting ones in places The Beano usually doesn't reach. Until now. We'll see.

Buy tickets here

Saturday, 7 November 2015


Last weekend we did a Film and Comic Con in Belfast. We had such big queues waiting for a sketch we had to charge a small fee- but it didn't make any difference, still had a big queue. Anyway, we had a busy two days and an amusing coach ride each morning with the actors from Dr Who and Star Trek and so on, one or two of whom I recognised. Oh, and Peter Purves turns out to be a really lovely fellow.
Next up, Cassandra is expecting us in Newcastle to do the same thing all over again, so see you there 21/22 November!

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Saturday Night Halloween- and we're going to be in Belfast, giving away badges, comics, and doing sketches of everybody's favourite horror, Dennis the Menace!
Come and join us!

Arthur, Stronger Than Ever

A couple of years ago, a very exciting project featuring Count Arthur Strong nearly came to pass. I still don't know why it didn't. Nor does Steve Delaney, the Count's real-life alter ego. But anyway, here's a brief glimpse at what nearly was.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Dennis in Liverpool

Toytopia in Liverpool this weekend was a real hoot, with dozens of Dennis's, millions of Minnies and a bunch of Bananamans amongst many others. And yesterday, the REAL Dennis the Menace and Gnasher were there, with Beano Colourist, Nika, and there they both are!

Monday, 12 October 2015

Anniversary Noted

I'm reminded that this week is 35 years since I got lucky and got my first real paying job as a cartoonist. But I'd been drawing for nearly twenty years by then; at school, known as 'Parko' I always had a pen or pencil in my hand. Even today, former school friends and teachers will recall me as 'the quiet lad with the pencil'. Well, some things never change, yet some do. I'm not quiet nowadays. So, as I take sixteen minutes off for a quick tincture in celebration, here's to the past, and all it's rustic mellow memories, and here's to the future, with it's unknown corners and hopeful pleasures, and most importantly to today, where it all actually happens, good, bad or mundane.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Dropped a Brick, man.

A very funny comic book of Brickman strips is available now, right up your street if you know your Marvel Comics of the 60s, or The Cloak, or Combat Colin, and especially of course, Batman! Created by comics stalwart Lew Stringer, Brickman Returns is the usual crazy, hilarious and satirically knowing superhero antics, but funnier, crazier and wilder than ever- and all in colour too!
There are several bonus features, all hard to find or unpublished in Britain before, so it's a cracking good read all round!
And, fear not, Belfast and Newcastle comics fans, Nika and I will have a little stash of copies available to buy at our stands at the Comic Cons in October/November! Save on postage!

But, if you just simply cannot wait, you can visit Lew Stringer's Online Store now