Thursday 25 April 2013

25 April 2013: Update

Apologies, followers, for the lack of updates on my blog recently.  I'm very excited to say that we got a publishing deal with Canongate Books to do a book of dad's life through his art so I've been buried in organising material for that... I will share more goodies from the archive again when I get a chance, so please keep checking in! Thank you all for your wonderful support so far...

Friday 15 March 2013

15 March 2013: "The World of Fat"

It's finding treasures like these sketched storyboards of an idea dad had for an animation sketch - "The World of Fat" - that makes getting covered in dust in the freezing loft worthwhile:

© Terry Gilliam
© Terry Gilliam
© Terry Gilliam

Tuesday 22 January 2013

22 January 2012: Dad's first published work

Thanks to Richard Kolkman (, who kindly gave us these original copies of the "Courier" newspaper from dad's high school, Birmingham High School in California, and Denis Kitchen (, who made the connection and organised the delivery, we now have prints of dad's earliest published works (from 1956 & 1957)& I've found the original sketch of "The Beast of Birmingham"... Enjoy!

Courier - 19 October 1956
"The Beast of Birmingham" - TG cartoon

Courier - 21 February 1957
Courier - 1 April 1957

Thursday 1 November 2012

1 November 2012: Time Bandits

After a long pause (sorry!) I thought I would try something new and introduce a video element to the blog... So here is a (very amateur) video of me going through my latest discovery - the original continuity folder (script, polaroid photos & all) from Time Bandits (thank you Penny Eyles).  I hope you enjoy it.


* Frustrated at how small the video appears and it's not at all clear when you "full screen" it.  Please take this as a test & I'll see what I can do to improve it...

Thursday 6 September 2012

"Share" #2 for the 1st week of September 2012

In one of the Monty Python boxes I came across more Python scripts, many of which were for Monty Python and the Holy Grail, titled "Monty Python's Second Film. A First Draft"and "The Quest for the Holy Grail - Monty Python's Second Film"  together with several early draft scripts for various scenes in the film, some of which you may recognise, others of which never made it past the draft stages (I hope you can read these - not sure if they're clear enough):

"Share" #1 for the 1st week of September 2012

The box I found labelled Magazines is full of all of dad's old Fang magazines (the student humor magazine he worked on when he was at Occidental College) many of which feature some great illustartions/cartoons by him, so I thought I'd share some of these:

1st week of September 2012

September has brought sunshine to London and given me an opportunity to get up in the loft.  I've discovered a whole host of goodies - from dusty boxes labelled Monty Python and Magazines to dad's old stills cameras - so I've decided to do two totally unrelated "shares" this week. I hope you enjoy them...