As I’m sure folks are aware I’m a teacher. One of my jobs outwith the classroom is to mentor and support new teachers in their very first year of their career (what we call their probation year). Rebecca, the woman I’ve spent the last year working with, is from Dundee originally. Dundee is the home of DC Thompson, the publishing company behind a great many comics - Beano, Dandy, Commando comics, Oor Wullie, The Broons to name a few. A great many of their titles hold a lot of fond memories given these comics were ones I read regularly when I was growing up and were an introduction to comic books long before 2000AD and US comics. Anyway it turns out Rebecca’s grandfather worked on a great many of these titles until he retired in the early 2000s.He isn’t one of the big names, not Ken Reid or Leo Baxenden, but he still had a decent collection of strips under his belt. This was mentioned very early in the year and Rebecca mentioned that his health was failing and that he doesn’t draw much any more and it was all quite sad. Today was the last day of the school year and Rebecca is moving back home to a new school. Before she left she presented me with a bag of beers and a mug - all very standard thank you gifts. She then followed it up with the two framed illustrations below.
It obvious they haven’t been produced by someone at the top of their game but there’s a hell of a lot of character in them and the fact they’re a parting gift from someone I’d grown quite fond of means I absolutely love these.