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AN EXCERPT FROM TED'S 'HAROLD' COMICS, AGE 13

I began drawing when I was about two and my parents left a ball-point pen within my reach. The wallpaper upon which my first drawing was made is long gone, but I kept drawing comics.

For years, my position in the alphabet ensured I was at the back of the class where I could draw comics during the subjects I was good at (and didn't need to pay attention). "Harold" was my alter ego from the ages of 10 to 15, all drawn in blue ball-point pen because that was the predominant cheapo-pen colour, black ball-point pens being more rare for some reason.

This excerpt is from an adventure drawn between age 13 and 14. I never planned these stories more than a few panels ahead. I just went forward one panel at a time, not knowing where the story was going.