Sunday 17 December 2017

Saw Doctors' new toons take fans on an unlikely adventure

The front of the comic commissioned by The Saw Doctors to coincide with the release of their new album in September
The front of the comic commissioned by The Saw Doctors to coincide with the release of their new album in September

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Reporter

THEY are unlikely stars of a cartoon comic strip. In many ways, they are simply unlikely stars.

For nearly 20 years, The Saw Doctors have been performing their signature blend of folk and rock around the world.

Now, in an unlikely twist, they are to follow American rock superstars Kiss by starring in their own comic strip. Timed to coincide with the release of their latest album on September 17 -- 'The Further Adventures Of The Saw Doctors' -- fans will be able to enjoy the adventures of the Tuam group in a Beano-style comic.

The strip is the work of Tuam artist and long-time Saw Doctors collaborator, Squigley McHugh.

"The comic strip came about after we decided we would call our album 'The Further Adventures of The Saw Doctors'," guitarist Leo Moran told the Irish Independent.

"We contacted Squigley about an album sleeve and he suggested putting a little boy on the cover reading a comic. The idea being it was one of the band as a child in the '70s reading about all the stuff which would happen to him in the band."

Initially, comic artist Squigley only created the front and back of the comic that the boy is seen reading on the album cover.

However, after interest from fans, he has been commissioned to do a full eight-page strip that depicts all band members in a number of adventures.

Prison

It starts off a bit like 'Scooby Doo' with the band on the way to a gig and the end has us playing in a prison like The Blues Brothers," Moran said.

"The bit in between we haven't seen yet, although we've been told it could be a bit dark."

The Saw Doctors said they were still unsure how to market the comic, or whether they would give it away to fans or sell it online. "It's something totally new for an Irish band and we can only tip the cap to the comic's wonderful creator," added Moran.

Irish Independent

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