This is the authentic Colonel Bagfart who actually began life as a cartoon caricature in 1979, invented by yours truly.
Actually, he really started out as simply: Colonel Nesbit. Various other components were tried out and then some were dropped and some later again added such as; Nesbit Snodgrass, Nesbit Bagshott, Nesbit Snelgrove until he eventually became what he is now – Colonel Nesbit Bing-Baddeley Snelgrove-Bagfart.
The photographic representation in my Specimen Display Portfolio of the above cartoon, shows the same drawing seen here, as it was originally.
It has been cropped from its previous full format, which had a large speech balloon above the Colonel’s head containing the quote: “When I was in Poona, I bagged a tiger, you know? What?” and the name listed below the image with my signature was simply, Colonel Nesbit Snodgrass.
In the image featured here, all the previous text has been scrubbed in PhotoStudio and replaced with the text now on display.
The change was made in accordance with the updates for the Launch of the Colonel Bagfart trilogy in 1989.
Although the three consecutive stories in The Colonel Bagfart Trilogy, undoubtedly revolve around the central character, the Colonel himself – they are actually a story about two, very central characters, both vitally integral to the Story.
First of course, there is the Colonel, portly, monocled, heavily jowled and 77 years old – but then there is Joe King [Joseph Kennedy Kinneth King] a young musician of 27 who has travelled down in his clapped out old Bedfort Transit with his band the Pyscho De Licks to Bagfart Manor to record an album of his latest songs in the then, bang up-to-date studios [in 1967] of Nigel Nesbit Plunkett Ponsonby-Smythe, the Colonel’s nephew and a giant of a man who resembles a very wild and macabre version of Frank Zappa.
Without Joe King present, to accompany the Colonel on his drinking sprees, listen to all the Colonel’s reminiscences as a Special Investigator of unusual sightings and circumstances in strange and remote locations throughout two world wars and, to eventually take over as paid active chronicler of the Colonel’s memoirs, represented up until then only by vague snatches of half formed scribble, but which Joe manages so skillfully and meticulously with a cassette recorder and backup notebook, there would be no Colonel Bagfart Trilogy.
When unexpected news issued on the national media reports that the Colonel has disappeared mysteriously Joe King returns to the Manor to find out what has happened, but even Plunk has moved out, so he draws a blank in his investigations.
Determined to successful conclude the Colonel’s Memoirs by himself, Joe sets about writing his own conclusion, ending his biographical report where the media coverage left him, with the mysterious disappearance of the Colonel.
The Colonel Bagfart Trilogy is located in the Stories Section of the Writing Pulldown on this Website.
I have included a colossal slideshow of 28 colour and tone variations, which I created in the Colour Adjust facilities of my MacBook, all copied from the original Colonel Bagfart image.
Entry Created in 2014 and Updated in 2015
The Featured Colonel Bagfart illustration is located
in Caricature, Fantasy and Portrait under Art in the pulldown Menu
I created it in 1979 with biro and colour pencils
Dave Draper 2016