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Captain Jake — Bear Island

Captain Jake Bear Island was many years ahead of its time. Although originated over 50 years ago, the cartoons are still very current today. This cartoon strip tells the tale of Captain Jake and his motley crew go to Bear Island and one crew member gets on well with a friendly bear but not all goes well for the Captain and his crew. Originally it was just a black and white pen drawing. Colour was added by John Barry with the help of Max to bring his lovely cartoons to life.  Many were exhibited and a few copies of a book were produced for friends and family.

There are also his abstract paintings, his sculptures and many other artworks, which are all available on his website. They all contribute to a lifetime of creativity.

Since resurrecting Max’s drawing and digitising them for his website, we found and cataloged many hundreds of lovely drawings. Many images were later digitally coloured by his friend John Barry and printed, along with the rest of the set, for his exhibition in 2015.

He lost the use of his primary left hand a decade ago, so he was unable to draw or paint.  So with the support and encouragement from his wife Maggie he concentrated more on his sculptures and was soon able to create these small characters and paint them in the style of Max.

To watch him create these was amazing. A lump of clay quickly tuned into a creature that came to life with a few pinches and prods. Very hard to do with your favoured had but even more difficult with the wrong hand.

Search for other cartoons by Max and enjoy his humour.