Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Derek Christmas Extravaganza!!!

Yep, my book is out! Hooray! I could've mentioned it here earlier, but I forgot my password to get in :(. Cecil fortunately was at hand and he has a memory of an elephant, which is quite big apparently. Bees are quite small, so that memory is like one of those mega-computers that you see in mad films that take over the world. By the way, I've got the lurgey, so apologies if I don't make any sense whatsoever. Like usual.

The book is out from Bloomsbury and you can buy it from the usual places like amazon etc., so there's no excuse not to pick it up. I've not actually seen it in any shops (and boy I've looked in enough!), but I've been assured by Lenny that he saw one copy in a big Waterstones, although one branch actually refuses to sell it, which is a shame. Don't they know who I am? I'm in the BEANO!!!!! They'd be millionaires if they sold it!

Bah. Whatever.

You're probably better off buying it online is all I'm saying.

Anyways... My latest adventure is in the Beanomax!!

Here's an exciting clip:

Merry Christmas one and all!!!!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Quick!!! Buy the Beano!!!

I'm in it!! I've not been able to find a copy myself, so good luck. Apologies for not telling you sooner :(

Here's a panel to make up for it ....

Hooray!! It's a very silly story (as one would expect).

I'll put up a big post regarding my great new book from Bloomsbury tomorrow too! I hope you're all rushing out and buying it (if not, why not?)


Sunday, August 10, 2008

Shoutbox won't let me shout

For some reason I can't post in the shoutbox :(
So direct any queries to me on my messageboard or in the comments on this blog.


Saturday, August 09, 2008

Disco Fever!

Yup! I'm back in the good ol' Beano again this week! Hooray!
I'm stuck in one of those horrible Discos where no girls will dance with me... I've never understood it. I'm good looking, witty... I might have sheep-breath, but at least it ain't cowpat breath! Kevin Rabbit and Dave Goose are my fellow wall-flowers in a strange tale of haircuts and lettuce leaves.

Here's a lovely clip from the episode!

My book is due soon too, which is mega-exciting!! And the next Beano annual! There'll be Derek stories coming out of your ears if you're not too careful.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Meet the Author!

Howdy! Things are hotting up in Derek the Sheep land (where I live)! Gary Northfield, the chap who signs his name at the end of my strips, will be appearing at Newport Central Library, Newport, Wales this Thursday, August 7, 2008, between 11am and 12 noon and Malpas Library, Malpas, Wales between 2pm and 3pm. He'll be chatting about me, Derek, my brilliant stories and showing off my great new book out from Bloomsbury! (Which is lovely, I must say. I have an advanced copy and it looks fab!) There will probably be some children's workshop-type of thing involving some cartooning and creating characters, which should be fun.

ALSO - on the 23rd of August, he'll be getting involved in some more chat about me at the Cartoon Museum in London http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/ (click the link for "Cartoon classes and Events")
There's a big exhibition of Beano art on there too, so it'll be worth a visit at some point anyway. There's even an example of some lovely Derek artwork too, which makes even more brilliant than ever!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Flower Festival


I've had an anonymous email asking me to announce that St.John's Church in Porthmadog will be holding a Flower Festival from Wednesday 16th of July to Sunday 20th. Open 10-30am - 5-30pm. Refreshments available. I did have a look on google to see if it's true or not, but I couldn't verify it I'm afraid. Why anyone would invent a Flower Festival I don't know, so I think it's safe to assume it's true! In fact, Bernard the goat has volunteered to check it out on the farm's behalf, because apparently he loves flowers. Although, now I've written that out in words, I'm not entirely sure he means just appreciating their "looks"... Oh well, I hope he doesn't eat too many of them, otherwise there won't be many left for Sunday!

If any of my readers wish to advertise their local fetes, jumble sales etc on my blog, then drop me a line. We will of course send round a member of the farm for authentification reasons and we'd appreciate some remittance towards travel and board. A bag of turnips and a cardboard box normally does the trick!

Monday, July 14, 2008

It might've been a quiet six months...

... But, you'll be seeing plenty of me for the rest of the year!

