Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Comic strip: The Wedding Present

Here's something else a bit different from the usual gag cartooning, an excerpt from a comic strip drawn for a forthcoming book about David Gedge, lead singer of influential indie band The Wedding Present. Click the image to enlarge.



I used to draw strips for the band's fanzine in the late 80s/early 90s and was invited, along with other cartoonists who drew for the band, to contribute to the new book. We were provided with rough storylines, and asked to illustrate and expand on them. My strip was a transcription of a real tour-bus conversation, to which I added a few humorous flights of fantasy.

A postscript to this is that I received a free copy of the band's new album El Rey this week and found that I'm among the thank-yous in the CD booklet! As I've been a fan of the band for 21 years I got quite a kick out of that.

You can see a couple of my strips from 1989 at the Wedding Present fan site Something and Nothing.

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7 comments:

  1. blimey mate -- kudos!
    i love the wedding present!
    i must admit i had no idea they were still together.

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  2. It's just David Gedge from the original line-up. He revived the Wedding Present name about three years ago. Before that he was recording for years as Cinerama. (I designed a T-shirt for them!)

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  3. is the new stuff that same (ace!) distinctive sound?

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  4. Some of it is, you can listen at http://www.myspace.com/theweddingpresent

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  5. I was listening to Mr Gedge only last evening. Marvellous news. Kudos indeed Mr R.

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  6. thanks for the link -- great to hear the new stuff -- sounds like they've softened their sound a bit over the years...must say i did love the old jangly guitars and punky sound they had...but i'll listen a bit more and give it a fair chance.

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  7. Yeah, we all soften a bit over the years ;-) ... though last year I saw them play the whole of the George Best LP live (20th anniversary of its release) and they can still do those fast guitars when they want.

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