A local paper just popped up last month and they needed a cartoonist, so now I am drawing a strip for them. This is great as I like the challenge of having to come up with something for print once a month.
For the first of 'Vert', which is published in The Coleshill Post, I went with an anecdote I have heard told, about a local man who first discovered the Roman Settlement just outside the current town. I got in touch to ask if he'd mind me using his story. Not only does he claim to have met a centurion on the hillside (!) but he actually went on to discover pottery that was later dated from the second century and that led to a full scale dig on the site. Archaeologists unearthed a Roman Temple as well as a Bath House and various other Roman buildings. They think that the Roman Temple was built on the site of a pagan place of worship so it just gets more and more fascinating. Nowadays there is a housing estate built on the site, but the roads are named after various Roman Ceasars.
I also put together the crossword, for a bit of fun (it is just an easy one to start with).
shut the front door