Some of you may have noticed that I've not had many adventures for a while, in fact I think I've only had three or four this year. Sorry about that! My regular monthly appearances will soon be back on track. Sometimes running about getting up to nonsense on a regular basis takes it's toll, and I needed a bit of a rest in preparation for the next onslaught of madness!!!

On the way soon is a jolly little tale of some disco dancing as me and the boys fight over who gets to dance with Vera the cow (who has a mean right hook!).

Then there's a mad story that pits me against Big Baz to see who can be the Biggest Turnip at the "Vegetable Fancy Dress"!

Then by the time you've read those, The 2009 Beano Book will be on the shelves and there's a lovely story depicting me and my pals on the trail of dinosaurs, as witnessed by Bert Worm!! Yes Bert makes his fully-fledged debut in a Beano publication and we're all very proud of him round 'ere. Well Lenny is proud I think. It's a weird story, I'll be honest with you, with a bizarre ending. In fact I think it was that particular story that nearly made me give up! I thought I'd lost the plot! Seriously.

Then of course, there's my brilliant book coming out from Bloomsbury, chock-a-block full of classic stories from a few years ago. I've got a special advance copy, and I must admit it's a very handsome book indeed!

So, there's plenty of Derek The Sheep Madness © coming up! Hooray!!!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Beanstalk Madness!!

I have a cracking new story in the current issue of the Beano! Hooray! About flipping time too, I hear you all cry. I've been a busy old sheep, so apologies for the delay in getting stories out into the world. Just to make up for it, my appearance is the first part of a two-part story! So, I'm in there NEXT WEEK TOO!!!

It's a particularly stupid story involving beanstalks, widescreen T.V.'s and maybe Noel Edmonds.. Here's a panel to whet your appetite!

Aw, ain't it loverly? Kevin the Rabbit has quite a starring role in this tale; Kev likes his daytime TV and woe betide anyone who gets in the way of his Bootsale Challenge!


Monday, February 11, 2008


My French comic strip book Norbert Le Mouton, published by Editions De L'an 2/Actes Sud, is now available to buy! Yippee!!! How exciting is that?

 You can pick it up from amazon.fr and various other online French stores.

But, don't worry if you can't speak French, cos the British version will be available in September from Bloomsbury!

Merci beaucoup!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Loverly Poems!!!

Thanks to everyone who took the time to write a brilliant poem about me and my pals! You're all such a talented bunch and I'm very grateful for your efforts.

Mrs. Farmer Jack had a good read of the entries and decided on one particular piece of prose that impressed her no end!

And the prize of a signed "Norbert Le mouton" goes to......

Sylvia Cowplath!!!!

And here it is ....

The Ballad of Derek and the Gang

By Ewe 2

Rodney is a great big bully
Probably ‘cos his brain’s so woolly
But when we said ‘just do your worst’
He went and phoned that Damien Hirst.

And spare a thought for Daisy the Ewe,
A departed member of our crew
Daisy braved the fire troll’s bridge -
She’s now kebabs in someone’s fridge

Our barn got washed away last summer;
Farmer Jack was seldom glummer.
But I chummed up with Kevin Carrot.
He’s nice and quiet – not like a parrot.

Flippin’ ‘eck – I left out Lenny –
Who can forget that day when he
And I went sledging on the barn
And so did the entire farm!

We sheep wish that Jack the Farmer
Would treat us more as Samuel Palmer
Did. His sheep can safely munch
While Jack’s preparing us for lunch.

And now we’re going to be in French
And hope that you will soonest wrench
Yourselves from boring, dreary duties
Pour admirer we fleecy beauties!

Sylvia Cowplath

So BIG congratulations to Sylvia!

Mrs Farmer Jack was impressed with Sylvia's dexterous verbal rhymes and in-depth knowledge of my Beano shenanigans!

All other entries will receive a signed picture of me, so everyone's a winner really!

All the best


Monday, January 28, 2008

Update tomorrow!!

Apologies for the quietitude (is that a real word? Sounds great anyway!). Just got back from France and a successful weekend flogging "Norbert" books to a hungry French public!

The poetry winner will be announced tomorrow!! Yippee!!! So exciting!!!

Have you bought last week's Beano? I'm in there! Wrestling ladybirds! Quick buy it before this week's edition turns up!

Is it me, or is there just not enough exclamation marks in this mini-update?!