The Tidy Arms
The Tidy Arms is a wonderful collection of some of Bill’s best known cartoon characters including family members and the odd enemy of Bill’s most famous cartoon strip The Fosdyke Saga which ran in the Daily Mirror from March 1971 to February 1985. The Cloggies are there thundering through the crowd dancing away and causing the usual Mayhem. The strip ran in Private Eye from 1967 to 1981 and later in the Listener from 1985 – 1986. CAMRA’s Real Ale champion Kegbuster is there live from his strip which has been running since 1974 and finished only recently. And then there are the folk who appear in some of his greatest one off cartoons like Noah who is convinced sending elephant is better than sending a dove, St Francis and his robin and probably the most famous character of all, the Polar Bear from his iconic Iceberg gag. Bill loved real ale and felt the Tidy Arms had to be the place where all of his oddball characters met up. This was the first limited edition print Bill had ever done for himself and he thoroughly enjoyed drawing it in October 2017 and it going on sale November 9th 2017. Sadly he had the first of two pretty awful strokes and only get to signing 25 of the prints and there are only 16 left. This makes them very collectable.
The Tidy Arms Paper: Archival pigment on Somerset Enhanced Satin 330 gsm paper and this edition is fabricated using archival inks and 100% cotton, acid free paper. Size : 59.4 x 42 cm Number: 25