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Christine and Kettle

Christine and Kettle original cartoon strips

Andrew Christine was the co-creator of the newspaper comic strips Beau Peep and A Man Called Horace with writer Roger Kettle. Andrew started at DC Thomson in 1965, after being turned down for art school, and was a letterer/illustrator in the art department, as well as producing cartoons and artwork for The Topper letters page. They went freelance in 1975 when they created the strip "Beau Peep", which quickly established an audience in the Daily Star. This was followed in the Daily Mirror by "A Man Called Horace" about the Wild West's most gormless cowboy and "Blubba and the Bear", a strip about an eskimo and a dopey polar bear who tries to steal the former's fish. Roger Kettle said he was inspired by the American comic strip "Peanuts" by Charles M. Schulz, in that like Schulz's creation Charlie Brown, Beau Peep is a "loveable loser".