New look Ball Boy unveiled

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New look Ball Boy unveiled

Post by Digifiend » 27 Aug 2009, 20:13

http://www.beanotown.com/index.php?id=49

A new look Ball Boy has been revealed.
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All righty. We asked if you wanted a peek at the new-look Ball Boy and you said you did – so here we go.

This isn’t the final version – it’s not exactly as you’ll be seeing him in the comic – but this is the very first drawing we got of Ball Boy in the new style we asked for.
Where the heck are the stripes on his shirt? And of course we're all going to want to know who the artist is.

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Re: New look Ball Boy unveiled

Post by Conor B » 28 Aug 2009, 10:50

Well, the artist was revealed in response to "Moonerz" (Jordan Mooney) as...Dave Eastbury! That was unexpected.
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Re: New look Ball Boy unveiled

Post by Digifiend » 28 Aug 2009, 12:08

:shock: That means it's the same stunt they pulled with Desperate Dan in 2004, when Ken Harrison continued to draw him but in a completely different style. This new Ball Boy looks like across between Dave's old style and the John Dallas version.

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Re: New look Ball Boy unveiled

Post by Lew Stringer » 28 Aug 2009, 12:08

Nice new look. Quite European, which could prove useful if the strips are ever sold abroad.

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Re: New look Ball Boy unveiled

Post by Conor B » 28 Aug 2009, 18:42

TBH I like the new look, but that looks a lot more like Barrie Appleby to me.
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Re: New look Ball Boy unveiled

Post by Jonny Whizz » 28 Aug 2009, 20:23

Unlike the new Dennis, I quite like the new look Ball Boy. You're right, it's a sort of cross between John Dallas's style and Eastbury's older style. Plus, it's not reprints! :)
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Re: New look Ball Boy unveiled

Post by Digifiend » 28 Aug 2009, 22:48

Conor B wrote:TBH I like the new look, but that looks a lot more like Barrie Appleby to me.
I see what you mean, maybe Barrie will be ghosting it sometimes like Tom Paterson does with Hunt Emerson's Fred's Bed strip.

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Re: New look Ball Boy unveiled

Post by ComicCrazy » 29 Aug 2009, 10:35

I was just looking at this on the Beano website. I perfer this style to Dave's old one.

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Re: New look Ball Boy unveiled

Post by Steve Henderson » 29 Aug 2009, 22:34

I find this hard to believe that this is the work of Dave Eastbury, its fantastic looks european (as lew pointed out) if it is Dave Eastbury why the hell does he use the style he is famous for? Anyone think it may be Mike Pearse instead?

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Re: New look Ball Boy unveiled

Post by Digifiend » 29 Aug 2009, 22:40

The Beanotown website itself confirmed it was Dave Eastbury. It may not look like his usual style, but it's definitely him.

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Re: New look Ball Boy unveiled

Post by Steve Henderson » 29 Aug 2009, 22:51

Because someone whos called 'Beano Staff' commented? I could say I'm called 'Beano Editor' on the beano website but Im not. Forgive me for being cynical but I would like to see more work before I believe its Dave Eastbury. If It is Dave Eastbury then hes acheived something fantastic.

Having said that why someone would make such a trivial claim is beyond me. We will see

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Re: New look Ball Boy unveiled

Post by Jonny Whizz » 30 Aug 2009, 07:42

Dave Eastbury signs his work, so we should find out quite quickly who it is drawing it. I think it's clearly Dave's work, though I can see why some people think it looks like Mike Pearse or Barrie Appleby.
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Re: New look Ball Boy unveiled

Post by Classic Comics » 31 Aug 2009, 10:26

'Beano Staff' was indeed a member of the Beano staff and the artist is definitely Dave Eastbury. I write the scripts for Ball Boy and I'm really pleased with the way the page is going. It's still an evolving wortk in progress but we're pleased with it in the office. Hopefully, the readers will be too.

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Re: New look Ball Boy unveiled

Post by Digifiend » 31 Aug 2009, 11:46

Maybe the website could put Beano staff members names in a different colour so that accusations like this don't happen again. There definitely needs to be some way of distinguishing Beano staff from ordinary readers. You should suggest this to the Beanotown webmaster.

Thanks for confirming that the new BB was indeed by Dave Eastbury.

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Re: New look Ball Boy unveiled

Post by Lew Stringer » 31 Aug 2009, 12:25

Digifiend wrote:Maybe the website could put Beano staff members names in a different colour so that accusations like this don't happen again. There definitely needs to be some way of distinguishing Beano staff from ordinary readers. You should suggest this to the Beanotown webmaster.
Surely the name "Beano Staff" was a dead giveaway? :wink:

Presumably members' aliases have to be approved before they can comment, (in case anyone uses an inappropriate name) so anyone calling themselves "Beano Staff" who wasn't Beano staff wouldn't get through would they?

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