Sunday, 19 September 2010
The Warped Genius of Patrick Wright
Here is another member of the Wright Dynasty, this time it's Patrick son of David (Carol Day) Wright) who although noted as a wonderful comic strip artist (his work has appeared in Battle Picture Weekly, Commando and even a short run of Modesty Blaise dailies) is also one of the funniest cartoonists ever to inhabit the planet.
Patrick was a highly talented draftsman from an early age but writing was his first love and his ambition was to adopt the lifestyle of a French existentialist poet. He managed to secure a job as lavatory attendant and all went well until his girlfriend fell unexpectedly pregnant - these things happen... So needs must and young Patrick needing to get himself some extra spondoolies, semi reluctantly but knowing he had to do something - took himself off to illustrator's agent Barry Coker at Bardon Press and walked out with his first of many jobs.
But eventually and tiring of the awful deadlines and the terrible returns and having to put a pillow over the telephone, so that he didn't have to pick up the phone to the eternal question "where's the work???", he decided to come up with his own ideas and as Barbara Woodhouse was doing a TV series on dog training he created a spoof book called Walkies, which was so successful that he was pretty much able to buy his first house on the strength of the royalties.