Posts Tagged ‘cartoon’



Monkey news!A mate of mine put some mp3 files on my USB flash drive — they were free podcasts of Rickey Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington from 2006.

I had some some trips in the car coming up, so I copied them onto my phone so I could listen on the journeys.

During the Monkey News about the monkey going into space, I completely lost it, and had to pull over to the hard shoulder as I couldn’t drive for tears of laughter.  It took me some time to recover.

How could I have missed this? 2006? Good grief.

Oddly enough, I managed to catch an animation on TV the other day that seems to have been made from these old podcasts — and I tracked down the space Monkey News episode on YouTube:

[embedded videoclip from of Monkey News’ Space Chimp]


Merchant Pilkington GervaisI have to say that I found the audio-only very funny, and less-so for the animation, but I like what the animation brings (I wonder if I had seen/ heard the animation first, if I would have preferred that to sound-only).  There’s a very interesting and insightful article on the making of the cartoon at I must say the characters in the cartoon as superb!

There are signs up for “An Idiot Abroad”, so Karl Pilkington is a star in his own right, I guess.  Anyway, I have been working my way through these podcasts, and they are superb!  I always get a big laugh somewhere along the line, and time flashes by.  I recommend them to everyone who needs cheered up.




RICK GRIFFIN was another hero and huge influence on me and my generation.

[Picture of Rick Griffin's Murphy Comic]Griffin, Mouse, Kelley and Robert Crumb were they guys we all wanted to be, man. We all got technical pens, Staedtler Mars and Rotring pens or rapidographs, and started doing our own comics in the new style that was inhabited by Fat Freddie’s Cat and The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers.

[Picture of Comic Strip by Griffin: Murphy]I guess most kids today would associate “Cowabunga” with Bart Simpson, but it was Rick Griffin’s “Murphy” that coined the term way back in the 1970s. His impact has been so great that “Griffin” is today a surfing area in California, USA.

“Murphy” was a big influence on comics and comic book artists, of that there is no doubt in my mind. If you look at how Rick drew Murphy’s hair, it is plain that this style has informed Dennis The Menace and even the Fat Slags from Viz!

[Picture of Griffin artwork: Murphy Sez] [Picture of Dennis the Menace] [Picture of Fat Slags comic by Viz]

It was in his later psychedelic period, along with Kelley and Mouse, that we discovered Rick Griffin — through the artwork he did for the likes of The Grateful Dead, Jackson Browne and Man.

[Picture of Grateful Dead Album Cover] [Picture of Griffin's Jackson Browne Bonnie Raitt LP Art]

[Picture of Man album cover] [Picture of Grateful Dead Album: Blues for Allah]

I was always struck by his lettering; he seemed to have a way with incorporating the words into the work. Griffin and Roger Dean were the big influence here.

I would say that Rick Griffin has been massively influential in graphic art — lettering, fonts, typefaces, logos and even tattoos and graffiti!

I would go further and state that Griffin has been one of the most powerful and influential artists that have ever lived.

If you think about it, there is a close association between bands like The Grateful Dead, and bikers like the Hell’s Angels.  An entire sub-culture has adopted Griffin’s skulls and lettering — for decorating vans, motorcycle petrol tanks, helmets, leather jackets, tattoos and graffiti.  This has bled into today’s diverse scenes — such as from Hip Hop to Marilyn Manson — from Rappers and Sk8ers to Goths, and Moshers. The biker theme has moved into heavy metal, and Griffin himself worked on album art for bands like The Cult.

  • UPDATE: 2009-05-12: Just this year, Rick Griffin is THE designer accessory in the world of fashionable shoes for BMX, Moto-X, and Snowboarding — check out Vans and Vault — especially Vans.Vault 2009 Collection.

[Picture of Grateful Dead cover art]I can even see stuff Griffin did that must have influenced HR Geiger (and therefore the style of Alien films and loads of Science Fiction). Monochromatic, filled with skulls and bones, yet somehow mechanised by being in mechanised scenarios, if you see what I mean.

Oddly enough, especially when you consider all of the above, what Rick griffin did next was a real surprise — he became a Jesus freak!  This caused a great fuss in the comic book and album art world at the time — not a lot of people could get their heads round that one.

Here’s an interesting article about Griffin as a Christian Comic Artist — at:- Strangely enough, another hero of mine — Dudley D Watkins was a huge cultural figure, comic artist and Christian comic artist.  Weird.

A really good gallery site is maintained here:

Finally, and even though Rick was killed on his Harley back in 1991, he somehow still has an “official” website:




[Picture of a cookery book comic strip draft sketch by Dave devine]It’s funny to go through old rubbish that’s been cluttering up the place for years.  I found this comic strip sketch I did on how to cook pasta.  Hilarious!  But then again, I was only 17 or 18 when I did it.  Back then I did loads of comic strips and earned a wee bit of money.  As I recall it, I was trying to move into — or maybe even create — new areas for comics, this would be the long-lost comic-book cook book that never was! Oh well, I tried!  This is one of the earliest attempts I knocked up obviously as a result of my insomnia.  Hey, if comic books could get kids into cooking, then maybe someone like Jamie Oliver should get behind this idea and make something of it!  Don’t be put off by my crappy artwork