Reg Smythe was the first British cartoonist to break into the American market. His world famous character, Andy Capp, was his "dancing bear." The character that attracted attention and left Reg free of the burden of recognition and fame. This story charts his impoverished childhood and formative relationships through to international recognition and his last years as a semi recluse in the North of England.
The story gives an insight into the man behind the cartoon, linking childhood and adult experiences to the development of the strip’s main characters, describing how he worked and what fame meant to him – often in his own words.
Helene de Klerk
Helene de Klerk is a former journalist and author of My Dancing Bear