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Tedosaurus
Half teddy,
half dinosaur
The Situation (1985-1997)


Grobschnitt's Page
A surreal slice of
prog-inspired madness
At Blackpool with my Gran (Renee), some time around 1977


The Yellyog Gang
Some vague
character ideas


Apeth (frum Ota Sbees)
The return of the
dyslexic alien primate
Apeth, the dyslexic primate from outer space - you can tell I've given his appearance a lot of thought
Mystery Personality was just one of the ever-fascinating Yellyog Gang - or at least he would have been if I'd ever written anything about them
Weilding a light sabre in my bedroom, c 1978


Stupid Characters
Yet more vague
character ideas


Robschnitt's Age
The world's first ever
first letter shortage
Grobschnitt was one of the few characters I did actually return to


Look at My Dad
My first ever
"comedy" poem
Ready to defend Queen and country with what appears to be a stick
My first comedic poem, age 5 - except it's not funny, it's just disturbing


Daft Vader
An almost entirely useless
Star Wars parody
Wearing the most repulsive dungarees in the world with Leesa and Mark Fox


This Must Stop!
The first real indication
that I might actually
be insane


The Looney Game
"A game for
stupid nutters"


Moleman's Impossible
Story
A pile of nonsense
in three different forms


The Body Bugs
An insane but actually
perfectly good idea


The Munch Bunch
How to utterly ruin a
perfectly decent franchise


Mighty White Corpuscle
The heroic antibody
with fists of iron


Waen Shepherd Foiled
A home-made book
in which I become an
ultra-violent maniac


Shoes
A TV recap that turns
unexpectedly aggressive
Waen Shepherd attacked by everyone from all sides
My first experience of a shower in Fairburn, circa 1980
Me and my mate Andrew Wall with Star Wars figures on our shoulders
Looking cool and handsome with my pudding bowl haircut in 2 School Terrace, c 1981
All geared up for a visit to the 17th century, September 1979 (can you tell which one is me?)


How to Be Nutty
My embarrassing
comic manifesto


Stand and Deliver
A staggeringly incessant
list of terrible jokes


The Bikeling Club
A disturbingly surreal story in which I take a bike ride round a cat's head


Flash Harry
A 9 year old writes about
naked men and fisting


Christmas Already?
Richard's dysfunctional
family try to have a
proper Christmas


First Day at School
Naughty Richard causes
mayhem at his new school


A Cautionary Tale
Don't nail Catherine
Wheels to dogs' heads


A Christmas Tail
Naughty Richard tries to
scare his family with
sound effect records


WS is Ace
A recording of me
boasting when I was 11


New Wave Daft Characters
Yet another list of vague
character ideas


Good Comic
A half-finished home-made comic full of boring crap


Shane Wepherd in:
The Arspain
A loose collection of
fragments


Shane Wepherd in:
The Affair
Puberty explodes all
all over my childhood


Knob Head Magazine
A serious comic strip
for adults only


A Mad Half Hour
in the Attic
A seriously warped
glimpse into my life


Underpants
A fake record sleeve
with no record in it


The Wepherds
A sanitised, neat
version for my
English book


The Examination
An essay about an exam
written during an exam


It
One of many beginnings
of books I never finished


The Quest for
JJ Willybonker
Another of those
unfinished books


The Boy Who
Chewed Too Much
Naughty Richard stops
speaking... permanently!


Bobby Goes to
Scunthorpe
My first recorded
comedy song


Man of the Future
A silly picture I drew
in 1984
Man of the Future - a biological examination


Learning Skruplokian
A book I did finish!
In a totally made-up
language
Learning Skruplokian - a genuine guidebook I actually finished, so visitors to the planet Skruplos could communicate with the locals
Squinting in Somerset, Summer 1983
First day at our new house in Pontefract, Oct 1982
Fairburn School Photo, c 1981
In Blackpool with Gran again, but this time not so comfortable, c 1983
A genuine autograph from Darth Vader
Waen Shepherd is Ringway from 'Earthshock' and John Guilor is Tom Baker, 1982
In Blackpool with my Mum and Dad, 1984 (photo by Wayne Townend)
Waen Shepherd is Tom Baker, 1975
Tom Baker is Tom Baker, 1977
In Pontefract with cats, c 1983
Peace and love, 1984
I appear to be holding 10p and smiling. But pocket money was scarce during the miners' strike (1984)
Young and gormless, 14 Dove Drive, Airedale, c 1974


Paul Under
Roman Arrest
A typical entry from one of
my RE books
A Roman Centurion with the face of a pig packs one of Christianity's founding figures in a tiny box and leaves him in the hands of Royal Mail - that happened in the Bible, didn't it?


