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16th May 2007

Belated RIP, Andy Roberts

Back in the mid-late 90s, I used to draw and publish photocopied small press comics, and there was a thriving little community of people doing the same thing. We’d meet at UKCAC and Caption, send each other our comics and write each other letters. One guy who popped up everywhere was Andy Roberts, who drew “Frieda’s Friends” for Deadline, amongst other things, and whose work had a nice balance of cartoony and realistic and a keen formal sensibility. I debated comics theory with him and Andy Konky Krew in the pages of various fanzines, he sent letters of comment to some of my comics. I only met him in person a couple of times, but he was engaging, funny, friendly, intelligent, enthusiastic and talented.

Life got in the way, and I lost touch with most of the people I knew from those days. To get the word out about The Ulster Cycle, I’ve been looking up everyone I can remember from back then. Andy’s was one of the first names I thought of, but the first email address I found for him was returned undeliverable. Then I found the site of his former girlfriend Jenni Scott, grand poobah of Caption, and discovered that Andy died in a traffic accident on 18 June 2005.

Here’s to you, Andy. In the words of the song, “glad that I ran into you. Tell the people that you saw me passing through.”

I dug the May 1997 issue of the Caption zine out of the pile of paper I still have from those days, and scanned a sample of his comics.

And here’s a link to a photo of him at Flickr.

8 Responses to “Belated RIP, Andy Roberts”

  1. Rol Says:

    I remember Andy too, he used to give good feedback… sorry to hear this.

  2. Jenni Says:

    Thanks for this, Patrick – Pete Ashton linked to your site, then I came here and the first thing that I saw was Andy’s name (and the second was my own!). I really liked Tamara Knight & I’m looking forward to checking out your new stuff.

  3. monocat Says:

    it’s good that there’s a lot of fond memories of andy still floating about

    that seems right

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