Tuesday, 2 June 2009
pssst! was a strange, and ultimately short-lived, british magazine that seemed to come out of nowhere. It was produced by a bunch of cartoonists calling themselves Artpool, among them Mal Burns & Phil Littler. I guess it was a kind of showcase for those guys and other artists, as it more often read like a collected portfolio than an actual comic. There was no real strong editorial bent, and each issue varied wildly from page to page, in both art styles and genres .
pssst! ( which inevitably became known as pissed ) did have an exciting, freewheeling feel to it tho', and there was the occasional gem. Like this brilliant piece of religious guilt from Andrew Cannons.
And there was always Phil Littler's back cover pieces, drawn in his classically british cartoon style.
They even printed this piece from Barry Wilson, who at the time ( and may still be, for all I know ) was Head Honcho & El Presidente of The Rancid Beavers, the major biker gang in my home town of Haverhill.
Alas, pssst! passed on this legendary piece from El Presidente, which hung on everybody's wall in Haverhill at one time or another.
There was also the odd longer piece, like Angus McKie's The Plan, and some early chapters of Bryan Talbot's The Adventures Of Luther Arkwright. And there was this beauty by king of the airbrush Bob Wakelin, who also did a few strips for the early Epic Illustrated. Always thought this one would've fit nicely in Unknown Worlds Of Science Fiction.
I doubt anyone but me remembers pssst! I 'm not even sure it was sold outside of London, as I remember getting the first issue by mail order, and I guess Barry gave me the one he appeared in.
It was doomed to fail really, as it was just too all over the place to get a real audience. Fun while it lasted tho'.