Welcome to the first of my Twelve Posts of Christmas taking part across my two completely different blogs. You can read more about this and what I'm covering by clicking here and also on my Recovering From a Scratch.
I must admit it feels good to be back on here, scanning in a few pages of the best comic ever crafted and sharing them with fellow pig pals both old and new. You'll also be glad to hear in this post and the next I'm keeping my waffling to a minimum and letting these few pages do the talking! I've covered the Christmas issues before in depth and you can read all about them and see many more pages by clicking on the two covers at the bottom of this post.
First up from #17 let's get all those "Bah Humbug" people out of the way first, shall we? Do they not realise it takes so much more effort to be a Scrooge than it does to just relax and enjoy the season? To hammer the point home, while we're hanging up our decorations that have been in the loft for eleven months, or popping out to buy some more merriment for our living rooms, the people who can't stand Christmas will have to make do with printing out the back page below, cutting it up and assembling their own anti-festive decoration themselves. An unknown artist unfortunately but here's Oink's Xmas Mobile for People who hate Xmas:
At this point in the comic's life the late and great Chris Sievey, the man behind the famous papier-mache head of Frank Sidebottom had only just joined one issue previous, but he'd already made a big impression upon the readers. Chris would write, draw and colour all of his own work throughout the rest of the entire run and his comic strips must've taken so long to complete, being intricately drawn and then coloured with felt-tip! When you see some of the full-page strips you can't help but think they must've taken an age to complete and you'd be right. For the first Christmas issue however we instead had his 3 fantastic xmas gifts page. It may not be a strip but it still contains some beautiful hand-drawn artwork in his inimitable style. Coming across as loose, free and rough, Chris spent hours on his pieces for Oink! to achieve that very look, while treating us kids to such vivid colours and unique and original images. Double-sided sticky tape at the ready:
Finally for today another artist whose style was, and is, deliberately loose and freeform is Oink! co-creator and co-editor Tony Husband. This time around though he left his own creations of the likes of Horace Ugly-Face Watkins and Kid Gangster at home and instead crafted some fun cut-out Christmas Cards from Lew Stringer's Tom Thug, Marc Riley's Harry the Head and Banx's Burp the Smelly Alien from Outer Space. Thrown in for good measure is a snowman of our esteemed editor Uncle Pigg, who we were used to seeing drawn by Ian Jackson, though he'd be redrawn by almost every artist at one stage or another. Another excuse to fire up your printers:
I'll be back on Monday 5th December with the second part of Oink!'s Christmas Shopping Guide, but new readers could see these few pages as a quick preview of the fun Christmas issues below. Click on either of the covers to be treated to a whole world of frivolities including Ham Dare Pig of the Future, Mr Big Nose, spoof Christmas TV listings, The Hamformers, The Snowbloke and another cut-out in the form of a Tom Thug Christmas angel for the top of your tree.
See you Monday!