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British Comic Strips
 

      Bewley & Tonus


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Bewley
  
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    artist/creator: "Ant" Blades
   appearances:  published in "The Daily Express
                          Saturday Magazine" from
                          February 2001

 

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    "Bewley" focuses on the day-to-day lives of a family of blue birds. The strip
    takes its name from the father of the family. Ever-optomistic Bewley is
    consistently undermined by the shenanigans of his over-protective wife
    Adie and twins Bea and Tonus. Even the youngest family member,
    Coco, gets in on the game and he/she is still only an egg!

    Bewley and family may be birds, but they live in a regular suburban house,
    with all the trappings. From time to time the gang take flight to trees to
    watch the sun go down and rediscover the nature of things - before beating
    a pretty hasty  retreat to the comforts of their modern habitation...

    "Bewley" comes to us from Anthony - "Ant" - Blades. Ant won a competition
    run by the the "Daily Express" to discover a new family strip cartoon for their
    Saturday magazine, back in 2001. "Bewley" has proven to be an ongoing hit
    with readers, and it still resides in the pages of the magazine every Saturday.
    Ant's toon style is reminscent of Bill Waterson ("Calvin & Hobbes"). The
    four-panel strips are very smartly staged, with some terrific panel timing.
    It's no surpise to hear that Ant is also involved in the animation industry,
    having worked for the likes of Tandem Films and Telemagination.

    So far, there aren't any "Bewley" compilations or anthologies for fans to get
    their paws on, but it's surely just a matter of time...


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    On the web
       

      Bewley by Blades
      A splendid official site here, presenting us with a regular weekly strip.
      That's in addition to a big archive of strips, character info and plenty of
      biographical info on the strip's creator...












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