Jim Smith: Total winner: Jim Smith is the British children’s author and illustrator of the Barry Loser and Future Ratboy series. Before creating the hugely popular Barry Loser novels for younger children, Smith worked as a designer, creating the quirky cartoon imagery for coffee chain Puccinos before branching out into stationery and gift design under the brand name Waldo Pancake. The first Barry Loser book, I Am Not a Loser, was published in 2012. 10 years on Jim has created a full-colour graphic novel featuring the well-loved characters including Barry himself, who is most definitely NOT a loser.
Jim chatted to Nikki Gamble about this new direction for the eponymous Barry Loser.
About Barry Loser – Total Winner
The bestselling, award-winning Barry Loser series is ten years old and Barry, Bunky, Nancy and the gang are off on a series of new adventures – in full-colour graphic novel format and with ‘how to draw’ sections to help you make your own comic books! In the first book, Barry has had enough of being a loser and wants to prove he’s a Total Winner, but when his parents ban him from gaming he has to think outside of the box . . .
Barry also has a new cat called French Fries – the keelest cat ever amen.