Gary Northfield

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Gary is a British cartoonist, most famous for his Derek the Sheep published in DC Thomson's The Beano and BeanoMAX.[1]

Northfield graduated from Harrow College University of Westminster with a degree in Illustration in 1992.[2] He joined the British small press comics[3] community in 1999, creating various titles such as "Great!", "Little Box of Comics" and "Stupidmonsters".[4] In 2002, he acquired the position of in-house illustrator at Eaglemoss Publications, where he worked for five years on projects such as Horrible Histories Magazine, Horrible Science Magazine and The Magical World Of Roald Dahl.[5]

Derek the Sheep began appearing in The Beano from February 2004 and is unique in that it is The Beano's first and only creator-owned character.[6][7][8] Derek the Sheep has a collection of early stories published by Bloomsbury Publishing in September 2008 and in France by Actes Sud/Editions De L'an2,[9] reprinting the first thirteen strips in The Beano.

In 2008, he illustrated the comic strip Pinky's Crackpot Circus for The Dandy, wrote and drew "World's Greatest Heroes" for National Geographic Kids and in 2009, created Little Cutie for The DFC. In 2012 his strip Gary's Garden began appearing regularly in the weekly comic, The Phoenix, with the first year's worth of strips collected in the book The Phoenix Presents - Gary's Garden: Book 1. In 2016, he returned to the Beano with the strip Zooella, the vlogging gorilla.

In 2013, Walker Books published The Terrible Tales Of The Teenytinysaurs, a brand new collection of never-before published strips.[10]

Northfield's first children's novel, Julius Zebra, was published by Walker books in March 2015, with book 2 Julius Zebra: Bundle with the Britons following in April 2016, along with Teenytinysaurs Book 2. [11]

He has also illustrated the children's books, "Henry VIII Has To Choose" and "Sleeping Beauty: 100 Years Later" for Franklin Watts.[12]


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