GOTTA ADMIT, if you wired me up to a lie detector and asked me what I consider my most popular achievement is - I’d have to say the Continuum/Kontinuum strip.
It all began in, ooh, it’s hazy... some time in ‘93.
Maybe ‘94? Kerrang! editoral gave me free rein to come up with a second comic-strip; ’something that could be ongoing’, was the loose directive. Thus, ultimately, I conceived ‘Kontinuum’ (it was a ‘K’ thing back then...), the story of both Billy and Kerrang!. Billy was this bedraggled entity, trapped on a psycho ward, goin’ over past events, interjected, chronologically, with what was happenin'’ in Kerrang! at that time in his life. Oh, and in his flashbacks, Billy was, erm... blue.
Did that make sense? Don’t care. People liked it.
And, they liked it EVEN MORE, when the story (somehow!) switched to the original character’s son, also called Billy (and also blue...) and the strip became ‘Continuum’. Out, was the oft lumberin’ K! back issue references (even though Def Lep Joe Elliot loved it!), and in was this whole lifestyle soap opera, about a bunch of early teen rock fans gettin’ off on Manson, Korn and general psychodrama.
Other than geeky, introspective Billy, there was his mightily voluptuous girlfriend, Bludwyn, and his sex-obsessed best mate, Baz. There was also... Hellen, Hellen, Hellen. She looked like an anaemic stick insect with half a face, but when I went out to rock clubs, all I got from the boys was, Hellen, Hellen, Hellen. She was totally wipin’ the floor with Pandora at that time. I admit it.
“What’s gonna happen next? What’s gonna happen next?” is what I’d get, as Continuum was an ever evolvin’ confusion of story arcs. Trouble was, I barely knew myself... I kinda took it a week at a time. But, to be greeted by that kind of manic enthusiasm for somethin’ you created, was, y’know, pretty damn awesome. And Scarlet (Borg) at Kerrang! would literally tear Continuum from my hands when I took the latest instalment up to the office. She’d be beaming while she read it. Then, upon completion, pretty much every time without fail, her shoulders would drop, and she’d sigh and say, “Poor Billy”. HA!
So, what happened next? What happened next? We-e-ell, around late December, 2000, K! was undertakin’ a redesign, and it was decided that Kerrang! should only have one strip - and that one strip should be Pandora. Needless to say, Pandora thought this decision ruled. Bitch.
Cool thing was, a short while afterwards - and the original reason I got on the internet - people kept tellin’ me that on the new K! website forums, readers were demandin’ Continuum’s immediate return! HA! Bless them! BLESS THEM! I knew it wouldn’t actually come back, but it was totally flattering.
Sigh. But the Continuum kids are still out there somewhere. Probably all grown up now with jobs. Poor bastards.