Back in...1995 -whoa, that long ago!- I got a phone call and was asked by the editor of a magazine whether I could put together a quick black and white illustration for an article they were going to publish but their staff artist was "coming up with a load of crap to be honest"!
I said yes and I faxed through a rough illo (the one above) an hour later. "That's it! That's what I want -send in the illo with an invoice!" The next words were: "The fax illo came out crisp and its gone off now". "Gone off now" meant it had been sent to be made print ready.
It was March so I was happy. Because, although I hated the illo, it was going to earn me £100. You never turn your nose up to money as a freelancer.
But nothing. So I phoned up the editor who was very excited. "The UFO piece is out -we're doing a lengthy piece on Eric and what happened!"
Who the feck was "Eric"???
Eric Cantona wins his appeal against his prison sentence for assaulting a "fan" at Crystal Palace in January, which is reduced to a 120-hour community service order. So, he was a footballer who assaulted a fan on the field....he probably had a full bank account and food in the fridge.
I hate football.