Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A Short Chestertonian Post

Here’s a small illustration I made for Gilbert Magazine for an article celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first Father Brown detective story.


You know, someday I may try my hand at a group-photo-style picture of the many English detectives. the whole gang would be there regardless of time period. I would even include Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby from the Midsomer Murders.

12 comments:

Margaret Perry said...

I LOVE this. Bravo.

Ben Hatke said...

Thanks Maggie!

Allison said...

I love your depictions of Father Brown and Chesterton - they're so creative and those two always look like they're having fun!

Nick-dog said...

Neat Ben! Really cool pic. -Nick-Dog

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Chris Chan said...

Who would be in your picture of the English detectives, other than Fr. Brown? Sherlock Holmes, the Christie detectives, Lord Peter Wimsey... who else would be on your list? I'd be interested to see how you'd depict them.

Ben Hatke said...

Well, I guess I would be a little choosey, since I would include close associates in the picture as well. Probably it would be Holmes and Watson, Poirot and Hastings, Miss Marple (maybe), Barnaby and Troy (for laughs because I kind of don't like those two), Christopher Foyle and Sam Stewart, and Father Brown and Flambeau.

Brother Cadfael is out. Guys like Fr. Dowling and Inspector Gadget aren't even eligible.

I still feel like I'm leaving out someone important, though...

Chris Chan said...

I like your selections, although I'm not familiar with Barnaby and Troy. Is there a reason why you wouldn't include Milner with Foyle and Sam? There really aren'y many other British detectives that I would include, except for Horace Rumpole and She Who Must Be Obeyed.

Ben Hatke said...

Barnaby and Troy are from the Midsommer Murders. I've not read the books but I did enjoy the series. However it makes me laugh because those two aren't quite on the level of, say, Poirot.

And She Who Must be Obeyed?.... I have to go find out about that.

Chris Chan said...

Have you read the Rumpole mysteries? If you haven't, I highly recommend them, as well as the excellent television series starring Leo McKern. Three actresses have played Rumpole's wife Hilda (known to him only as She Who Must Be Obeyed), but the only one to truly capture the character is Marion Mathie.

Ben Hatke said...

Huh. I will check those out! It's funny I hadn't heard of them before now.

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