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  • davidwills 7:57 am on April 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Schoolkids OZ 

    Jim Anderson found the art, by a French man If I recall right, but may have been found by the kids in one of his mags. I suggested using it on both front and back, designed it, positioned the strategically placed student, under orders from advisers, including Felix Dennis – to obscure the genitals.

  • davidwills 7:17 am on April 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Coprophilia, , , dot to dot, , oz, , scat, ,   

    Schoolkids OZ – Dot To Dot Do It 

    Clue: Shiitake mushroom

  • davidwills 7:11 am on April 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Schoolkids OZ – Rubert Bares All! 

    Please read the numbers in the bottom left hand corner, the rugged logic of this epic is only apparent when one reads down the columns – not across.

    Here’s the Robert Crumb Rupert Bear strip collaged and hand colour-separated into Schoolkids OZ, done by schoolkid Viv Kylastron. This being one of the issues I helped design, I completed the overlay when Viv left it unfinished. Surprisingly this issue became the subject of a high-profile obscenity case with this cartoon attracting special note.

    At first, because the names in the credits did not list the occupations of the accused, everybody listed was prosecuted. When we were all herded into John Mortimer QC’s paneled office there were maybe 8 people in the room all charged with whatever the cops had cooked up. Council worked some legal words and all except the editors, Richard Neville, Jim Anderson and Felix Dennis, were able to leave.

    I heard Felix talking to Richard at a ’95 Oz reunion in London saying that he’d heard from so-snd-so that the whole court case was pre-arranged by the government to first have the fusty old judge declare them guilty, to give ’em a taste of jail, eh what, then let them go on appeal.

    • Lucy 10:41 pm on December 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Where did you get the name Viv Kylastron from? His name is Viv (Vivian) Berger.

    • Paul Gravett 2:21 pm on February 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Hello David, I am co-curating a big exhibition on British comics, incl undergrounds, for the British Library. It would be great to be in touch and hear more about the Oz schoolkids issue and trial. Is Viv Berger still around? The BL has audio tapes of the trial we will play extracts from incl. Viv’s cross examination. Paul

  • davidwills 3:18 pm on July 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    David Wills and Barney Bubbles – Blow Up Oz 12 

    Welcome to a digitally inflatable copy of Oz 12. Click on an image once, and then when it has opened in a new screen click on it again and it’ll go supersize XXXL as never seen before on the world-wide-web.

  • davidwills 5:28 pm on September 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Dan Leno, Graphic archeology, oz, Shakespeare, Teen drama, World's first music video   

    Barney Bubbles? What a laugh. 


    And as imagination bodies forth

    The forms of things unknown, the artist’s brush

    Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing

    A local habitation and a name

    – Will Shakespeare messed with by Wills

    “It’s bein’ so cheerful what keeps me goin”

    – Saying of the character, Mona Lott, on the 1940’s BBC radio show ITMA, probably taken from the patter of the King of the Music Hall, comedian Dan Leno, aka Little Willie. Dan Leno was the great -grandfather of the muse for the Elvis Costello song ‘Allison.’ Allison was a beautiful and insightful  woman, a temp (I think) who had worked at Conran with Barney, lived in Fleet in Hants. in 1978, and was a good friend. I think of Dan Leno as a key to the humour and wilfull wit of Barney Bubbles.


    Over here in the backwoods in San Francisco, I’ve been out of touch with my fellow Londoners from way back. Many have died. Meanwhile, one of them, my old pal Barney Bubbles, has become a blazing icon of graphic design, with his influence felt worldwide. A seminal show of his work in London in 2001 put together by my friends and fellow investigators, the graphic gang, known as Rebecca and Mike, and a book by Paul Gorman, help propel him to a wider audience than the in-crowd who have penetrated his clever anonymity, only to find that the man behind the vast range of his incredible work was totally unknown to them. I am excited at the interest in Barney and amused at the depth of ignorance about the facts of his existence that I know, I feel like an archaeological artifact.


    World’s first music-video was made on film

    Direct inspiration for Barney to make music videos: I remember the BBC in 1963 or 4, asking for viewer input (that was rare in itself) on how to present music on TV. They couldn’t think of anything presumably. As a result of that, and fully intending to get on the box, Fulcher decides to make a movie to show on television to promote his adopted band, the Muleskinners.

    Walking down the corridor at Leigh Court, Fulcher and Roy pass my open door and Fulcher goes, “You on the bus with us? This is going to be historic, you coming? We’ll be the first to make a music video for TV. It’s a new concept. Let’s go, this is huge!”

    There’s this photo, shown here reversed left to right, where the three of us would-be French movie technicians are stiffly posing in a time released exposure taken my me (in a Grove Hardy print), self consciously cool, in a portrait of, at left, director Fulcher, and his crew; I was ‘producer’ at top, and Twickenham graduate and RCA lecturer, Derek Wallbank, was editor of what was the worlds first music ‘video’– shot on super-eight film.

    At that time I had just moved to Leigh Court from the flat I had shared with Twickenham graduates, class of 1960, illustrators Mick Jackson, and Chris Higson.  I arranged a party for the movie at the flat in Marylebone and Fulcher shot one long scene in Higson’s cramped room on the top floor, above the pong of the fish shop. You can see the window that the movie features, facing west to Marylebone High Street on the corner of Moxon.

    Rocker goes crazy in teen drama

    The movie had a thin plot about a rocker who smashes his guitar because some bird (girl) ditched him. While we were making a scene at Dave Pether’s house in Hounslow, Colin went on about about how the black and white changes to color in the Wizard of Oz and we should do it in this movie. I said I thought it a good idea but that it had been done. To Colin that didn’t matter, it was just a source. The end of the movie was shot through lettering reading ‘The End,’ drawn by me on a steamy door, with a lace curtain, in a cafe down by the site of old Twickenham railway station, west of the road, next to the Station Hotel.

    I don’t think Fulcher liked the edit, the sound was never dubbed and I never saw the finished movie.

    • rebecca and mike 9:21 pm on August 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      NICE… this blog is going to be a special Barney Bubbles place… looking forward to the next installment, and the one after that, and the one after that…

    • davidwills 3:27 am on August 15, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Ill be away for a week in Seattle Washington, but have prepared some more thrilling installments…

    • John Coulthart 3:16 am on August 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome to the WordPress world!

    • pat 1:06 pm on September 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hello David
      I knew Barney fairly well for a few years in the late 60s early 70s when we were living in Portobello Road and your reminiscences reminded me of him and that time. 307 was a ‘happening place’. We were good friends then and shared some moments of joy and despair. Good times – some times.

      I came across some letters from him and Giana the other day which prompted me to search and so found your site. Do you by any chance have an address for Giana?

    • rebecca and mike 3:21 pm on September 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      hi pat,
      great to see another name appearing here.
      at david’s request we’ve just emailed you giana’s details. 🙂

    • Phil Franks 7:41 pm on September 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Is that Pat Mescal?

    • davidwills 8:28 pm on September 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Kathy Moon says we should all get together, in Canada, London, or on line or…

    • rebecca and mike 8:03 am on September 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Phil… Yep, that’s Pat Mescal!

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