Thursday, 11 October 2007

Well, It Can’t Be Worse Than The TV Show

In case anyone was wondering whether the polybagged first issue of the BBC’s new Robin Hood Adventures magazine might contain a comic strip … yes, it does, but only two pages' worth.

The strip is produced in an out-and-out humorous style by Craig Donaghy ("words") and Paul Cemmick ("illustrations"). It is obviously aimed at a very young readership, right down to numbering the panels in sequence, but seems a competent and lively piece of work.

The magazine also contains several photo strips retelling bits of television episodes using captured frames. Judged as fumetti, these are clumsy and awkward, but that is only to be expected when the source pictures were not intended for this use.

Addendum, 12 October The combination of that art style and the subject of Robin Hood seemed awfully familiar, and now I realise why: Paul Cemmick also drew the cartoons and comic strips for the spin-off books from Tony Robinson's children's comedy series Maid Marian and her Merry Men (1989-1994). Has the BBC got the two confused? Can we expect a cross-over? Crisis in Infinite Sherwoods!

That cover image taken from Capricorn Books, which has several others too. Samples of Cemmick's artwork for the comic strps inside can be found at his own web-site (scroll down).


Matthew said...

Crisis on Infinite Sherwoods just made that piece for me. Bravo, good sir!

Angeline said...

Was just thinking that I recognised the style when I scrolled down...

sTeVeLeC said...

That is pretty weird, getting the same artist for both series. Does Tony Robinson play the sheriff on the new show?

I was just googling Robin Hood comics when I came across this post. For a while now, I've been doing a humour strip about Robin Hood called Much the Miller's Son. You can find it here:

I should mention it's not intended for children. I'd love to hear what you think!