Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Mrs Henrot-Gutch

The first appearance of Mrs Henrot-Gutch, Cerebus #57 (December 1983)
Art by Dave Sim

(on 'Giles' cartoons, The Comics Journal #100, July 1985)
They're just one-panel cartoons, but it's this English family, it's been running for, God, like 25 or 40 years. Maybe even longer than that. And, one of the best characters in the strip is the grandmother character. And when I was trying to think of a mother-in-law for Cerebus, it had to be the most difficult, grotesque, belligerent, obnoxious, self-centered individual I could think of, and she kept popping into my mind. So, well, what the hell, I guess that's Cerebus's mother-in-law.

Read more about Carl Giles (1916-1995) and his cartoons at Giles Cartoons and the British Cartoon Archive.

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