The Comicon Advent Calendar 2022: Day 2 – Stephen Collins Wishes You A Merry (& Funny) Christmas…

by Richard Bruton

The Comicon Advent Calendar – giving you something comic and Christmassy all through Advent. Today, the wonderfully funny Stephen Collins

Stephen Collins has been making damned funny comics for many, many years now. You can find his work regularly at The Guardian, or go and buy both his first graphic novel, the excellent The Gigantic Beard that was Evil or the collection of some of his Guardian strips in Some Comics.

Over a fair number of years now, he’s punished himself by trying to come up with new things to write and draw about every week or so in the Guardian, so inevitably there’s a fair number of quite perfectly on point Christmas cartoons in there by now – you can even go and buy some as perfect for the wall prints at his shop.

We’ll begin with a favourite of mine, one that fits in every year as I see another dad decide that, yes, he’s really going to dedicate the next 24 nights of his life to coming up with increasingly desperate and ever more complex ways to do the whole elf on a shelf thing…

 

 

Here’s just a little Christmas sampling of his work…

Cover for The Guardian’s Weekend magazine, Christmas 2013…

Radio Times…

Sly Dog illustration:

“Sly Dog Rum asked me to do an illustration to rename their rum SLEIGH DOG rum, hence this scene of seasonal canine crime. They sent me a bottle of it, which was extremely exciting as I never get sent stuff. The bottle says “notes of Vanilla, Panettone and Cola Nut”, but all I know is it was bloody lovely and really very Christmassy indeed.”

Christmas card design for The Langham, London

And another hotel commission:

“The Peninsula Paris hotel commissioned me to make a Christmas card to send out to their clients during the 2020 covid shutdown. The brief was to ‘welcome guests back inside’, even though they couldn’t visit the hotel at the time. So we made a fun sort of dolls’ house design, with vignettes of Christmas life inside this iconic Paris hotel.”

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