We Ran the World

Art, Cartoons

Here’s a little taster of We Ran the World, a collaboration with writer Andy Oldfield which was originally published in The Damage*, a short-lived rival to Viz.

We Ran the World was a dig at the so-called glories of the British Empire, little Englanders, xenophobes… as well as the then-current Thatcher government. The strip normally occupied the centre spread of The Damage but this special edition ran to four pages. Andy would fax the scripts to me and I would squeeze in as much of my own daftness as there was room for.

We Ran the World - Twilight of the Gods - page 1
We Ran the World - Twilight of the Gods - page 2
We Ran the World - Twilight of the Gods - page 3
We Ran the World - Twilight of the Gods - page 4
The artwork was drawn to A3 size on bleedproof layout paper, inked by brush then coloured with Pantone and Magic Markers. All the brush hand lettering was on a separate overlay to preserve clarity of the text.

*The Damage was originally called Brain Damage but the name was changed after pressure from a campaign group representing the parents of brain-damaged children.

I’m biased. I thought The Damage was a far better comic than Viz but the public preferred the very British humour (dare I say ‘toilet’ humour?) of the Beano/Dandy styleViz strips to the more adventurous stuff in The Damage.

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2 thoughts on “We Ran the World

  1. Hi

    I’ve been reading all of my old Brain Damage comics again lately. They are still a great read 24 years later.. nothing seems to have changed much in the world of politics either! Funny that..

    We Ran the World was always one the highlights of each issue.

    Wouldn’t it be nice to have a title like Brain Damage around again?

    All the best

    Mark

    1. Thanks, Mark!

      Brain Damage was pretty special yet it was always in the shadow of Viz. In my opinion, Brain Damage (or The Damage, as it was forced to be called) was creatively miles ahead.

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