Monday, April 30, 2007

Life imitates art

"Ogre mistakes sheep for dog" you say? Are my stories getting more ridiculous by the hour? Well, I saw this story the other day and I thought it was strange that it wasn't too disimilar to my own Beano story that was out the very same week.
Sort of.

Although according to this article it's completely made up!

Would be funny it were true though. I've always fancied going to Japan actually, what with all their mad toys and current pop-art culture. So if any Japanese fans fancy having Derek the Sheep in their favourite Manga comic, then drop me a line and if you pay for my trip, I'll happily pop over and discuss it with you!

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Quick! Buy the Beano!!

Blimey! I'd forget my head if it wasn't screwed on! (Are heads screwed on then? Who knew?)
I'm in this week's Beano!!!
It's totally insane too, with an Afghan dog, an ogre, bubble baths, wigs, er.. sticks. Even Nobby turns up, not that he does or says anything. I reckon we need a "Nobby Special" a bit like that one with Rodney a few months ago. What do you reckon?

A weird panel from this week's story...

Obscure, I know. That's me in a wig. Don't I look lovely?

My next appearance will be in Beanomax issue 4!! Cool, eh? Just working on issue 5 right now and it's really lovely too.
Just finished my adventure for the Beano Annual 2009 (4 pages of nonsense in the Australian Outback), but you won't be able to read that for over a year! How mad is that?

So what I'm saying is, my next appearance in the regular weekly might not be for some time (if they'll still have me back), but it's not like we've been lazing about or anything! What with Beanomax, Beano Annuals and Bloomsbury, we've had Derek the Sheep stories coming out of our ears round 'ere.

To be frank, I'm sick of the sight of me. And so's Lenny.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Hello! Remember me?

I've been everso EVERSO busy this last month or two. I've not even had time to watch telly or anything. You've hopefully by now spotted this week's great new adventure (I say "great"; it's not bad. That panel at the end of the first page is a bit ropey. It don't even look like me! Although it's a nice drawing of a tree in the first panel, so that sort of makes up for it.)
Here's a panel to remind you of a brilliant hilarious moment...

There are some lovely funny moments in there, so do rush out and buy it if you get a chance.

My other workload has also included working on a book collection of my early strips for Bloomsbury!!!

Yep! all the rumours are true! As many of my hardcore readers know, the especially lovely people at Bloomsbury think I'm really handsome and witty and that I deserve an even greater audience than the one I already have. They have a deep love of sheep too, so it really is home from home.

Here's a list of the stories to be included:

1. The Grass Is Always Greener
2. Field Of Dreams
3. Getting The Wind Up
4. Flies
5. It's An Ill Wind
6. He's Got The Power
7. One For The Pot
8. Let's Bee Friends
9. No Business Like Snow Business
10. Bad Hair Day
11. The Bells Are Ringing
12. Lame Excuse
13. Having A Ball

I think the only stories from that first year that aren't included are; the one with frisbee (my second appearance) and the Christmas Nativity story.
It should be 59 pages of extreme hilarity for the whole family to cherish for years to come. that's what Lenny says anyway.
Hopefully it will sell by the bucketload and I can then bring out another book with all my other stories in!!
Well, I can dream....