Ever since I read my first Asterix book, I wanted to write and draw comics. I sent my first submission off when I was sixteen and for years kept drawing ideas and sending them: Dinosaur cartoons, the Boss and ‘Infernal Affairs.’ ‘Freddie the Camel’ was my first commissioned work, at age twenty-six, and then ‘Lola Lickett—the Queen of Porn from Benidorm’ was published by an adult comic called ‘Smut.’
That led to my sending examples of work to The Beano. I received a personal letter from the editor saying how much he liked the work, but added that ‘Lola’ probably wasn’t suitable for his readers. However, I persisted in calling him and eventually he gave me a page of cartoon shorts to draw. Reading the comics he sent me, I got some story ideas for ‘the Bash Street Kids’ and sketched them out. He loved them and that was the beginning of my work for that publication.
Book cover image: Copyright D.C. Thomson Ltd.