The Sacrifice
of Isaac
An attempt to go to war
with my RE teacher
Abraham's terrified child Isaac screams in abject fear as his own father raises a knife to murder him in order to show allegiance to a manipulative bullying voice he frequently hears in his head. No, I'm not a fan
In Durkar, Wakefield, with Grandma Mary
School photo, c 1977
COMEDY
Back Up Top
1971-2016
Gary Le Strange relaxing in the Comedy Store
Grobschnitt - an alien prankster inspired by German prog


Backwards Castle
A horrorlarious tale about
a haunted castle
LOST IN LONDON
Life Before Le Strange
1993-2002
GARY LE STRANGE
Success or failure?
2002-2007 (and beyond)
LIFE AFTER LE STRANGE
A much better world
2007-the present
OXFORD
Where I sealed my fate
1990-1993
THE SITUATION
A cassette collaboration
1985-1997
Apeth's second story's nowhere near as good as his first, but the picture's better
A jolly tale about a pair of flying sentient wellies that blast into space and get into trouble with the space police for killing some astronauts - but everything's alright in the end when they're back at home, safely reading their army comics
Darren Spitfield is just one of many (well, five) stupid characters depicted in this pointless page-waster
Daft Vader - apparently he always bathes with his clothes on
THIS MUST STOP! THIS MUST STOP! THIS MUST STOP! THIS MUST STOP! THIS MUST STOP! THIS MUST STOP! THIS MUST STOP! THIS MUST STOP! THIS MUST STOP! THIS MUST STOP! THIS MUST STOP! THIS MUST STOP! THIS MUST STOP! THIS MUST STOP! THIS MUST STOP! THIS MUST STOP! THIS MUST STOP! THIS MUST STOP! THIS MUST STOP! THIS MUST STOP!
The Looney Game - the winner is the first to get to Square 32 and stay there
A list of great names for food-inspired characters which I haven't blatantly stolen from a well-known book/animation/yogurt franchise
Mighty White Corpuscle - one of the best ideas I've ever had, and one of the worst executed
Moleman (no, not THAT Moleman from Marvel Comics - I don't steal character names, silly!) specialises in the art of confusion
The Body Bugs - God, I could have been a millionaire with this lot...
A serious turn towards aggression or was I just bored?
Flash Harry - oh dear, now Shepherd's writing about childish stuff like streaking and bum smells. Can't he act his age for once?
The most effort I've ever put into the most useless shit
The glorious personal vision I had on the road to my own Damascus - the Damascus of comedy!
Stand on your liver! Your mummy or your wife!
I think the Bikeling Club is secretly on mushrooms
One of a handful of comical tales I wrote at Love Lane Juniors in Pontefract
Another from Love Lane, featuring the hilarious vampire "Count Backwards" (yawn)
My teacher Mr Shaw brands my character Richard Forsythe 'evil' but I just think he's bored and misunderstood
A picture of someone nailing a Catherine Wheel to a dog's head - something I didn't expect to find in a story written by a 12 year old
Richard Forsythe is back, but the Four Ghosts of Time have a trick in store for him this Christmas
An angry bird called Raven Mad - blimey, how do I come up with these names? I must be some kind of genius
Arspain knocks down the Leaning Tower of Pisa
My pretend record "Underpants" probably did well in my imaginary Top 40
Detail from the tape cover to The Wepherds, which features my first recorded comedy song
A line I didn't expect to find in a comic strip written by a 12 year old
Knob Head - no childish stuff here, folks! Just good, hard adult fun!
A picture I stuck to my bedroom door in an attempt to keep people out
Shane Wepherd smashes his own daughter's teeth out with a bar of soap
The final story in the incredibly interesting Richard Forsythe quadrilogy
The Examination - written about an examination, during an examination
'It' was just the name of Chapter One - if I'd finished Chapter Two, this might have been called 'A Faceful of Dongers'
JJ Willybonker - I'd be proud to have a name like that and even prouder to write an unfinished book about him
Yep - that's how ace I looked in 1983


Never Take Sweets
From a Stranger
A surreal epic from
Mar 26, 1985
An 11-page epic about an acid trip written by a 13-year-old who's never taken drugs


My Wellington Boots
An exciting space
adventure starring a
pair of Wellies
Gary Le Strange - the man who stole my identity and forgot to give it back
"Avoid at all costs" - Emily Young, The Scotsman
You can really tell this guy really wants to spend his whole life telling jokes - it just oozes out of him
Me lying on the surprisingly clean paving stones of the Comedy Carpet in Blackpool, having found "my" name on it right next to that bloke from Dad's Army - God, my Gran would have been proud
Elton and Waen out on the town on a typical 90s evening