Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Queen's Counsel - For a Few Guineas More

As well as teaching animation at Bucks I also do a weekly cartoon strip in The Times, a satire on law and lawyers.

I first started drawing Queen's Counsel back in 1993, when newspapers were still pretty much the only way that people got their news. And every self-respecting lawyer read the law pages of The Times on Tuesdays.

This year I published my 10th "Queen's Counsel" book - For a Few Guineas More, a collection of the best cartoons published over the last six years in law pages of The Times.

This new book is the one I'm most proud of - in part because it is the first cartoon collection which is in full colour throughout. Queen's Counsel started being printed in colour in The Times in 2011, for the first time.

Back to the 90s
Cartoon strips have been dropping out of newspapers for years, as the papers themselves struggle with declining circulation. Back in the 1990s, The Times was the main source of information for lawyers - 12 pages of articles, adverts, and news. At a pupillage interview candidates would always be asked "what newspaper do you read?". It was a question with just one correct answer; only The Times covered the law in serious detail.

This is my first Queen's Counsel book in full colour throughout. I think it's the best so far.  You can buy the book from amazon here.

Character design
To see how the cartoon strip came about, and how the characters were first designed, watch the video below.

For more on the experience of studying at Bucks New University, come and visit us at one of our Open Days,  take a virtual tour of one of our animation studios, check out what our students think of our course, and see why we're ranked in the top 12 creative universities in the UK.

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